Thilo Wrona

Thilo Wrona
Haus A 46, Raum 212
Albert-Einstein-Straße 42-46
14473 Potsdam

Wissenschaftliche Interessen:

My current research focuses on fault growth, seismic interpretation and natural hazards. This work involves the automated extraction and large-scale analyis of normal fault systems in 3-D seismic reflection data and geodynamic models using deep learning. Combining high-resolution present-day observations with state-of-the-art numerical models will allow us to explore the growth of normal fault systems in space and time.

Moreover, my reseach explores:

Machine learning in Geophysics

Magmatic intrusions

  • Wrona T., Fossen H., Gawthorpe R.L., Jackson C.A.-L., Bell R.E., Magee C. & Faleide J.I. (2019) 3-D seismic images of large volumes of magma crystallized in the lower crust.
  • Magee C., Maharaj S.M., Wrona T. and Jackson C.A.-L. (2015) Controls on the expression of igneous intrusions in seismic reflection data. Geosphere.

Normal faults

  • Naliboff J.B., Glerum A., Brune S., Peron-Pinvidic G. and Wrona T. (2020) Development of 3‐D Rift Heterogeneity Through Fault Network Evolution. Geophysical Research Letters.
  • Osagiede E.E., Duffy O.B., Jackson C.A.-L. and Wrona T. (2014) Quantifying the growth history of seismically-imaged normal faults. Journal of Structural Geology.


  • Wrona T., Wolovick M.J., Ferraccioli F., Corr H., Jordan T. and Siegert M.J. (2017) Position and variability of complex structures in the central East Antarctic Ice Sheet. Geological Society, London, Special Publications.

Polygonal faulting

  • Wrona T., Magee C., Jackson C.A.-L., Huuse M. and Taylor K.G. (2017) Kinematics of Polygonal Fault Systems: Observations from the Northern North Sea. Front. Earth Sci. doi: 10.3389/feart.2017.00101

Silica diagenesis

  • Wrona T., Taylor K.G., Jackson C.A.-L., Huuse M., Najorka J., and Pan I. (2017) Impact of silica diagenesis on the porosity of fine-grained strata: An analysis of Cenozoic mudstones from the North Sea. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst. doi:10.1002/2016GC006482.
  • Wrona T., Jackson C.A.-L., Huuse M. and Taylor K.G. (2017) Silica diagenesis in Cenozoic mudstones of the North Viking Graben: physical properties and basin modelling. Basin Research. doi:10.1111/bre.12168


Since 2019:    Geo.X Research Fellow (GFZ Potsdam & TU Berlin)

2019:                Research Associate (GFZ Potsdam)

2016-2019:     VISTA Research Fellow (University of Bergen)

2015-2016:     Research Associate (Imperial College London)

Werdegang / Ausbildung:

2011-2015:     PhD in Earth Science and Engineering (Imperial College London)

2006-2011:     Diplom in Geophysics (Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel)


2019-2021: Deciphering fault network evolution in continental rifts through deep learning analysis of geodynamic models and seismic data

Sascha Brune, Onno Oncken and Begüm Demir

2019: Machine learning of geological structures in 3-D seismic reflection data and numerical models

Onno Oncken and Matthias Rosenau

2016-2019: Basement structures and Permo-Triassic rifting in the northern North Sea

Haakon Fossen, Robert L. Gawthorpe, Christopher A-L. Jackson and Rebecca E. Bell

2015-2016: 3-D discrete element modelling of normal fault growth above pre-existing structures

Rebecca E. Bell, Emma Finch, Christopher A-L. Jackson and Robert L. Gawthorpe

2011-2015: Silica diagenesis and physical properties of Cenozoic rocks in the North Viking Graben, northern North Sea

Christopher A-L. Jackson, Mads Huuse and Kevin G. Taylor


2016: Early Career Award, Basin Research

2013: Iain Hillier Academic Award, London Petrophysical Society

2013: Gustavus E. Archie Memorial Grant, American Association of Petroleum Geologists

2013: Daniel Pidgeon Award,The Geological Society, London

2013: IAS Postgraduate Grant, International Association of Sedimentologists

2013: Farrell Award, British Sedimentological Research Group

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