I am mainly interested in the tectonics and associated sedimentary and igneous processes related to converging plate margins and collisional mountain building. To this end, I attempt to understand the geometry and kinematics of faults, fault-related rocks and shear zones across several spatial scales, the timing and physical conditions of their deformation, as well as their role in the orogenic evolution. Detailed data collection in the field forms the backbone of all my studies.
Executive chairman of Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Geowissenschaften Jena e.V. ("Promoting geosciences in Jena")
Member of the selection committee for the MSc curriculum Geosciencesde
Identifying fossil fault activity along the eastern Periadriatic Fault system by means of combined OSL- and ESR-dating of fault gouges (NE Italy, S Austria and N Slovenia). Collaborative project with Sumiko Tsukamoto (LIAG Hannover), sub-project within the 2nd phase of SPP 2017 "Mountain Building in Four Dimensions".
Mountain building in the Eastern and Souterhn Alps - large earthquakes and active faults. Collaborative project with Christoph Grützner and Klaus Reicherter (RWTH Aachen), sub-project within the 2nd phase of SPP 2017 "Mountain Building in Four Dimensions".
The metamorphic Yuli Belt in Taiwan - Key to the tectonics of arc-continent collision and high-pressure rock exhumation (collaborative project with Niko Froitzheim (Bonn) and Chin-Ho Tsai (Donghua University Taiwan), jointly funded by DFG and MoST.
Earth surface response to Quaternary faulting and shallow crustal structure in the eastern Adria-Alpine collision zone and the Friulian plain, collaborator with Christoph Grützner. Sub-project within SPP 2017 "Mountain Building in Four Dimensions".
Cross section balancing across the Taiwan fold-and-thrust belt (DFG), in collaboration with Niko Froitzheim (Bonn)
ALMOND - Albania and Montenegro Neotectonic Deformation (DFG), in collaboration with Klaus Reicherter (RWTH Aachen)
KAPMED - Kinematic reconstructions of the Adriatic plate as a key to understanding subduction processes in the Western Mediterranean (DFG), in collaboration with Eline Le Breton & Mark R. Handy (FU Berlin)
See also the following link to the DFG's GEPRIS database.