Anja Dufresne

Person

Dr.

Anja Dufresne

Chair of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology

Senior Scientist

Address

Building: 1540

Room: 215

Lochnerstraße 4-20

52056 Aachen

Contact

WorkPhone
Phone: +49 241 80-96779
 

Research Interests

I am a geologist working on landslides and their interactions with their surroundings. My research focuses on the sedimentology, runout dynamics, and worldwide distribution of large rock avalanches. Recently, I have become involved in landslide projects in periglacial environments. A lot of my work centres on building a strong evidence base for testing common assumptions and setting up comprehensive world-wide databases on rock avalanches, landslide dams, and volcanic debris avalanches with international teams of colleagues from various geoscientific disciplines.

Current Projects

Glaciers, Lakes, and Outburst Floods – Changing Hazards in the NW Pacific Coastal Mountains | DFG | 2022-2025 | PI: Georg Veh (Potsdam University) | Partners: Oliver Korup (Potsdam University), Marten Geertsema (UNBC), John Clague (SFU), Anja Dufresne | More Information

Paraglacial Rock Slope Destabilization, Grewingk Glacier and Lake, Alaska – Analysis and Monitoring | 2021-2024 | DFG | PIs: Anja Dufresne, Florian Amann, Pooya Hamdi | Partners: Bretwood Higman (Ground Truth Trekking), Edward Berg (University of Alaska), Gabriel Wolken (Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys and the International Arctic Research Center) | More Information

Brienz/Brinzauls Slope Stability and Potential Landslide-Dammed Lake | 2020-present | DFG | PIs: Florian Amann, Anja Dufresne | More information coming soon…

Landslide Dams around the World – from Formation to Mitigation | Springer Book in preparation | planned publication in 2024 | Editors: Anja Dufresne, Xuanmei Fan, Andrea Wolter | for more information, please contact me directly

Past Projects

Rock Slope Response to Glacier Retreat | 2019-2020 | DFG | PIs: Anja Dufresne, Edward Berg (University of Alaska), Bretwood Higman (Ground Truth Trekking) | More Information

Landslide Dams | since 2018 | no funding agency | various partners and projects around the world| More Information

Shear Zones in Rock Avalanches | 2017-2018 | DFG | PI: Anja Dufresne | Partners: Joyce Schmatz (MaP), Stuart Dunning (Newcastle University, UK).

Landslides in Times of Climate Change | 2017 | Kármán Fellowship, RWTH Aachen University | PI: Anja Dufresne | Partners: Marten Geertsema (University of Northern British Columbia, Canada).

Long-runout Landslides: the Effect of Lithology on Comminution, (Micro-) Structures, Morphology and Runout | 2013-2018 | DFG | PI: Anja Dufresne | Partners: Christoph Prager (AlpS, Innsbruck, Austria). More Information

Professional Experience

2020-present Akademische Oberrätin (equivalent to assistant professor), Department of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, RWTH Aachen University
2019-2020 Akademische Rätin (assistant professor), Department of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, RWTH Aachen University
2016-2019 Senior Scientist, Department of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, RWTH Aachen University
2016 Visiting Scientist, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operation, Prince George, British-Columbia, Canada
2010-2016 Scientific Associate and Lecturer, Department of Geosciences, Universität Freiburg
2006-2008 Teaching Assistant, Department of Geosciences, Unversity of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
2003-2005 Teaching Assistant, Department of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
2001-2002 Student Research Assistant, Department of Applied Mineralogy, Universität Göttingen

Education

2006-2009 PhD Geosciences, Department of Geosciences, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
2003-2005 MSc Geosciences, Department of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts, USA
1999-2002 BSc Geosciences, Department of Applied Mineralogy, Göttingen University

Teaching

Currently (RWTH)

Scientific Research and Writing (3rd and 4th year MSc)
Landslides and Rockslope Analysis (co-instruct; 2nd year MSc)
Machine Learning in the Geosciences (co-instruct; 2nd year MSc)
Geographic Information Systems (co-instruct; 1st year MSc)

