PhDs (ESR)

ESR1Mattia_GilioESR 1  Mattia Gilio
Nationality Italian
Main Host Institution University of Genova, Italy
Academic Background 
Bachelor degree in Geological Sciences at the University of Turin. Master in Earth Sciences at the Utrecht University (NL).
Petrology and geochemistry of (U)HP mafic and ultramafic rocks. Olivine rheology. Subduction zone tectonics. Structural geology of crystalline rocks.
Defining petrological and geochemical identity of plate interface settings and assessing rock diversity and paths, fluid-rock interactions and mass transfer from micro- to mega-scales along the plate interface.

Clos, F., Gilio, M., van Roermund, H.L.M. (2014): Fragments of deeper parts of the hanging wall mantle preserved as orogenic peridotites in the central belt of the Seve Nappe Complex, Sweden. Lithos 192–195, 8-20.
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ESR2Paraskevi_Io_IoannidiESR 2  Paraskevi Io Ioannidi
Nationality Greek
Main Host Institution Helmholtz-Zentrum GFZ Potsdam, Germany
Academic Background 
Bachelor degree in Geology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), Greece. Master’s degree in Geophysics with specialization in Seismology, AUTh, Greece.
Investigation of the seismotectonic features of the broader Aegean area with focal mechanisms; study of recent large earthquakes in the western Hellenic Subduction Zone, using bodywave inversion and spectral analysis of far-field seismograms.
Understanding deformation patterns controlling seismicity and creep at various depths (10 – 80 km) along the subduction interface and characterization of their relationship to rheological parameters. Research includes field work studies on the exhumed Alpine subduction channel and imaging of plate interface deformation via Finite Element Modelling.
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Paraskevi Io Ioannidi at GFZ Potsdam
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ESR3Gianina_MenesesESR 3  Gianina Meneses
Nationality Chilean
Main Host Institution CNRS Paris, France
Academic Background Graduated in the Univerisidad de Chile, Santiago, in Physical Sciences.  Master’s degree in seismology.
Expertise Solid fieldwork experience acquired during several GPS, seismological and Tsunami damage assessment campaigns in Chile, particularly after the 2010 megathrust Maule earthquake and Tsunami.
Project Observation, analysis and quantification of interplate kinematics, in order to gain much information as possible on peculiar areas of Chile. The project will integrate space geodesy and numerical simulations to study with an unprecedented precision the physical mechanisms of great earthquakes in these regions. It will provide new opportunities to improve the assessment of earthquake and tsunamic hazards.
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Gianina Meneses at ResearchGate


ESR2Marija_RuscicESR 4  Marija Ruscic
Nationality Croatian
Main Host Instituition Christian-­Albrechts University Kiel, Germany
Academic background Master’s degree in Physics and Geophysics from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science. Bachelor degree in Geophysics in the same University. 
 Seismology, meteorology and oceanography with emphasis on mathematics and physics. Master’s thesis on the  attenuation of the direct body waves in central part of External Dinarides by using coda normalization method.
Project Available data of passive seismic experiments in the Hellenic subduction zone (EGELADOS, HADES) enable accurate location of microseismicity along the subduction interface. Cluster analysis and relative locations are applied in order to image active faulting and seismicity migration. Goals are to understand seismic coupling in the seismogenic zone and to define mechanisms of intermediate depth seismicity. Results are compared to local earthquake tomography, receiver function studies and deep seismic sounding.


ESR5BegovicESR 5  Slaven Begovic
Nationality Croatian
Main Host Institution CSIC Barcelona, Spain
Academic background
Master’s degree in physics-geophysics, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science, Department of Geophysics.
Solid background in seismology, and basic knowledge in meteorology and oceanography. Master’s thesis, on modeling the crustal structure beneath Dinarides,  using joint inversion of P-wave receiver functions and surface wave phase-velocity.
The PhD combine new multichannel seismic (MCS) reflection and wide-angle seismic (WAS) marine data collected across the Hellenic subduction system (Greece), a region of large historical earthquakes. Goal is to provide information on the geometry and the physical seismological nature of the inter-plate seismogenic zone, which jointly influence the degree of plate coupling across these regions, the occurrence of mega-thrust earthquakes and the deformation pattern of the overriding plate.

