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PD Dr. Stefan Back

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Gebäude: Bergbaugebäude
Raum: 520
Wüllnerstr. 2
52056 Aachen

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Geologisches Institut

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Montags 10:00 - 12:00 Uhr



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Telefon: +49-241-80-93617
E-Mail: stefan.back@emr.rwth-aachen.de


Education & Career:

  • 2011: RWTH Aachen University, Habilitation in Geology
  • since 2009: RWTH Aachen University, Akademischer Oberrat, Geology
  • 2007 – 2009: RWTH Aachen University, Akademischer Rat, Geology
  • 2004 – 2007: RWTH Aachen University, Oberingenieur, Geology
  • 2001 – 2004: RWTH Aachen University, Wiss. Assistent, Geology
  • 1998 – 2001: University Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Lecturer, Petroleum Geoscience
  • 1998: Potsdam University, PhD in Geology
  • 1995 – 1998: Potsdam University, PhD studies, Geology
  • 1994: Kiel University (CAU), Diplom in Geology
  • 1994: Kiel University (CAU), Graduate studies, Geology
  • 1993 – 1994: Gent University (UG), Belgium, EU Scholarship, Marine Geophysics
  • 1991 – 1993: Kiel University (CAU), Graduate studies, Geology
  • 1991: Karlsruhe University (KIT), Vordiplom in Geology
  • 1989- 1991: Karlsruhe University (KIT), Undergraduate studies, Geology

Research Interests:

  • Quantitative analysis and 3D visualization of tectonics, geomorphology and sedimentology in outcrop and subsurface
  • Multidimensional numerical modelling of geological processes – integrating tectonics and sedimentology
  • Common earth models (3D integration of geomorphological, geological and geophysical information as common base for transdisciplinary research)
  • Tectonic vs. climate influence on sedimentary basin development (current focus: continental margins, extensional basins)
  • 3D seismic geomorphology and sedimentology
  • Syndepositional faulting and synkinematic sedimentation (outcrop and subsurface studies)
  • Spatial (3D) and temporal development of unconformities and their preservation in the geological record

Courses:

  • Integrated tectonic and stratigraphic modelling
  • 3D seismic interpretation
  • Interpretation of geological maps and cross sections
  • Advanced geological methods
  • Fieldcourse geological mapping
  • Field techniques

Publikationen

Peer-reviewed papers:
  • *Belde, J., Reuning, L. & Back, S. 2017. Sediment waves imaged on seismic reflection data from the high-energy carbonate ramp of the Northern Carnarvon Basin, North West Shelf Australia. Journal of Continental Shelf Research, v. 138, p. 142-153.
  • Strozyk, F., Back, S., Kukla, P.A. 2016. Comparison of the rift and post-rift architecture of conjugated salt and salt-free basins offshore Brazil and Angola/Namibia, South Atlantic. Tectonophysics. doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2016.12.012
  • *Fazlikhani, H., Back, S., Kukla, P. & Fossen, H. 2016. Interaction between gravity-driven listric normal fault linkage and their hanging wall rollover development: a case study from western Niger Delta, Nigeria. Geological Society Special Publication, v. 439, 17 p., https://doi.org/10.1144/SP439.20.
  • Back, S. & Morley, C.K. 2016. Growth faults above shale – seismic-scale outcrop analogues from the Makran foreland, SW Pakistan. Marine & Petroleum Geology, v. 70, p. 144-162.
  • *Neumaier, M., Back, S., Littke, R., Kukla, P., Schnabel, M. & Reichert, C. 2016. Late Cretaceous to Cenozoic geodynamic evolution of the Atlantic margin offshore Essaouira (Morocco). Basin Research, v. 28, p. 712-730.
  • *Rosleff-Soerensen, B., Reuning, L., Back, S. & Kukla, P.A. 2016. The response of a basin-scale Miocene barrier reef system to rapid subsidence on a passive continental margin, Barcoo Sub-basin, Australian North West Shelf. Basin Research, v. 28, p. 103-123.
  • *Belde, J., Back, S. & Reuning, L. 2015. 3D seismic analysis of sediment-waves and related geomorphological features on a shelf influenced by large amplitude internal waves, Browse Basin region, Australia. Sedimentology, v. 62, p. 87-109.
  • *Fazli Khani, H. & Back, S. 2015b. The influence of pre-existing structure on the growth of syn-sedimentary normal faults in a deltaic setting, Niger Delta. Journal of Structural Geology, v. 73, p. 18-32.
  • *Fazli Khani, H. & Back, S. 2015a. The influence of differential sedimentary loading on rollover and accommodation creation in deltas. Marine & Petroleum Geology, v. 59, p. 136-149.
  • *Masoumi, S., Reuning, L., Back, S., Sandrin, A. & Kukla, P. 2014. Buried pockmarks on the Top Chalk Surface of the Danish North Sea and their potential significance for interpreting palaeocirculation patterns. International Journal of Earth Sciences, v. 103, p. 563-578.
  • *Vackiner, A.A., Antrett, P., Strozyk, F., Back, S., Stollhofen, H., & Kukla, P. 2013. Salt kinematics and regional tectonics across a Permian gas field: a case study from East Frisia, NW Germany. International Journal of Earth Sciences, v. 102, p. 1701-1716.
  • *Antrett, P., Vackiner, A.A., Kukla, P., Back, S. & Stollhofen, H. 2012. Controls on reservoir compartmentalization of an Upper Permian tight gas field in Germany and links to a modern analogue in the Western US. Petroleum Geoscience, v. 18, p. 289-304.
  • *Vackiner, A.A., Antrett, P., Strozyk, F., Stollhofen, H., Kukla, P. & Back, S. 2012. Reconstructing the Upper Permian sedimentary facies distribution of a tight gas field in Central Europe on the basis of a modern analog field study in the Panamint Valley, Western U.S. Geosphere, v. 8, p. 1129-1145.
  • *Fazli Khani, H. & Back, S. 2012. Temporal and lateral variation in the development of growth faults and growth strata in the western Niger Delta, Nigeria. AAPG Bulletin, v. 96, p. 595-614.
  • *Müther, D., Back, S., Reuning, L., Kukla, P. & Lehmkuhl, F. 2012. Middle Pleistocene landforms in the Danish Sector of the southern North Sea: Tunnel valley to fluvial system transition imaged on 3D seismic data. In: Huuse, M. (ed), Glaciogenic Reservoirs. Geological Society Special Publication, v. 368, p. 111-127.
  • *Rosleff-Soerensen, B., Reuning, L., Back, S. & Kukla, P.A. 2012. Seismic geomorphology and growth architecture of a Miocene barrier reef, Browse Basin, NW- Australia. Marine & Petroleum Geology, v. 29, p. 233-254.
  • *Vackiner, A.A., Antrett, P., Stollhofen, H., Back, S., Kukla, P. & Bärle, C. 2011. Syndepositional tectonic controls and palaeo-topography of a Permian tight gas reservoir in NW Germany. Journal of Petroleum Geology, v. 34, p. 411-428.
  • Back, S., van Gent, H., Reuning, L., Grötsch, J., Niederau, J. & Kukla, P.A. 2011. 3D seismic geomorphology and sedimentology of the Chalk Group, southern Danish North Sea. Journal of the Geological Society, London, v. 168, p. 393-405.
  • *Hesse, S., Back, S. & Franke, D. 2010. Deepwater folding and thrusting offshore NW Borneo, SE Asia. In: Goffey, G. P., Craig, J., Needham, T. & Scott, R. (eds), Hydrocarbons in contractional belts, Geological Society Special Publication, v. 348, p. 169 – 185.
  • *Van Gent, H.W., Back, S., Urai, J.L. & Kukla, P.A. 2010. Small-scale faulting in the Upper Cretaceous of the Groningen Block (The Netherlands): 3D seismic interpretation, fault plane analysis and regional paleostress. Journal of Structural Geology, v. 32, p. 537-553.
  • *Hesse, S., Back, S. & Franke, D. 2010. The structural evolution of folds in a deepwater fold and thrust belt - a case study from the Sabah continental margin offshore NW Borneo, SE Asia. Marine & Petroleum Geology, v. 27, p. 442-454.
  • *Van Gent, H.W., Back, S., Urai, J.L., Kukla, P.A. & Reicherter, K. 2009. Paleostresses of the Groningen area, the Netherlands - results of a seismic based structural reconstruction. Tectonophysics, v. 470, p. 147-161.
  • *Hesse, S., Back, S. & Franke, D. 2009. The deepwater fold-thrust belt offshore NW Borneo: gravity-driven versus basement-driven shortening. GSA Bulletin, v. 121, p. 939-953.
  • Back, S., Strozyk, F., Kukla, P.A. & Lambiase, J.J. 2008. 3D restoration of original sedimentary geometries in deformed basin fill, onshore Brunei Darussalam, NW Borneo. Basin Research, v. 20, p. 99-117.
  • Morley, C.K. & Back, S. 2008. Estimating hinterland exhumation from late orogenic basin volume, NW Borneo. Journal of the Geological Society, London, v. 165, p. 353-364.
  • Brandes, C., Astorga, A., Back, S., Littke, R. & Winsemann, J. 2007. Deformation style and basin-fill architecture of the offshore Limón back-arc basin (Costa Rica). Marine & Petroleum Geology, v. 24, 277-287.
  • Brandes, C., Astorga, A., Back, S., Littke, R. & Winsemann, J. 2007. Fault control on sediment distribution patterns, Limón Basin, Costa Rica. Journal of Petroleum Geology, v. 30, p. 1-16.
  • Back, S., Brundiers, M.B., Höcker, C. & Kukla, P.A. 2006. 3D-seismic coherency signature of Niger Delta growth faults: integrating sedimentology and tectonics. Basin Research, v. 18, p. 323-337.
  • *Admasu, F., Back, S. & Tönnies, K. 2006. Auto-tracking of faults on 3D seismic data. Geophysics, v. 71, p. 49-53.
  • Back, S., Tioe Hak Jing, Tran Xuan Thang & Morley, C.K. 2005. Stratigraphic development of synkinematic deposits in a large growth-fault system, onshore Brunei Darussalam. Journal of the Geological Society, London, v. 162, p. 243-258.
  • Morley, C.K., Back, S., Van Rensbergen, P., Crevello, P. & Lambiase, J.J.  2003. Characteristics of repeated, detached, Miocene–Pliocene tectonic inversion events, in a large delta province on an active margin, Brunei Darussalam, Borneo. Journal of Structural Geology, v. 25, p. 1147-1169.
  • *William, A.G., Lambiase, J.J., Back, S. & Jamiran, M.K. 2003. Sedimentology of the Jalan Salaiman and Bukit Melisung outcrops, western Sabah: Is the Crocker Formation an analogue for Neogene turbidites offshore? Geological Society Malaysia Bulletin, v. 47, p. 63-75.
  • Back, S., Morley, C.K., Simmons, M.D. & Lambiase, J.J. 2001. Depositional environment and sequence stratigraphy of Miocene deltaic cycles exposed along the Jerudong anticline, Brunei Darussalam. Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 71, p. 913-921.
  • Back, S., De Batist, M., Strecker, M. R. & Vanhauwaert, P. 2000. Comment: Tectonic and sediment supply control on deep rift lake turbidite systems: Lake Baikal, Russia. Geology, v. 28, p. 189.
  • Back, S., Strecker, M.R. & De Batist, M. 2000. Glacial sediment supply control on lacustrine delta and fan architecture in northern Lake Baikal, Siberia. Terra Nostra, 2000/9, p. 131-139.
  • Back, S., De Batist, M., Strecker, M. R. & Vanhauwaert, P. 1999. Quaternary depositional systems in northern Lake Baikal, Siberia. The Journal of Geology, v. 107, p. 1-12.
  • Back, S., De Batist, M., Kirillov, P., Strecker, M. R. & Vanhauwaert, P. 1998. The Frolikha Fan: A large Pleistocene glacio-lacustrine outwash-fan in northern Lake Baikal, Siberia. Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 68, p. 841-849.
  • Back, S. & Strecker, M. R. 1998. Asymmetric late Pleistocene glaciations in the North Basin of the Baikal Rift, Russia. Journal of the Geological Society, London, v. 155, p. 61-70.
  • Damblon, F., Gerienne, Ph., D’Outrelepont, H., Delvaux, D., Beeckman, H. & Back, S. 1998. Identification of a fossil wood specimen in the Red Sandstone Group of southwestern Tanzania: stratigraphical and tectonic implications. Journal of African Earth Sciences, v. 26, p. 387-396.
  • De Batist, M., Van Rensbergen, P., Back, S. & Klerkx, J. 1996. Structural framework, sequence stratigraphy, and lake-level variations in the Livingstone Basin (northern Lake Malawi): First results of a high-resolution reflection seismic study. In: Johnson, T. & Odada, E. (eds.), Limnology, climatology, and paleoclimatology of the East African lakes. Gordon & Breach Publishers, Newark, p. 509-521.

