Prof. Dr. Ingo Grevemeyer

Dynamik des Ozeanbodens | Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel

Tel.: 0431 600 2336
Fax: 0431 600 2922
E-Mail: igrevemeyer(at)

GEOMAR | Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel
Wischhofstrasse 1-3
24148 Kiel



Ausbildung und Werdegang

since 03/2012
apl-Professor at GEOMAR and Christian-Albrechts University, Kiel

since 02/2003
Senior research scientist at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Marine Research, Kiel

Habilitation (Dr. habil.) in Geophysics at Department of Earth Sciences, Bremen University

Assistance Professor (Hochschulassistent, C1) at Department of Earth Sciences, Bremen University

Research Assistant (Postdoc, BMBF) at GEOMAR Research Centre, Kiel

Research Assistant (Postdoc, DFG) at Department of Earth Sciences, Bremen University

Research Assistant (Postdoc, BMBF) at Institute of Geophysics, Hamburg University

Doctoral degree in geophysics (Dr. rer. nat.) at Department of Earth Sciences, Hamburg University

Research Assistant (DFG) and PhD student at Institute of Geophysics, Hamburg University

Master of Science (Diplom) in Geophysics at Institute of Geophysics, Hamburg University

Wissenschaftliches Profil

  • Marine Geophysik, insbesondere Seismologie an der Erdkruste und Untersuchungen der Hitzeströmung an Mittelozeanischen Rücken, hotspots und Subduktionszonen
  • Seismotektonik der Plattenrandzonen erkennbar durch Ozeanbodenseismometer (OBS) und globalen seismischen Daten, Messung der seismischen Aktivität, Untersuchung der Mechanismen von seismischen Quellen und der Prozesse, die für den Bruch der Erdkruste verantwortlich sind.
  • 240 Zitierungen in 2016 (Web-of-Science Sep. 2017)
  • Beteilung an 28 wissenschaftlichen Ausfahrten der Marinen Geophysik, zehn Mal als wissenschaftlicher Fahrtleiter und erster Wissenschaftler
  • 2009-2017 Mitglied des Redaktionsausschusses des "Geophysical Journal International"

Wissenschaftliche Betreuung

Postdocs (funded):

  • Jan Hauschild (BMBF + DFG, 1999-2005)
  • Guillermo Booth-Rea (DFG, 2004)
  • Martin Scherwath (BMBF, 2005-2007)
  • David Völker (BMBF, 2006-2007)
  • Eduardo Contreras-Reyes (BMBF, 2008-2009)
  • Marten Lefeldt (DFG-SFB574, 2008-2009)
  • Anke Dannowski (BMBF, 2009, DFG-SFB574, 2010-2012)
  • Ivonne Arroyo-Aden (DFG-SFB574, 2011; DFG-IODP 2012-2015)
  • Laura Gomez de La Pena (Marie-Curie / EU, 2019-2021)


  • Laura Gomez de La Pena (The Future Ocean, 2017-2019)
  • Yuhan Li (CSC, 2022-2022)

Research scientists/PhD students (funded):

  • Monika Ivandic (DFG-SFB574, 2005-2008, Dissertation 2008)
  • Marten Lefeldt (DFG-SFB574, 2005-2008, Dissertation 2008)
  • Eduardo Contreras-Reyes (DAAD, 2005-2008, Dissertation 2008)
  • Anke Dannowski (DFG, 2004-2009, Dissertation 2009)
  • David Pesquer (DFG, 2006-2010)
  • Stefan Möller (DFG, 2010-2013; Dissertation 2013)
  • Wiebke Leuchters (DFG, 2007-2011, Dissertation 2014)
  • Kathrin Lieser (DFG, 2011-2014, Dissertation 2015)
  • Dirk Metz (The Future Ocean, 2016), with Prof. Watts, Univ. of Oxford (Dissertation 2018)
  • Helene-Sophie Hilbert (GEOMAR, 2020-    )
  • Yu Ren (CSC, 2020-……)

