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Prof. Frederik Tilmann

Head of Section 2.4: Seismology

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

Building A 3, room 103
14473 Potsdam
Phone: +49 331 288-1240
Fax: +49 331 288-1277
e-mail: frederik.tilmann(at)


About the person

Research Interests:

Earthquake Seismology.  Broadly speaking, my research is concerned with the analysis of seismic recordings from earthquakes and occasionally man-made sources in order to better understand geodynamic and tectonic processes. This involves both the application of standard techniques of earthquake seismology such as travel time tomography, shear wave splitting, surface wave dispersion, and receiver function analysis, but also the improvement of waveform modelling and inversion techniques, and techniques enhancing the signal-to-noise ratio for better exploitation of the data.

Past and current projects are concerned with the following topics
- Subduction zone processes in Sumatra and Southern Chile
- Continental collision: How Tibet was built?
- Oceanic Mantle Plumes: mantle structure beneath Hawaii, Iceland
- Seismic tomography: joint body wave and surface wave tomography
- Mid-Ocean ridge seismo-tectonics and structure
- Detection and location of microseismic events


2010-           Head of Section 2.4 Seismology, Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum (Helmholtzzentrum Potsdam)
                   Univ. Professor, Freie Universität Berlin

2003-2010     University Lecturer, Department of Earth Science, University of Cambridge (since 2007 Staff
                   Fellow at Trinity Hall College)

2000-2003     Assistant Professor (C1), GEOMAR, Centre for Marine Geosciences of the Christian-Albrechts
                   Universität Kiel

1999-2000     Postdoc, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, Feodor-Lynen scholar
                   (program of the Alexander-von-Humboldt foundation)


1995-1999   Ph.D. Geophysics, University of Cambridge, U.K.
1992-1995   B.Sc. Physics, University College London, U.K.

Research Boards and Committees:

ORFEUS Executive Committee
Editorial Board "Surveys in Geophysics"