Academic Activities

Memberships

Bund Deutscher Geowissenschaftler (BDG)
Deutscher Hochschulverband (DHV)
European Geosciences Union (EGU)
German Quaternary Association (DEUQUA)

Review Services

For various international scientific journals and funding agencies

Theses (Co-) Supervised

Since 2012: 38 MSc theses and around 23 BSc theses (as of 2022)

Trainings

Academic Teaching
The Leader as Coach
Good Scientific Practice
Moderation of Hybrid Workshops
InSAR (Gamma Remote Sensing)
Coaching (certified)
Resilience Training
Situational Leadership
Peer Consultation
Meeting Management and Moderation
Project Management

Publications and Networks

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=RRGpcZoAAAAJ&hl=en
Linked in: https://de.linkedin.com/in/anja-dufresne-340856119
ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Anja_Dufresne

 

Publications

Title Author(s)
The Surface Velocity Response of a Tropical Glacier to Intra and Inter Annual Forcing, Cordillera Blanca, Peru
Contribution to a book, Journal Article (2021)
Kos, Andrew (Corresponding author)
Amann, Florian
Strozzi, Tazio
Osten, Julian
Wellmann, Jan Florian
Jalali, Mohammadreza
Dufresne, Anja
Recent technological and methodological advances for the investigation of landslide dams
Journal Article (2021)
Fan, Xuanmei
Dufresne, Anja (Corresponding author)
Whiteley, Jim
Yunus, Ali P.
Subramanian, Srikrishnan Siva
Okeke, Chukwueloka A. U.
Pánek, Tomáš
Hermanns, Reginald L.
Ming, Peng
Strom, Alexander
Havenith, Hans-Balder
Dunning, Stuart
Wang, Gonghui
Tacconi Stefanelli, Carlo
Sedimentology of Volcanic Debris Avalanche Deposits
Contribution to a book (2020)
Dufresne, Anja (Corresponding author)
Zernack, Anke
Bernard, Karine
Thouret, Jean-Claude
Roverato, Matteo
Factors Contributing to Volcano Lateral Collapse
Contribution to a book (2020)
Roverato, Matteo (Corresponding author)
Di Traglia, Frederico
Procter, Jonathan
Paguican, Engielle
Dufresne, Anja
Distribution and Geometric Parameters of Volcanic Debris Avalanche Deposits
Contribution to a book (2020)
Dufresne, Anja (Corresponding author)
Siebert, Lee
Bernard, Benjamin
Terminology and Strategy to Describe Large Volcanic Landslides and Debris Avalanches
Contribution to a book (2020)
Bernard, Benjamin (Corresponding author)
Takarada, Shinji
Andrade, Daniel
Dufresne, Anja
Volcanic Debris Avalanches : Introduction and Book Structure
Contribution to a book (2020)
Roverato, Matteo (Corresponding author)
Dufresne, Anja
Volcanic Debris Avalanches : From Collapse to Hazard
Book (2021)
Roverato, Matteo
Dufresne, Anja
Procter, Jonathan
Detection and Assessment of a Large and Potentially Tsunamigenic Periglacial Landslide in Barry Arm, Alaska
Journal Article (2020)
Dai, Chunli (Corresponding author)
Higman, Bretwood
Lynett, Patrick J.
Jacquemart, Mylène
Howat, Ian M.
Liljedahl, Anna K.
Dufresne, Anja
Freymueller, Jeffrey T.
Geertsema, Marten
Ward Jones, Melissa
Haeussler, Peter J.
Analysis of the Influence of Structural Geology on the Massive Seismic Slope Failure Potential Supported by Numerical Modelling
Contribution to a book, Journal Article (2020)
Lemaire, Emilie (Corresponding author)
Mreyen, Anne-Sophie
Dufresne, Anja
Havenith, Hans-Balder
Deep seated gravitational slope deformation of the southern Heinzenberg (Grison, Switzerland)
Journal Article (2020)
