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 52f, 6020 Innsbruck



  Research Group: Sedimentary Geology



Summary (09/2019): 35 peer-reviewed papers published in international science journals since 2007, 9 as 1st author. Current Hirsch index H = 17 (Google Scholar), 1112 total citations on SEP 2019, of which 480 citations on 1st author articles (Google Scholar). 15 publications in major journals including Nature (1), Nature Scientific Reports (1), Geology (3), Earth and Planetary Science Letters (2), Quaternary Science Reviews (3), GSA Bulletin (2), Seismological Research Letters (1) and Geophysical Research Letters (1).

Research interests

  • Sedimentary records of natural hazards
  • Paleoseismology
  • Lacustrine and marine geology
  • Subaquatic landslides and turbidites
  • 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)
 “Sedimentary records of natural hazards 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”
"Paleoclimate record of Lake Challa (equatorial East Africa)"
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)
  • Tsunami deposits in coastal lakes in South-Central Chile (Ghent University, Belgium, 2011-2014)
Co-Principal Investigator
  • Studying the significance of subaqueous slides in Austrian lakes (ÖAW, 2019-2020)
  • 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)
  • 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, 5 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. 

Other scholarly activities 

  • Peer reviewer for funding agencies and several journals including Geology, Marine Geology, Geomorphology, Quaternary Science Reviews, Journal of Geophysical Research, Geological Society of America Bulletin, Quaternary International.
  • Co-Convener at the International Sedimentology Congress 2014 (Geneva), EGU 2018 (Vienna)
  • Public outreach: presentations at several events for the promotion of science in Belgium and in Chile; publications and comments in newspapers in Austria, Belgium and Chile. Documentary, public talks and interviews about earthquakes and volcanic eruptions in Chile.
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