Dr. Elizaveta Kovaleva

Dr. Elizaveta Kovaleva
Building C, Room 227
14473 Potsdam

Function and Responsibilities:

Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow
GFZ, Section 3.5 "Interface Geochemistry"

Research Interests:

  • Metamorphic petrology and structural geology with the emphasis on microstructures
  • Shock-induced deformation in accessory minerals
  • Shock-induced melting
  • SEM, EBSD, FIB-TEM methods
  • Zircon, monazite, apatite, titanite, xenotime, rutile


  • Completed Ph.D at the University of Vienna
  • Completed 2 Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of the Free State
  • Seniour Lecturer at the University of the Free State
  • Currently: Lecturer at the University of the Western Cape


Graduated from the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Department of Petrology, under the supervision of Prof. L.L. Perchuk.

Completed Ph.D at the University of Vienna under a supervision of Prof. Urs Kloetzli


  • Meteorite impact geothermobarometers and geochronometers derived from nano-structures in shocked accessory minerals
  • Study of shock micro-deformation in accessory minerals and its application in geothermobarometry of impactites
  • Geophysical, geochemical, petrological and remote sensing study of the Vredefort granophyre dikes 

Research Boards and Committees:

  • Guest Editor of Special Issue “Geochronology, Crystallography and Phase Transition in Shocked Minerals,” Minerals (MDPI)
  • Topic Editor of Minerals (MDPI)
  • Guest Editor of the Geobulletin GSSA, Geoheritage Division


  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers (2021-2023)
  • National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa, rating Y2 
  • DSI-NRF CIMERA funding for the MSc student supervision

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