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Abdrakhmatov, K., Berezina, A., Walker, R., Frolova, F., Gruetzner, C., Grebennikova, V., Pershina, E., Sokolova, N., & Moldobekova, S. (2023): Earthquakes of KyrgyzstanExternal link. 170 p. National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic, Institute of Seismology. ISBN 978-9967-12-952-8.

Balling, P., Tomljenović, B., Herak, M. & Ustaszewski, K. (in review): Impact of mechanical stratigraphy on deformation style and distribution of seismicity in the Velebit Mountain of the External Dinarides: A 2D forward kinematic modelling study. Swiss Journal of Geosciences.

Dichtl, M., Grützner, C. & Ustaszewski, K. (in press): Genese des Schlangengipses im Thüringer Zechstein. Beitr. Geol. Thür., N.F. 28, 47-90External link.

Diercks, M.-L., Grützner, C., Welte, J. & Ustaszewski, K. (preprint): Challenges and Limits of Remote Sensing of Active Tectonics in the Slowly Deforming Karst Landscape of W Slovenia and NE Italy. link 

Ebell, H,. Grützner, C. & Ustaszewski, K. (2023): Genese der Faltung und der Fasergipse des Salinarröts am Ostrand der Thüringer Mulde. Beitr. Geol. Thür., N.F. 28, 91-125External link.

Grützner, C., Baize, S., & Papanikolaou, I. (2023): Earthquake Geology and Seismic Hazards: From Earthquake Mapping of Historical and Prehistoric Earthquakes to Paleoseismology. Quaternary International 651, 1-5. link.

McCalpin, J., Ferrario, F., Figueiredo, P., Livio, F., Grützner, C., Pisarska-Jamroży, M., Quigley, M., Reicherter, K., Rockwell, T., Štěpančíková, P., & Tábořík, P. (2023): New developments in onshore paleoseismic methods, and their impact on Quaternary tectonic studies. Quaternary International. link

Obrist-Farner, J., Eckert, A., Douglas, P. M. J., Perez, L., et al. & the LIBRE scientific team (2023): Planning for the Lake Izabal Basin Research Endeavor (LIBRE) continental scientific drilling project in eastern Guatemala. Scientific Drilling 11, 1-6. link

Thieme, M., Jähne-Klingberg, F., Fügenschuh, B., Malz, A., Linnemann, U., Ustaszewski, K. (2023): The Late Mesozoic to Paleogene cooling history of the Thuringian Forest basement high and its southern periphery (central Germany) revealed by combined fission-track and U-Pb LA-ICP-MS dating, ZDGG, doi: 10.1127/zdgg/2023/0321External link.

Zhang, Y., He, D., Ustaszewski, K., Zhao, L., Ji, Z., and Wang, Z. (2023): 台湾中央山脉东部变质作用及热演化:玉里缝合带的俯冲折返作用 [Thermal evolution of the metamorphism in the eastern Taiwan Central Range: Implications for Yuli Belt exhumation]. Chinese Journal of Geology, 58, 289-304, doi: 10.12017/dzkx.2023.020External link.

Zhang, Y. & Ustaszewski, K. (2023): Thermal evolution of the metamorphism in the eastern Taiwan Central Range: implications for Yuli Belt exhumation [Supplementary data set]. Zenodo. doi: 10.5281/zenodo.7545914External link.


Biermanns, P., Schmitz, B., Mechernich, S., Weismüller, C., Onuzi, K., Ustaszewski, K., Reicherter, K. (2022): Aegean-style extensional deformation in the contractional southern Dinarides: incipient normal fault scarps in Montenegro. Solid Earth 13, 957-974, doi: 10.5194/se-13-957-2022External link.

Diercks, M., Grützner, C., Vrabec, M., & Ustaszewski, K. (2022): Addendum to Diercks et al., 2021: A model for the formation of the Pradol (Pradolino) dry valley in W Slovenia and NE Italy. Geologija, 65(1), 93-99. doi:10.5474/geologija.2022.006 External link

Dodds, N., Begenjev, G., Bezmenov, Y., Grützner, C., Mirzin, R., Rhodes, E., Walker, R. T., & Wordsworth, P. (2022): A Major Medieval Earthquake on the Main Köpetdag (Kopeh Dagh) Fault, Turkmenistan. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, doi: 10.1785/0120210195.External link

Heubeck, C., Thomsen, T. B., Heredia, B. D., Zeh, A., & Balling, P. (2022). The Malolotsha Klippe: Large-scale subhorizontal tectonics along the southern margin of the Archean Barberton Greenstone Belt, Eswatini. Tectonics, e2022TC007359. doi:10.1029/2022TC007359External link

