Dr Maarten Krabbendam

Dr Maarten Krabbendam Survey Geologist

Location: Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 6500 256

E-mail Dr Maarten Krabbendam


  •  2001 :  Geologist, British Geological Survey
  •  1998 –2001 :  1998–2001 Postdoctoral Fellow, Monash University, Australia
  •  1994 –1997 :  1994–1997 PhD, University of Oxford
  •  1991 –1994 :  1991–1994 Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Queen's University, Belfast
  •  1983 –1994 :  1983–1994 BA and MSc Earth Sciences, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

Current projects and collaboration

  •  Northwest Highlands Project: Project leader & geologist
  •  SIGMA project: adviser


  •  ArcGIS and digital mapping
  •  Fluent in Dutch
  •  French & German speaker
  •  Geological mapping of thrust terranes, basement terranes, glacial geology
  •  Glacial geomorphology
  •  Metamorphic petrology
  •  Structural geology

Professional association

  •  Fellow of the Geological Society of Edinburgh

Research interests

  •  Caledonian Orogen
  •  Glacial landforms and link to bedrock structure
  •  Neoproterozoic sedimentary basins
  •  Proterozoic terrane boundaries
  •  Reconstructing basin architecture in polydeformed terranes
  •  Thrust tectonics

Published outputs

Key papers

BONSOR, H., STRACHAN, R., PRAVE, A. & KRABBENDAM, M. 2012. Sedimentology of the early Neoproterozoic Morar Group in northern Scotland: implications for basin models and tectonic setting. Journal of the Geological Society of London, 169, 53-65.

KRABBENDAM, M. & RAINBIRD, R. 2012. Discussion: A unifying model for the Torridon Group (early Neoproterozoic), NW Scotland: Product of post-Grenvillian extensional collapse. Earth-Science Reviews, 111, 82-85.

KRABBENDAM, M. & BRADWELL, T. 2011. Lateral plucking as a mechanism for elongate erosional glacial bedforms: explaining megagrooves in Britain and Canada. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 36, 1335-1349.

KRABBENDAM, M. & GLASSER, N. 2011. Glacial erosion and bedrock properties in NW Scotland: Abrasion and plucking, hardness and joint spacing. Geomorphology, 130, 374-383.

KRABBENDAM, M., STRACHAN, R.A., LESLIE, A.G., GOODENOUGH, K.M. & BONSOR, H.C. 2011. The internal structure of the Moine Nappe Complex and the stratigraphy of the Morar Group in the Fannichs-Beinn Dearg area, NW Highlands. Scottish Journal of Geology, 47, 1-20.

KRABBENDAM, M. & LESLIE, A.G. 2010. Lateral variations and linkages in thrust geometry: the Traligill Transverse Zone, Assynt Culmination, Moine Thrust Belt, NW Scotland. In Law, R., Butler, R. W. H., Holdsworth, R. E., Krabbendam, M. & Strachan, R. A. (eds) Continental Tectonics and Mountain Building: The Legacy of Peach and Horne. Geological Society. London, Special Publication, 335, 333-356.

BRADWELL, T., STOKER, M. S. & KRABBENDAM, M. (2008). Megagrooves and streamlined bedrock in NW Scotland: the role of ice streams in landscape evolution. Geomorphology 97, 135-156

KRABBENDAM, M., PRAVE, A. P. & CHEER, D. (2008). A fluvial origin for the Neoproterozoic Morar Group, NW Scotland; implications for Torridon - Morar group correlation and the Grenville Orogen Foreland Basin. Journal of the Geological Society of London 165, 379-394

KRABBENDAM, M. & DEWEY, J. F. (1998). Exhumation of UHP rocks by transtension in the Western Gneiss Region, Scandinavian Caledonides. In R. E. Holdsworth, R. A. Strachan, and J. F. Dewey, (Eds.) Continental transpressional and transtensional tectonics. , Geological Society Special Publication,135, 159-181