Renske Lambert

Research statement

My main research interests lie in the fields of geomorphology, structural geology, petrology and geochronology, particularly in mountainous settings. I am driven to study the interaction between tectonic, earth-surface and climatic processes which shape topographic relief. In this context I am interested in geo-/thermochronology as it provides insight into both the timing and nature of processes. Luminescence thermochronometry can quantify geologic-geomorphic processes over timescales at which climatic fluctuations in the Quaternary have occurred.

I like to combine fieldwork, laboratory work, data analysis and numerical modelling. Field observations give insights into the scale of processes and trigger curiosity. In the laboratory I focus on the development of luminescence thermochronometry through contrasting experimental data with numerical simulations. Finally, the assessment of physical models and numerical modelling are necessary to derive physical parameters and interpret a full data set. The feedback between all these components is essential to come to a valuable understanding and interpretation of the data.

PhD project

I am working on the development of a newly proposed thermochronometer, based on optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating. Through experiments we try to gain insight in the thermal kinetic processes in feldspar. I am devoting a significant amount of effort in understanding some of the luminescence phenomena in feldspar to be able to extrapolate the laboratory derived kinetics over geological timescales. Currently I am using luminescence thermochronometry to study the latest stage of exhumation of the Mont Blanc massif.


In 2011 I obtained an MSc Geology degree at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. During my studies I developed a strong interest in metamorphic and deformational processes involved in convergent settings, both at crystal- and orogenic scale. In my master research project I studied the nature of fractures in upper mantle rock (reaction-induced or not) to investigate the possibility of CO2 sequestration in peridotite. For one and a half year I worked at a consultancy, specializing in geothermal energy and exploration.


King, G. E., F. Herman, R. Lambert, P.G. Valla and B. Guralnik (2016). “Multi-OSL-thermochronometry of Na- and K-feldspar.” Quaternary Geochronology.


American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting (San Francisco, United States). “K-feldspar luminescence thermochronometry applied to the Mont Blanc massif” (Dec. 14-18 2015). poster

Swiss Geoscience Meeting (Basel, Switzerland). “Investigating K-feldspar luminescence thermochronometry for application in the Mont Blanc massif” (Nov. 20-21 2015). oral presentation

UK Luminescence and ESR Meeting (Glasgow, United Kingdom). “Investigating kinetic processes of K-feldspar for the application of luminescence thermochronometry on the Mont Blanc massif” (Jul. 8-10 2015). oral presentation

Doctoral day at University of Lausanne (Lausanne, Switzerland). “Deriving exhumation rates in mountain ranges through low-temperature luminescence thermochronometry” (Dec. 16 2014). – poster

Summer school

International Geochronology Summer School 2015 (Bergün, Switzerland, Aug. 30 – Sep. 4 2015).


Renske Lambert

SNSF Doctoral Student
University of Lausanne
Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics (IDYST)
Géopolis, office 3151
1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

+41 (0)21 692 3543