Reicherter, K., Prados, F., Jiménez-Vialás, H., García-Jiménez, I., Feist, L., Val-Peón, C., Höbig, N., Mathes-Schmidt, M., López-Sáez, J. A., Röth, J., Alexiou, S., Silva Barroso, P. G., Cämmerer, C., Borau, L., May, S. M., Kraus, W., Brückner, H. & Grützner, C. (2022): The Baelo Claudia Tsunami Archive (SW Spain)-Archaeological Deposits of High-Energy Events. In: Álvarez-Martí-Aguilar, M., Machuca Prieto, F. (eds) Historical Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Archaeology in the Iberian Peninsula. Natural Science in Archaeology. Springer, Singapore. link

Tsai, C. H., Abdrakhmatov, K., Mukambayev, A., Elliott, A. J., Elliott, J. R., Grützner, C., Rhodes, E. J., Ivester, A. H., Walker, R. T. & Wilkinson, R. (2022). Probing the Upper End of Intra-continental Earthquake Magnitude: A Prehistoric Example from the Dzhungarian and Lepsy Faults of Kazakhstan. Tectonics, e2022TC007300. link


Balling, P., Grützner, C., Tomljenović, B., Spakman, W., Ustaszewski, K. (2021): Post-collisional mantle delamination in the Dinarides implied from staircases of Oligo-Miocene uplifted marine terraces. Scientific Reports, 11, doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-81561-5External link.

Balling, P., Tomljenović, B., Schmid, S.M., Ustaszewski, K. (2021): Contrasting along-strike deformation styles in the central external Dinarides assessed by balanced cross-sections: implications for the tectonic evolution of its Paleogene flexural foreland basin system, Global and Planetary Change, 205, 103587, doi: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2021.103587External link.

Chatzipetros, A., Grützner, C., & Kranis, H. (2021): Preface : The March 2021 Thessaly Earthquake Sequence. Bulletin of the Geological Society of Greece, 58, i-vii. doi: link.

Diercks, M., Grützner, C., Vrabec, M., Ustaszewski, K. (2021): A model for the formation of the Pradol (Pradolino) dry valley in W Slovenia and NE Italy, Geologija, 64/1, 21-33, link.

Forti, L., Perego, A., Brandolini, F., Mariani, G. S., Zebari, M., Nicoll, K., Regattieri, E., Barbaro, C. C., Bonacossi, D. M., Qasim, H. A., Cremaschi, M. & Zerboni, A. (2021): Geomorphology of the northwestern Kurdistan Region of Iraq: landscapes of the Zagros Mountains drained by the Tigris and Great Zab Rivers, Journal of Maps, doi: 10.1080/17445647.2021.1906339External link

Grützner, C., Aschenbrenner, S., Jamšek Rupnik, P., Reicherter, K., Saifelislam, N., Vičič, B., Vrabec, M., Welte, J., & Ustaszewski, K. (2021): Holocene surface-rupturing earthquakes on the Dinaric Fault System, western Slovenia. Solid Earth, 12, 2211-2234, link.

Le Breton, E., Brune, S., Ustaszewski, K., Zahirovic, S., Seton, M., & Müller, R. D. (2021): Kinematics and extent of the Piemont-Liguria Basin - implications for subduction processes in the Alps. Solid Earth, 12, 885-913, doi: 10.5194/se-12-885-2021External link.

Lombardo, U., & Gruetzner, C. (2021): Tectonic geomorphology and active faults in the Bolivian Amazon. Global and Planetary Change, 103544, doi:10.1016/j.gloplacha.2021.103544External link

Löwe, G., Schneider, S., Sperner, B., Balling, P., Pfänder, J.A. & Ustaszewski, K. (2021): Torn between two plates: exhumation of the Cer Massif (internal Dinarides) as a far-field effect of Carpathian slab rollback inferred from 40Ar/39Ar dating and cross section balancing. Tectonics, 40, e2021TC006699, doi: 10.1029/2021TC006699External link.

Löwe, G., Schneider, S., Sperner, B., Balling, P., Pfänder, J. A., & Ustaszewski, K. (2021): Supplementary material to: "Torn between two plates: exhumation of the Cer Massif (internal Dinarides) as a far-field effect of Carpathian slab rollback inferred from 40Ar/39Ar dating and cross section balancing", doi: link.

Walker, R. T., Bezmenov, Y., Begenjev, G., Carolin, S., Dodds, N., Grützner, C., Jackson, J. A., Mirzin, R., Mousavi, Z. & Rhodes, E. J. (2021): Slip-rate on the Main Köpetdag (Kopeh Dagh) Strike-slip fault, Turkmenistan, and the active tectonics of the South Caspian. Tectonics, 40, e2021TC006846. link

Zebari, M., Preusser, F., Grützner, C., Navabpour, P. and Ustaszewski, K. (2021): Late Pleistocene-Holocene slip rates in the Northwestern Zagros Mountains (Kurdistan Region of Iraq) derived from luminescence dating of river terraces and structural modeling. Tectonics, 40, e2020TC006565, link.

