dr Monika Sobiesiak


tel. +48 12 292 37 95

email: msobiesiak@igf.edu.pl


  • 2005 PhD, GFZ Potsdam, University of Potsdam, seismology
  • 1986 Diploma in geophysics, rock mechanics laboratory, University of Frankfurt/Main


  • 1999-2002 Integrated research expert at Fundación Venezolana de Investigaciónes Sismológicas (FUNVISIS), Caracas, Venezuela, Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM)
  • 2003-2004 Research assistent, GFZ Potsdam
  •  since 2005 Researcher as member of the German Task Force for Earthquakes, GFZ, Potsdam
  • 2006-2009 Scientist in charge of the German Task Force for Earthquakes at GFZ, Potsdam
  • 2010-2013 DFG principel investigator at IfG, Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel, Dep. of Geophysics
  • 2013-2014 Invited scientist at the Departamento de Geofísica, Universidad de Chile, Santiago de Chile / invited scientist at Universidad Arturo Prat, Iquique, North Chile
  • 2014-2015 Invited scientist at Institut de Physique du Globe, Paris, Laboratoir de Sismologie
  • 2016 Customer consultant webhelp Germany
  • since Sep. 2017 Assisstent professor in the Department of Seismology, IG-PAS, Kraków


  • statistical seismology and earthquake mechanics
  • seismic risk and hazard assessment studies on all scales
  • from small scale induced seismicity to large scale tectonic earthquakes
  • seismic moment and gravity field anomalies
  • interdisciplinary studies on interactions between geological structure / tectonic settings and the earthquake process


  • SAFER - “Seismic Early Warning for Europe”, project management assistance and funding acquisition, PI for aftershock hazard assessment.
  • NERA - Network of European Research Infrastructures for Earthquake Risk Assessment and Mitigation, PI for 'Networking European Rapid Response Networks'.
  • SFB / DFG projects
    • SFB 267 - German Research Centre “Deformation Processes in the Central Andes”.
    • DFG - “Identification of seismogenic structures with influence on the subduction interface in Northern Chile and their signature in seismological data”, PI.
  • International collaborative and inter-disciplinary projects
    • CYPRUS - Micro-seismicity in the Larnaca Region, Cypress, combined on- and off-shore seismic network and monitoring of induced seismicity at a water dam site.
    • FUNVISIS - Installation of the National Seismological Broadband Network in Venezuela and the implementation of the National Seismological Service at FUNVISIS (Fundación Venezolana de Investigaciónes Sismológicas).
    • IPOC - Integrated Plate Boundary Observatory in Northern Chile” (IPOC), a ChileanFrench-German project on transient deformation processes along the North Chilean seismic gap, deployment the Iquique Local Network.
    • RHM - “Risk Habitat Mega-Cities” Strategies for sustainable development in megacities and urban agglomerations.
    • BOLIVAR - “Broadband Ocean-Land Investigation of Venezuela and the Antilles arc Region”.
    • UNAP - Integrating seismology into student education and public information at UNAP, Iquique, North Chile.


  • Marine:
    • ARK IV/3 on research vessel RV Polarstern (1987)
    • South Atlantic M 6/6 on research vessel RV Meteor (1988)
  • Observatory:
    • 1989-1991 geophysical observatory (seismology, gravity, magnetic field) at the Georg von Neumayer base, Antarctica
  • Field:
    • Task Force missions: Cariaco 1997, Venezuela, Izmit 1999, Turkey, Boumerdes 2003, Algeria, Waldkirch 2004, Germany, Muzaffarabad 2005, Pakistan, Bantul Java 2006, Indonesia, Nura 2008, Kirgistan, Tocopilla 2007, Chile, Vogtland 2008, Czech Republic, L’Aquila 2009, Italy


  • Sobiesiak, M. (2000), Fault Plane Structure of the Antofagasta, Chile Earthquake of 1995, Geophys. Res. Lett., 27, No 4, p 581-584.
  • Baumbach, M., H. Grosser, G. Romero-Torres, J.L. Rojas-Gonzales, M. Sobiesiak, W. Welle, Aftershock pattern of the July 9, 1997 Mw=6.9 Cariaco earthquake in Northeastern Venezuela, Tectonophysics, 379, 1-23, 2004.
  • Sobiesiak, M., L. Alvarado, R. Vasquez, 2005, Recent Seismicity in Northeastern Venezuela and Tectonic Implications, Revista de la Facultad de Ingeneria de la U.C.V., Vol. 20, No. 4 pp 43-48 A.
  • Sobiesiak, M., U. Meyer, S. Schmidt, H.-J. Götze, and C.M. Krawczyk, (2007), Asperity generating upper crustal sources revealed by b-value and isostatic residual anomaly grids in the area of Antofagasta, Chile, J. of Geophys. Res., Vol. 112, B12308, doi:10.1029/2006JB004796.
  • Clark, S.A., M. Sobiesiak, C. A. Zelt, M. B. Magnani, M.S. Miller, M.J. Bezada, and A. Levander (2008), Identification of tectonic implications of a tear in the South American Plate at the southern end of the Lesser Antilles, G-cubed, 9, No. 11, Q11004, doi: 10.1029/2008GC002084. A.
  • Victor, P., M. Sobiesiak, J. Glodny, S.N. Nielsen, O. Oncken, Long-term persistence of subduction earthquake segment boundaries – evidence from Mejillones Peninsula, N-Chile, J Geophys. Res., Vol. 116, B02402, doi:10.1029/2010JB007771.
  • Fuenzalida, A., B. Schurr, M. Lancieri, M. Sobiesiak, and R. Madariaga (2013), High- resolution relocation and mechanism of aftershocks of the 2007 Tocopilla (Chile) earthquake, Geophys. J. Int., doi:10.1093/gji/ggt163.
  • Cesca, S., F. Grigoli, S. Heimann, T. Dahm, M. Kriegerowski, M. Sobiesiak, C. Tassara, M. Olcay, The Mw 8.1 2014 Iquique, Chile, seismic sequence: a tale of foreshocks and aftershocks, Geophys. J. Intern., 204(3), 1766-1780, doi:10.1093/gji/ggv544, 2015.
  • Schaller, T., J. Andersen, H.-J. Götze, N. Koproch, S. Schmidt, M. Sobiesiak, S. Splettstößer, Segmentation of the Andean Margin by Isostatic Models and Gradients (2015), Journal of South American Earth Sciences, 59, 6doi:10.1016/j.jsames.2015.01.008.