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Dr. Patricia Martinez Garzon

Dr. Patricia Martinez Garzon
Haus D, Raum 420 (Büro)
14473 Potsdam

Funktion und Aufgaben:

Leader of "Slip Transients" working group within Section 4.2

PI of ERC-Starting Grant QUAKE Hunter (from March 2023)

co-PI of GFZ Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO) Turkey

PI of Helmholtz Young Investigators Group SAIDAN (from January 2018)

Sub-topic Speaker within PoF-IV program, Topic 3.2 "Detection of preparatory phases of hazardous events"

Wissenschaftliche Interessen:

  •    Physics of earthquakes: how do they initiate, propagate and stop
  •    Deformation mechanisms on faults, (particularly on transform faults)
  •    The interplay between seismic and aseismic deformation and how does it affect seismic hazard
  •    Characterization of the stress field   
  •    Fluid-induced seismicity (geothermal and hydrocarbon reservoirs, CO2 storage) 
  •    Integrating experimental work to better understand our observations from natur
  •    Reservoir geomechanics 

More information on www.saidan.org 


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"
Since March 2023:
Principal Investigator of the ERC-Starting Grant project "QUAKEHUNTER: Real time monitoring of earthquake nucleation for faults near urban areas"


  • 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. 

Wissenschaftliche Gremien:

Since January 2021: Associate Editor of Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth


May 2014: Best Student Presentation Award at the Annual Meeting of the Seismological Society of America (SSA), Anchorage, Alaska

Dec 2014 : Robert Helmert Price: Best Dissertation of the Year Award by the Association of Friends and Sponsors of the GFZ Potsdam

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