Diploma / MSc students:

  • Stefan Möller (2009)
  • Helene Kraft (2011)
  • Sven Schippkus (2014)
  • Ina Wehner (2016)
  • Michaela Merz (2016)
  • Sarah Mader (2016)
  • Gesa Franz (2017)

BSc students:

  • Sarah Splettstößer (2012)
  • Kevin Growe (2018)
  • Christian Filbrandt (2019)


Top ten Publikationen (meistzitierte Arbeiten):

Ranero, C. R., I. Grevemeyer, H. Sahling, U. Barckhausen, C. Hensen, K. Wallmann, W. Weinrebe, P. Vannucchi, R. von Huene, and K. McIntosh (2008), Hydrogeological system of erosional convergent margins and its influence on tectonics and interplate seismogenesis, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 9, Q03S04, doi:10.1029/2007GC001679.

Booth-Rea, G., C.R. Ranero, J.M. Martinez-Martinez, and I. Grevemeyer (2007), Crustal types and Tertiary tectonic evolution of the Alborán Sea, western Mediterranean, G-cubed, doi:10.1029/2007GC001639.

Grevemeyer, I., C.R. Ranero, E.R. Flueh, D. Klaeschen, and J. Bialas (2007), Passive and active seismological study of bending-related faulting and mantle serpentinization at the Middle America trench. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 258, 528-542.

Grevemeyer, I., R. Herber, and H.-H. Essen (2000), Microseismological evidence for a changing wave-climate in the Northeast Atlantic Ocean, Nature, 408, 349-352.

Contreras-Reyes, E., I. Grevemeyer, E.R. Flueh, and C. Reichert (2008), Upper lithospheric structure of the subduction zone offshore of southern Arauco Peninsula, Chile at ~38° S, J. Geophys. Res., 113, B07303, doi:10.1029/2007JB005569.

Grevemeyer, I., N. Kaul, J.L. Diaz-Naveas, H. Villinger, C.R. Ranero, and C. Reichert (2005), Heat flow and bending-related faulting at subduction trenches: case studies offshore of Nicaragua and Central Chile, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 236, 238-248.

Grevemeyer, I., H. Villinger (2001), Gas hydrate stability and the assessment of heat flow through continental margins, Geophys. J. Int., 145, 647-660.

Grevemeyer, I., C.R. Ranero, and M. Ivandic (2018), Structure of oceanic crust and serpentinization at subduction trenches, Geosphere, 14(2), 395–418, doi:10.1130/GES01537.1.

Contreras-Reyes E., E.R. Flueh, I. and Grevemeyer (2010), Tectonic control on sediment accretion and subduction off south central Chile: Implications for coseismic rupture processes of the 1960 and 2010 megathrust earthquakes, Tectonics, 29 doi:10.1029/2010TC002734.

Ivandic, M., I. Grevemeyer, J. Berhorst, E.R. Flueh, and K. McIntosh (2008), Impact of bending related faulting on the seismic properties of the incoming oceanic plate offshore of Nicaragua, J. Geophys. Res., 133, B05410, doi:10.1029/2007JB005291.

Veröffentlichungen der Jahre 2020 - 2022:

Grevemeyer, I. (2020), Upper Mantle Structure beneath the Mid-Atlantic Ridge from Regional Waveform Modeling, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am. 110, 18–25, doi:10.1785/0120190080117.

Zitellini, N., C.R. Ranero, M.F. Loreto, M. Ligi, M. Pastore, F. D’Oriano, V. Sallares, I. Grevemeyer, S. Moeller, and M. Prada (2020), Recent inversion of the Tyrrhenian Basin, Geology; 48 (2): 123–127, doi:10.1130/G46774.1

Brandl. P.A., F. Schmid, N. Augustin, I. Grevemeyer, R.J. Arculus, C.W. Devey, S. Petersen, M. Stewart, H. Kopp, and M.D. Hannington (2020), The 6–8 Aug 2019 eruption of ‘Volcano F’ in the Tofua Arc, Tonga, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 390, pp. 9., 106695, doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2019.106695.

