Dr. Patricia Martinez-Garzon (former PhD student in HAI Theme group “Carbon Storage” and member of GFZ section “Geomechanics and Rheology“) has received a fellowship within the „Helmholtz-Postdoctoral Programme“. The fellowship includes a three-year postdoc position and the option to participate in a management training and mentoring programme offered by the Helmholtz Association.
Dr. Martinez-Garzon joined GFZ and HAI in 2011 after completing her Master in Geophysics in Madrid. In HAI she studied induced seismicity in different types of geo-reservoirs. Her recently completed dissertation on “Seismomechanical Reservoir Response and Stress Field Evolution from Fluid-induced Seismicity“ at the Freie Universität Berlin has recently been awarded with the Friedrich-Robert-Helmert-Price by “Association of Friends and Sponsors of the GFZ “ for the best dissertation in 2014.
In the frame of her newly funded project she will address questions related to man-made changes in the crustal stress field within geo-reservoirs by studying seismicity induced by fluid injection. In particular she will investigate the potential of triggering pending large earthquakes on critically stressed nearby faults. Thereby she will combine geomechanical techniques with approaches for seismic hazard estimation.
Principal collaborators in this project are Prof. Shapiro from Freie Universität Berlin and Prof. Ben-Zion from University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. GFZ host for this project is HAI Project Lead Prof. Marco Bohnhoff.