Sofia Michail

PhD Student

Sofia Michail
Swiss Seismological Service (SED)
ETH Zürich
Sofia Michail
NO FO 55.2
Sonneggstrasse 5
8092 Zürich

+41 44 632 83 28

I am a PhD candidate at SED since September 2020. 

Experimental observations can advance our understanding on earthquake physics and improve forecasting models. I conduct laboratory experiments in the LabQuake triaxial exploring among others, how preparatory processes of earthquake nucleation are linked with fault surface characteristics.

Current Position

Scientific Assistant - Doctoral Student, Swiss Seismological Service, ETH Zurich;

Advisors: Dr. P. A. Selvadurai, Dr. C. Madonna, Prof. Dr. S. Wiemer

07/2021 ETHZ - EPFL Joint Summer School:

The mechanics of earthquakes and aseismic slip: linking physics-based simulations to geophysical observations. Zurich, Switzerland


EPFL Summer School: Tribology and Surface Interactions. Visp, Switzerland 


MSc in Applied Geophysics (120 ECTS), ETH Zurich, TU Delft, RWTH Aachen

Thesis: ''Understanding Arctic permafrost degradation through establishing thermo-hydrological/ geophysical relationships'' part of the Arctic Next Generation Ecosystem Experiment (NGEE), USA Department of Energy,   Conducted at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), CA, USA

Advisors: Dr. S. Uhlemann, Dr. B. Daflon,  Prof. Dr. H. Maurer


BSc in Geology and Geonvironment (240 ECTS), University of Athens

Thesis: ''Seismic hazard assessment of archaeological regions and monuments in Greece'' part of the ASPIDA project

Advisor: Prof. Dr. N. Voulgaris 


The mechanics of earthquakes and aseismic slip: linking physics-based simulations to geophysical observations"

Joint EPFL-ETH grant for Summer School

Advisors: Prof. Dr. Kammer and Prof. Dr. Lecampion


Advancing laboratory seismology for improving the forecasting of natural and induced earthquakes

SNSF no. 192017; Advisor: Prof. Dr. Wiemer 

Teaching Assistant

  • 6/2022: 651-3581-00L Geophysikalisches Feldpraktikum, BSc D-ERDW, ETH Zürich 
  • 09/2020-02/2021 & 09/2021-02/2022: 651-4271-00L  Erdwissenschaftliche Datenanalyse und Visualisierung mit Matlab”, BSc D-ERDW/INFK, ETH Zürich