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Alice-Agnes Gabriel


Alice-Agnes Gabriel

Alice-Agnes Gabriel

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Munich University
Theresienstr. 41
80333 Munich

Room: 416
Phone: +49 (89) 2180-4214
Fax: +49 (89) 2180-4205



Currently, I am an assistant professor of seismology at LMU Munich. My research interests include:

  • Earthquake dynamics
    Modeling and imaging of earthquake source dynamics in natural fault zones
  • Seismic wave propagation
    High frequency wave fields and strong ground motions
  • Earthquake cycle and tsunami generation
    Seismic hazard analysis based on multidisciplinary approaches of earthquake scenario simulations in conjunction with geodynamic and tsunami modeling
  • Fracture mechanics
    Analytical description of crack propagation, frictional failure and atomistic modeling
  • Numerical methods
    Scalable and flexible algorithms for wave propagation and dynamic earthquake rupture on massively parallel computers in a High Performance Computing environment

My post-doctoral research focused on the development and application of the software package SeisSol for the simulation of realistic strong ground motions as well as for fundamental earthquake physics with dynamic rupture sources based on non-linear friction laws. SeisSol recently reached performance beyond the “magical” one petaflop/s mark

SeisSol is a high-order accurate Discontinuous Galerkin method implemented on unstructured meshes to solve forward wave propagation problems in realistic media with complex geometry. The project was integrated in the existing European-wide training network ‘QUantitative estimation of Earth’s seismic sources and STructure’ (QUEST) and ‘Advanced Simulation of Coupled Earthquake and Tsunami Events’ (ASCETE).

I conducted my PhD studies at the Swiss Seismological Service at ETH Zurich, Switzerland collaborating closely with Caltech, USA and KAUST, Saudi Arabia. My main interest were dynamic rupture styles and their transitions in elastic media and including off-fault damage from computational spectral element simulations.

I am also interested in theoretical material science. I was working on atomistic simulations of solid-phase epitaxial regrowth of amorphous germanium at the Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research at the Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf.

My publication impact is listed here .

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