DFG-Leibniz Center for Surface Process and Climate Studies





Mission Statement




Continuing Education







Prof. M. Strecker, PhD

Universität Potsdam
Institut für Geowissenschaften
Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24
Haus 27, Raum 1.33
D-14476 Golm

strecker @ geo.uni-potsdam.de
Phone: +49 (0) 331 977 5811
Fax: +49 (0) 331 977 5700

Research Interests

Evolution of tectonic stress fields through time, relation between climate and tectonics and their influence on erosion and sedimentation patterns in time and space, paleoseismology, earthquake-related natural hazards, paleoclimate signals in East African rift lakes.


Habilitation thesis, Universität Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany: The neotectonic evolution of the Kenya Rift.

Ph.D. in Geology, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.: Late Cenozoic landscape evolution of the northern Sierras Pampeanas, Argentina

M.Sc. in Geology, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.: Karstification of tectonically uplifted coral terraces in Vanuatu, SW-Pacific.

Exchange student at UNC Chapel Hill

Pre-diploma in Geography and Biology, Universität Göttingen, Germany

Professional Experience

A. Cox Professor at Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University

Full Professor, Chair of Geology, Universität Potsdam, Germany.

Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Geophysics, Stanford University.

Hochschulassistent, Universität Karlsruhe, Germany.

Research Assitant, Institute for the Study of the Continents (INSTOC), Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

Research Assistant, Instituto Miguel Lillo, Tucumán, Argentina

Research and Teaching Assistant, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.


Albert Maucher Preis of Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (young scientist award, 1991)
Heisenberg Stipendium of Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (1992)
Leibniz Preis of Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (2004)

Publications (ISI) M.R. Strecker (2004-09)

2004 Hilley, G. and Strecker, M.R. Steady-state erosion of critical Coulomb wedges. J. Geophysical Research, 109, B1, B01411 10.1029/2002 JB002284.

2004 Hilley, G., Strecker, and Ramos, V. Erosional growth of critical Coulomb wedges applied to the Aconcagua Fold and Thrust Belt, Argentina. J. Geophysical Research, 109, B1, B01410 10.1029/2002 JB002282.

2004 Thiede, R., Bookhagen, B., Arrowsmith, R., Sobel, E., and Strecker, M.R., Climatic control on areas of rapid exhumation along the Southern Himalayan Front, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 222, 791-806.

2004 Hetzel, R., Tan, M., Niedermann, S., Strecker, M.R., Ivy-Ochs, S., Gao, B., Strecker, M.R., Kubik, P.W. Late Pleistocene/Holocene slip rate of the Zhangye Thrust (Qilian Shan, china) and implications for the active growth of the northeastern Tibetan Plateau. Tectonics, 23, TC6006, doi:1029/2004 TC001653.

2005 Hilley, G. and Strecker, M.R., Processes of oscillatory basin filling and excavation in a tectonically active orogen: Quebrada del Toro Basin, NW Argentina. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 117, 887-901.

2005 Bookhagen, B., Thiede, R., and Strecker, M.R., Late Quaternary intensified monsoon phases control landscape evolution in the NW Himalaya. Geology, 33, 149-152.

2005 Bookhagen B., Thiede, R. and Strecker, M.R. Monsoonal forcing and catastrophic landslides in the NW Indian Himalaya. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 231, 131-146.

2005 Hilley, G., Blisniuk, P.M. and Strecker, M.R., Mechanics and erosion of thick-skinned and basement-cored uplift provinces. Journal of Geophysical Research, 110, doi:10.1029/2005 JB003704.

2005 Thiede, R., Arrowsmith, R., Bookhagen, B., and Strecker, M.R., From tectonically to erosionally controlled development of the Himalayan orogen. Geology, 33, 689-692.

2005 Carrapa, B., Adelmann, D., Hilley, G.E., Mortimer, E., Sobel, E., and Strecker, M.R. Oligocene uplift and development of plateau morphology in the southern Central Andes. Oligocene uplift and development of plateau morphology in the southern Central Andes. Tectonics, 24, doi:10.1029/2004TC001762.

