Dr. Benjamin Schwarz

Dr. Benjamin Schwarz
Building A 42, Room 303
Albert-Einstein-Straße 42-46
14473 Potsdam

Research Interests:

My research across the scales aims at strengthening the interface between traditionally separated fields with an emphasis on exploration and earthquake seismology. I am additionally interested in optics, i.e. the (non-quantum mechanical) theory of light, and how its well-established and rich conceptual framework might inspire new developments in seismic and ground-penetrating radar subsurface imaging. Building on dense source and receiver geometries and the rapidly emerging technique of fibre-optic strain sensing I explore the potential of using (formerly ignored) weak wavefields such as seismic and electromagnetic diffractions to arrive at maximally resolved data-driven reconstructions of the solid Earth. I am particularly interested in applications relating to geodynamics, renewable energy and the environment. More details on me and my research can be found on the following sites:
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Introduction to seismic diffraction imaging:
B. Schwarz (2019). An introduction to seismic diffraction. Advances in Geophysics 60, Chapter 1, pp. 1-64, Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/bs.agph.2019.05.001 | Post-print download: EarthArXiv


  • since 2019: Postdoc, GFZ Potsdam (supported by Geo.X SEED funding)
  • 2018 - 2019: DFG Return Fellowship, GFZ Potsdam (SCHW 1870/2-1)
  • 2016 - 2018: DFG Research Fellowship, University of Oxford (SCHW 1870/1-1)
  • 2017 - 2018: Tutoring (Vector Calculus & Mathematics in Earth Sciences), University of Oxford
  • 2016: Interim professorship (W2) Seismology, University of Hamburg
  • 2011 - 2014:  Exploration seismology teaching assistant, University of Hamburg
  • 2010: Scientific cruise, RV Maria S. Merian (Cyprus)
  • 2009: Internship, Fugro Seismic Imaging (Swanley, UK)
  • 2009: Scientific cruise, RV Meteor (Azores)


  • Jun 2015: Ph.D. (Geophysics), University of Hamburg
  • Nov 2011: Diploma (Geophysics), University of Hamburg
  • Oct 2007: Prediploma (Geophysics & Physics), University of Hamburg

Research Boards and Committees:

  • Associate editor - Journal of Geophysics and Engineering (Oxford University Press)


  • 2021  GFZ Discovery Fellowship Machine learning for fibre-optic seismology
  • 2019  Karl Zoeppritz Prize  of the German Geophysical Society (DGG)
  • 2019  Geo.X Fellowship "Seed Funding for Early Career Scientists"
  • 2018  DFG Return Fellowship (SCHW 1870/2-1)
  • 2016  DFG Research Fellowship (SCHW 1870/1-1)
  • 2016  DAAD Postdoc Fellowship (not embraced)

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