Bio


I'm interested in (1) an integrated approach of sedimentology and geochronology to Archean problems to better understand the non-uniformitarian Archean surface conditions and nature of tectonics. In particular, I’m interested in spatial and temporal basin evolution during the Archean to gain knowledge about crustal deformation styles and geodynamic models as well as the linkage of sedimentation, microbial activity and chemical processes in the well-preserved 3.2 to 3.6 Ga Barberton greenstone belt, South Africa. (2) Geochemical approaches to understand the effect of large meteorite impacts on the Paleoarchean environment and evolution of early life.

Check out my website: nadjadrabon.com

Honors & Awards


  • Gerald J. Lieberman Fellowship, Stanford University (2016-2017)
  • Shell Fund, Stanford University (2015)
  • McGee and Levorsen Research Grant, Stanford University (2014)
  • Friends of Music Fellowship, Stanford University (2013-2018)
  • Center for African Studies Summer Research Fellowship, Stanford University (2013)
  • German National Academic Foundation Fellowship, German National Academic Foundation, Germany (2012-2014)
  • Alumni e.V. Kiel Grant, University of Kiel, Germany (2012)
  • German Academic Exchange Service Grants, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, Germany (2011)

Professional Education


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University, GES-PHD (2018)
  • BSc, Free University of Berlin, Germany, Geological Sciences (2011)

2019-20 Courses


All Publications


  • EVOLUTION OF AN ARCHEAN FAN DELTA AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR THE INITIATION OF UPLIFT AND DEFORMATION IN THE BARBERTON GREENSTONE BELT, SOUTH AFRICA JOURNAL OF SEDIMENTARY RESEARCH Drabon, N., Heubeck, C. E., Lowe, D. R. 2019; 89 (9): 849–74
  • Provenance and tectonic implications of the 3.28–3.23 Ga Fig Tree Group, central Barberton greenstone belt, South Africa Precambrian Research Drabon, N., Heubeck, C. E., Lowe, D. R. 2019: 1-19
  • Crustal fracturing, unconformities, and barite deposition, 3.26-3.23 Ga, Barberton Greenstone Belt, South Africa Precambrian Research Lowe, D. R., Drabon, N., Byerly, G. R. 2019
  • Hadean zircon from a 3.3 Ga sandstone, Barberton greenstone belt, South Africa GEOLOGY Byerly, B. L., Lowe, D. R., Drabon, N., Byerly, G. R. 2018

    View details for DOI 10.1130/G45276.1

  • Detrital zircon geochronology of sandstones of the 3.6-3.2 Ga Barberton greenstone belt: No evidence for older continental crust GEOLOGY Drabon, N., Lowe, D. R., Byerly, G. R., Harrington, J. A. 2017; 45 (9): 803–6

    View details for DOI 10.1130/G39255.1

    View details for Web of Science ID 000408588700011

  • Geological constraints on Archean (3.22 Ga) coastal -zone processes from the Dycedale Syncline, Barberton Greenstone Belt SOUTH AFRICAN JOURNAL OF GEOLOGY Heubeck, C., Blaesing, S., Grund, M., Drabon, N., Homann, M., Nabhan, S. 2016; 119 (3): 495-518