As a geodynamicist my main interest is 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 in our group. Ongoing research projects include lithospheric-scale shear localization, the coupling between melt migration and lithosphere deformation, the formation of fold-and-thrust belts, 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 computing systems.
My research is funded by the German Research Foundation, the European Research Council, and an ERC Starting Grant (2010-2015) and an ERC Proof-of-Concept Grant (2016-2017).
My teaching interest include Geophysics, Modelling of tectonic processes, The dynamics of the Earth and Lithosphere as well as anything related to Quantitative Geosciences.
We are often looking for motivated and qualified students to do a PhD project. Have a look at ourwebpageandpublicationsand contact me if you are interested and have a MSc-degree in a related field.