About me


I am an Associate Professor in Structural Geology at Uppsala University in Sweden working in the young discipline of volcano-tectonics. I am creative, driven, and results-oriented. My group and I focus on the question how magma is transported and stored in the Earth's crust to understand related volcanic hazards, energy, and natural resources. To grasp the complexity of magma dynamics, we combine a range of different approaches, e.g. field work, structural analysis, modelling, and igneous petrology.

I love photography. With my pictures I try to catch and show what fascinates me about nature.


Personal Profile



- industrious, prize-winning writer with an h-index of 10, publishing in high-ranking multidisciplinary journals

- strategic thinker, attracting > 1 million Euro funding since 2010

- co-leader of the IAVCEI commission on Volcanic and Igneous Plumbing Systems

- elected member of the Young Academy of Sweden

- proven leadership skills as deputy head of department

- engaging and dedicated teacher and supervisor with courses such as "Tectonics", "3D modelling as a tool in geological research" and "Structural Geology"



Research Interests



My aim is to understand volcanoes as mechanical systems, focusing on the questions: How is magma transported? How do magma chambers form, evolve & look like? How is magma transport & storage interacting with the surrounding rocks? What are the implicattions for volcanic hazards, energy and natural resources.



Research Skills



Field Work: logistics & conduction even in remote areas


Structural Geology: statistical acquisition, processing & interpretation of structural data, structural mapping, laser scanning


Analogue Modelling: intrusion modelling at the Physics of Geological Processes Norwegian Centre of Excellence; caldera modelling at the Geoforschungszentrum (GFZ) Potsdam; fracture modelling at the Hans Ramberg Tectonic Laboratory, Uppsala University


Numerical Modelling: software packages COMSOL Multiphysics, ANSYS, and FDCON


3D Modelling: structural modelling with Move & GoCAD






Dr. Steffi Burchardt


Dept. of Earth Sciences

Uppsala University

Villavägen 16

752 36 Uppsala


0046-(0)18-471 25 68



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Volcano-tectonics is a young research field, bringing together physical volcanology, structural geology, igneous petrology, geophysics, and geodesy to understand the mechanics of magmatic processes. Such processes include the transport of magma through the crust, the formation and development of magma chambers, the build-up and destruction of volcanic edifices, and the mechanics of volcanic eruptions. A large variety of methods are applied to achieve a comprehensive understanding of magmatic systems, e.g. structural field work in extinct and deeply-eroded volcanic areas and 3D model building.



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