Dr. Sofia-Katerina Kufner

Sofia-Katerina Kufner
Dr. Sofia-Katerina Kufner
Gebäude E, Raum 420
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-1326

Wissenschaftliche Interessen:

I am interested in active tectonics at plate boundary settings, studying mountain-forming processes, lithosphere architecture and earthquake distribution. In order to study these phenomena, I work with seismic data (e.g. tomography, earthquake relocation) from seismic station installation to the data processing. For the geodynamic interpretation, I combine this approach together with results derived from other geophysical and geological observations.

Werdegang / Ausbildung:

since 2016: PostDoc at the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ),
Potsdam and GeoSim project coordinator
2012-2016: PhD student at the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ),
2006-2012: „Diplom“ in Geophysics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT),

2010/11: Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Geophysics) at the Victoria Uni-
versity of Wellington (VUW), New Zealand
2008: Internship at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM),
Mexico City, Mexico


Current projects:
Natural laboratory Central Asia – Tracking the tectonic fingerprint of continental collision
STP (Senior Teaching Professionals) –  One-year certificate program for postdocs, junior and new professors to strengthen teaching and examination skills

Past projects:
GeoSim – Helmholtz Graduate school for “Explorative Simulation of Earth Sciences” 
TIPTIMON – Tien Shan - Pamir Monitoring Program
TIPAGE – Tien Shan - Pamir Geodynamic Program

Wissenschaftliche Gremien:

WS2018/2019, University Potsdam: Lecturer for the master course 'Seismotectonics'
2018, Lausanne, Switzerland: Part of the Organization Committee for the 33th Himalaya-Karakorum-Tibet workshop 2018


2017, DGG annual meeting, Potsdam: shared first prize for the best young scientists presentation 

2016, GFZ, Potsdam: Friedrich-Robert-Helmert Prize for the best GFZ dissertation of the year 2016 (awarded by Verein der Freunde und Förderer des GFZ)

2014 and 2017, EGU, Vienna: invited speaker