Dr. Naiara Fernandez Terrones

Dr. Naiara Fernandez Terrones
Haus C 4, Raum 1.08
14473 Potsdam

Wissenschaftliche Interessen:

  • Evolution of geological structures and deformation processes in sedimentary basins
  • Salt tectonics in different geological settings
  • Forward numerical modeling of crustal deformation processes at geological time-scales
  • Subsurface geological mapping with seismic reflection data
  • Interaction between tectonics and surface processes

My current research within the 3D Marmara project will be focused at constraining the present-day 3D structure and thermo-mechanical state of the Sea of Marmara region and the Main Marmara Fault (North Anatolian Fault Zone).


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  • Since 10/2021. GFZ. Section 4.5. Basin Modelling.
  • 2015-2021. Bureau of Economic Geology. The University of Texas at Austin, US. Positions: Research Associate (11/2016-09/2021) and Postdoctoral Fellow (01/2015-10/2016) at the Applied Geodynamics Laboratory (AGL).
  • 2011-2014. Institute of Geosciences. Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany. Positions: Research and Teaching Assistant (09/2011-07/2014) and Postdoc (10/2014-12/2014) at the Group of Geodynamics and Geophysics.
  • 2014. Statoil (now Equinor) Research Center, Bergen, Norway. Summer Intern (08/2014-09/2014)
  • 2011. Institute of Geophysics, ETH-Zurich, Switzerland. Research Assistant (01/2011-08/2011).
  • 2006-2010. Institute of Earth Sciences "Jaume Almera" - CSIC (now Geo3BCN), Barcelona, Spain. Position: Research Assistant at the Group of Dynamics of the Lithosphere (GDL).
  • 2004-2006.  Regional Government of La Rioja, Spain. Intern at the Department of Mines.

Werdegang / Ausbildung:

  • 2014. Doctorate in Geology. Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany. Dissertation: "2D and 3D numerical modelling of multilayer detachment folding and salt tectonics".
  • 2010. Master in Geology. University of Barcelona (UB) - Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Spain. Specialty: Basin Analysis and Reservoir Geology. MSc Thesis: "3D Geometry and Evolution of the Eastern termination of Khorramabad Anticline, Zagros, Iran".
  • 2003. Degree in Sciences (Geology). University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU), Spain; with exchange year (2001/2002) at Cardiff University, UK. Specialty: Field and Applied Geology.


