Project Lead

Prof. Dr. Serge A. Shapiro

received his Diploma in Applied Geophysics from Lomonosov Moscow State University (1982) and his PhD (1987) from Moscow Research Institute VNIIGeosystem. In 1991-97 he was working at the Geophysical Institute of Karlsruhe University in Germany as an Alexander von Humboldt- and a Heisenberg fellow and research geophysicist. In 1995 he received his State Doctorate from the Physical Department of this university for a thesis on stratigraphic filtering of seismic waves in thinly layered sediments. In 1997-99 he was a Professor of Applied Geophysics at the Geological School of the Polytechnic Institute, Nancy, France. In 2001-2008 he was one of Coordinators of the German Continental Deep Drilling Program. Since February 1999, he has been a full Professor of Geophysics at the Freie Universität Berlin and, since 2004, Director of the PHASE (PHysics and Application of Seismic Emission) university consortium project. His research includes seismogenic processes, wave phenomena, exploration seismology and rock physics. He is a member of AGU, DGG, EAGE and SEG. For his works in microseismic monitoring and rock physics he received from SEG the Best Paper Award (2002) and the Virgil Kauffman Gold Medal (2013). In 2004 he was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.

contact: +49 30 838 70 839  |

Research Fellows

Dr. Carsten Dinske

received his diploma in Geophysics from the University of Potsdam in 2004. Before he became a research associate at Freie Universität in January 2005 he was a research assistance at GFZ Potsdam supporting the KTB seismological monitoring group during a long-term fluid injection experiment. In 2011, he finished his PhD studies and received a doctoral degree. His work mainly focuses on improved understanding of injection-induced seismicity related phenomena. He is a member of AGU, EAGE and SEG.

contact: +49 30 838 70 175  |

Dr. Stine Gutjahr

studied geophysics at the Freie Universität Berlin where she received her diploma in 2009. For her diploma thesis she performed wavefield separation to the recorded wavefield of an active seismic data set from the San Andreas fault at Parkfield and separately imaged the P-, S- and converted components of the wavefield. Stine finished her PhD in 2015. For her thesis she reprocessed an old industry seismic reflection data set in order to gain additional structural information of the deep crust and upper mantle of the San Andreas fault zone using advanced imaging techniques. Currently she focuses on the detection and location of microseismic events and the processing of refraction seismic data.

contact: +49 30 838 70 598  |

Dr. Jörn Kummerow

received his diploma in Geophysics from Free University, Berlin, in 1998. In his diploma thesis, he worked on travel time tomography of two seismic profiles near Calama, Northern Chile. Between 1998 and 2003, he was member of the TRANSALP Group at the GFZ Potsdam and studied the crustal and upper mantle seismic structure of the Eastern Alps. He finished his PhD in 2003. Since 2003, he has been working in the KTB seismic monitoring team focusing on fluid-induced microseismicity. In August 2005 he joined the microseismicity group at the Free University, Berlin and continues his research in seismic source location, multiplet analysis as well as source parameter determination. He is member of EAGE, EGU and SSA.

contact: +49 30 838 70 589  |

PD Dr. Sibylle Mayr

studied Physics at the University of Stuttgart from 1988 - 1993 and worked 1992/93 on her diploma thesis at the Institute of Geophysics (Stuttgart). The subject of the theses was the ’Investigation of the elastic behaviour of porous sediments at static stress’. In 1994/95 she worked at the Institute of Geotechnical Engineering, Stuttgart. From 1995 to 2008 she was Member of the Department of Applied Geophysics, Technical University Berlin (TUB). Till 2000 she was Assistant Lecturer and working as Scientific Employee on the ultrasonic behaviour of sandstones under hydrostatic pressure. Afterwards she was employed on an ’Elektro Kinetic Sounding’ Project till 2002. In 2002 she received her doctorate in Natural Sciences by the TUB. From 2002 to 2008 she worked on two Petrophysics Projects (Chicxulub and Chesapeake) at the TUB. In August 2008 she joined the microseismicity group at the Free University Berlin again working in the field of rock physics and concentrating on pore pressure induced microseismicity. From May 2011 to March 2012 she was Gast Dozentin for Experimental Rock Physics at the Institut für GeologischeWissenschaften/FU Berlin. Since 2012 she works on the DGMK- Project No. 741, now dealing experimentally and theoretically with stress induced anisotropy. Membership: SEG, EAGE, DGMK, German Geophysical Society (DGG).

contact: +49 30 838 70 580  |

Dr. Anton Reshetnikov

studied physics and computer sciences at Department of Computational Physics, Faculty of Physics, Saint Petersburg State University, Russia. He received his MSc diploma in 2006. From 2001 to 2007 he worked for the GEOVERS ltd., Moscow, Russia as a software engineer, senior geophysicist and project manager, where he has obtained the experience of software designing and developing for seismic data processing, solutions of forward and inverse problems of geophysics, large scale calculations. Then he joined the microseismicity group at Free University, Berlin in September 2007. He defended his PhD dissertation titled ’Microseismic Reflection Imaging’ in 2013. Currently his main research activities are related to anisotropic velocity model inversion, microseismic event location and reflection imaging using microseismic data. His research interests include seismic data processing, reflection imaging, modeling of seismic wave propagation for heterogeneous anisotropic media and novel methods of hydrocarbon reservoir characterization.

