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Hannu SeebeckStructural Geologist

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Crustal Geophysics

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Hannu Seebeck is a Structural Geologist in the Earth Structure and Processes department. Hannu’s recent work and research interests cover a wide range of scales which include fault zone architecture and three-dimensional modelling, earthquake hazard, basin development, subduction zone processes and tectonic plate reconstructions. After completing degrees in Geology at Victoria University of Wellington (BSc, MSc) and the University of Canterbury (PhD), Hannu has worked across a range of disciplines within GNS Science including Earthquake Geology, Petroleum Geosciences and Crustal Geophysics.


  • BSc, Geology
  • MSc, Geology
  • PhD, Geology

Areas of expertise

  • Geology: Structural Geology
  • Geology: Crustal tectonics
  • Geology: Plate boundary deformation processes
  • Geology: Fault geometries and populations
  • Geology: Petroleum geology and geophysics
  • Geology: Volcano-tectonic studies
  • Geology: Seismic interpretation

Major Publications

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  • Seebeck, H.; Thrasher, G.P.; Viskovic, G.P.D. 2020. Inversion history of the northern Tasman Ridge, Taranaki Basin, New Zealand : implications for petroleum migration and accumulation, New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics 63(3): p. 299-323. DOI: 10.1080/00288306.2019.1695633.
  • Strogen, D.P.; Seebeck, H.; Nicol, A.; King, P.R. 2017. Two-phase Cretaceous-Paleocene rifting in the Taranaki Basin region, New Zealand : implications for Gondwana break-up, Journal of the Geological Society 174(5): p. 929-946.
  • Seebeck, H.; Tenthorey, E.; Consoli, C.; Nicol, A. 2015. Polygonal faulting and seal integrity in the Bonaparte Basin, Australia, Marine and Petroleum Geology 60: p. 120-135. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2014.10.012.
  • Reilly, C.; Nicol, A.; Walsh, J.J.; Seebeck, H. 2015. Evolution of faulting and plate boundary deformation in the Southern Taranaki Basin, New Zealand, Tectonophysics 651-652: p. 1-18. DOI: 10.1016/j.tecto.2015.02.009.
  • Seebeck, H.; Nicol, A.; Walsh, J.J.; Childs, C.; Beetham, R.D.; Pettinga, J. 2014. Fluid flow in fault zones from an active rift, Journal of Structural Geology 62: p. 52-64. DOI: 10.1016/j.jsg.2014.01.008.
  • Seebeck, H.; Nicol, A.; Giba, M.; Pettinga, J.; Walsh, J. 2014. Geometry of the subducting Pacific plate since 20 Ma, Hikurangi margin, New Zealand, Journal of the Geological Society 171(1): p. 131-143. DOI: 10.1144/jgs2012-145.
  • Seebeck, H.; Nicol, A.; Villamor, P.; Ristau, J.; Pettinga, J. 2014. Structure and kinematics of the Taupo Rift, New Zealand, Tectonics 33(6): p. 1178-1199. DOI: 10.1002/2014TC003569.
  • Giba, M.; Walsh, J.J.; Nicol, A.; Mouslopoulou, V.; Seebeck, H. 2013. Investigation of the spatio-temporal relationship between normal faulting and arc volcanism on million-year time scales, Journal of the Geological Society 170(6): p. 951-962. DOI: 10.1144/jgs2012-121.
  • Nicol, A.; Walsh, J.J.; Villamor, P.; Seebeck, H.; Berryman, K.R. 2010. Normal fault interactions, paleoearthquakes and growth in an active rift, Journal of Structural Geology 32(8): p. 1101-1113. DOI: 10.1016/j.jsg.2010.06.018.

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