Personal profile:

Ms. Dr. Vanessa Helpa

Section 4.2: Geomechanics and Rheology

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

Building D, room 409
14473 Potsdam
Phone: +49 331 288-28606
Fax: +49 331 288-1328
e-mail: vanessa.helpa(at)


About the person

Research Interests:

  • Deformation
  • Rheology
  • Mineralreactions
  • Microfabrics
  • Reactionskinetic


  • 2011-2014: Ph.D. at the GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam
  • since 2014: Post-Doc at the GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam


  • 2005-2008: B.Sc. in Geoscience at the der Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • 2008-2010: M.Sc. in Geoscience at the der Ruhr-Universität Bochum


  • Interplay between mineral reactions and deformation via structural defects (carbonate system)
  • The effect of stress/strain-induced texture evolution and grain boundary mobility on reaction rim growth in the wet system MgO-SiO2


  • Award for the best presentation ("Reaction kinetics of dolomite rim growth") by a young scientist sponsored by the European Mineralogical Union during the 1st European Mineralogical Conference (Frankfurt, Germany)
  • Best poster Award ("Dolomite Reaction Rim Growth Under Non-Isostatic Stress") sponsored by the European Association of Geochemistry and the Geochemical Society at the Goldschmidt Conference 2013 (Florence, Italy)