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Dr. James Mechie

Section 2.2: Geophysical Deep Sounding

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

Building E, room 328
14473 Potsdam
Phone: +49 331 288-1237
Fax: +49 331 288-1266
e-mail: james.mechie(at)


About the person

Function and Responsibilities:

My field of interest is refraction / wide-angle reflection seismology and how this method can be applied to determine the structure and evolution of the crust and upper mantle in tectonically interesting areas e.g. continental rifts and (recent) collisional zones. Much of my work has been concentrated in the Afro-Arabian rift system, the Variscides of Europe, the Urals, the Alps, the Andes and the Himalayas/Tibet ( see complete list of publications).


  • 1994-present - Research Scientist - GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ) Potsdam, Germany
  • 1980-1994 - Research Scientist - Karlsruhe University, Germany
  • 1979-1980 - Research Associate - Birmingham University, U.K.

I am a member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the Geological Society of Glasgow.

From 1995-2004, I was also a member of the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 267 - Deformation Processes in the Andes, involving the GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ) Potsdam, the Free University Berlin, the Technical University Berlin and the University of Potsdam.


  • 1980 - Ph.D. in Geophysics, University of Wales, U.K. (1980)
  • 1976 - B.Sc. in Geology, Glasgow University, U.K.


Here is a list of recent projects, including links, in which I have been involved:

In addition I am working on crustal structure models for Germany and the Afro-Arabian rift system.

For older projects, see my publications list.