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Professor Dr. Onno Oncken

German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ)
Section 3.1
Telegrafenberg, C 224
D-14473 Potsdam

Website: http://www.gfz-potsdam.de/portal/gfz/Struktur/Departments/ Department+3/sec31/M5_Telefonliste/STAFF/oncken
E-Mail: onno.oncken@gfz-potsdam.de
Phone: +49 331 288 1310
Fax: +49 331 288 1370


Research Interests

dynamic processes shaping continental margins and mountain belts; 
integration of field-based studies with deep geophysical imaging;
kinematic evolution of tectonic structures from the earthquake cycle to the long-term


Academic Training

1975-1980
Diploma in Geology (Univ. Köln)
1980-1982 Dr. rer. Nat. in Geology (Univ. Köln)
1983-1988 Habilitation in Geology (Univ. Frankfurt)


Professional Experience

1992-current
Head of section, GFZ Potsdam
1994-current Professor of Geology, C4 (Free Univ. Berlin)
2004-current Director of Department Geodynamics and Program Speaker of GFZ
2007-2008 Guest professor (Moore Scholar) at Caltech/Pasaden


Cooperation with other institutions / Consultancy in National and International Committees

  • Since 2003 Speaker of the German national 'Continental Margins' project TIPTEQ and member of international INTERMARGINS committee;
  • Coordinator of international plate boundary observatory Chile (IPOC);
  • Since 2003 Member of review panel Earth Sciences of DFG;
  • Reviewer for various national funding agencies (DFG, NSF, CONICYT, NERC, etc.)


Editorial Activities

  • since 2003 European Editor of TECTONICS and Associate Editor of Geology;
  • Editor of Monograph Series ‘Frontiers in Earth Sciences’;
  • multiple review activities for international journals


Professional Service (University)

  • 1997-2004 Speaker of the collaborative research program 'Deformation processes in the Andes' (funded by the German Research Foundation);
  • since 2008 member of Excellence Council of Freie Universität;
  • since 2002 member of the board overseeing good scientific conduct of FU Berlin


Other Professional Service Activities (national and international)
Principal investigator in several coordinated national and international projects (1998-2003 TRANSALP, since 1998 ILP-project COILS; since 2003 project TIPTEQ on megathrust earthquakes in Chile; and project CSAG on system analysis of Earth surface processes);
member of council of several research programs (since 2001 Dead Sea Center of the Minerva-Foundation; since 2002 World Stress Map Project; since 2003 chairman of council of Humboldt research centre of Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences);
since 2004 Speaker of Helmholtz programme ‘The changing Earth’ at GFZ Potsdam

Honors, Awards, Nominations and Special Appointments

1999 Member of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, of Heidelberg Academy of Sciences (2001), and of Leopoldina Academy (2002)
2006 Academia Europaea
2007-2008 Distinguished Moore Fellow at Caltech, Pasadena


Selected Invited Lectures (last 12 months)

  • Siemens-Stiftung, München
  • AGU Chapman Conference on Giant Earthquakes, Valparaiso, Chile
  • Annual meeting of the Netherlands Society for Earth Sciences, Eindhoven
  • EGU conference, Vienna


Selected peer-reviewed publications

  • Oncken, O., Luschen, E., Mechie, J., Sobolev, S., Schulze, A., Gaedicke, C., Grunewald, S., Bribach, J., Asch, G., Giese, P., Wigger, P., Schmitz, M., Lueth, S., Scheuber, E., Haberland, C., Rietbrock, A., Gotze, H.J., Brasse, H., Patzwahl, R., Chong, G., Wilke, H.G., Gonzalez, G., Jensen, A., Araneda, M., Vieytes, H., Behn, G., Martinez, E., Rossling, R., Amador, J., Ricaldi, E., Chumacero, H., Luterstein, R., 1999. Seismic reflection image of the Andean Subduction Zone Reveals Offset of Intermediate-Depth Seismicity into Oceanic Mantle. Nature, 349, 341-344.
  • Yuan, X., Sobolev, S.V., Kind, R., Oncken, O. and Andes Seismology Group, 2000. New constraints on subduction and collision processes in the Central Andes from P-to-S converted seismic phases. Nature, 408, 958-961.
  • Adam, J., Urai, J., Wienicke, B., Oncken, O., Kukowski, N., Lohrmann, J., Hoth, S., van der Zee, W., Schmatz, J., 2005. Shear localisation and strain distribution during tectonic faulting - new insights from granular-flow exp. and high-resolution optical image correlation techniques. J. Struct. Geol., 27, 283-301.
  • Vietor, T., Oncken, O., 2005. Shape and kinematics of the Central Andean plateau flanks inferred from numerical modelling. EPSL, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2005.06.004.
  • Hoth, S., Kukowski, N., Oncken, O., 2008. Distant effects in bivergent orogenic belts - How retro-wedge erosion triggers resource formation in pro-foreland basins. EPSL, doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2008.05.033.
  • Rosenau, M., Lohrmann, J., Oncken, O., 2009. Shocks in a box: A new hybrid analog-elastic dislocation model of elastoplastic subduction earthquake cycles with application to seismotectonic forearc evolution. JGR, 114, B014109; doi:10.1029/2008JB005665.
  • Hindle, D., Kley, J., Oncken, O., Sobolev, S. 2005, Crustal flux and crustal balance from shortening estimates in the Central Andes. EPSL, 230, 113-124.
  • Elger, K., Oncken, O., Glodny, J., 2005. Plateau-style accumulation of deformation - the Southern Altiplano. TECTONICS, 24, TC4020, doi:10.1029/2004TC001675.
  • Bachmann, R., Oncken, O., Glodny, J., Seifert, W., Georgieva, V., Sudo, M., 2009. Exposed plate interface in the European Alps reveals fabric styles and gradients related to an ancient seismogenic coupling zone. JGR, 114, B05402, doi:10.1029/2008JB005927.
  • Rosenau, M., Nerlich, T., Brune, S., Oncken, O., 2010. Experimental insights into the scaling and variability of local tsunamis triggered by giant subduction megathrust earthquakes. JGR, doi:10.1029/2009JB007100.