Metz, D., A.B. Watts, I. Grevemeyer, R. Werner and H. Huusmann, (2020), Updated seafloor topography and T phase seismicity at Monowai, northern Kermadec Arc. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 63, 281-286, doi:10.1080/00288306.2019.1651747

Grevemeyer, I., and D. Lange (2020), Constraining the maximum depth of brittle deformation at slow- and ultraslow-spreading ridges using microseismicity: Reply, Geology 48(5), e502, doi:10.1130/G47542Y.1.

Prada, M., C.R. Ranero, V. Sallares, I. Grevemeyer, R. de Franco, A. Gervasi, and N. Zitellini (2020), The structure of Mediterranean arcs: New insights from the Calabrian Arc subduction system, Earth Planet. Sci, Lett., 548, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2020.116480.

Qin, Y., S.C. Singh, I. Grevemeyer, M. Marjanovic and W.R. Buck (2020), Discovery of flat seismic reflections in the mantle beneath the young Juan de Fuca Plate, Nature Communications, 11, 4122, doi:10.1038/s41467-020-17946-3.

Gómez de la Peña, L., I. Grevemeyer, H. Kopp, J. Díaz, J. Gallart, G. Booth‐Rea, E. Gràcia, and C.R. Ranero (2020), The lithospheric structure of the Gibraltar Arc System from wide‐angle seismic data, J. Geophys. Res., Solid Earth, 125, e2020JB019854, doi:10.1029/2020JB019854.

Marjanović, M., S.C. Singh, E.P.M. Gregory, I. Grevemeyer, K. Growe, Z. Wang, V. Vaddineni, M. Laurencin, H. Carton, L. Gómez de la Peña, and C. Filbrandt (2020), Seismic crustal structure and morphotectonic features associated with the Chain Fracture Zone and their role in the evolution of the equatorial Atlantic region, J. Geophys. Res., Solid Earth, 125, e2020JB020275, doi:10.1029/2020JB020275

Guo, P., S. C Singh, V. A Vaddineni, G. Visser, I. Grevemeyer, and E. Saygin (2021). Nonlinear full waveform inversion of wide-aperture OBS data for Moho structure using a trans-dimensional Bayesian method, Geophys. J., Int., 224, 1056–1078, doi:10.1093/gji/ggaa505

Grevemeyer, I., Rüpke, L.H., Morgan, J.P., Iyer, K, and Devey, C.W. (2021), Extensional tectonics and two-stage crustal accretion at oceanic transform faults, Nature, 591, 402–407,  doi:10.1038/s41586-021-03278-9

Grevemeyer, I., S. Kodaira, G. Fujie, and N. Takahashi (2021). Structure of oceanic crust in back-arc basins modulated by mantle source heterogeneity, Geology, v. 49, p. 468–472, doi:10.1130/G48407.1

Watts, A. B., Grevemeyer, I., Shillington, D. J., Dunn, R. A., Boston, B., and Gómez de la Peña, L. (2021). Seismic structure, gravity anomalies and flexure along the emperor seamount chain, J. Geophys. Res., Solid Earth, 126, e2020JB021109. doi:10.1029/2020JB021109

Li, Y., H. Huang, I. Grevemeyer, X. Qiu, H. Zhang, and Q. Wang (2021), Crustal structure beneath the Zhongsha Block and the adjacent abyssal basins, South China Sea: New insights into rifting and initiation of seafloor spreading, Gondwana Research, 99, 53-76, doi:10.1016/

Petersen, F., Lange, D., Ma, B., Grevemeyer, I., Geersen, J., Klaeschen, D., Contreras-Reyes, E., Barrientos, S., Tréhu, A.M., Vera, E., and Kopp. H. (2021) Relationship between subduction erosion and the up-dip limit of the 2014 Mw 8.1 Iquique earthquake, Geophys. Res. Lett., 48, e2020GL092207, doi:10.1029/2020GL092207

