Dr. Marieke Rempe
Experimental Geophysics

Dr. Marieke Rempe

My research interests lie in fault-zone and earthquake processes. Using a combined approach of laboratory experiments, microstructural analysis, field experiments and mapping, and numerical modelling, I study the physical properties and microstructural characteristics of rocks that experienced brittle deformation and subsequent hydrothermal alteration as well as the frictional behaviour of rocks to understand the processes and their kinetics active in fault zones throughout the seismic cycle.

E-Mail: marieke.rempe % rub.de

Ostermeijer, G.A., Aben, F., Mitchell, T.M., Rockwell, T.K., Rempe, M., Farrington K. (2022). Evolution of co-seismic off-fault damage towards pulverisation. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 579, 117353.

Rempe, M., Di Toro, G., Mitchell, M., Smith, S., Hirose, T., Renner, J. (2020). Influence of effective stress and pore-fluid pressure on fault strength and slip localization in carbonate slip zones. J. Geophys. Res. 125(11)

Fondriest, M., Mecklenburgh, J., Passelegue, F., Artioli, G., Nestola, F., Spagnuolo, E., Rempe, M., Di Toro, G. (2020). Pseudotachylytes alteration and the rapid fade of earthquakes scars from the geological record. Geophysical Research Letters, 47(22)

Rowe, C.D., Lamothe, K., Rempe, M., Andrews, M., Mitchell, T., Di Toro, G., White, J.C., Stefano Aretusini (2019). Earthquake lubrication and healing explained by amorphous nanosilica. Nature communications, 10(1), 320

Rempe, M., Mitchell, T.M., Renner, J., Smith, S., Bistacchi, A., Di Toro, G. (2018). The relationship between microfracture damage and the physical properties of fault-related rocks: The Gole Larghe Fault Zone, Italian Southern Alps. J. Geophys. Res. 123(9), 7661-7687

Mitchell, T., Cembrano, J., Fujita, K., Hoshini, K., Faulkner, D., Perez-Florez, P., Arancibia, G., Rempe, M., Gomila, R. (2017). Fluid inclusion evidence of co-seismic fluid flow induced by dynamic rupture. In: Fault Zone Dynamic Processes: Evolution of Fault Properties During Seismic Rupture. Geophysical Monograph Series, 227, 37-45

Rempe, M., Smith, S., Mitchell, T., Hirose, T., and Di Toro, G. (2017). The effect of water on strain localization in sheared calcite gouge. J. Struct. Geol., 97, 104-117

Rempe, M., Smith, S., Ferri, F., Mitchell, T., and Di Toro, G. (2014). Clast-cortex aggregates in experimental and natural calcite-bearing fault zones. J. Struct. Geol., 68, 142-157

Arancibia, G., Fujita, K., Hoshino, K., Mitchell, T. M., Cembrano, J., Gomila, R., Morata, D., Faulkner, D. & Rempe, M. (2014). Hydrothermal alteration in an exhumed crustal fault zone: Testing geochemical mobility in the Caleta Coloso Fault, Atacama Fault System, Northern Chile. Tectonophysics, 623, 147-168

Rempe, M., Mitchell, T., Renner, J., Nippress, S., Ben-Zion, Y., and Rockwell, T.K. (2013). Damage and seismic velocity structure of pulverized rocks near the San Andreas Fault. J. Geophys. Res., 118(6), 2813-2831

Academic Career


07/2018–04/2022    Experimental Geophysics, Ruhr University Bochum (RUB)
01/2018–06/2018    Rock Deformation Laboratory, University of Liverpool, UK
09/2015                   Kochi Institute for Core Sample Research, Japan
04/2015–12/2017    Experimental Geophysics, RUB


01/2012–03/2015    Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy;
                                Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Rome, Italy

BSc and MSc Studies

10/2008–01/2011    Master of Science in Geosciences (Geophysics major), RUB
10/2005–09/2008    Bachelor of Science in Geosciences, RUB

2019 - 2021

Writing a report
LV-Nr. 176106

In this course you will be introduced to typical geoscientific text types and their outline. We will explore writing strategies and deepen geoscientific knowledge through writing. You will also learn how to use Microsoft Word professionally and get to know the basics of data processing and visualization with Microsoft Excel. One focus of the course is literature research and formally correct scientific citing, for which we will use a literature management program.