  • Hudec, M.R., Dooley, T., Burrel, L., Teixell, A., Fernandez, N., (2021). Role of salt depositional configuration and preexisting salt structures in the Southern Pyrenees, Spain. Journal of Structural Geology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsg.2021.104325
  • Duffy, O.B., Dooley, T., Hudec, M.R., Fernandez, N., Jackson, C.A.L., Soto, J.I., (2021). Principles of Shortening in Salt Basins Containing Isolated Minibasins. Basin Research. https://doi.org/10.1111/bre.12550
  • Fernandez, N., Duffy, O.B., Peel, F., and Hudec, M.R., Influence of Minibasin Obstruction on Regional Canopy Dynamics in the northern Gulf of Mexico (2021). Basin Research. https://doi.org/10.1111/bre.12480
  • Fernandez, N., Hudec, M.R., Jackson, C.A-L., Dooley, T.P., Duffy, O.B., (2020). The competition for salt and kinematic interactions between minibasins during density-driven subsidence: observations from numerical models. Petroleum Geoscience. https://doi.org/10.1144/petgeo2019-051
  • Jackson, C.A-L., Duffy, O.B., Fernandez, N., Dooley, T.P., Hudec, M.R., Jackson, M.P.A., Burg, G., (2019) The stratigraphic record of minibasin subsidence. Basin Research. https://doi.org/10.1111/bre.12393
  • Duffy, O.B., Fernandez, N., Peel, F., Hudec, M.R., Dooley, T., Jackson C. A-L., (2019) Obstructed minibasins on a salt-detached slope: an example from above the Sigsbee canopy, Northern Gulf of Mexico. Basin Research. https://doi.org/10.1111/bre.12380
  • Duffy, O. B., Dooley, T. P., Hudec, M. R., Jackson, M. P. A., Fernandez, N., Jackson C. A-L., and Soto J. I., (2018), Structural evolution of salt-influenced fold-and-thrust belts: a synthesis and new insights from basins containing isolated salt diapirs: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 114, p. 206-221. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsg.2018.06.024
  • Casini, G., Romaire, I., Saura, E., Casciello, E., Vergés, J., Fernández, N., Hunt, D.W., (2018) Fracture characterization in sigmoidal folds: insights from the Siah Kuh anticline, Zagros, Iran. AAPG Bulletin. https://doi.org/10.1306/0503171615817076
  • Duffy, O.B., Fernandez, N., Hudec, M.R., Jackson, M.P.A., Burg, G., Dooley, T., Jackson, C.A.-L. (2017). Lateral mobility of minibasins during shortening : Insights from the SE Precaspian Basin, Kazakhstan. Journal of Structural Geology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsg.2017.02.002
  • Fernandez, N., Duffy, O.B., Hudec, M.R., Jackson, M.P.A., Burg, G., Jackson, C.A.-L., Dooley, T. (2017). The Origin of Salt-Encased Sediment Packages : Observations from the SE Precaspian Basin (Kazakhstan). Journal of Structural Geology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsg.2017.01.008
  • Collignon, M., Fernandez, N., Kaus, B.J.P. (2015). Influence of surface processes and initial topography on lateral fold growth and fold linkage mode. Tectonics. https://doi.org/10.1002/2015TC003843
  • Fernandez, N., Kaus, B.J.P. (2015). Pattern formation in 3D numerical models of down-built diapirs initiated by a Rayleigh-Taylor instability. Geophysical Journal International. https://doi.org/10.1093/gji/ggv219
  • Collignon, M., Kaus, B.J.P., May, D.A., Fernandez, N. (2014). Influences of surface processes on fold growth during 3D detachment folding. Geochemistry, Geophysics and Geosystems. https://doi.org/10.1002/2014GC005450
  • J. Dewit, M. Huysmans, Ph. Muchez, D. Hunt, J. Thurmond, J. Garland, J. Vergés, E. Saura, N. Fernández, I. Romaire, P. Esestime, R. Swennen. (2012) Reservoir characteristics of fault-controlled hydrothermal dolomite bodies: Ramales platform case study. Special Publication of the Journal of the Geological Society of London. https://doi.org/10.1144/SP370.1
  • F. Lapponi, G. Casini, I. Sharp, W. Blendinger, N. Fernández, I. Romaire and D.W. Hunt. (2011). From outcrop to 3D modelling: a case study of a dolomitized carbonate reservoir, Zagros Mountains, Iran. Petroleum Geosciences. https://doi.org/10.1144/1354-079310-040
  • G. Casini, P. Gillespie, J. Vergés, I. Romaire, N. Fernández, E. Casciello, E. Saura, S. Homke, J.-C. Embry and D.W. Hunt. (2011). Sub-seismic fractures in foreland fold and thrust belts: Insight from the Lurestan Province, Zagros Mountains, Iran. Petroleum Geosciences.https://doi.org/10.1144/1354-079310-043
  • E. Saura, J. Vergés, S. Homke, E. Blanc, J. Serra-Kiel, G. Bernaola, E. Casciello, N. Fernández, I. Romaire, G. Casini, J.-C. Embry, I. Sharp and D.W. Hunt. (2011). Basin architecture and growth folding of the NW Zagros early foreland basin during the Late Cretaceous and early Tertiary. Journal of the Geological Society of London. https://doi.org/10.1144/0016-76492010-092
  • E. Casciello, J. Vergés. E. Saura, G. Casini, N. Fernández, E. Blanc, S. Homke & D.W. Hunt, (2009), Fold Patterns and Multilayer Rheology of the Lurestan Province, Zagros Simply Folded Belt (Iran). Journal of the Geological Society, London. https://doi.org/10.1144/0016-76492008-138

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