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Prof. Dr. Andrea Hampel


University Education

2003Doctoral degree in Geosciences, Freie Universität Berlin
2000Diploma in Geophysics, Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel


Academic Positions

since 2009Professor for Geology, Institut für Geologie, Leibniz Universität Hannover
2006 - 2009 Head of a DFG-funded Emmy Noether Junior Research Group, Institut für Geologie, Mineralogie und Geophysik, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
2005 - 2006 Guest scientist in the Collaborative Research Center SFB 526, Institut für Geologie, Mineralogie und Geophysik, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
2003 - 2005Research assistant, Institut für Geologie, Universität Bern, Schweiz
2000 - 2003Research assistant (doctoral candidate), GEOMAR Kiel and GFZ Potsdam
1994 - 2000Study of geophysics, Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel



2008Hans-Cloos-Award (Geologische Vereinigung)
2005Annette-Barthelt-Award for Marine Research (Annette-Barthelt-Foundation)
2002Bernd-Rendel-Award (DFG)


Research interests

  • Numerical modelling of the interaction between tectonics and surface processes

  • Earthquake cycles and mechanics of faults

  • Tectonic and geomorphologic evolution of active continental margins

  • Development of numerical models to investigate fault mechnanics and earthquakes


Research Projects

  • DFG-funded project "Landscape evolution and exhumation history during active continental extension: the central Menderes Massif, western Turkey" (co-applicant; PIs: Jun.-Prof. C. Glotzbach; Prof. R. Hetzel; since 2015)

  • DFG-funded project "Tectonic and geomorphological evolution of forearcs during ridge subduction" (2013 - 2017)

  • MWK-funded project: Das Quartär von Schöningen: Entstehung und Überlieferung eines einzigartigen Archivs der jüngsten Erdgeschichte Mitteleuropas (PIs: J. Winsemann, A. Hampel, C. Brandes, S. Winghart; 2010-2013; completed)

  • DFG-funded project (in the framework of the SFB 526 Rheolo­gy of the Earth, Ruhr-Universität Bochum): Rheological information from forward modelling of mesoscopic structures (2008-2009; completed)

  • DFG-funded Emmy-Noether project "The response of seismogenic faults to natural and human-induced changes in loads on Earth's surface" (2006-2013; completed)


Academic services

since 2013Member of the Annettte Barthelt foundation
since 2011Faculty Information Officer of the Faculty of Natural Sciences
2014 - 2017Member of the "DFG-Senatskommission für Zukunftsaufgaben der Geowissenschaften"
2013-2015Member of the board of the "Geologischen Vereinigung"
2012-2014Administrative management (geschäftsführende Leitung) of the Institut für Geologie
2011-2013Member of the board (Fakultätsrat) of the Faculty of Natural Sciences
2008-2010Member of the editorial board of the journal Geology




Publikations in peer-reviewed journals

  • Wölfler, A., Glotzbach, C., Heineke, C., Nilieus, N.P., Hetzel, R., Hampel, A., Akal, C., Dunkl, I., Christl, M., (accepted) Late Cenozoic cooling history of the central Menderes Massif: timing of the Büyük Menderes detachment and the relative contribution of normal faulting and erosion to rock exhumation. Tectonophysics

  • Zeumann, S., A. Hampel (2017): Impact of Cocos Ridge (Central America) subduction on the forearc drainage system. Geology, DOI:10.1130/G39251.1

  • Bagge, M., A. Hampel (in press): Postseismic Coulomb stress changes on intra-continental dip-slip faults due to viscoelastic relaxation in the lower crust and lithospheric mantle: insights from 3D finite-element modelling. International Journal of Earth Sciences, doi 10.1007/s00531-017-1467-8.

  • Roggon, L., R. Hetzel, H. Hiesinger, J.D. Clark, A. Hampel, C.H. van der Bogert (2017): Length-displacement scaling of thrust faults on the Moon and formation of uphill-facing scarps. Icarus, 292, 111-124,  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.icarus.2016.12.034.

  • Hampel, A., R. Hetzel (2016): Role of climate changes for wind gap formation in a young, actively growing mountain range. Terra Nova, 28, 441-448, doi: 10.1111/ter.12238.

  • Zeumann, S., A. Hampel. (2016): Three-dimensional finite-element models on the deformation of forearcs caused by aseismic ridge subduction: The role of ridge shape, friction coefficient of the plate interface and mechanical properties of the forearc. Tectonophysics 684, 76-91, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2015.12.022

  • Bagge, M., A. Hampel (2016): Three-dimensional finite-element modelling of coseismic Coulomb stress changes on intra-continental dip-slip faults. Tectonophysics, 684, 52-62, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2015.10.006.

  • Zeumann, S., A. Hampel (2015): Deformation of erosive and accretive forearcs during subduction of migrating and non-migrating aseismic ridges: Results from 3D finite-element models and application to the Central American, Peruvian and Ryukyu margins. Tectonics, 34, 1769-1791, doi:10.1002/2015TC003867.

