I am a Senior Scientist and Lecturer within the Computational Seismology group at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. I lead the group of Earthquake Physics, which consist of 6 (partially shared) PhD students and myself.


My research interests evolve around earthquake physics and geodynamics, principally using state-of-the-art numerical methods for both forward modeling and data assimilation. My ultimate goal is to develop a cross-scale, comprehensive forward and inverse modeling framework for subduction zones and other tectonics settings. This can , e.g., be used to improve our physical understanding of earthquakes, especially their spatiotemporal occurrence in relation to observations during the pre-, inter-, co- and post-seismic period.


I received my masters in Geophysics and System Earth Modeling from Utrecht University (April 2009) and my PhD in Seismology and Geodynamics from ETH Zurich (July 2013). My PhD dealt with the development and application of a new Seismo-Thermo-Mechanical modeling tool (STM) to simulate both short-term subduction zone seismicity, occurring both off- and on the megathrust, and long-term subduction dynamics and deformation. During my post doc and senior scientists position at ETH I supervise six PhD students working with STM forward models. Meanwhile I develop sequential data assimilation methods for the estimation of fault stresses and seismicity and the probabilistic forecast of their evolution.

Dr. Ylona van Dinther