contact: +49 30 838 70 598  |

Dr. Peter Wigger

received his Diploma in Geophysics 1977 from the Freie Universität Berlin (FUB). Then he worked in the exploration company PRAKLA-SEISMOS. He returned to the FUB and was engaged in a number of projects exploring the continental lithosphere by controlled source seismology. 1983 he finished his Ph.D. at the FUB (thesis about the Apennin mountain chain and the geothermal anomaly in Tuscany, Italy) and since that time his research was focussed to the South American Andes, using wide and steep angle seismics as well as seismological methods. Since 1985 he also acted as the research manager for two large interdisciplinary geoscientific programs based at the FUB: Research Group "Mobility of active continental margins" (until 1990) and Collaborative Research Center (SFB 267) "Deformation Processes in the Andes" (until 2005). In 2012 he retired and now acts as adviser of the group.

contact: +49 30 838 70 586  |


Research Assistants / Doctoral Candidates

Wasja Bloch

gained his Bachelor’s degree in Geosciences at the University of Göttingen in 2009, and started working as a student research assistent for the FU Geophysics Group in early 2011. In mid 2012 he graduated at the FU Berlin with a thesis about local seismicity in the Northern Chilean forearc region. He subsequently continued his work on the Chile dataset, dealing with high-precision localization procedures, multiplet analysis and the estimation of Vp/Vs from seismological data. As of early 2015 he continous developing amethodology for the volumetric estimation of Vp/Vs, including synthetic studies and extensive stability tests. He is a member of AGU and EGU.

contact: +49 30 838 70 586  |

Nepomuk Boitz

started studying Geophysics at TU Bergakademie Freiberg and changed to Freie Universität in 2013. In his bachelor thesis he deals with an alternative method of event location using the relative traveltimes between array geophones.

contact: +49 30 838 63 436  |

Jonas Folesky

received his BSc of Science in Physics from TU-Berlin in 2011. He was a student member of our group until May 2013 when he received his MSc of Science from FU Berlin. Since then he is a doctoral candidate. Jonas is working on the subject of rupture property estimation for events at a microseismic scale. For that he applies, refines and develops different seismic imaging and analysis techniques. His current work is on the application of empirical greens functions and their implications for the analysis of rupture properties at the reservoir scale.

contact: +49 30 838 70 905  |

Timo Hajati

joined the geophysics workgroup in mid 2013 as a student assistant. In late 2013 he received his bachelor degree, for which he focused on the quantification of the seismotectonic state at geothermal reservoirs. Currently he is still researching earthquake statistics as a result of fluid injection at producing geothermal fields.

contact: +49 30 838 63 426  |

Lisa Johann

joined the geophysics group in early 2013 as a student reasearch assistant. She received her Bachelor of Geosciences from the University of Potsdam in summer 2012. In December 2015 she gained her Masters degree from the FUB, before she started as a Ph.D. student in the Geophsics Group in Feburary 2016. Currently, Lisa works on poroelastic modelling of injection-induced microseismicity. As in previous works, she also focuses on postinjection-induced seismicity. Moreover, Lisa is president of the SEG Student Chapter Berlin & Potsdam.

contact: +49 30 838 59 954  |

Aurelian Röser

joined our group as a student assistant in 2009. He received his bachelor’s (2011) and master’s (2015) degrees in Geological Sciences from Freie Universität Berlin. For his master’s thesis, Aurelian developed an enhanced OASES workflow for 3D anisotropic full waveform modeling with complex source-receiver geometries. Since January 2016, he has been a research assistant and a doctoral candidate at our Institute and focuses on imaging and inversion techniques. Aurelian is the Chair of the Student Geoscientific Society and the Student Co-Chair of the SEG Committee on University and Student Programs.

contact: +49 30 838 59 906  |

Naoyuki Shimoda

studied Seismology at Ritsumeikan University and finished his master in 2006. In his master thesis he applied Double-Difference location method to South Africa gold mine dataset with strain meter data. After that, he works at JOGMEC (Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation) as a exploration geophysicist. Since April 2014 he researches about microseismics at shale gas field. He is member of EAGE, SEG, SEGJ (SEG Japan) and SSJ (the Seismological Society of Japan).

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Jan Handel

joined the group as a student assistant in January 2017, after a seven week cruise near the cost of north Chile on the research vessel Marcus G. Langseth. He is now working for his master's thesis on seismic imaging of an offshore data set, which was collected during this cruise. Besides this, he is a member of the Student Geoscientific Society e.V. As well as being a member of the SEG Student Chapter.

contact: +49 30 838 70 433  |

Julia Singer

joined the seismology department in August 2016 as a student assistant and received her B.Sc. at Freie Universität Berlin in 2014. She is now working on her master's thesis about statistic behaviour of induced seismicity theories correlating to real earthquake data. Besides this, she is a member of the EAGE student chapter.

contact: +49 30 838 70 598  |


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