Zebari, M., Preusser, F., Grützner, C., Navabpour, P. and Ustaszewski, K. (2021): Luminescence Dating of River Terraces along the banks of the Greater Zab River in the Northwestern Zagros Mountains in Kurdistan Region of Iraq. PANGAEA, link.


Amine, A., El Ouardi, H., Zebari, M., El makrini, H., & Habibi, M. (2020). Relative Landscape maturity in the South Rifian Ridges (NW Morocco): inferences from DEM-based surface indices analysis. Applied Computing and Geosciences, 100027. doi:10.1016/j.acags.2020.100027External link.

Amine, A., El Ouardi, H., Zebari, M., & El Makrini, H. (2020). Active tectonics in the Moulay Idriss Massif (South Rifian Ridges, NW Morocco): New insights from geomorphic indices and drainage pattern analysis, Journal of African Earth Sciences, 103833, link.

Grützner, C., Aschenbrenner, S., Krämer, A., Reicherter, K., Saifelislam, N., Ustaszewski, K., Viscolani, A., Welte, J. (2020). Geophysical survey (GPR, ERT, magnetic) on active faults in Slovenia and Italy. PANGAEA, link.

Hoffmann, G., Grützner, C., Schneider, B., Preusser, F. & Reicherter, K. (2020). Large Holocene tsunamis in the northern Arabian Sea. Marine Geology, doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2019.106068.External link

Schmid, S.M., Fügenschuh, B., Kounov A., Matenco, L., Nievergelt, P., Oberhänsli, R., Pleuger, J., Schefer, S., Schuster, R., Tomljenović, B., Ustaszewski, K., & van Hinsbergen, D. (2020). Tectonic units of the Alpine collision zone between Eastern Alps and western Turkey, Gondwana Research, 78, 308-374, link.

Schmitz, B., Biermanns, P., Hinsch, R., Ðaković, M., Onuzi, K., Reicherter, K., & Ustaszewski, K. (2020). Ongoing shortening in the Dinarides fold-and-thrust belt: A new structural model of the 1979 (Mw 7.1) Montenegro earthquake epicentral region. Journal of Structural Geology, 104192, doi:External link10.1016/j.jsg.2020.104192External link.

Viscolani, A., Grützner, C., Diercks, M., Reicherter, K., & Ustaszewski, K. (2020). Late Quaternary Tectonic Activity of the Udine-Buttrio Thrust, Friulian Plain, NE Italy. Geosciences 10(2), 84, doi:10.3390/geosciences10020084External link. OPEN ACCESS!

Zebari, M., Balling, P., Grützner, C., Navabpour, P., Witte, J., & Ustaszewski, K. (2020). Structural style of the NW Zagros Mountains and the role of basement thrusting for its Mountain Front Flexure, Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Journal of Structural Geology, 104206, doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2020.104206External link.

Zhang, Y., Tsai, C.-H., Froitzheim, N., & Ustaszewski, K. (2020). The Yuli Belt in Taiwan: part of the suture zone separating Eurasian and Philippine Sea plates. Terrestrial, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, 31, 415-435, doi: 10.3319/TAO.2020.06.28.01External link.


Ainscoe, E. A., Abdrakhmatov, K. E., Baikulov, S., Carr, A. S., Elliott, A. J., Grützner, C., & Walker, R. T. (2019). Variability in surface rupture between successive earthquakes on the Suusamyr Fault, Kyrgyz Tien Shan: implications for palaeoseismology. Geophysical Journal InternationalExternal link 216(1), 703-725.

Biermanns, P.External linkSchmitz, B.External linkUstaszewski, K., & Reicherter, K. (2019), Tectonic geomorphology and Quaternary landscape development in the Albania - Montenegro border region: An inventory, Geomorphology, 326, 116-131, link

Grützner, C., Walker, R., Ainscoe, E., Elliott, E., & Abdrakhmatov, K. (2019). Earthquake environmental effects of the 1992 M7.3 Suusamyr Earthquake, Kyrgyzstan, and their implications for paleo-earthquake studies. Geosciences 9(6), 271, linkOPEN ACCESS!

Grützner, C., Campbell, G., Walker, R.T., Jackson, J., Mackenzie, D., Abdrakhmatov, K., & Mukambayev, A. (2019). Shortening accommodated by thrust and strike-slip faults in the Ili Basin, northern Tien Shan. TectonicsExternal link 38(7), 2255-2274.