Vaddineni, V. A., Singh, S. C., Grevemeyer, I., Audhkhasi, P., and Papenberg, C. (2021). Evolution of the crustal and upper mantle seismic structure from 0–27 Ma in the equatorial Atlantic Ocean at 2° 43′S, J. Geophys. Res., Solid Earth, 126, e2020JB021390, doi:10.1029/2020JB021390

Li, Y., Grevemeyer, I., Huang, H., Qiu, X., and Xu, Z. (2021) Seismic constraint from Vp/Vs ratios on the structure and composition across the continent-ocean transition zone, South China Sea. Geophys. Res. Lett., 48, e2021GL094656, doi:10.1029/2021GL094656

Sallarès, V., M. Prada, S. Riquelme, A. Meléndez, A. Calahorrano, I. Grevemeyer and C.R. Ranero (2021), Large slip, long duration, and moderate shaking of the Nicaragua 1992 tsunami earthquake caused by low near-trench rock rigidity, Science Advances, 7, eabg8659, doi:10.1126/sciadv.abg8659

Corbalán, A., Nedimović, M. R., Louden, K. E., Cannat, M., Grevemeyer, I., Watremez, L., and Leroy, S. (2021), Seismic velocity structure along and across the ultraslow-spreading Southwest Indian Ridge at 64°30'E showcases flipping detachment faults, J. Geophys. Res., Solid Earth, 126, e2021JB022177, doi:10.1029/2021JB022177

Thorwart, M., Dannowski, A., Grevemeyer, I., Lange, D., Kopp, H., Petersen, F., Crawford, W. C., Paul, A., and the AlpArray Working Group (2021), Basin inversion: reactivated rift structures in the central Ligurian Sea revealed using ocean bottom seismometers, Solid Earth, 12, 2553–2571, doi:10.5194/se-12-2553-2021

Growe, K., Grevemeyer, I., Singh, S. C., Marjanović, M., Gregory, E. P. M., Papenberg, C., Vaddineni, V., Gómez de la Peña, L., and Wang, Z. (2021), Seismic structure of the St. Paul fracture zone and late Cretaceous to mid Eocene oceanic crust in the equatorial Atlantic Ocean near 18°W, J. Geophys. Res., Solid Earth, 126, e2021JB022456. doi:10.1029/2021JB022456

Wolf, F. N., Lange, D., Dannowski, A., Thorwart, M., Crawford, W., Wiesenberg, L., Grevemeyer, I., Kopp, H., and the AlpArray Working Group (2021), 3D crustal structure of the Ligurian Basin revealed by surface wave tomography using ocean bottom seismometer data, Solid Earth, 12, 2597–2613, doi:10.5194/se-12-2597-2021

Merino, I., Ranero, C. R., Prada, M., Sallarès, V., & Grevemeyer, I. (2021), The rift and continent-ocean transition structure under the Tagus Abyssal Plain West of the Iberia, J. Geophys. Res., Solid Earth, 126, e2021JB022629, doi:10.1029/2021JB022629

Ren, Y., Geersen, J., and Grevemeyer, I. (2022). Impact of spreading rate and age-offset on oceanic transform fault morphology, Geophys. Res. Lett., 49, e2021GL096170, doi:10.1029/2021GL096170.

Peirce, C., I. Grevemeyer, N. W. Hayman, and H. J. A. Van Avendonk (2022), Active ocean–continent transform margins: seismic investigation of the Cayman Trough-Swan Island ridge-transform intersection, Geophys. J. Int., 229, 1604–1627, doi:10.1093/gji/ggac019

Grevemeyer, I., Ranero, C. R., Papenberg, C., Sallares, V., Bartolomé, R., Prada, M., Batista, L., 5, and Neres, M. (2022), The continent-to-ocean transition in the Iberia Abyssal Plain, Geology, 50, doi:10.1130/G49753.1