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 Creep observatory

·     Science management: Coordinator POF II-POF III (2007 -2020)

Research Interests:

I am a structural geologist  with the focus on active tectonics. I am interested in:

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

·     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)

·     Applying instrumental techniques to monitor localized fault processes

·     3D analysis of fault pattern and kinematic evolution on the regional scale

·     Studying the impact of faulting on landscape evolution


7/2015            –          present           Senior scientist, GFZ Potsdam

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


·     IPOC Creep: Remote triggering of displacement

·     IPOC Creep: Aseismic vs. seismic displacement using time series decomposition

·     SFB1211: Tectonic geomorphology: Adaptation of drainage to tectonic forcing

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

 ·     IPOC Creep: Properties of faults at shallow depth