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Dr. Michael Strupler

Senior Research Assistant

Dr.  Michael Strupler
Swiss Seismological Service (SED)
ETH Zürich
Dr. Michael Strupler
NO G 48
Sonneggstrasse 5
8092 Zürich

  +41 44 632 46 98

I am a geoscientist with a broad interest in investigating, quantifying and modelling subaqueous geomorphodynamic processes and assessing the related hazard. It is my motivation to understand processes of our environment, and to inspire people to do the same.

During my research career, I have had a strong focus on the geological and sedimentological aspect of subaqueous mass movements and their consequences, including tsunamis. Next to the broad field- (geophysical data acquisition, sediment coring, CPT) and laboratory-work (Core data analysis) experience, I have developed strong skills in developing conceptual approaches and conducting geospatial analyses.

My work at the SED has enabled me to transfer my previous knowledge to current earthquake-related projects and to extend my seismological skills.

  • Since Nov. 2020: Senior Research Assistant at Swiss Seismological Service (ETH Zurich)
  • Aug 2018 – Oct 2020: Postdoctoral Researcher at Swiss Seismological Service
  • 12/2017 – 7/2018: Risk Management (New Reinsurance Company Ltd., Trainee)
  • 01/2014 – 10/ 2017: PhD studies (ETH Zurich, Geological Institute and SED)
  • Basin-wide assessment of the earthquake-triggered landslide- and tsunami hazard: A conceptual approach and its application, tested in perialpine Lake Zurich (Switzerland)
  • 05/2012 – 12/2012: Staff at Renard Centre of Marine Geology (Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium)
  • 02/2010 – 02/2012: MSc studies in Physical Geography (University of Zurich, Switzerland). Glaciology, Geomorphodynamics, Geochronology
  • 07/2009 – 09/2009: Traineeship Remote Sensing / GIS (Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)
  • 10/2006 – 07/2009: BSc studies in Geography (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

Strupler, M., Anselmetti, F.S., Hilbe, M. Kremer, K., and Wiemer, S (2020). A workflow for the rapid as-sessment of the landslide-tsunami hazard in peri-alpine lakes. Geological Society. London: Special Publications. doi: 10.1144/SP500-2019-166

Strupler M, Evers FM, Kremer K, Cauzzi C, Bacigaluppi P, Vetsch DF, Boes RM, Fäh D, Anselmetti FS and Wiemer S (2020). A Simplified Classification of the Relative Tsunami Potential in Swiss Perialpine Lakes Caused by Subaqueous and Subaerial Mass-Movements. Front Earth Sci  8, 1 - 14. doi: 10.3389/feart.2020.564783

Strupler M., Hilbe M., Kremer K., Danciu L., Anselmetti F.S., Strasser M. and Wiemer S.  (2018). Subaqueous landslide-triggered tsunami hazard for Lake Zurich, Switzerland. Swiss J Geosci.. doi: 10.1007/s00015-018-0308-5

Strupler, M., Anselmetti, F.S., Hilbe, M., Strasser, M.  (2018). Quantitative charactersation of subaqueous landslides in Lake Zurich (Switzerland) based on a high-resolution bathymetric dataset. In: Lintern, D. G.,Mosher, D. C.,Moscardelli, L. G., Bobrowsky, P. T., Campbell, C., Chaytor, J. D., Clague, J. J., Georgiopoulou, A., Lajeunesse, P., Normandeau, A., Piper, D. J. W., Scherwath, M., Stacey,C. & Turmel, D. : Subaqueous Mass Movements. London: Geological Society, Special Publications. doi: 10.1144/SP477.7

Strupler, M., Danciu, L., Hilbe, M., Kremer, K., Anselmetti, F.S., Strasser, M., Wiemer, S.  (2018). A subaqueous hazard map for earthquake-triggered landslides in Lake Zurich, Switzerland. Natural Hazards 90, 51-78. doi: 10.1007/s11069-017-3032-y

Strupler, M., Hilbe, M., Anselmetti, F.S., Kopf, A.J., Fleischmann, T. & Strasser, M.  (2017). Probabilistic stability evaluation and seismic triggering scenarios of submerged slopes. Geo-marine Letters  37, 241-258. doi: 10.1007/s00367-017-0492-8

Zielhofer, C., Fletcher, W.J., Mischke, S., De Batist, M., Campbell, J.F.E., Joannin, S., Tjallingii, R., El Hamouti, N., Junginger, A., Stele, A., Bussmann, J., Schneider, B., Lauer, T., Spitzer, K., Strupler, M., Brachert, T., Mikdad, A. (2017). Atlantic forcing of Western Mediterranean winter rain minima during the last 12,000 years. Quat. Sci. Rev.  157, 29–51. doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2016.11.037

Hilbe, M., Strupler, M., Hansen, L., Eilertsen, R.S., Van Daele, M., De Batist, M. & Anselmetti, F.S. (2016). Moraine ridges in fjord-type, perialpine Lake Lucerne, central Switzerland. In: Dowdeswell, J.A., Canals, M., Jakobsson, M., Todd, B.J., Dowdeswell, E.K. & Hogan, K.A. : Atlas of submarine glacial Land-forms: Modern, Quaternary and Ancient. London: Geological Society, Memoirs 46. doi: 10.1144/M46.107

Praet, N., Moernaut, J., Van Daele, M., Boes, E., Haeussler, P.J., Strupler, M., Schmidt, S., Loso, M.G., De Batist, M.  (2016). Paleoseismic potential of sublacustrine landslide records in a high-seismicity setting (south-central Alaska). Mar. Geol. . doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2016.05.004

Strupler, M., Hilbe, M., Anselmetti, F.S., Strasser, M.  (2015). Das neue Tiefenmodell des Zürichsees: Hochauflösende Darstellung der geomorphodynamischen Ereignisse im tiefen Seebecken. Swiss Bull. Angew. Geol.  20/2. 

I am involved in the following projects:

  • TSUNAMI-CH: The project investigates the tsunami hazard on Swiss Peri-Alpine lakes, in collaboration with the Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology at ETHZ and the University of Bern
  • artEmis (awareness and resilience through European multi sensor system): The European collaboration project aims at developing, building and operating a multi sensor system that will measure with unprecedent spatial and temporal resolution changes in radon concentration in ground water. The resulting data are fed into ML Algorithms, analysed, and correlated to seismic data, in order to test if changes in radon concentrations can be used as potential precursors to earthquakes.
  • Limnogeology
  • Geophysical Field Class