  • Hampel, A., R. Hetzel, G. Maniatis (2015): Comment on "Stress and fault parameters affecting fault slip magnitude and activation time during a glacial cycle" by Steffen et al.Tectonics, 34, 1348-1353, doi:10.1002/2014TC003772.

  • Hampel, A., R. Hetzel (2015): Horizontal surface velocity and strain patterns near thrust and normal faults during the earthquake cycle: the importance of viscoelastic relaxation in the lower crust and implications for interpreting geodetic data. Tectonics, 34, 731-752, doi:10.1002/2014TC003605.

  • Turpeinen, H., G. Maniatis, A. Hampel (2015): Fault slip induced by surface processes after the cessation of regional extension - insights from three-dimensional numerical modelling. In: K. Reicherter, R. van Balen, P. Silva, I. Papanikolaou (eds.) Geomorphology of Active Faulting. Geomorphology, 237, 79-87, doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2013.12.008.

  • Glotzbach C., M. Röttjer, A. Hampel, R. Hetzel, P.W. Kubik (2014):  Quantifying the impact of former glaciation on catchment-wide denudation rates derived from cosmogenic 10Be. Terra Nova, 26, 186-194, doi: 10.1111/ter.12085.

  • Lang, J., A. Hampel, C. Brandes, J. Winsemann (2014): Response of salt structures to ice-sheet loading: implications for ice-marginal and subglacial processes. Quaternary Science Reviews, 101, 217-233, 10.1016/j.quascirev.2014.07.022.

  • Buscher, J.T., A. Hampel, R. Hetzel, I. Dunkl, C. Glotzbach, A. Struffert, C. Akal, M. Rätz (2013): Quantifying rates of detachment faulting and erosion in the central Menderes Massif (western Turkey) by thermochronology and cosmogenic 10Be, Journal of the Geological Society, London, 170, 660-683. doi:10.1144/jgs2012-132.

  • Hetzel, R., H. Zwingmann, A. Mulch, K. Gessner, C. Akal, A. Hampel, T. Güngör, R. Petschick, T. Mikes, F. Wedin (2013): Spatio-temporal evolution of brittle normal faulting and fluid infiltration in detachment fault systems - a case study from the Menderes Massif, western Turkey. Tectonics, 32, 1-13, doi:10.1002/tect.20031.

  • Salomon, E., S. Schmidt, R. Hetzel, F. Mingorance, A. Hampel (2013): Repeated folding during late Holocene earthquakes on the La Cal thrust fault near Mendoza city (Argentina), Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 103, 936-949, doi: 10.1785/0120110335.

  • Hampel, A., T. Li, G. Maniatis (2013): Contrasting strike-slip motions on thrust and normal faults: Implications for space-geodetic monitoring of surface deformation. Geology, 41, 299-302, doi: 10.1130/G33927.1.

  • Hampel, A., R. Hetzel (2012): Temporal variation in fault friction and its effects on the slip evolution of a thrust fault over several earthquake cycles. Terra Nova, 24, 357-362 doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3121.2012.01073.x.

  • Li, T., A. Hampel (2012): Effect of glacial-interglacial sea-level changes on the displacement and stress field in the forearc and along the plate interface of subduction zones. In: S. Buiter, F. Funiciello, J. van Hunen (eds.), Subduction Zones, Solid Earth, 3, 63-70, doi:10.5194/se-3-63-2012; http://www.solid-earth.net/3/63/2012/se-3-63-2012.html

  • Hampel, A., R. Hetzel, G. Maniatis (2010): Response of faults to climate-driven changes in ice and water volumes on Earth's surface. In: W. McGuire (ed.) Climate forcing of geological and geomorphological hazards, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 2010 368, 2501-2517 doi: 10.1098/rsta.2010.0031.

  • Hampel, A., T. Karow, G. Maniatis, R. Hetzel (2010): Slip rate variations on faults during glacial loading and postglacial unloading: Implications for the viscosity structure of the lithosphere. In: C. Pascal, I.S. Stewart, B.L.A. Vermeersen, Neotectonics, Seismicity and Stress in Glaciated Regions, Journal of the Geological Society London, 167, 385-399.    

  • Karow, T., A. Hampel (2010): Slip rate variations on faults in the Basin-and-Range Province caused by regression of Late Pleistocene Lake Bonneville and Lake Lahontan. International Journal of Earth Sciences, 99, 1941-1953.

  • Norton, K.P., A. Hampel (2010): Postglacial rebound promotes glacial re-advances - a case study from the European Alps. Terra Nova,22, 297-302, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3121.2010.00946.x

  • Strobl, M., R. Hetzel, L. Ding, L. Zhang, A. Hampel, (2010) Preservation of a large-scale bedrock peneplain suggests long-term landscape stability in southern Tibet. Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, 54, 4, 453-466.

