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

Mansouri, H., Toy, V., Klimm, K., et al. (2024). Quantifying the influence of the type and arrangement of conductive phases on the electrical properties of rocks using impedance spectroscopy . In Copernicus GmbH. DOI
Tholen, S., Toy, V., Hawemann, F., Mansouri, H. (2024). Resisting the unknown: Enhancing resistivity imaging of the crust through a multidisciplinary approach from µ- to km-scale at the DIVE DT-1B drill site. In Copernicus GmbH. DOI
Thomann, J. A., Toy, V., Hawemann, F., Martínez-Pérez, C. (2024). Unreal field trips? Gamification as key for unlocking the potential of virtual geological fields trips. In Copernicus GmbH. DOI


A Closer Look

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 the beautiful scenery.


Taking Alpine Fault Samples

Fault Outcrop Martyr River

New Zealand's Diverse Lithology