Prof. Nasrrddine Youbi

Nasrrddine Youbi was born in Fez (Morocco) on November 25, 1959. He has been a Professor at the Geology Department of the Faculty of Sciences-Semlalia of Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakesh, since 1987, where he obtained his PhD thesis in Volcanology and Geochemistry in 1998. He served as Head of the Department of Geology from 2014 to 2017. He was twice (2008-2014) an expert with the Scientific Committees of the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRST) in Rabat. He is also an expert with the French-Moroccan Joint Committee of the Hubert Curien Toubkal Program (2019-2024). Nasrrddine Youbi is currently Director of the “Dynamics of the Lithosphere and Genesis of Resources Laboratory” (DLGR Lab), where he develops with his Colleagues and PhD students research in petrology, and high-level geochemistry by applying several techniques derived from geochronology, isotopic geology, elementary geochemistry, petrology. His research focuses mainly on the Large Igneous Provinces (LIPs) such as the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province (CAMP) of Morocco, Portugal and the USA, the Precambrian of Anti-Atlas, the Moroccan Sahara and Northern Mauritania and the Permo-Carboniferous, Jurassic-Cretaceous and Neogene-Quaternary volcanism of Morocco. He is also interested in astrogeology, such as impact craters and mapping structures of Venus and other terrestrial planets. He participated with the Bureau of Geological and Mining Research of France (BRGM) within the framework of the National Program of Geological Mapping (PNCG) in the elaboration of six geological maps in the Moroccan Meseta and Anti-Atlas. Nasrrddine Youbi supervised several PhD theses in Morocco and abroad (USA, France, Italy and Portugal). He is the author of over a hundred publications indexed on the WOS and Scopus bibliographic database, including tow articles published in 2017 and 2020 in the prestigious scientific journal Nature Communications. He is ranked first on the “top 15” of the most prolific Moroccan researchers in publications in the field of Sciences of Earth and Universe on the Scopus database ( He was awarded the Prize for Excellence in Geoscience Research, a prize awarded to the best Moroccan researchers who were distinguished by the quality, volume and number of citations of their scientific production, listed by the Publisher Clarivate Analytics (Web of Science Group) during the last 5 years (2014-2018). He was also ranked as the unique best scholars in the discipline of Earth Science in Morocco by the first and the 2nd edition of / (2022 & 2023) ranking of the best scholars


Nasrrddine Youbi, Full Professor

Director of DLGR Lab, 

Vice President for Northern Africa of The Geological Society of Africa (GSAf) 

& Leader of  Al Idrissi Working Research Group on Mapping Venus and Other Planets

Cadi Ayyad University, Faculty of Sciences-Semlalia, Department of Geology,

P.O. Box 2390, Marrakech 40000, Morocco.

Phone : + 212 – (524) 43 46 49. Extension 516

GSM (Home): + 212 (0654) 477 796.

Fax: + 212- (524) – 43 67 69