2005 Trauth, M.H., Maslin, M., Deino, A. and Strecker, M.R., Moisture history of East Africa. Science, 309, 2051-2053.

2006 Coutand, I., Carrapa, B., Deeken, A., Schmitt, A.K., Sobel. E.R., Strecker, M.R. Orogenic plateau formation and lateral growth of compressional basins and ranges: insights from sandstone petrography and detrital apatite fission-track thermochronology in the Angastaco Basin, NW-Argentina. Basin Research, 18, 1-26, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2117.2006.00283.x

2006 Thiede, R., Arrowsmith, R., Bookhagen, B., McWilliams, M.O., Sobel, E., and Strecker, M.R., E-W extension in the Tethyan Himalaya, Leo-Pargil Dome, NW India. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 118, 635-650.

2006 Mora, A., Parra, M., Strecker, M.R., Kammer, A., Dimate, C. and Rodriguez, F. Cenozoic contractional reactivation of Mesozoic extensional structures in the Eastern Cordillera of Colombia. Tectonics, 25, TC2010, doi: 10.1029/2005TC001854.

2006 Carrapa, B., Strecker, M.R., and Sobel, E. Cenozoic orogenic growth in the Central Andes: Evidence from sedimentary rock provenance and apatite fission track thermochronology in the Fiambala Basin, southernmost Puna Plateau margin (NW Argentina). Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 247, 82-100

2006 Bookhagen, B., H.P. Echtler, D. Melnick, M.R. Strecker, and Spencer, J. Holocene coastal landform evolution, strandlines, and earthquake recurrence intervals in south-central Chile. Geophysical Research Letters, 33, OL. 33, doi:10.1029/2006GL026734

2006 Melnick, D., Bookhagen, B., Echtler, H.P., and Strecker, M.R. Coastal deformation and great subduction earthquakes at Isla Santa Maria, Chile. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 118, 1463-1480

2006 Haschke, M., Sobel, E.R., Blisniuk, P., Strecker, M.R., and Warkus, F. Continental response to active ridge subduction. Geophysical Research Letters, 33, OL33, doi:10.1029/2006GL025972

2006 Deeken, A., Sobel, E.R., Haschke, M.R., Strecker, M.R., and Riller, U. Age of Initiation and Growth Pattern of the Puna Plateau, NW-Argentina, Constrained by AFT thermochronology. Tectonics, 25:TC6003, doi:10.1029/2005TC001894

2007 Mortimer, E., Schoenbohm, L., Carrapa, B., Sobel, E.R. Sosa Gomez, J., and Strecker, M. R. Compartmentalization of a foreland basin in response to plateau growth and diachronous thrusting: El Cajón – Campo Arenal basin, NW Argentina. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 119, 637-665.

2007 Strecker, M.R., Alonso, R., Bookhagen, B., Carrapa. B., Hilley, G.E., Sobel, E.R., Trauth, M.H., Tectonics and climate of the southern central Andes. Annual Reviews in Earth and Planetary Sciences, 35, 747-787.

2007 Mortimer, E. Paton, D.A., Scholz, C., Blisniuk, P.M., and Strecker, M.R., Growth of normal faults through enhanced segment linkage in a region with a strong structural inheritance: Karonga Basin, northern Malawi Rift, Africa. Basin Research, 19, 393-407.

2007 Trauth, H.H., Maslin, M., Deino, A., Strecker, M.R., Bergner, A.G., Dühnforth, M., Three million years history of the East African lakes. J. Human Evolution, 53(5), 475-486.

2007 Rehak, K., Strecker, M.R., Echtler, H.P. Segmentation of an active forearc setting – Chile (37 – 41°S). Geomorphology, 94, 98-116.

2007 Uba, C.E., Strecker, M.R., Schmitt, A.K. Increased sediment accumulation rates in the Central Andes during the late Miocene due to climate forcing. Geology, 35, 979 - 982.

2008 Bookhagen, B. and Strecker, M.R. High-resolution TRMM rainfall, hillslope angles, and relief along the eastern Andes, Geophysical Research Letters, 35, L06403.

2008 Mora, A., Parra, M., Strecker, M.R., Sobel, E.R. Climatic forcing of asymmetric orogenic evolution in the Eastern Cordillera of Colombia. Geological Society of America Bulletin , 120, 930-949.

2008 Scherler, D., Leprince, S. and Strecker, M.R. Glacier-surface velocities in alpine terrain from optical satellite imagery - accuracy improvement and quality assessment. Remote Sensing of Environment, 112, 3806-3819

2008 Carrapa, B. Hauer, J., Schoenbohm, L., Strecker, M.R., Schmitt, A., Villanueva, A., and Sosa Gomez, J. Dynamics of deformation and sedimentation in the northern Sierras Pampeanas: an integrated study of the Neogene Fiambalá basin, NW Argentina. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 120, 1518-1543.

