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Dr. Silke Mechernich

 +49 221 470-3196

Telefax +49 221 470-5199

E-Mail: s.mechernich(at)uni-koeln.de

Raum 1.16

Some previous and ongoing research

Methodological developments
  • Development of interlaboratory calibration material for cosmogenic 36Cl
  • Improvement and evaluation of investigation methods suitable for bedrock fault scarp evolution
Earthquake recurrence and rates of faulting
  • Fault scarp profiles using total station, dGPS, and hand-held laser locators
  • Palaeoseismic trenching and balanced restoration of deformed layers
  • Cosmogenic nuclide sampling of bedrock fault planes
  • Numerical modeling of slip rates and earthquake recurrence intervals
Subduction zone geodynamics (Japan trench)
  • Vertical deformation on different timescales: GPS and leveling data, coast indention index, marine terraces
  • Creeping/locking of the slab and paleoearthquake magnitude estimation
Surface weathering processes
  • Relative dating using, structure from motion photogrammetry and t-LiDAR data analysis
Dating of quaternary deposits
  • 10Be and 36Cl exposure dating of fluvial, alluvial and tsunami deposits using different sampling strategies (material: bedrock, boulders, pebbles, sand; method: single clasts, amalgamation, depth profiles)
  • 10Be and 36Cl exposure dating of glacial advances for paleoclimate reconstructions in ArcGIS. Projects in Macedonia (FYROM) and Slovenia
  • Optical stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating of buried layers
  • 14C dating of organic remnants
Metamorphic petrology of Alpine shear zones
  • Rhodope Massiv (N’ Greece, S’ Bulgaria): field mapping, shear sense criteria, EMPA measurements, Raman microdiamond detection, TheriakDomino phase diagrams, pTt-path reconstruction

Reviewer experiences

ANR (The French National Research Agency)


Quaternary Science Reviews

Geological Society of London

Quaternary Geochronology

International Journal of Earth Sciences

Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 

Journal of South American Earth Sciences


Teaching and Supervising Experiences

Supervision - Universität zu Köln
Teaching - Universität zu Köln
  • Quantitative Erdoberflächenprozessstudien, SS 2016, 2017 (together with Dr. Binnie)
  • Landschaftsbildende Prozesse, BSc., WS 2015/2016, WS 2016/2017
  • Cosmogenic Nuklides Laboratory Methods, MSc. WS 2014/2015 (together with Dr. Binnie)
  • Spezielle Themen in quantitativen Erdoberflächen Prozessen, MSc., SS 2014, 2015 (together with Dr. Binnie)
Teaching - WWU Münster
  •  Übungen zur Vorlesung "Die Erde" (Rock recognition and genesis) B.Sc., WS 2011/2012 (2 classes)
  •  Alpentraverse: Exkursion und Kartierung, 7 days, M.Sc., SS 2008 (together with Prof. Hezel)