RNDr. Petra Štěpančíková, Ph.D.

Department of Neotectonics and Thermochronology
(Head of Department)
Function: Member of Board of Institute
E-mail - work: stepancikovairsm.cas.cz
Phone - work: +420 266 009 328
Office: 410 (building: C, floor: 4)
Institute of Rock Structure and Mechanics of the Czech Academy of Sciences
V Holesovickach 41
182 09, Prague 8
Czech Republic
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Scope of activities

  • Tectonic geomorphology and active tectonics
  • Paleoseismology (CZ, Spain, Mexico, USA)
  • Long-term morphotectonic relief evolution
  • Geomorphological mapping

PhD. Thesis

Summary of the Ph.D. thesis


Curriculum Vitae

 Born 1976 in Valašské Meziříčí


2001 graduated in Physical Geography, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague

(master thesis: Control of disjunctive tectonics on Janovický potok Brook Valley and the adjacent part of Sázava River – in Czech)

2007 PhD. degree in Physical Geography, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague (thesis: Morphostructural evolution of north-eastern Rychlebské hory Mts -  in Czech)


Professional employment:

2000 - Institute of Rock Structure and Mechanics, Czech Academy of Sciences, Dpt. of Engineering Geology,Prague

2015 - Institute of Rock Structure and Mechanics, Czech Academy of Sciences, Dpt. of Neotectonics and thermochronology, Head of department


Research interests:

tectonic geomorphology, active tectonics, paleoseismology (CZ, Spain, Mexico, USA), long-term morphotectonic relief evolution, geomorphological mapping


Foreign experience and residency:

April-July 2003, residency at the University of Camerino, Italy (Erasmus project); geomorphological field mapping in tectonic intramontane Colfiorito basin

September 2003, AIQUA 8thSummer School on Quaternary Geology, Aquila,Italy, tectonic basins

April 2005, European Advanced School on Active Tectonics, ICTP, Trieste, Italy

November 2005, internship and paleoseismic field work on the Carboneras fault, Almería, Spain, Dpt. de Geodinàmica i Geofísica, Facultat de Geologia, Universitat de Barcelona

June 2006, Annual International Summer School on Rockslides and Related Phenomena in the Kokomeren River Valley (Kyrgyzstan), focused on large seismically triggered landslides

January 2008, paleoseismic field work in the Carboneras fault, Almería, Spain, Universitat de Barcelona

April 2009, paleoseismic field work in the Alhama de Murcía fault, Murcía, Spain

December 2009, Advanced School on Earthquakes Engineering in Nuclear Facilities, ICTP, Trieste

January-March 2010, April 2011 internship at San Diego State University, California;field and LiDAR mapping of the Elsinore fault (San Andreas Fault zone); paleoseismic field work on the Imperial fault (SAF)

March 2011, October 2013 - paleoseismic fieldwork in Acambay fault zone in Central Mexican Volcanic belt, Mexico

May 2012 - paleoseismic fieldwork in Dead Sea transform fault zone, Israel


Educational activity:

Supervising and consulting of bachelor, master, and PhD theses at Charles University in Prague and University of Ostrava, Masaryk University in Brno;

Semestral course on Tectonic Geomorphology at Masaryk University in Brno

Short intense course on Tectonic Geomorphology (2011) at UNAM, Querétaro, Mexico

Short intense course Tectonic Geomorphology and Paleoseismology (2014, 2015, 2016) Arba Minch University, Ethiopia


Professional membership:


Selected papers for last 7 years:

Share, P.-E, Tábořík, P., Štěpančíková, P., Stemberk, J.,Rockwell, T.K., Wade, A., Arrowsmith, J.R., Donnellan, A., Vernon, F.L., Ben-Zion, Y. (2020): Characterizing the uppermost 100 m structure of the San Jacinto fault zone southeast of Anza, California, through joint analysis of geological, topographic, seismic and resistivity data. Geophysical Journal International, Volume 222, Issue 2, 13 May 2020, 781-794.


Balatka B., Kalvoda J., Steklá T., Štěpančíková P. (2019)Morphostratigraphy of river terraces in the Eger valley (Czechia) focused on the Smrčiny Mountains, the Chebská pánev Basin and the Sokolovská pánev Basin. AUC GEOGRAPHICA, Vol 54 No 2 (2019), 240–259.

