Dr. Pia Victor

Pia Victor
Dr. Pia Victor
Building E, Room 421
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-1357
+49 331 288-1370

Function and Responsibilities:

·   Senior Scientist Section 4.1 “Lithosphere Dynamics”

·   Leading Scientist IPOC Creepmeter observatory

·   Scientific coordination of the HGF program "Geosystem: The Changing Earth" (since 2007)

Research Interests:

I am a structural geologist  with the focus on active tectonics and quantitative tectonic geomorphology.

I am interested in:

·     The interaction of the subduction process and forearc tectonics along active continental margins

·     Studying the impact of faulting on landscape evolution (e.g. mountain building, coastal uplift, drainage evolution)

·     Understanding the relation between earthquake cycle deformation and long-term accumulation of strain along fault systems.

·     Determining fault displacement rates on various time-scales (seconds – million years)

·    Instrumental fault displacement rate monitoring: IPOC Creepmeter Array

·     3D analysis of fault activity pattern, kinematic evolution and uplift


7/2015            –          present           Senior scientist, GFZ Potsdam, Germany

1/2009            –          6/2015            Research scientist, GFZ Potsdam, Germany

10/2007          –          12/2008          Maternity leave

7/2005            –          9/2007            Research scientist, GFZ Potsdam, Germany

7/2003            –          6/2005            Maternity leave

10/2001          –          6/2005            Assistant Professor (C1) in Structural Geology at Leibnitz Universität Hannover, Germany

7/2000            –          9/2001            Postdoctoral position at Institut Français du Pétrole, France

1/1997            –          6/2000            Research assistant, GFZ Potsdam, Germany


·    2000   Ph.D in Geoscience at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

·    1996   Diploma in Geology at Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Germany


·     CRC 1211 "Earth: Evolution at the dry limit" Project C05: Tectonic geomorphology: Adaptation of drainage to tectonic forcing.

·     EDITH: From Earthquake deformation to seismic hazard assessment 

·     IPOC: Integrated Plate Boundary Observatory Chile

·     IPOC Creep: Monitoring seismic and silent faulting along the Atacama Fault System, N-Chile

·     FNS:  Activity pattern of the Atacama Fault System and its relation to subduction zone megathrust segmentation