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

Shao, Y., Prior, D. J., Toy, V. G., et al. (2021). Does second phase content control the evolution of olivine CPO type and deformation mechanisms? A case study of paired harzburgite and dunite bands in the Red Hills Massif, Dun Mountain Ophiolite. Lithos, 406-407, 106532-106532. DOI
Charoensawan, J., Adam, L., Ofman, M., et al. (2021). Fracture Shape and Orientation Contributions to P-Wave Velocity and Anisotropy of Alpine Fault Mylonites. Frontiers in Earth Science, 9. DOI
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. DOI Author/Publisher URL


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