Jacek Stankiewicz

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Research interests

My current research involves the development and implementation of earthquake early warning systems. I work on problems associated with optimal design of a network, quick earthquake detection, and issuing warnings in real time. With partners in GFZ Potsdam support as to how to provide a rapid response to such warnings is also given to the end users in the seismic risk zone, such as a number of Central Asian cities we closely work with.

My research interests are not confined to the above. I am interested in travel time tomography, from controlled sources and ambient seismic noise. I am especially interested in any geophysical experiments in my native South Africa, and encourage collaborations between European and South African institutions.

Current Position

Postdoctoral Fellow of the Fonds National de la Recherche, Luxembourg cofunded by the Marie Curie Actions of the European Commission (FP7-COFUND) (AFR project 4817114).


  1. Harvey, J.D., de Wit, M.J., Stankiewicz, J. & Doucouré, C.M., 2001. Structural variations of the crust in the southwestern Cape, deduced from seismic receiver functions. South African Journal of Geology, 104 (3), 231-242. [PDF]
  2. Stankiewicz, J., Chevrot, S., van der Hilst, R.D. & de Wit, M.J., 2002. Crustal thickness, discontinuity depth and upper mantle structure beneath southern Africa: constraints from body waves. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 130, 235-251. [PDF]
  3. Stankiewicz, J. & de Wit, M.J., 2005. River Networks of Southern Africa – Scaling Laws governing their geometry and deviations from scaling. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (G3), 6 (9), Q09015. doi:10.1029/2005GC000928. [PDF]
  4. Stankiewicz, J. & de Wit, M.J., 2005. Fractal River Networks of Southern Africa. South African Journal of Geology, 108 (3), 333-344. [PDF]
  5. Stankiewicz, J., 2005. On Track for a 2 hour marathon. South African Journal of Science, 101 (9/10), 397-398. [PDF]
  6. Stankiewicz, J., Thiart, C., Masters, J.C. & de Wit, M.J., 2006. Did lemurs have sweepstake tickets? An exploration of Simpson’s model for the colonisation of Madagascar by mammals. Journal of Biogeography, 33, 221-235 [PDF]
  7. Stankiewicz, J. & de Wit, M.J., 2006. A proposed drainage evolution model for Central Africa – Did the Congo flow east? Journal of African Earth Sciences, 44, 75-84. [PDF]
  8. de Wit, M.J. & Stankiewicz, J., 2006. Water for Africa: potential changes in perennial drainage systems with predicted precipitation changes. Science, 311, 1917-1921. [PDF]
  9. Stankiewicz, J., Ryberg, T., Schulze, A., Lindeque, A., Weber, M.H. & de Wit, M.J., 2007. Initial Results from Wide-Angle Seismic Refraction Lines in the Southern Cape. South African Journal of Geology, 110 (2/3), 407-418. [PDF]
  10. Lindeque, A.S., Ryberg, T., Stankiewicz, J., Weber, M.H. & de Wit, M.J., 2007. Seismic Imaging of the Crust and Moho in a Section Across the Beattie Magnetic Anomaly, South Africa. South African Journal of Geology, 110 (2/3), 419-438. [PDF]
  11. de Wit, M.J., Stankiewicz, J. & Reeves, C.V., 2008 Restoring Pan African-Brasiliano connections: more Gondwana control, less Trans-Atlantic corruption. In: Pankhurst, R. J., Trouw, R. A. J., Brito Neves, B. B. & De Wit, M. J. (eds) West Gondwana: Pre-Cenozoic Correlations Across the South Atlantic Region. Geological Society, London, Special Publication, 294, 399–412. [PDF]
  12. Stankiewicz, J., Parsiegla, N., Ryberg, T., Gohl, K., Weckmann, U., Trumbull, R. & Weber, M.H., 2008. Crustal Structure of the Southern Margin of the African Continent: Results from Geophysical Experiments. Journal of Geophysical Research, 113, B10313, doi:10.1029/2008JB005612. [PDF]
  13. Parsiegla, N., Stankiewicz, J., Gohl, K., Ryberg, T. & Uenzelmann-Neben. G., 2009. The southern African continental margin – dynamic processes of a transform margin. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (G3), 10(3), Q03007, doi:10.1029/2008GC002196. [PDF]
  14. Quesnel, Y., Weckmann, U., Ritter, O., Stankiewicz, J., Lesur, V., Mandea, M., Langlais, B., Sotin, C. & Galdeano, A., 2009. Local Modeling of the Beattie Magnetic Anomaly in South Africa. Tectonophysics, 478, 111-188. [PDF]
  15. Stankiewicz, J., Bauer, K. & Ryberg, T., 2010. Lithology classification from seismic tomography: additional constraints from surface waves. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 58, 547-552. [PDF]
  16. Stankiewicz, J., Ryberg, T., Haberland, C., Fauzi & Natawidjaja, D., 2010. Lake Toba volcano magma chamber imaged by ambient seismic noise tomography. Geophysical Research Letters, 37, L17306, doi:10.1029/2010GL044211. [PDF]
  17. Stankiewicz, J., Muñoz, G., Ritter, O., Bedrosian, P.B., Ryberg, T., Weckmann, U. & Weber, M., 2011. Shallow lithological structure across the Dead Sea Transform derived from geophysical experiments. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (G3), 12, Q07019, doi:10.1029/2011GC003678. [PDF]
  18. Stankiewicz, J., 2011. Shallow structure in the Karoo Basin inferred from a Near Vertical Reflection Seismic profile. South African Journal of Geology, 114(3-4), 293-298, doi: 10.2113/gssajg.114.3-4.293. [PDF]
  19. Stankiewicz, J., Weber, M., Mohsen, A. & Hofstetter, R., 2012. Dead Sea Basin imaged by ambient seismic noise tomography. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 169, 615-623, doi: 10.1007/s00024-011-0350-y. [PDF]
  20. Badal, J., Chen, Y., Chourak, M. & Stankiewicz, J., 2013. S-wave velocity images of the Dead Sea Basin provided by ambient seismic noise. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 75, 26-35. [PDF]
  21. Stankiewicz, J., Bindi, D., Oth., A. & Parolai, S., 2013. Designing efficient earthquake early warning systems: case study of Almaty, Kazakhstan. Journal of Seismology, 17, 1125-1137, doi: 10/1007/s10950-013-9381-4. [PDF]
  22. Stankiewicz, J. & de Wit, M.J., 2013. 3.5 Billion years of reshaped Moho, southern Africa. Tectonophysics, 609, 675-689. [PDF]
  23. Pilz, M., Bindi, D., Boxberger, T., Hakomov, F., Moldobekov, B., Murodkulov, S., Orunbaev, S., Pittore, M., Stankiewicz, J., Ullah, S., Verjee, F., Wieland, M., Yasunov, P. & Parolai, S., 2013. First Steps toward a Reassessment oft he Seismic Risk of the City of Dushanbe (Tajikistan). Seismological Reasearch Letters, 84(6), 1026-1038, doi: 10.1785/0220130040. [PDF]