Dr. Alexey Petrunin

Dr. Alexey Petrunin
Building A 20, Room 319
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-1930
+49 331 288-1163

Research Interests:

Scientific interests:

Developing innovative multidisciplinary approaches linking the dynamics of the Earth’s interior to a wide range of surface processes and observables (i.e., sedimentary basins dynamics, lithospheric deformation, multiphase heat-mass transfer, sedimentation, heat flow, GPS measurements, satellite and seismic data, etc.).

Developing numerical codes for the thermo-mechanical modeling of the Earth dynamics and surface processes acounting for the non-linear visco-elasto-plastic rheology, magma transport, surface erosion, fluid filtration, and free surface.


Tectonic deformations and crustal mass flux, lithospheric thermal state analysis, rheology, interaction between the deep-mantle and surface processes, seismicity, long- and short-term lithospheric stress state analysis.

Numerical models developing with the use of finite elements (FEM), finite differences (FDM), finite volumes (FVM) and spectral (SM) methods.

Selected publications:

Rogozhina, I., A. G. Petrunin, A. P. M. Vaughan, B. Steinberger, J. V. Johnson, M. K. Kaban, R. Calov, F. Rickers, M. Thomas, and I. Koulakov (2016), Melting at the base of the Greenland ice sheet explained by Iceland hotspot history, Nature Geoscience, 9(5), 366–369, doi:10.1038/ngeo2689.

Kaban, M. K., W. D. Mooney, and A. G. Petrunin (2015), Cratonic root beneath North America shifted by basal drag from the convecting mantle, Nature Geoscience, 8(10), 797–800, doi:10.1038/ngeo2525.

Petrunin, A. G., I. Rogozhina, a. P. M. Vaughan, I. T. Kukkonen, M. K. Kaban, I. Koulakov, and M. Thomas (2013), Heat flux variations beneath central Greenland’s ice due to anomalously thin lithosphere, Nature Geoscience, 6, 746–750, doi:10.1038/ngeo1898.

Petrunin, A. G., M. K. Kaban, I. Rogozhina, and V. Trubitsyn (2013), Revising the spectral method as applied to modeling mantle dynamics, Geochemistry, Geophys. Geosystems, 14(9), 3691–3702, doi:10.1002/ggge.20226.

Petrunin A.G. , E. Meneses Rioseco and S.V. Sobolev (2012) Thermo-mechanical model reconciles contradictory geophysical observations at the Dead Sea Basin., Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., v. 13, Q04011, 15 pp., doi:10.1029/2011GC003929

Sobolev, S. V., A. V. Sobolev, D. V. Kuzmin, N. A. Krivolutskaya, A. G. Petrunin, N. T. Arndt, V. A. Radko, and Y. R. Vasiliev (2011), Linking mantle plumes, large igneous provinces and environmental catastrophes, Nature, 477(7364), 312-316, doi:10.1038/nature10385.

Petrunin, A. G., and S. V. Sobolev (2008), Three-dimensional numerical models of the evolution of pull-apart basins, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 171(1-4), 387-399, doi:10.1016/j.pepi.2008.08.017.

Petrunin, A.G., and S. V. Sobolev (2006), What controls thickness of sediments and lithospheric deformation at a pull-apart basin?, Geology, 34(5), 389, doi:10.1130/G22158.1.


Ongoing project (DFG personal grant, a part of the SPP 2017):

Inverse and forward multiscale numerical modeling of the Alpine orogeny (IFMMALPO).

Completed projects:

DFG personal grant:

Evaluation of stress and strain rates in the lithosphere of Europe based on high resolution thermo-mechanical model coupled with mantle convection model.

As a PostDoc: