Dr. Patricia Martinez Garzon

Junior Group Leader
Dr. Patricia Martinez Garzon
Building D, Room 421
14473 Potsdam

Research Interests:

       • Fluid-induced seismicity (geothermal and hydrocarbon reservoirs, CO2 storage) 
  • Characterization of the stress field    
       • Reservoir geomechanics 
  • Fault mechanics of transform faults
       • Physics of the earthquake source 

       • Seismic vs aseismic deformation 
       • Interaction between shallow (brittle) and deep (ductile) processes      


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
September 2014 - December 2017:
Postdoc at GeoForschung Zentrum Potsdam GFZ in the frame of the Helmholtz Postdoc Programme
Since January 2018:
Principal Investigator of the Helmholtz Young Investigator Group "SAIDAN: Seismic and Aseismic deformation in the brittle crust: Implications for anthropogenic and natural hazard"


  • SAIDAN:Seismic and Aseismic Deformation in the brittle crust: from Anthropogenic to natural hazard
  • 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.

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