Handy, M.R., Giese, J., Pleuger, J., Schmid, S.M., Spakman, W., Onuzi, K., & Ustaszewski, K. External link(2019), Coupled crust-mantle response to slab tearing, bending and rollback along the Dinaride-Hellenide orogen. Tectonics, 38(8), 2803-2828, doi: 10.1029/2019TC005524.External link

Rodríguez-Pascua, M. A., Benavente Escobar, C. L., Guevara, R., Grützner, C., Audin, L.,  Walker, R., García, B., & Aguirre, E. (2019). Did earthquakes strike Machu Picchu? Journal of SeismologyExternal link,

Zebari, M., Grützner, C., Navabpour, P., & Ustaszewski, K. (2019):External link Relative timing of uplift along the Zagros Mountain Front Flexure (Kurdistan Region of Iraq): Constrained by geomorphic indices and landscape evolution modeling, Solid Earth, 10, 663-682, linkOPEN ACCESS!


Copley, A., Grützner, C., Howell, A., Jackson, J., Penney, C. & Wimpenny, S. (2018). Unexpected earthquake hazard revealed by Holocene rupture on the Kenchreai Fault (central Greece): Implications for weak sub-fault shear zones. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 486, 141-154External linkOPEN ACCESS!

Mackenzie, D., Walker, R., Abdrakhmatov, K., Campbell, G., Carr, A., Grützner, C., Mukambaev, A., & Rizza, M., (2018). A Creeping Intracontinental Thrust Fault: Past and Present Slip-Rates on the Northern Edge of the Tien Shan, Kazakhstan. Geophysical Journal International, 215(2), 1148-1170External link.

Salomon, C. (2018). Finite element modelling of the geodynamic processes of the central andes subduction zone: The reference model, Geodesy and Geodynamics, doi: 10.1016/j.geog.2017.11.007External linkOPEN ACCESS!

Sprafke, T., Fitzsimmons, K. E., Grützner, C., Elliott, A., Marquer, L., & Nigmatova, S. (2018). Reevaluation of Late Pleistocene loess profiles at Remizovka (Kazakhstan) indicates the significance of topography in evaluating terrestrial paleoclimate records. Quaternary Research, doi:10.1017/qua.2017.103External link.



Dhansay, T., Navabpour, P., de Wit, M., Ustaszewski, K. (2017). Assessing the reactivation potential of pre-existing fractures in the southern Karoo, South Africa: evaluating the potential for sustainable exploration across its Critical Zone, Journal of African Earth Sciences, 134, 504-515. doi: 10.1016/j.jafrearsci.2017.07.020External link.

Grützner, C., Walker, R. T., Abdrakhmatov, K. E., Mukambaev, A., Elliott, A. J., & Elliott, J. R. (2017). Active tectonics around Almaty and along the Zailisky Alatau rangefront, Tectonics, 36, 2192-2226, doi:10.1002/2017TC004657.External link

Le Breton, E., Handy, M.R., Molli, G., Ustaszewski, K. (2017). Post-20 Ma motion of the Adriatic plate - new constraints from surrounding orogens and implications for crust-mantle decoupling, Tectonics, 36, 3135-3154. doi: 10.1002/2016TC004443.External link

Navabpour, P.External linkMalz., A., Kley, J., Siegburg, M., Kasch, N., External linkUstaszewski, K. (2017). Intraplate brittle deformation and states of paleostress constrained by fault kinematics in the central German platform, Tectonophysics, 694, 146-163. doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2016.11.033External link.

Older Publications


Ballato, P., Cifelli, F., Heidarzadeh, G., Ghassemi, M. R., Wickert, A. D., Hassanzadeh, J., Dupont-Nivet, G., Balling, P., Sudo, M., Zeilinger, G., Schmitt, A. K., Mattei, M. and Strecker, M. R. (2016), Tectono-sedimentary evolution of the northern Iranian Plateau: insights from middle-late Miocene foreland-basin deposits. Basin Res. doi:10.1111/bre.12180.External link

Zinke, C., External linkNavabpour, P.External linkUstaszewski, K. (2016). Analyse des Bruchflächeninventars in Grundgebirgs- und Rotliegendaufschlüssen am Nordrand des Thüringer Waldes bei Ilmenau (Thüringen) hinsichtlich der Versagenstendenz im rezenten Spannungsfeld. Beitr. Geol. Thüringen, N.F. 22, 137-152External link.



Handy, M.R., Ustaszewski, K., Kissling, E. (2015): Reconstructing the Alps-Carpathians-Dinarides as a key to understanding switches in subduction polarity, slab gaps and surface motion. International Journal of Earth Sciences, 104, 1-26External link. OPEN ACCESS!

Sandmann, S., Nagel, T.J., Froitzheim, N., Ustaszewski, K., Münker, C. (2015). Late Miocene to Early Pliocene blueschist from Taiwan and its exhumation via forearc extraction. Terra Nova, 27, 285-291, doi: 10.1111/ter.12158External link.