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Dr. Silke Mechernich


Telefon
 +49 221 470-3232

Telefax +49 221 470-5199

E-Mail: s.mechernich(at)uni-koeln.de

Some previous and ongoing research

Rates of faulting and palaeoseismic records

  • Fault scarp profiles using total station, dGPS, and hand-held laser locators
  • Palaeoseismic trenching and the balanced restoration of deformed layers
  • Cosmogenic nuclide sampling directly on the fault plane of bedrock fault scarps
  • Calculation 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

  • Quantification of surface roughness using photogammetry and t-LiDAR data

Dating of alluvial deposits

  • 10Be and 36Cl exposure dating using different sampling strategies (bedrock, boulders, amalgamated pebbles, sand, depth profiles)
  • Optical stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating of buried layers
  • 14C dating in the case of organic remnants

Dating of glacial events

  • Dating glacial events using cosmogenic 36Cl. Projects in Macedonia and Marocco

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

Teaching and Supervising Experiences

Universität zu Köln

  • Landschaftsbildende Prozesse, BSc., WS 2015/2016
  • 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)

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. Hetzel)