Tectonic and volcanic evolution of the rocky planets; Growth of faults and fractures and fluid flow through/across them; Brittle deformation of granular materials
Diplom (M.S. equivalent), 2007, Freie Universität Berlin Ph.D., Geomechanics, 2011, University of Nevada, Reno
Christian graduated with a Diplom in geology at the Freie Universität Berlin in 2007 working on micro- and macroscopic tectonic rock fabrics from the Sudbury impact structure. For his dissertation, which he completed in 2011 at the University of Nevada, Reno, he explored geomechanical aspects of fracture geometry and brittle failure and their consequences for reservoir properties of the host rocks, such as changes in porosity/permeability and/or fluid flow.
At DTM, where he is a MESSENGER post-doctoral fellow, he applies this background to fracturing processes on the one-plate rocky worlds of our solar system.