Dr. Erik Rybacki

Dr. Erik Rybacki
Building D, Room 429
14473 Potsdam

Research Interests:

  • Rock Physics
  • Experimental Rheology
  • Ductile Behaviour of Crustal Rocks
  • Fracture Mechanics
  • Stress Field of the Continental Crust


  • 1986 - 1991 Scientific Coworker, Ruhr-University Bochum,  Projects within DFG-SFB ‚Mineral content, structure, and evolution of the continental lower crust ‘
  • 1991 - 1995 Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Ruhr-University Bochum, Projects within DFG-FG ‚High-pressure metamorphism in nature and experiment ‘
  • since 1996 Senior Research Scientist, GFZ Potsdam, Section 3.2 Deformation and Rheology


  • 1986 Diploma Geophysics, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
  • 1991 PhD Geophysics (Dr. rer. nat.), Ruhr-University Bochum


  • HT-rheology, ductile failure, and microstructure evolution of lower crustal rocks
  • HT-rheology and initiation of shear zones
  • HT-rheology and texture evolution of iron oxides
  • Influence of stress on reaction kinetics in the systems MgO-SiO2-Al2O3 and CaCO3-MgCO3
  • LT-mechanical behavior of black shales

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