Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2012
    Professor (W3) of Marine Geodesy, Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and Kiel University

  • Since 2012
    Head of the GEOMAR research division (FB4) Dynamics of the Ocean Floor (with ca. 60 employees)

  • Since 2010
    Deputy director of the research unit Marine Geodynamics at GEOMAR

  • 2003 – 2012
    Assistant professor at the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM-GEOMAR), Kiel

  • 2001 – 2003
    PostDoc, GEOMAR Research Center, Kiel

  • 1999 – 2001
    Doctoral student, GEOMAR Research Center, Kiel

  • 1998
    Visiting scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA, USA

  • 1997
    Diplom degree in geophysics

  • 1992 – 1997
    Studied geophysics, physics and geology at Kiel University, Germany

Selected publications

  • Contreras-Reyes, E, J. A. Ruiz, J. Becerra, H. Kopp, C. Reichert, A. Maksymowicz, and C. Arriagada (2015), Structure and tectonics of the central Chilean margin (31°-33°S): implications for subduction erosion and shallow crustal seismicity, Geophy. J. Int., 203 (2): 776-791 (Doi: 10.1093/gji/ggv309).

  • Contreras-Reyes, E., Becerra, J., Kopp, H., Reichert, C., Díaz-Naveas, J., Seismic structure of the north-central Chile convergent margin: Subduction erosion of a paleomagmatic arc, Geophysical Research Letters, 41, 5, 1523-1529, (Doi: 10.1002/2013GL058729), 2014.

  • H. Kopp, Invited Review Paper: The control of subduction zone structural complexity and geometry on margin segmentation and seismicity. Tectonophys., 589, 1-16 (Doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2012.12.037), 2013.

  • J. Zhu, X. Qiu, H. Kopp, H. Xu, Z. Sun, A. Ruan, J. Sun, X. Wei: Shallow anatomy of a continent-ocean transition zone in the northern South China Sea from multichannel seismic data, Tectonophysics, 554-557, 18-29, (Doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2012.05.027), 2012.

  • H. Kopp, The Java Convergent Margin: Structure, Seismogenesis and Subduction Processes, in: The SE Asian gateway: history and tectonics of Australia-Asia collision (eds: R. Hall, M. A. Cottam, M. E. J. Wilson), Geolog. Soc. London Spec. Publ., 355, 111-137, (Doi:10.1144/SP355.6), 2011.

  • H. Kopp, W. Weinzierl, A. Becel, P. Charvis, M. Evain, E. R. Flueh, A. Gailler, A. Galve, A. Hirn, A. Kandilarov, D. Klaeschen, M. Laigle, C. Papenberg, L. Planert, E. Roux, Trail and Thales teams, Deep structure of the central Lesser Antilles Island Arc: relevance for the formation of continental crust, EPSL, 304, 121-134 (Doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2011.01.024), 2011.

  • L. Planert, H. Kopp, E. Lueschen, C. Mueller, E. R. Flueh, A. Shulgin, Y. Djajadihardja, A. Krabbenhoeft, Lower plate structure and upper plate deformational segmentation at the Sunda-Banda arc transition, Indonesia, J. Geophys. Res., 115, (Doi:10.1029/2009JB006713), 2010.

  • Kopp, H. et al.: Anatomy of the western Java plate interface from depth-migrated seismic images, Earth Planet. In: Sci. Lett. 2009, (Doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2009.09.043).

  • Shulgin, A. et al.: Sunda-Banda arc transition: Incipient continent-island arc collision (northwest Australia). In: Geophys. Res. Lett. 36, 2009, L10304, (Doi:10.1029/2009GL037533).

  • Kopp, H. et al.: Lower slope morphology of the Sumatra trench system. In: Basin Research 2008, (Doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2117.2008.00381.x).

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • GeoSEA FS SONNE expedition SO244 I & II (BMBF), Coordination, 2015 – 2017

  • Marine Geodesy (BMBF), PI, 2012 – 2014

  • Dionysus FS METEOR expedition M111 (DFG), PI, 2012 – 2014

  • Alpha FS METEOR expedition M86/3 (DFG), PI, 2011 – 2012

  • South China Sea (NSF China), Co-PI, 2011 – 2013

  • Tiger (Petersen-Stiftung), PI, 2010 – 2011

  • Mango FS SONNE expedition SO192 (BMBF), PI, 2007 – 2009

  • Sindbad FS SONNE expedition SO190 I & II (BMBF), Coordination, 2006 – 2008

  • Seacause I & II FS SONNE expedition SO186 (BMBF), PI, 2005 – 2008

  • Sunda (DFG), PI, 2006 – 2007

  • Thales Was Right (EU, 6. FP), Co-PI, 2006 – 2009

  • Trail, FS MERIAN expedition MSM04-2 (DFG), PI, 2006 – 2007

  • Salvadore (EU, 6. FP), Co-PI, 2005 – 2008

  • Meramex, FS SONNE expeditions SO176 & SO179 (BMBF), PI, 2004 – 2006

  • SundaARC (DFG/BMBF Geotechnolgies), Co-PI, 2004 – 2006

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Research Division RD4, Dynamics of the Ocean Floor, at the GEOMAR – Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

  • Member of the board of directors of the German Geophysical Society (DGG), since 2010

  • Member of the Antarctic technical expert commission, German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, 2015 – 2018

  • Member of the GEOMAR Women's Executive Board (WEB), since 2013

  • Member of the scientific advisory committee, GEOMAR, since 2010

  • Member of the 'Future Ocean' Centre of Excellence, Kiel, since 2006

Additional qualifications

  • Chief scientist for seagoing expeditions on the research vessels SONNE, METEOR, POSEIDON and ALKOR

  • Speaker for Topic 4 of the Helmholtz Programme Oriented Funding (POF) programme OCEANS, since 2012

  • Venia legendi in geophysics, 2012

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Birth of Lennart Kopp: 2004

  • Birth of Yara Kopp: 2005


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