JasperJasper Moernaut

phone: +43 512 507-54372
fax: +43 512 507-54399

Room: 60311 (Bruno-Sander-Haus, 3rd floor)
Institute of Geology
University of Innsbruck
Innrain 52, 6020 Innsbruck



  Research Group: Sedimentary Geology



Summary (01/2019): 32 peer-reviewed papers published in international science journals since 2007, 9 as 1st author. Current Hirsch index H = 15 (Google Scholar), 941 total citations on SEP 2018, of which 423 citations on 1st author articles (Google Scholar). 

Research interests

  • Paleoseismology
  • Limnogeology
  • Subaquatic landslides and turbidites
  • Earthquake processes
  • Marine geophysics and geotechnics

Curriculum Vitae

Since Apr. 2016 Assistant Professor / University Assistant at University of Innsbruck (UIBK) - Sedimentary Geology Group

Jan. 2014 - Dec. 2015 Assistant Professor at Universidad Austral de Chile (UACh)
 “Lacustrine paleoseismology in Chile”
Oct. 2011- Dec. 2013 Postdoctoral researcher / Lecturer at ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Advisor: Prof. Dr. Michael Strasser
Funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation
“Stability of underwater sediments upon earthquake shaking: implications for quantitative paleoseismology”
Oct. 2010 - Sep. 2011 Postdoctoral researcher at Ghent University, Belgium
Advisor: Prof. Dr. Marc De Batist
Funded by the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO)
“Paleoseismic reconstruction in Chile using sedimentary archives in lakes and fjords”
Jan. 2006 - May 2010  
Ph.D. student at Ghent University, Belgium
Advisor: Prof. Dr. Marc De Batist
Funded by the Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology – Flanders (IWT)
“Sublacustrine landslide processes and their paleoseismological significance”
Aug. 2005 - Dec. 2005

Scientific personnel at Ghent University, Belgium
Advisor: Prof. Dr. Marc De Batist
CRIMEA: “Contribution of high-intensity gas seeps in the Black Sea to methane emission to the atmosphere”

Research Projects

Principal Investigator
  • "Tyrol on Shaky Slopes": Did strong earthquakes trigger the rockslide clusters in Tyrol (Austria)? Evidence from lacustrine sedimentary records (Tiroler Wissenschaftsförderung TWF, 2018-2020) More info
  • Quantitative lacustrine paleoseismology in Carinthia (Austria) (FWF, Austria, 2017-2021) More info
  • "Process understanding in subaquatic paleoseismology: Earthquake-triggered remobilization of surficial sediments at ocean margins and lacustrine basins" (Nachwuchsförderung – University of Innsbruck, 2016-2018). More info
  • “Spatio-temporal patterns of earthquake recurrence in South-Central Chile: quantitative analysis of lacustrine paleoseismic records” (FONDECYT, Chile, 2015)
Co-Principal Investigator
  • Recurrence of great earthquakes and tsunamis in Central Chile (FONDECYT, Chile, 2015-2018)
  • Lacustrine paleoseismology in Alaska (FWO Flanders, Belgium, 2012-2017)
  • Geotechnical characterization of subaquatic slope stability (MARUM, Germany, 2013)
  • Tsunami deposits in coastal lakes in South-Central Chile (Ghent University, Belgium, 2011-2014)
  • SLATE - Submarine Landslides and their impact on European continental margins (ITN: Marie-Skłodowska-Curie program, European Commission, 2017-2021)
  • Core-XCT: X-ray Computed Tomography as new tool in Earth Science for non-destructive core analyses (Nachwuchsförderung – University of Innsbruck, 2018-2019)
  • ARMONIA: Harmonising administration and public institutions for trans-frontier risk prevention and disaster management. (Interreg V-A, 2018-2021) 
  • Earthquake archive in the geological record of the Japan Trench (FWF, Austria, 2016-2020) 
  • Lacustrine paleoseismology in Switzerland (SNSF, Switzerland, 2011-2015)
  • Lacustrine paleoclimate records in Chile (FWO Flanders, Belgium, 2008-2012)
  • Tephrostratigraphy in South-Central Chile (University of Oxford, UK, 2013-2016)
  • Paleoclimate record of lake Challa, East Africa (ESF, Ghent University, 2007-2011) 


  • Geophysics (BSc)
  • Applied Geophysics (MSc)
  • collaborations in Limnogeology (MSc) and Natural Hazards in Mountain Regions (MSc)

At previous positions (UACh, ETHZ):

  • Geophysics (BSc)
  • Seismology (BSc)
  • Limnogeology (BSc)
  • collaborations in Marine Geology (MSc), Geomorphology (BSc) and Applied Seismology (MSc)

Supervision / mentoring of 4 Ph.D, 4 M.Sc. and 7 B.Sc. students

Training of students and guest researchers in geophysical interpretation software; sediment coring; geochemical, petrophysical and sedimentological logging and analyses; geotechnical tests, etc.