Dr. Mark Peternell

Research interests:

My main research interests are in all aspects of quantitative rock structural analysis from micro to macro scale. Mineral crystallography and complex rock fabrics such as mineral distribution patterns and pattern anisotropy are used to obtain quantitative kinematic data on the progress of deformation in metamorphic and magmatic rocks and, in ice. To obtain these data, microstructural studies and laboratory experiments using rock analogues such as norcamphor and ice are combined with image analysis techniques and GIS applications and, new methods to determine rock structures were developed. Results from these quantitative studies are tested in field-based projects in Antarctica, Brazil, Czech Republic and Portugal.

Education and Employment history:

  • 1997 – 2000 Undergraduate study at the Technische Universität München (TUM), Germany
  • 2000 – 2003 Graduate study at the TUM
  • 2003 – 2007 Teaching and research assistant at the TUM
  • 2004 – 2007 PhD study at the TUM; defended October 4th, 2007, Thesis: “Fabric patterns in magmatic rocks: development of methods, automation and geological significance”
  • 2008 – 2011 Postdoc at the University of Melbourne, Australia
  • 2011 – present Lecturer at the Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Germany


Courses in structural geology, tectonics and rheology and, field courses in structural geology. For details see JOGU-StINe.