Osten, Julian (Corresponding author)
Küppers, Jan
Dufresne, Anja
Huwiler, Andreas
Amann, Florian
The formation and impact of landslide dams - State of the art
Journal Article (2020)
Fan, Xuanmei
Dufresne, Anja
Siva Subramanian, Srikrishnan (Corresponding author)
Strom, Alexander
Hermanns, Reginald
Tacconi Stefanelli, Carlo
Hewitt, Kenneth
Yunus, Ali P.
Dunning, Stuart
Capra, Lucia
Geertsema, Marten
Miller, Brendan
Casagli, Nicola
Jansen, John D.
Xu, Qiang
Rock slide-debris avalanches : flow transformation and hummock formation, examples from British Columbia
Journal Article (2019)
Dufresne, Anja (Corresponding author)
Geertsema, M.
Debris flows modeling using reproducible initial and boundary conditions
Abstract, Contribution to a conference proceedings, Journal Article (2019)
Pummer, Elena (Corresponding author)
Vosskaemper, Berit (Corresponding author)
Dufresne, Anja (Corresponding author)
Kowalski, Julia (Corresponding author)
Angepasste Sedimenttransferpräparate-Anfertigung und Bergung von Lockersedimentproben unter extremen Bedingungen
Journal Article (2019)
Kraus, Werner
Reicherter, Klaus
Dufresne, Anja
Physikalische Modellversuche zur Bestimmung von Geschwindigkeitsprofilen granularer Murgänge : Masterarbeit im Fach Umweltingenieurwissenschaften am Institut für Wasserbau und Wasserwirtschaft der RWTH Aachen
Contribution to a book, Contribution to a conference proceedings (2019)
Voßkämper, Berit Carolin (Corresponding author)
Kowalski, Julia
Dufresne, Anja
Pummer, Elena Marianne
Dynamics of Debris Flow : Reproducible Initial and Boundary Conditions in Scaled Laboratory Experiments to Determine Velocity Distributions
Contribution to a conference proceedings (2019)
Voßkämper, Berit Carolin (Corresponding author)
Kowalski, Julia
Dufresne, Anja
Schüttrumpf, Holger
Pummer, Elena Marianne
The 2016 Lamplugh rock avalanche, Alaska : deposit structures and emplacement dynamics
Journal Article (2019)
Dufresne, Anja (Corresponding author)
Wolken, G. J.
Hibert, C.
Bessette-Kirton, E. K.
Coe, J. A.
Geertsema, M.
Ekström, G.
Transient behaviour of excess pore pressure induced by impact loading of landslides : a laboratory experiment
Contribution to a book, Contribution to a conference proceedings (2019)
Soltek, Leonie Maria (Corresponding author)
Amann, Florian
Dufresne, Anja
Jalali, Mohammadreza
The 2015 landslide and tsunami in Taan Fiord, Alaska
Journal Article (2018)
Higman, Bretwood (Corresponding author)
Shugar, Dan H.
Stark, Colin P.
Ekström, Göran
Koppes, Michele N.
Lynett, Patrick
Dufresne, Anja
Haeussler, Peter J.
Geertsema, Marten
Gulick, Sean
Mattox, Andrew
Venditti, Jeremy G.
Walton, Maureen A. L.
McCall, Naoma
Mckittrick, Erin
MacInnes, Breanyn
Bilderback, Eric L.
Tang, Hui
Willis, Michael J.
Richmond, Bruce
Reece, Robert S.
Larsen, Chris
Olson, Bjorn
Capra, James
Ayca, Aykut
Bloom, Colin
Williams, Haley
Bonno, Doug
Weiss, Robert
Keen, Adam
Skanavis, Vassilios
Loso, Michael
Experimental impact cratering: A summary of the major results of the MEMIN research unit
Journal Article (2018)
Kenkmann, Thomas (Corresponding author)
Deutsch, Alex
Thoma, Klaus
Ebert, Matthias
Poelchau, Michael H.
Buhl, Elmar
Carl, Eva-Regine
Danilewsky, Andreas N.
Dresen, Georg
Dufresne, Anja
Durr, Nathanaël
Ehm, Lars
Grosse, Christian
Gulde, Max
Güldemeister, Nicole
Hamann, Christopher
