Short CV/Education and training

  • 1992 – 1993
    Geochemical research assistant at the Environmental and Economic Geology Company (UWGmbH), Berlin, Germany

  • 1993
    Project director at the EXALYT Chemical Analysis Company, Berlin: projects in the field of contamination clean-up of groundwater and soil

  • 1994 – 1997
    PhD student at the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) Potsdam, Germany / Freie Universität (FU) Berlin; worked on creating a 3-D structural model of the North German Basin

  • 1997 – 2000
    Postdoc at GFZ Potsdam, geoprocess modelling group, within the framework of the German Research Foundation (DFG) joint project "Complementary studies to DEKORP BASIN96"

  • 1999 – 2000
    Researcher at GFZ Potsdam, geoprocess modelling group, research concentration: the intracontinental northern European basin. Preparation of the Sedimentary Basin Dynamics priority programme

  • 2000
    Research assistant professor at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, within the framework of the PACE TMR-network. Research topic: Basement structures in the Danish North Sea

  • 2001 – 2008
    Researcher at GFZ Potsdam in the "Organic Geochemistry" and "Geoprocess Modelling" working groups. Research topic: intracontinental northern European basin, passive continental margins of the Atlantic Ocean in Norway and South Africa, salt dynamics

  • Since 2008
    Head of Section: "Sedimentary Basin Analysis" at GFZ Potsdam

  • Since 2013
    Professorship "Sedimentary basin analysis" at RWTH Aachen, Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering

  • 2015
    Director of GFZ Department "Geochemistry"

  • 2016 – 2019
    Director of Department "Geotechnologies", head of section "Basin Modeling"

  • since 2019
    Director of Department "Geosystems", head of section "Basin Modeling"

Selected publications

Selected projects

  • Ongoing projects:

    SPP 2017: 4D Mountainbuilding: DEFORM: Deformation patterns in relation to the deep configuration of the lithosphere of the Alps and their forelands

    SPP 2017: 4D Mountainbuilding: INTEGRATE: Integrated 3D modeling of the Alps and their forelands

    Simulation of coupled processes in subsurface utilization as part of Helmholtz project Earth System Modelling

    ITGR StRATEGY: Evolution of the Argentine Andean forland basin

    Hessen 3D 2.0: Geothermal Potential of Hesse

    3D thermal models of the North German Basin at different scales

    Helmholtz project: Energy Systems 2050: 3D Structure and thermal field of Berlin

    3D lithospheric model of the North Atlantic

    3D Marmara: lithosphere-scale model of the Marmara Sea

  • Previous projects:

    3D model of the Caribbean

    3D lithospheric model of the Barents -Kara Sea

    EU: IMAGE – Thermal Modelling Upper Rhine Graben

    SPP 1375 SAMPLE – South Atlantic Margin Processes and Links with onshore Evolution: 3D lithosphere-scale modelling of the South Atlantic passive continental margins with focus on the South African and Argentine segments

    3D structural and thermal model of the Molasse Basin

  • GeoEn – BMBF-Verbundprojekt im Programm "Spitzenforschung in den Neuen Ländern": Geoenergie aus unkonventionellen Ressourcen

  • Südafrikanische Gassysteme (INKABA ye'AFRICA)

  • MOM – Methane on the move

  • GASH: Gas Shale in Europe

  • European Science Foundation (ESF) EUROCORES EUROMARGINS – Norwegian continental margin

  • Priority Programme 1135, Palaeostress analysis in the central European basin system

  • Priority Programme 1135, 3-D structural modelling and basin analysis of the central European basin system (CEBS)

  • Priority Programme 1135, Mesozoic fault systems

  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) PROCOPE, The structural inheritance of the Boulonnais

  • PACE network


  • Mechanisms of basin formation with attention to the structure and evolution of the deep crust (North German Basin)

  • German Research Foundation (DFG) joint funding application for DEKORP NE Germany

  • Evolution of Salt structures in the North German Basin

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of DFG Review Board 314-01 Geology, Paleontology, since 2016

  • Secretary General of the International Lithosphere Program, since 2013

  • Member of "Nationales Begleitgremium" since 2020

  • Member of the International Peer Review Panel of the Danish Council for Independent Research | Natural Science 2012-2015

    Member of the European Geosciences Union (EGU), Vice -President of division Tectonics and Structural Geology of the EGU, 2015-2020

    Member of the Geodynamics Programme Committee of the EGU 2012-2015

  • Member of German Geological Society (DGGV) Advisory Board DGGV, since 2015

  • Member of American Geophysical Union (AGU)

    Member of German Geophysical Society(DGG)

    Member of the editorial board of Basin Research, since 2009

  • Member of the editorial board of Tectonophysics, since 2006

  • Co-coordinator of the "Sedimentary Basins" task force, International Lithosphere Programme, 2005-2015

Additional qualifications

  • Supervision of PhD students

  • External reviewer of dissertations written in the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa and Denmark

  • Reviewer for the German Research Foundation (DFG), various European and Canadian research funding institutions

  • Teaching at the RWTH Aachen, the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin and the University of Potsdam, Germany; many years of experience in international collaborations

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Helmholtz Management Academy


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