* student publication


Selected conference contributions:
  • Back, S. & Reuning, L. 2015. Channels in Carbonate Environments: 3-D-Seismic Characteristics Extracted From the Sedimentary Record. AAPG Datapages/Search and Discovery Article #90216.
  • Strozyk, F., Back, S. & Kukla, P. 2014. Regional comparison of syn-and post-rift sequences in salt and salt-free basins offshore Brazil and Angola/Namibia, South Atlantic. EGU Vienna 17, 7293.
  • Back, S., Engmann, J., Soika, K., Belde, J., Strozyk, F. & Reuning, L. 2014. Detection, visualization and analysis of buried hiatal surfaces. SDGG, v. 85, p. 187.
  • Neumaier, M., Littke, R., Back, S., Kukla, P., Kleine, A., Schnabel, M. & Reichert, C. 2014. Geodynamics and Petroleum Systems Modeling of the Salt Province and Outer Atlantic Margin Offshore Essaouira (Morocco). First EAGE Basin & Petroleum Systems Modeling Workshop.
  • Belde, J., Back, S. & Reuning, L. 2014. Neogene to recent reef development in the Barcoo and Caswell sub-basins, Browse Basin, Australian Northwest Shelf. SDGG, v. 85, p. 36.
  • Cardona, S.B. & Back, S. 2014. Tectonophysical processes and their surface feedback in the Ashmore Platform region, Timor Sea: a combined 2D/3D seismic-reflection analysis. SDGG, v. 85, p. 300.
  • Haake, B. & Back, S. 2014. The influence of compaction on the development of growth faults. SDGG, v. 85, p. 302.
  • Strozyk, F., Back, S. & Kukla, P. 2014. Post-breakup Basin Evolution along the South-Atlantic Margins. EGU Vienna 16, 9456.
  • Kukla, P., Strozyk, F. & Back, S. 2014. Controlling factors of sedimentary basin asymmetries along the South-Atlantic margins offshore Brazil and Angola/Namibia. SDGG, v. 85, p. 381.

 


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