Geoscientific pratical: rock physics
LV-Nr. 176501

In this part of the laboratory practical, which comprises three experiments, rock and mineral samples are characterized using standard methods of experimental rock physics. The experiments include the determination of the volume properties total and matrix density as well as total and connected porosity, the determination of the transport property permeability and the complementary determination of basic properties of water (density and dynamic viscosity).


Rock Physics
LV-Nr. 177053

  1. Introduction to rocks and minerals
  2. Porosity and interface phenomena
  3. Hydraulic transport in rocks (Darcy's law, permeability models)
  4. Elasticity (stress, strain, Hooke's law, averaging schemes)
  5. Failure of rocks (fracture and friction)

In a laboratory practical, students independently conduct simple experiments to determine basic physical properties of rocks and fluids.

Teaching participation in other courses

Introduction to Data Processing using Excel (BSc)

General handling of Excel. Principles of data processing methods (visualisation of data, error analysis, Fourier analysis, (multi-) linear regression).

Rock Physical Lab Practical (BSc/MSc)

Measurement of volume and transport properties of rocks and minerals and viscosity of water. Comprehensive interrelation and discussion of data including error analysis. Save conduct in the laboratory and handling of instruments.


Plate tectonics and its driving forces; energy that is transformed in tectonic processes; means of heat transport and the Earth’s thermal budget.

Exploration Geophysics/
Applied Geophysics

Theoretical physical background, measurement procedure, and data processing and interpretation for a range of geophysical techniques (gravimetry, geomagnetics, geoelectric, seismics and georadar). Borehole stability and logging procedures. With accompanying field course (see below).

Geophysical Field Course (BSc)

Practical use of seismics, geoelectrics, geomagnetics and georadar; processing and interpretation of the collected data.

Geophysics for Archeologists (BSc)

Application of geophysical field methods to archaeological problems.

Topics in Rock Physics

Daniel Dreier, BSc-Arbeit 2020
Constraining Rate-State Frictional Parameters During Triaxial Deformation Experiments at Variable Temperature Conditions Using RSFit3000

Simon Thomas, BSc-Arbeit, 2020
Rock-physical characterization and determination of the conditions for hydraulic fracturing of Freiberg gneiss samples (in German)

Caroline Kasprzyk, BSc-Arbeit, 2019
Investigation of the alteration and devitrification characteristics of natural pseudotachylites and synthetic glasses (in German)

Lisa Katharina Mohrbach, BSc-Arbeit, 2019
Mirostructural investigation of natural and experimentally altered pseudotachylites (in German)

Jens Doliwa, MSc-Arbeit, 2017
Experimental investigation of the effective-pressure dependence of ultrasonic velocities and their evolution under triaxial deformation (in German)

Anne Mohr, BSc-Arbeit, 2017
Experimental verification of the effective-pressure law for hydraulic properties of intact and triaxially-deformed samples of Wilkeson sandstone (in German)

Nils Dahlhaus, BSc-Arbeit, 2017
Developing an interactive processing tool for density measurements and porosity determination (in German)

Anna Kätker MSc-Arbeit, 2016
The effect of the pore-fluid factor on strength and failure mechanism of Wilkeson sandstone deformed in the brittle regime

M. Cuong Nguyen, MSc-Arbeit, 2016
Permeability evolution in deformed limestone and marble under hydrothermal conditions: laboratory experiments and microanalysis (in German)

Topics Geophysical Field Measurements

Ann-Christin Koch, BSc-Arbeit, 2021
Mapping of a fault in the area of the quarry Steltenberg, Hagen-Hohenlimburg, via geophysical field methods (in German)

Lea Gröniger, BSc-Arbeit, 2017
Comparison of different magnetometers (in German)

Jörg Hagenguth, BSc-Arbeit, 2017
Geophysical measurements at ruin Hardenstein, Witten (in German)

Madeleine Vollweiler, BSc-Arbeit, 2017
Investigation of a potential motte site in Recklinghausen-Stuckenbusch using geophysical field measurements (in German)

Elisaveta Sokolkova, BSc-Arbeit, 2016
Geophysical measurements at the Schwedenschanze, Preussisch-Oldendorf (in German)

Anastasia Kokkinou, MSc-Arbeit, 2016
Evaluation of the state of an old coal mine below the Geothermie-Zentrum Bochum by geophysical field measurements