Hecht, Lutz
Hiermaier, Stefan
Hoerth, Tobias
Kowitz, Astrid
Langenhorst, Falko
Lexow, Bernd
Liermann, Hanns-Peter
Luther, Robert
Mansfeld, Ulrich
Moser, Dorothee
Raith, Manuel
Reimold, Wolf Uwe
Sauer, Martin
Schäfer, Frank
Schmitt, Ralf Thomas
Sommer, Frank
Wilk, Jakob
Winkler, Rebecca
Wünnemann, Kai
River-damming, late-Quaternary rockslides in the Ötz Valley region (Tyrol, Austria)
Journal Article (2018)
Dufresne, Anja (Corresponding author)
Ostermann, M.
Preusser, F.
Engineering geomorphological mapping
Contribution to a book (2018)
Miller, Brendan (Corresponding author)
Filatow, Deepa
Dufresne, Anja
Geertsema, Marten
Dhinney, Meaghan
Longevity of dams from landslides with sub-channel rupture surfaces, Peace River region, Canada
Journal Article (2018)
Miller, Brendan (Corresponding author)
Dufresne, Anja
Geertsema, Marten
Atkinson, Nigel
Evensen, Heidi
Cruden, David
Sedimentology and geomorphology of a large tsunamigenic landslide, Taan Fiord, Alaska
Contribution to a book, Journal Article (2017)
Dufresne, Anja (Corresponding author)
Geertsema, M.
Shugar, D. H.
Koppes, M.
Higman, B.
Haeussler, P. J.
Stark, C.
Venditti, J. G.
Bonno, D.
Larsen, C.
Gulick, S. P. S.
McCall, N.
Walton, M.
Loso, M. G.
Willis, M. J.
Rock Avalanche Sedimentology : Recent Progress
Contribution to a book, Contribution to a conference proceedings (2017)
Dufresne, Anja (Corresponding author)
Process dependence of grain size distributions in rock avalanche deposits
Journal Article (2017)
Dufresne, Anja (Corresponding author)
Dunning, S. A.
Insights into rock avalanche emplacement processes from detailed morpho-lithological studies of the Tschirgant deposit (Tyrol, Austria)
Journal Article (2015)
Dufresne, Anja (Corresponding author)
Prager, Christoph
Bösmeier, Annette
The "Cueva del Viento" on the Canaries, Spain
Contribution to a conference proceedings (2016)
Rein, Theresa (Corresponding author)
Kempe, Stephan
Dufresne, Anja
Sedimentology of rock avalanche deposits - Case study and review
Journal Article (2016)
Dufresne, Anja (Corresponding author)
Bösmeier, Annette
Prager, Christoph
Complex Interactions of Rock Avalanche Emplacement with Fluvial Sediments: Field Structures at the Tschirgant Deposit, Austria
Contribution to a book, Contribution to a conference proceedings (2015)
Dufresne, Anja (Corresponding author)
Prager, Christoph
Clague, John J.
An Overview of Rock Avalanche-Substrate Interactions
Contribution to a book (2014)
Dufresne, Anja (Corresponding author)
Long-Runout Landslides
Contribution to a book (2013)
Korup, O. (Corresponding author)
Schneider, D.
Huggel, C.
Dufresne, Anja
Granular flow experiments on the interaction with stationary runout path materials and comparison to rock avalanche events
Journal Article (2012)
Dufresne, Anja (Corresponding author)
Influence of runout‐path material on emplacement of the Round Top rock avalanche, New Zealand
Journal Article (2009)
Dufresne, Anja (Corresponding author)
Davies, T. R.
McSaveney, M. J.
Substrate deformation associated with the Jocotitlán edifice collapse and debris avalanche deposit, Central México
Contribution to a book, Journal Article (2010)
Dufresne, Anja (Corresponding author)
Salinas, Sergio
Siebe, Claus
Longitudinal ridges in mass movement deposits
Journal Article (2008)
Dufresne, Anja (Corresponding author)
Davies, T. R.