Tectonics and Structural Geology Group

The Tectonics and Structural Geology group at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz is part of the Institute of Geosciences.

The group’s major scientific interests are

  • Rheology of faults and shear zones in the crust and mantle lithosphere
  • SW Pacific tectonics
  • Resilience to geological hazards, and resource sustainability
  • Big data management and analysis
  • International research and exchange projects on climate change and earth resources within the europe-wide network FORTHEM

Methods we commonly employ in our research include

  • Microstructural and textural analysis based on optical and electron microscope datasets (EBSD, EPMA, TEM), and synchrotron analyses
  • Image analysis, particularly of 3D datasets (e.g. computed tomography, photogrammetry)
  • Scientific drilling
  • Field mapping and sampling
  • Computational simulations
  • Experimental rock deformation


Most Recent Publications

Kirilova, M., Toy, V., Sauer, K., et al. (2020). Micro- and nano-porosity of the active Alpine Fault zone, New Zealand. SOLID EARTH, 11(6), 2425-2438. https://doi.org/10.5194/se-11-2425-2020
Adam, L., Frehner, M., Sauer, K., et al. (2020). Seismic Anisotropy and Its Impact on Imaging the Shallow Alpine Fault: An Experimental and Modeling Perspective. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SOLID EARTH, 125(8). https://doi.org/10.1029/2019JB019029
Schuck, B., Schleicher, A. M., Janssen, C., et al. (2020). Fault zone architecture of a large plate-bounding strike-slip fault: a case study from the Alpine Fault, New Zealand. Solid Earth, 11(1), 95-124. https://doi.org/10.5194/se-11-95-2020


A Closer Look

Professor Virginia Toy and her team are currently doing research in New Zealand. Have a look at the diverse lithology, accompany the team taking Alpine Fault samples and examining the slip zone between the Pacific and the Australian Plate – and enjoy New Zealand’s beautiful scenery.


Taking Alpine Fault Samples

Fault Outcrop Martyr River

New Zealand's Diverse Lithology