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Research Theme B "Ocean & Seafloor"

From the coast to the deep sea the seafloor covers more than 70% of the Earth’s surface. Thereby it hosts a huge diversity of ecosystems, provides a wealth of resources, archives information about Earth’s history, connects the interior of the Earth to the hydrosphere, and interferes with human usage especially in the coastal zones. In the research theme “Ocean & Seafloor”, we address a variety of aspects within a multidisciplinary consortium:

  • Sedimentology – investigating the deposition of sediments as well as the structure of sedimentary features,
  • Morphodynamics – analyzing the interplay of hydrodynamics, sediments and morphology in shaping the “seascape”,
  • Seismology – imaging the sub-seafloor to assess the long-term development of the seafloor,
  • Fluids & Gases – assessing the presence of fluids and gases in the lithosphere and their exchange with the hydrosphere,
  • Petrology – understanding the fate of newly formed ocean crust from generation to alteration.

Research Associate for Research Theme B: Chelsea Korpanty


PhD students in research theme B

PhD student PhD project Supervisor
Elmar Albers The role of magmatic and metasomatic mass transfers in exhumation of the mantle in oceanic detachment faults Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Bach
Seyed Mohammad Amirshahi Turbulent Suspension of Sediments in Coastal Environments PD Dr. Christian Winter
Richard Jason Antonio Magma plumbing dynamics at the ultraslow-spreading Southwest Indian Ridge Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Bach
Fenna Bergmann The Bengal Fan stratigraphy as a function of tectonic and climate – Correlation of IODP Expedition 354 results and available seismic data from the Bay of Bengal Prof. Dr. Volkhard Spieß
Ines Bruns Hydro-acoustic characterization of trawl marks in the German Exclusive Economic Zone (North Sea) as a function of sediment properties Prof. Dr. André Freiwald
Alexander Busch Quantification of the long-term set-up effect of XL offshore monopoles by field and lab experiments Prof. Dr. Tobias Mörz
Alexander Diehl Magma-hydrothermal interactions at island arcs Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Bach
Aisgo dos Anjos Oguro Quantification of sediment properties using inverted 2d- Multichannel Seismoacoustic Prof. Dr. Volkhard Spieß
Aagje Eijsink Microstructural mechanisms controlling strain release by earthquakes, slow slip events and stable sliding in subduction zone settings Dr. Matt Ikari
Hadar Elyashiv Non-focused versus focused gravitational mass movement along passive continental margins Prof. Dr. Katrin Huhn-Frehers
Ricarda Gatter Micro-mechanics of failure planes: key role of sediment texture and composition Prof. Dr. Katrin Huhn-Freher
Benjamin Gillard Towards Sustainable Deep Sea Mining- Impact of mining activities on benthic pelagic coupling in the Clarion Clipperton Fracture Zone Dr. Morten Iversen
Alexander Rösner Analysis of subduction zone earthquake pressure and temperature transients based on in-situ data and laboratory experiments Prof. Dr. Achim Kopf
Lucy Schlicht Hydrothermal mass transfer in back-arc crust Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Bach
Nora Schulze Seismic investigation of possible ICDP drilling locations within the lake Nam Co, Tibet Prof. Dr. Volkhard Spieß
Katja Stanislowski Characterization of the frictional behavior of natural fault zone material driven at plate tectonic convergence rates Dr. Matt Ikari
Leonardo Tamborrino Spatio-temporal distribution of cold-water coral and coral mounds in the SE Atlantic Prof. Dr. Dierk Hebbeln
Monika Wiebe Strain evolution, internal deformation and morphology of submarine landslides as a function of margin architecture Prof. Dr. Katrin Huhn-Frehers
Ting-Wei Wu Geotechnical characterization of slope failure preconditioning factors and the effect of seismicity on subaquatic slope stability Prof. Dr. Achim Kopf