Dr. Patricia Martinez Garzon

Research Interests:

• Fluid-induced seismicity (geothermal and hydrocarbon reservoirs, CO2 storage)

• Stress field
• Geomechanics
• Physics of the earthquake source 

• Strike - slip faults

 • Programming


September 2010: 
Physics Degree (five years degree). 
Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM). 

June 2011: 
Master in Geophysics and Meteorology (two years). 
Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM). 
Final Master Thesis: “Dynamic deformations from seismicity near the Itoiz Reservoir, Northern Spain”. 

July 2014: 
PhD at GeoForschung Zentrum Potsdam GFZ in the frame of the HAI program.
Thesis title: Seismo-mechanical reservoir characterization from fluid-induced seismicity
Supervisor: Prof. Marco Bohnhoff
Since September 2014:
Postdoc at GeoForschung Zentrum Potsdam GFZ in the frame of the Helmholtz Postdoc Programme


  • Helmholtz Postdoc Programme: "Earthquake Hazard due to reservoir stimulation: A geomechanical study linking hazard and induced seismicity".
  • Induced seismicity at The Geysers geothermal field: Analysis of spatiotemporal variations in the seismicity and stress field related to fluid injection and extraction.
  • Helmholtz-Alberta Initiative (HAI): Analysis of induced seismicity related to COstorage and laboratory experiments on CO2 saturated samples.
  • Geophysical Observatory North Anatolian Fault (GONAF): Participation in management and field drilling work. 


  •      Best Student Presentation Award (May 2014), Annual Meeting of the Seismological Society of America, Anchorage, Alaska.

  •      Best dissertation of the year at GFZ Potsdam (October 2014). Association of Friends and Sponsors of the GFZ, Potsdam, Germany.

Patricia Martinez Garzon
Dr. Patricia Martinez Garzon
Young Group Leader
Building D , Room 421
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-28833