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Slaven Begovic at Institute of Marine Sciences Barcelona (CSIC)


ESR6DilissenESR 6  Nicole Dilissen
Nationality Belgian
Main Host Institution Instituto Andaluz de Ciencias de la Tierra, Spain
Academic background I graduated from KU Leuven September 2013, Belgium, with a Master of Science in Geology (specialisation Geodynamics and Geofluids) and dissertation entitled “The relationship between regional and contact metamorphism in the Karagwe-Ankole Belt (KAB) in Rwanda”.
Expertise I’m familiar with thermodynamics involved in metamorphic reactions (geothermobarometry more in particular) and conventional analytical techniques (e.g., microprobe analysis, petrography), especially with petrographic analysis, and I enjoy doing field work.
 1) To quantify the role of non-lithostatic fluid pressure in controlling dehydration reactions at depth and implement modifications in current thermodynamics numerical codes for simple dehydration reactions, with a focus on serpentinite dehydration and study of natural analogs. 2) Implement them in simple 1D thermo-mechanical models to investigate their effects on metamorphic equilibrium and kinetics.

i. Dilissen, N., Garrido, C.J., López Sánchez-Vizcaíno, V., Padrón-Navarta, J.A. (2015). Textural variations during antigorite dehydration as markers for fluid release mechanisms in subduction zones: Constrains from the Cerro del Almirez ultramafic massif (Betic Cordillera, SE Spain). EGU conference, abstract EGU2015-11894-poster
ii. Dilissen, N., Garrido, C.J., López Sánchez-Vizcaíno, V., Jabaloy-Sánchez, A., Padrón-Navarta, J.A. (2015). Textural variations during antigorite dehydration as markers for fluid release mechanisms in subduction zones: Constrains from the Cerro del Almirez ultramafic massif (Betic Cordillera, SE Spain). AGU Fall meeting. T13H-04-Talk.
iii. Dilissen, N., Kahl, W.A., Garrido, C.J., López Sánchez-Vizcaíno, V., Hidas, K. (2016). Deciphering the dynamics of olivine nucleation and crystal gro wth during antigorite breakdown. EGU conference, abstract EGU2016-5743-poster
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Nicole Dilissen at Andalusian Earth Siences Institute in Granada (CSIC)
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ESR7DanielPetersESR 7  Daniel Peters
Nationality German
Main Host Institution University of Bern, Switzerland
Academic Background I graduated with a B.Sc. in Geosciences from the University Mainz in 2011 and a M.Sc. in Geosciences from the University Heidelberg in 2014.
Expertise The majority of my university courses were in Petrology and Geochemistry and I have an expertise and research experience in metamorphic petrology and geochronology (e.g., 40Ar/39Ar) so far.
Fluid liberation from the down-going slab: chemistry and fluid pathways. This project explores fluid/mass transfer and source contributions along the subduction interface, through space and time. Careful petrography will be linked with bulk rock and in-situ geochemistry (XRF, ICP-MS, TIMS, LA-ICP-MS, SIMS) of trace elements and isotopes. Emphasis will be put on novel approaches in analytical geochemistry to address specific problems.
Altherr, R., Soder, C., Panienka, S., Peters, D., Meyer, H.-P. (2013). Pink manganian phengite in a high P/T meta-conglomerate from northern Syros (Cyclades, Greece). Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 166, 1323-1334.
Peters, D. and Pettke, T. (2016). Evaluation of Major to Ultra Trace Element Bulk Rock Chemical Analysis of Nanoparticulate Pressed Powder Pellets by LA-ICP-MS. Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research, DOI: 10.1111/ggr.12125.
Peters, D. and Pettke, T. (2016). Evaluation of major to ultra trace element bulk rock chemical analysis of nanoparticulate pressed powder pellets by LA-ICP-MSGM. Poster presentation. Swiss Geoscience Meeting 2016 Conference, Geneva (Switzerland)
Peters, D., John, T., Scambelluri, M. and Pettke, T. (2016). Fluid-rock interactions recorded in serpentinites subducted to 60-80 km depth. Poster presentation. AGU General Assembly 2016 Conference, San Francisco (USA).
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Daniel Peters at Institute of Geological Sciences (University Bern)
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ESR8LeabayetESR 8  Léa Bayet
Nationality French
Main Host Institution Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Academic Background Science and Technology Bachelor’s Degree in Earth Science and Geosciences Master’s Degree, specialized in Lithosphere, Basins, Oil
Expertise Adobe Creative Suite, Matlab, classical microscopy, scanning electron microscope, electron microprobe, cartography, balanced cross section, reconstitution of paleostress, good knowledge in petrology.
Time scales of deformation and fluid-mediated interactions along the plate interface. The Institute of Geological Sciences at Freie Universität Berlin seeks a PhD student to study links between fluid flow patterns and chemical-petrophysical characteristics in subduction zones.

