Earth Sciences Research Department

Who are we, and what do we do?

Welcome to the Earth Science Research Department of the French-Azerbaijani University! The team brings together scientists from Azerbaijan (UFAZ) and France (Universities of Strasbourg & Rennes I) to conduct, promote, and facilitate research in Earth Sciences in Azerbaijan. These objectives are built on 2 major domains in the study of the Earth, its surface and environment: Geology and Geophysics.


The department can rely on expertise and staff located here in Baku as well as from the two French Universities and research units ITES ( and Geosciences Rennes (

Head of Department

Mathieu Schuster works as a Senior Researcher of the CNRS at the Institute Earth and Environment of Strasbourg (ITES). He received his Ph.D in Sedimentary Geology from the University of Strasbourg. He pursued his research on the paleoenvironments of the Sahara and East Africa as a post-doc at the University of Cologne and Brest, before being hired as a geologist at the French Geological Survey (BRGM). He was then recruited as a researcher of the CNRS and worked first at the University of Poitiers until he settle in Strasbourg. His research concerns continental paleoenvironments with a focus on elastic littoral processes, deposits and landforms associated to large lakes.

Head of Department

Mike Heap works Coordinator of the two-year Geosciences Master program (both M1 and M2) at the French-Azerbaijani University (UFAZ) in Baku (Azerbaijan). He received his Ph.D in Geophysics from the University College London, UK. He pursued his research on the modelling of temporal and thermal weakening of volcanic material involved in the construction of historical buildings as a post-doc at the Ludwig Maximilians Universität. His research interests are the mechanical behaviour and failure modes of porous rocks, permeability, time-dependent deformation, volcanology.

Local Head Coordinator: Clara Jodry

Clara works an associate professor at the University of Strasbourg, positioned at the French-Azerbaijani University in Baku. She obtained her Ph.D in Applied Geophysics from the University of Nantes and continued in a post-doc at the University of Strasbourg and the company IRIS Instrument in Orléans. She was then hired as a research engineer at the CNRS and University of Orléans before her recruitment as associate professor. Her main research topic aims to contribute to sustainable management of water resources by the application of subsurface geophysics (electric and electromagnetic) to hydro-systems.

Petroleum Engineering Coordinator: Fidan Aslanzada

Fidan is an ‘Oil &Gas Engineering’ program coordinator at UFAZ. She is a Master in Petroleum Engineering from Azerbaijan State Oil and Industrial University and holds an MBA degree from Anglia Ruskin University (UK). She has more than 10 years of experience in Reservoir Engineering, Petrophysics and Sedimentology and over three years of teaching experience in related sciences. Today, she pursue a PhD at the University of Strasbourg on the Productive Series in the western South Caspian Basin. Her research interests are 3D reservoir model, sedimentology, petrophysics, oil and gas reservoirs’ production optimization.

Geoscience Assistant: Kamal Bayramov

Kamal is Geoscience Assistant and pursue a Master of Geosciences at French-Azerbaijani University (UFAZ). He finished his Bachelor’s degree majoring in Geophysical engineering at UFAZ. While studying, he participated in the DAAD Student Visit program and a BP summer geology course. He did two internships on deep learning and geographic systems applied to geoscience and structural geology.


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