Frehner, Marcel, PD Dr.

PD Dr.  Marcel Frehner

Address

ETH Zürich

Dep. of Earth Sciences 

PD Dr. Marcel Frehner

Geologisches Institut 

NO  E 3 

Sonneggstrasse 5

8092 Zürich

Switzerland

  • phone +41 44 632 54 68 
  • fax +41 44 632 10 30 
  • phone (Sec.) +41 44 632 36 80 
  • mail
  • vcard www.marcelfrehner.ch
  • vcard V-Card (vcf, 1kb)

Short CV

Marcel Frehner is a senior researcher/lecturer, whose main scientific aim is the mechanical understanding of geological and geophysical phenomena. He developed various numerical modeling codes, but also integrates his theoretical and numerical work with field and laboratory data.

His first main research branch can be summarized as Computational Structural Geology, for which he combines detailed structural field studies with dynamical numerical modeling of geological structures to better understand the mechanical behavior of rocks and the development of the observed structures.

For the second of his two main research fields, Digital Rock Physics, he closely collaborates with the Seismic Attenuation and Rock Deformation Laboratory. The aim is to measure seismic properties in partially fluid-saturated porous or fractured rocks both in real rocks and numerically in digital rock samples.

Marcel Frehner received his PhD degree from ETH Zurich in 2009 before he spent two years at the University of Vienna (Austria) as a research and teaching associate. At the ETH Zurich he is now teaching two numerical modeling graduate courses and is leading several field courses and geological excursions. In 2016, Marcel received his Venia Legendi (Habilitation).

Honors

Year Distinction
2016 Venia Legendi (Habilitation)
2015

Paul Niggli Medal

Citation in the Swiss Journal of Geosciences

2012

Otto Ampferer Award

Citation of the Austrian Geological Society (in German)

Key publications

Structural Geology

  • Frehner M., 2014: 3D fold growth rates, Terra Nova 26, 417–424. Go to article
  • Frehner M., 2011: The neutral lines in buckle folds, Journal of Structural Geology 33, 1501–1508. Go to article
  • Frehner M., Exner U., Mancktelow N.S. and Grujic D., 2011: The not-so-simple effects of boundary conditions on models of simple shear, Geology 39, 719–722. Go to article
  • Frehner M., Reif D. and Grasemann B., 2012: Mechanical versus kinematical shortening reconstructions of the Zagros High Folded Zone (Kurdistan Region of Iraq), Tectonics 31, TC3002. Go to article
  • Frehner M. and Schmalholz S.M., 2006: Numerical simulations of parasitic folding in multilayers, Journal of Structural Geology 28, 1647–1657. Go to article

Rock Physics

  • Frehner M., 2014: Krauklis wave initiation in fluid-filled fractures by seismic body waves, Geophysics 79, T27–T35. Go to article
  • Frehner M. and Schmalholz S.M., 2010: Finite-element simulations of Stoneley guided-wave reflection and scattering at the tips of fluid-filled fractures, Geophysics 75, T23–T36. Go to article
  • Quintal B., Steeb H., Frehner M. and Schmalholz S.M., 2011: Quasi-static finite element modeling of seismic attenuation and dispersion due to wave-induced fluid flow in poroelastic media, Journal of Geophysical Research 116, B01201. Go to article
  • Steeb H., Kurzeja P., Frehner M. and Schmalholz S.M., 2012: Phase velocity dispersion and attenuation of seismic waves due to trapped fluids in residual-saturated porous media, Vadose Zone Journal 11, vzj2011.0121. Go to article
  • Zhong X., Frehner M., Kunze K. and Zappone A., 2014: A novel EBSD-based finite-element wave propagation model for investigating seismic anisotropy: Application to Finero Peridotite, Ivrea-Verbano Zone, Northern Italy, Geophysical Research Letters 41, 7105–7114. Go to article

Teaching

Marcel teaching in the field  
Marcel teaching on the 2014 excursion to the Glarus Thrust.

Spring semester 2017

Block course When Who
Introduction to Finite Element Modelling in Geosciences July 24–28 2017 MSc & PhD
Geological field course Where & When Who
Geological Field Course II: Sedimentary Rocks
Gemmi Pass, Switzerland
September 08–15 2017
BSc
Advanced Structural Geology Field Course Domodossola, Italy
April 18–21 2017
MSc
Geological excursions Where & When Who
Glarus Area
(Dynamic Earth)
Ziegelbrücke-Schwanden-Elm, Switzerland
May 06 2017
BSc
Glarus Thrust Flims-Vorab-Segnes Pass-Elm, Switzerland
September 22–24 2017
All

Fall semester 2016

Geological excursion Where & When Who
Glarus Thrust Flims-Vorab-Segnes Pass-Elm
September 24–25 2016
All

Spring semester 2016

Block course When Who
Introduction to Finite Element Modelling in Geosciences July 25–29 2016 MSc & PhD
Geological field courses Where & When Who
Geological Field Course I
Maniva, Italy
June 12–17 2016
BSc
Geological Field Course II: Sedimentary Rocks
Gemmi Pass, Switzerland
September 09–16 2016
BSc
Advanced Structural Geology Field Course Domodossola, Italy
March 29 – April 01 2016
MSc
Geological excursions Where & When Who
Glarus Area
(Dynamic Earth)
Ziegelbrücke-Schwanden-Elm, Switzerland
May 21 2016
BSc
Alpine Transect
(Geology of the Alps)
Bulle-Montreux-Simplon Pass-Domodossola, Switzerland and Italy
April 18–22 2016
BSc
 
 
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