  • Hampel, A., R. Hetzel, G. Maniatis, T. Karow (2009): Three-dimensional numerical modeling of slip rate variations on normal and thrust fault arrays during ice cap growth and melting. Journal of Geophysical Research, 114, B08406, doi:10.1029/2008JB006113.     

  • Maniatis, G., D. Kurfeß, A. Hampel, O. Heidbach (2009): Slip acceleration on normal faults due to erosion and sedimentation - results from a new three-dimensional numerical model coupling tectonics and landscape evolution. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 284, 570-582.     

  • Hampel, A., R. Hetzel (2008): Slip reversals on active normal faults related to the inflation and deflation of magma chambers: Numerical modeling with application to the Yellowstone-Teton region. Geophysical Research Letters, 35, L07301, doi:10.1029/2008GL033226.      

  • Kukowski, N., A. Hampel, S. Hoth, J. Bialas (2008): Morphotectonic and morphometric analysis of the Nazca plate and the adjacent offshore Peruvian continental slope - implications for submarine landscape evolution. Marine Geology, 254, 107-120.      

  • Maniatis, G., A. Hampel (2008): Along-strike variations of the slip direction on normal faults: Insight from three-dimensional finite-element models. Journal of Structural Geology, 30, 21-28.     

  • Turpeinen, H., A. Hampel, T. Karow, G. Maniatis (2008): Effect of ice sheet growth and melting on the slip evolution of thrust faults. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 269, 1-2, 230-241, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2008.02.017.     

  • Ustaszewski, M., A. Hampel, O.A. Pfiffner (2008): Composite faults in the Swiss Alps formed by the interplay of tectonics, gravitation and postglacial rebound: an integrated field and modelling study. Swiss Journal of Geosciences (former Eclogae Geologicae Helvetiae), 101, 223-235.      

  • Hampel, A., R. Hetzel, and A.L. Densmore (2007): Postglacial slip rate increase on the Teton normal fault, northern Basin and Range Province, caused by melting of the Yellowstone ice cap and deglaciation of the Teton Range? Geology, 35,12, 1107-1110      

  • Hampel, A., R. Hetzel (2006): Response of normal faults to glacial-interglacial fluctuations of ice and water masses on Earth's surface. Journal of Geophysical Research, 111, B06406, doi:10.1029/2005JB004124.      

  • Hampel, A., A. Pfiffner (2006): Relative importance of trenchward upper plate motion and friction along the plate interface for the topographic evolution of mountain belts. In: S.J.H. Buiter, G. Schreurs (eds.) Analogue and Numerical Modelling of Crustal-Scale Processes, Geological Society of London Special Publication, 253, 105-115.      

  • Hetzel, R., A. Hampel (2005): Slip rate variations on normal faults during glacial-interglacial changes in surface loads. Nature, 435, 81-84.     

  • Clift, P.D., I. Pecher, N. Kukowski, A. Hampel (2005): Reply to comment by R. Hesse on "Tectonic erosion of the Peruvian Forearc, Lima Basin, by subduction and Nazca Ridge collision". Tectonics, 24, TC2005, doi:10.1029/2005TC001791.       

  • Hampel, A., J. Adam, N. Kukowski (2004): Response of the tectonically erosive South Peruvian forearc to subduction of the Nazca Ridge: analysis of 3D analogue experiments. Tectonics, 23, 5, doi:10.1029/2003TC001585.

  • Hampel, A., N. Kukowski, J. Bialas, C. Hübscher (2004): Ridge subduction at an erosive margin - the collision zone of the Nazca Ridge and South Peru. Journal of Geophysical Research, 109, B2, B02101, doi:10.1029/2003JB002593.       

  • Clift, P.D., I. Pecher, N. Kukowski, A. Hampel (2003): Tectonic erosion of the Peruvian Forearc, Lima Basin, by subduction and Nazca Ridge collision. Tectonics, 22, 3, 1023, doi:10.1029/2002TC001386.       

  • Hampel, A. (2002): The migration history of the Nazca Ridge along the Peruvian active margin: a re-evaluation. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 203, 2, 665-679.


Other Publications

  • Hampel, A. (2017): Response of faults to climate-induced changes of ice sheets, glaciers and lakes. Geology Today, 33, 1, 12-18 (invited).

  • Hetzel, R., A. Hampel (2006): Long-Term Rates of Faulting Derived from Cosmogenic Nuclides and Short-Term Variations Caused by Glacial-Interglacial Volume Changes of Glaciers and Lakes. International Journal of Modern Physics B, 20, 3, 261-276 (invited). 

  • Hampel, A. ( 2004) Die Bedeutung der Philosophie Schopenhauers im Lichte der modernen Gehirnforschung. Schopenhauer-Jahrbuch, 85, 231-251 (Essay-Wettbewerb).