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My main scientific aim is the mechanical understanding of geological, geodynamical, and geophysical phenomena. I conduct process-oriented research and my focus lies on the mathematical description and numerical modeling of such processes. In most cases, I use the finite-element method as the numerical tool of choice. I developed various numerical modeling codes, but I also integrate my theoretical and numerical work with field and laboratory data.

Computational Structural Geology

The first of my two main research branches can be summarized as Computational Structural Geology, for which I combine detailed structural field studies with numerical modeling of geological structures to better understand the mechanical behavior of rocks.

Digital Rock Physics

For my second main research field, Digital Rock Physics, I closely collaborate with the Seismic Attenuation and Rock Deformation Laboratory. My aim is to measure seismic properties, such as attenuation and dispersion, in partially fluid-saturated porous or fractured rocks both in real rocks and numerically in digital rock samples.