Michael Strasser, Curriculum Vitae

Date of birth: September 19, 1977
Nationality: Swiss
Civil status: married, 2 children

Academic Positions

Present position

Since Oct 2015: full professor in Sedimentary Geology

Previous positions

2011-2015: Assistant Professor in “Sediment Dynamics”, ETH Zurich - SNSF (Swiss National Science Foundation) Professorship

2008-2011: MARUM fellow and postdoctoral researcher at DFG Research Center/Cluster of Excellence "The Ocean in the Earth System" University of Bremen, Germany

2007-2008: SNSF (Swiss National Science Foundation) Fellowship for Prospective Researcher and postdoctoral researcher at RCOM – Research Centre Ocean Margins, University of Bremen, Germany.

2003-2007: Scientific assistant at the Department of Earth Science, ETH Zurich


2003-2007: Ph.D. student at the Geological Institute, ETH Zurich, Switzerland: Title of PhD thesis: Quantifying Late Quaternary Natural Hazards in Swiss Lakes: Subaquatic Landslides, Slope Stability Assessments, Paleoseismic Reconstructions and Lake Outbursts, Supervisor: Prof. F.S. Anselmetti, ETH Zurich

1998-2003: Diploma in Earth Sciences at ETH Zurich: Diploma thesis: Erosion Processes and geomorphologic landscape evolution in arid climatic environment; 'Lluta collapse', northern Chile, Supervisor: Prof. F. Schlunegger, ETH Zurich


2014: Young Scientist Award of the International Association of Sedimentologists

2011: Hans-Cloos-Preis for significant contributions to Geosciences (Geologische Vereinigung Germany)

2008: ETH Medal for outstanding PhD thesis at ETH Zurich, Switzerland

2007: CHGEOL Award for the thesis in earth science written at Swiss universities with the most practical relevance in 2007

2004: Willi-Studer Award ETH Zurich for best diploma student in Earth Science in 2003

Research Expeditions

2003-present: >100 field campaigns (reflection seismics, coring, insitu testing and monitoring, ROV, AUV, etc) on lakes  (Austria, Switzerland, Italy)

Ocean-going Research Expeditions:

2016: R/V Sonne Cruise SO251B: Research Cruise to the Nankai Trough - Kumano Basin (Sedimentologist)

2016: R/V Sonne Cruise SO251A: Research Cruise to the Japan Trench (Chief-Scientist)

2012: IODP Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone Experiment (NanTroSEIZE) Expedition 338 offshore Japan. Co-chief Scientist

2012: R/V Sonne Cruise SO219A: Research Cruise to the 2011-Tohoku-Earthquake Epicentral Area (Co-PI and Sedimentologist)

2011: R/V Kairei Cruise KR11-04: Surveying submarine landslide scars along the Nankai Accretionary Wedge by ROV Kaiko 7000

2010/11: IODP Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone Experiment (NanTroSEIZE) & Nankai Trough Submarine Landslide History (NanTroSLIDE) Expedition 333 offshore Japan. Position as NanTroSLIDE PI and Stratigraphic Correlator2010 R/V Maria S. Merian Cruise MSM 15/3: MeBo (MARUM seafloor drill rig) drilling of the Twin Slide Complex in the Gela Basin, Strait of Sicily (Mediterranean Sea)

2009: R/V Meteor Cruise M78/3a: Sedimentation processes offshore Uruguay and Argentina

2007/8: IODP NanTroSEIZE Expedition 316 offshore Japan. Position as Sedimentologist

2006: R/V Poseidon Cruise 336: CRESTS (=CREtan Sea Tectonics and Sedimentology)

2002: ODP Leg 205 offshore Costa Rica, Position as Sedimentologist / Student Trainee.

