Dr. Pia Victor

Dr. Pia Victor
Building E, Room 421
14473 Potsdam

Function and Responsibilities:

·   Senior scientist in section 4.1 leading the group "Active Tectonics and Fault Monitoring"

·   PI of the IPOC Creepmeter observatory

·   Scientific coordination of Topic 3 "Restless Earth - Towards forecasting Geohazard" 

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 and transients 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


2015  –  present    Senior scientist, GFZ Potsdam, Germany

2008  -   2015        Research scientist, GFZ Potsdam, Germany

2005 -    2007        Research scientist, GFZ Potsdam, Germany

2001 -    2005        Assistant Professor (C1) in Structural Geology at Leibnitz Universität Hannover, Germany

2000 -    2001        Postdoctoral position at Institut Français du Pétrole, France

1997 -    2000        Research assistant, GFZ Potsdam, Germany


 2000    PhD 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

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