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ESR9SaraIncelESR 9  Sarah Incel
Nationality German
Main Host Institution
Ecole Normale Supèrieure de Paris, France
Academic background I finished my B.Sc. and also my M.Sc. in geology at Freie Universität Berlin and both with the focus on mineralogy and petrology.
Expertise During my studies I learned working at the electron microprobe independently and for my master’s thesis I did hp-hT experiments using piston-cylinder presses to investigate the mineral reaction Fo + Qtz to Opx which has a relevance to mantle metasomatism.
Phase transformations play a major role in the genesis and  propagation of subduction earthquakes. The way mineral reactions  modify the deformation regime of deep rocks are yet poorly understood. A  set of experiments will be performed in order to characterize the mechanics and rheology of the oceanic and continental crusts during eclogitization. The project also involves a field study (Western Gneiss Region, Norway) to link laboratory microstructures with structures observed in natural rocks.
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ESR10MicheleLocatelliESR 10  Michele Locatelli (Micatelli)
Nationality Italian
Main Host Institution UPMC Paris, France
Academic background Bachelor and Master study at the University of Milano Bicocca. 1 year of Erasmus at the ETH Zurich completed with international Master thesis.
Expertise Detailed geological mapping, petrographic and microstructural thin sections optical analysis.  Running of XRF, XRD, LA-ICP-MS, and Raman analysis.  Experience in Texture Goniometry and EBSD.
Paleoseismicity (pseudotachylites, eclogite breccia): from field to experiments”. Understand the role of metamorphic fluid release on the generation of deep earthquake through the analysis of selected examples of paleosismicity markers as pseudotachylites and eclogite breccias.

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GianESR 11  Gian Maria Bocchini
Nationality Italian
Main Host Institution National Observatory of Athens, Greece
Academic background Bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in geological sciences and structural geology, respectively, obtained at University G. D’Annunzio of Chieti-Pescara. Second level master’s degree in Risk and Emergency Management (REM) obtained at Understanding and Managing Extreme (UME) school of Pavia.
Expertise Structural geology with a mian focus on earthquake geology. Experience in seismic hazard and seismic risk assessment modeling.
Determination of the potential for the generation of large tsunamigenic earthquakes in active subduction zones taking the Hellenic arc and trench system, east Mediterranean basin, as an example.
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ESR12CasperPrangerESR 12  Casper Pranger
Nationality The Netherlands
Main Host Institution ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Academic background I received my academic education at Utrecht University, where I started out as a bachelor student of earth sciences and continued to study geophysics at master level, writing my thesis on the puzzling subduction history of the Banda Arc in Indonesia.
Expertise Through my education and my involvement in the mantle dynamics research group at my home university I have become well acquainted with practices of numerical modelling of geodynamic processes. I am especially interested in processes happening closer to the surface, such as fault formation and seismicity.
 The project is aimed to improve our understanding of the seismic cycle through developing and applying a new generation of seismo-thermo-hydro-mechanical geodynamic codes for the modeling of spontaneous seismic rupture processes in subduction zones.