Teaching and (Co-)supervising students

Since 2009: Supervision of 4 PhD, 12 M.Sc., and 8 B.Sc., theses in the general field of sedimentary geology, sediment dynamics, subaquatic landslides and slope stability research at University of Innsbruck, Austria, ETH Zurich, Switzerland and University of Bremen, Germany

Since 2015: Teaching within the Earth Science Curriculum at Univ. Innbruck WS  SS

2011-2014: Teaching within the Earth Science Curriculum at ETH Zurich (M.Sc courses "Limnogeology", "Sedimentary Rocks in the field", "Marine Geology and Geochemistry" and B.Sc courses  "Geological Field course I & II" "Sedimentology"

2007-2011: Lecturer within B.Sc (“Interdisciplinary Project on sediment cores”) and graduate-school course (“Mass wasting along continental margins”) at University of Bremen, Germany;

(Co-)organizer and lecturer during Summer Schools

2016:  Lecturer within ECORD summer school on "Submarine Geohazards " in Bremen, 5 - 16 September 2016

2012: Co-organizer of ECORD summer school on "Submarine Landslides, Earthquakes and Tsunamis" in Bremen, 3 - 14 September 2012

Scholarly Activities/Services
* indicates (co-)leadership activities

  • Member of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Science Advisory Structure (Proposal/Science evaluation panel 2011-2013; since 2014 Science Evaluation Panel) representing the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD): *Sub-group chair (Theme: Earth in Motion); 2011-2014
  • *(Co-)convener International Workshops (Tacking Tsunamigenic Slip in the Japan Trench, Tokyo, Japan, May 15-17, 2014; Submarine Paleoseismology Workshop, Zurich, July 16-18,2015
  • *Co-organizer of ECORD summer school on "Submarine Landslides, Earthquakes and Tsunamis" in Bremen, 3 - 14 September 2012
  • *Co-chair of UNESCO – International Geoscience Program IGCP-585, 2010 - 2014: Earth´s continental Margins: assessing the geohazard from submarine landslides (E-MARSHAL); IGCP-640, since 2015: Assessing Geohazards, Environmental Implications and Economic Significance of Submarine Landslides across the World’s Continental Margins (S4LIDE)
  • Scientific advisory board member of Geologische Vereinigung Deutschland (GV; 2013-2014) and int. conferences and symposia (19th Sedimentological Congress 2014, Geneva; 3rdWorld Landslide Forum 2014, Beijing; Int. Symposiums on Submarine Mass Movements and their Consequences: 5th ISSMMTC 2011, Kyoto, Japan; and 6th ISSMMTC 2013, Kiel, Germany)
  • *(Co-)convener of sessions at Int. Geoscience Conferences (EGU 2011/2012/2013, JpGU 2011/2013/2015/2016, AGU 2010/2014, and Int. Sedimentology Congress 2010*; 2014*)
  • Editorial board member for Springer book (Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Series): Submarine mass movements and their consequences, 2012; 2014; Guest editor Marine Geology thematic issue on submarine paleoseismology 2016
  • Peer reviews of articles and research proposals for several journals including Nature Geoscience, Nature Scientific Reports, Geology, EPSL, GRL, and funding agencies including NSF, DFG, ÖAD

Invited lectures at universities, scholarly institutions and international conferences

Invited seminar and colloquiums presentation

  • University of Salzburg (2016)
  • University of Innsbruck (2014)
  • University of Oxford (2014)
  • University of Hamburg (2014)
  • University of Trieste (2014)
  • Swiss Embassy Tokyo, Jp (2012)
  • JAMSTEC Yokohama, Jp (2011)
  • IODP Kochi Core Centre, Kochi, Jp (2011),
  • Niwa (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research),Wellington, NZ; (2011),
  • ISMAR (Instituto die Scienze Marine) Bologna, I (2011),
  • Fukada Geological Institute, Tokyo, Jp (2010),
  • University of Geneva, CH (2010),
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, USA (2009),
  • U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, USA (2006),
  • ODP-Student-Trainee lecture Tour at Swiss Universities (2003)

Invited conference talks

  • AGU (2015)
  • AOGS (2014)
  • ISC (2014)
  • AGU (2011),
  • JpGU (2011),
  • EGU (2011),
  • IAS (2008)