2008 Mora, A., Gaona, T., Kley, J., Montoya, D., Parra, M., Quiroz, L.I., Reyes, G., Strecker, M.R. Inherited extensional fault segmentation and linkage in contractional orogenesis: a reconstruction of Lower Cretaceous inverted rift basins in the Eastern Cordillera of Colombia. Basin Research (in press)

2008 Ballato, P. Nowaczyk, N., Landgraf, A., Strecker, M.R., Friedrich, A. and Tabatabaei, S. Tectonic control on sedimentary facies pattern and sediment accumulation rates in the Miocene foreland basin of the southern Alborz mountains, N Iran, Tectonics, 27, TC6001, doi:10.1029/2008TC002278

2009 Melnick, D., Bookhagen, B., Strecker, M.R., and Echtler, H. Segmentation of megathrust rupture zones from forearc deformation patterns over hundreds to millions of years, Arauco peninsula, Chile. J. Geophysical Research – Solid Earth, 114, doi: 10.1029/2008JB005788.

2009 Thiede, R., Ehlers, T., B. Bookhagen, and Strecker, M.R. Erosional variability along the NW Himalayan margin. J. Geophysical Research – Surface Processes, 114, F01015, doi:1029/2008JF001010.

2009 Zielke, O. and Strecker, M.R. Recurrence of large earthquakes in magmatic continental rifts: Insights from a paleoseismic study along the Marmanet-Laiipia fault, Subukia Valley, Kenya Rift. Bull. Seismological Soc. America, 99, 61-70, doi:10.1785/0120080015

2009 Parra, M., Mora, A., Jaramillo, C., Strecker, M.R., Sobel, E., Quiroz, L., Rueda, M., and Torres, V. Orogenic advance in the northern Andes: evidence from the oligo-miocene sedimentary record of the Medina Basin, Eastern Cordillera, Colombia. Geological Society of America Bulletin , v. 121, 780-800

2009 Landgraf, A., Ballato, P., Strecker, M.R., Friedrich, A.M., Tabatabaei, S., and Shapahsandzadeh, M. Fault-kinematic and geomorphic observations along the North Tehran Thrust and Mosha Fasham Fault, Alborz mountains, Iran: implications for fault-system evolution and interaction in a changing tectonic regime. Geophysical Journal International, 177, 676-690

2009 Garcin, Y., Junginger, A., Melnick, D., Olago, D., Strecker, M.R., and Trauth, M. Late Pleistocene-Holocene rise and collapse of Lake Suguta, northern Kenya Rift. Quaternary Science Reviews, 28, 911-925

2009 Parra, M.. Mora, A., Sobel., E., Strecker, M.R., and Gonzáles, R. Episodic orogenic-front migration in the northern Andes: constraints from low-temperature thermochronology in the Eastern Cordillera, Colombia. Tectonics, 28, TC4004, doi:10.1029/2009TC002423

2009 Strecker, M.R., Alonso, R. Bookhagen, B., Carrapa, B. Coutand, I., Hain, M.P., Hilley, G.E., Mortimer, E., Schoenbohm, L., and Sobel. E.R. Does the topographhic distribution of the central Andean Puna Plateau result from climatic or geodynamic processes? Geology, 37, 643-646.

2009 Uba, C., Kley, J., Strecker, M.R., and Schmitt, A. Unsteady evolution of the Bolivian Subandean thrust belt: the role of enhanced erosion and clastic wedge propagation. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 281, 134-146.

2009 Bergner, A.G.N., Strecker, M.R., Trauth, M. Deino, A., Gasse, F., Blisniuk, P.M. and Dühnforth, M. Tectonic and climatic control on evolution of rift lakes in the Central Kenya Rift, East Africa. Quaternary Science Reviews (in press)

2009 Schoenbohm, L. and Strecker, M.R., Late Pliocene reactivation of thrust and reverse faults as normal faults along the southern margin of the Puna Plateau, NW Argentina. Tectonics, 28, TC5008, doi:10.1029/2008TC002341.

2009 Hintersberger, E. Hacker, B., Strecker, M.R. and Thiede, R. Ongoing extension in the High Himalaya of NW India. Geological Society of America Bulletin (in press).

2009 Mora, A., Parra, M., Strecker, M.R., Sobel, E.R. Climatic forcing of asymmetric orogenic evolution in the Eastern Cordillera of Colombia. Geological Society of America Bulletin (in press).