Geophysik und Geodynamik

The Geophysics and Geodynamics Group (headed by Prof. Boris Kaus) at the Institute of Geosciences at the University of Mainz is working on understanding how geological processes work, from the grain-scale to the scale of a planet. We predominantly do this with the help of mathematical and numerical models, for which we develop new approaches. Ongoing research projects include lithospheric-scale shear localization, the coupling between melt migration and lithosphere deformation, the formation of fold-and-thrust belts and salt tectonics, the coupling between erosion, lithosphere dynamics and mantle flow, the dynamics of subduction zones as well as the development of new software that runs on high-performance parallel computing systems.


In addition, part of the research group focusses on applied geophysical methods such as magnetotellurics, seismoelectromagnetics, gravimetry and DC geoelectrical tomography. We also have expertise on deep and shallow geothermal energy and thermohydraulic monitoring (by the Institute of Geothermal Resource Management).


There are many possibilities for students, postdocs and advanced researchers to take part in ongoing research projects (see open positions).



  • Stay tuned for a Science perspective of Boris on lithospheric rheology (sep. 30, 2016).
  • Adina & Roberta are moving on to warmer regions for a postdoc in San Diego & a PhD in Melbourne.
  • Georg & Lorenzo handed in their MSc-thesis
  • Tobias defended his thesis on April 5, 2016, Ragnar on April 8, and Adina on June 3. 

    Our latest 4 publications:

    • The dynamics of the early Earth was different than that of the modern earth. Read how and why.
    • We describe our first 3D models of the India-Asia collision. More will follow.
    • Read about Naiara's 3D models of multilayer folding.
    • How does magma migrate through continental lithosphere? Read about a new numerical methodology developed for this.


    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Boris Kaus
    Leiter AG Geophysik
    Raum 00-285
    Tel: 06131-39-24527


    Institut für Geowissenschaften
    Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
    J.-J.-Becher-Weg 21
    D-55128 Mainz

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