Ortuño M., Corominas O., Villamor P., Zúñiga R. F, Lacan P., Aguirre-Díaz G., Perea H., Štěpančíková P., Ramírez-Herrera M. T. (2019): Evidence of recent ruptures in the central faults of the Acambay graben (Central Mexico). Geomorphology, 326 (2019) 17–37, DOI:0.1016/j.geomorph.2018.07.010

Štěpančíková P., Fischer T., Stemberk J., Nováková L., HartvichF., Figueiredo M. P. (2019): Active tectonics in the Cheb basin: youngest documented Holocene surface faulting in central Europe? Geomorphology, 327, 15 February 2019, 472-488, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2018.11.007

Rocwell T. K., Masana E., Sharp W., Štěpančíková P., Ferrater M., Mertz-Kraus R. (2019): Late Quaternary slip-rates for the southern Elsinore fault in the Coyote Mountains, southern California from analysis of alluvial fan provenance, soils, and U-series ages of pedogenic carbonate. Geomorphology, 326 (2019) 68–89, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2018.02.024

Masana E., Moreno X., Gràcia E., Pallàs R., Ortuño M., López R., Gómez-Novell O., Ruano P., Perea H., Stepancikova P., Khazaradze G. (2018): First evidence of paleoearthquakes along the Carboneras Fault Zone (SE Iberian Peninsula): Los Trances site. Geologica Acta, Vol.16, Nº 4, December 2018, 461-476, DOI: 10.1344/GeologicaActa2018.16.4.8

Blecha V., Fischer T., Tábořík P., Vilhem J., Klanica R., Valenta J., Štěpančíková P. (2018): Geophysical evidence of the Eastern Marginal fault of the Cheb Basin (Czech Republic). Studia Geophysica et Geodaetica, Volume 62, Issue 4, pp 660–680, DOI 10.1007/s11200-017-0452-9

Špaček P., Valenta J., Tábořík P., Ambrož V., Urban M., Štěpančíková P. (2017): Fault slip versus slope deformations: Experience from paleoseismic trenches in the region with low slip-rate faults and strong Pleistocene periglacial mass wasting (Bohemian Massif). Quaternary International 451, 56-73.

Štěpančíková, P., Stemberk J. jr (2016): Region of the Rychlebské hory Mountains – tectonically controlled landforms and unique landscape of granite inselbergs (Sudetic Mountains). In: Pánek, T., Hradecký, J. Eds.: Landscapes and Landforms of the Czech Republic, Series World Geomorphological Landscapes. Springer, 263-276, ISBN 978-94-017-8587-7

Rockwell, T.K, J. M. Fletcher, O. J. Teran, A. P. Hernandez, K. J. Mueller, J. B. Salisbury, S. O. Akciz, and P. Štěpančíková (2015): Reassessment of the 1892 Laguna Salada Earthquake: Fault Kinematics and Rupture Patterns. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, Vol. 105, No. 6, pp. 2885-2893, December 2015, doi: 10.1785/0120140274.


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Current Projects

  • Quaternary tectonic activity in western Bohemia and its relation to volcanism (2021 - 2023)
  • The Czech Republic Representation in the INQUA management at the level of TERPRO commission (2020 - 2022)
  • Recent Projects

  • Late Cenozoic to present tectonic activity of the western Eger Rift (2016 - 2019)
  • Multidisciplinary geophysical survey in investigation of landforms (2013 - 2015)
  • Neotectonics in the Alpine-Carpatian Foreland (2013-2014, MSM/7A) (2013 - 2014)
  • Assessment of Tectonic Movements on Active Faults (2012 - 2015)
  • Late Quaternary seismogenic faulting and evolution of fault-controlled sedimentary basins in the eastern Bohemian Massif (2012 - 2015)
  • Caracterización de fallas sismogénicas en el centro del cinturón volcánico mexicano: implicaciones para la peligrosidad sísmica y la inestabilidad de laderas (2011 - 2013)
  • Paleoseismological evaluation of fault structures near NPP Temelín (2009-2010, SUJ/JC) (2009 - 2010)
  • Manifestations of late quaternary tectonics within the sudetic marginal fault zone (2008 - 2010)
  • Karts of East Sudeten and its significance for reconstruction of relief evolution of the Rychlebské Mts. (2007 - 2009)
  • 3D monitoring of micro-movements in the effective collision zone between African and Euro-Asian plates (2006 - 2008)
  • Hydrogeological effects of seismicity in the Hronov-Porici fault zone area (2005 - 2008)
  • Manifestation of neotectonics in the landform of the NE part of the Rychlebské hory Mts. (2004 - 2006)
  • 3-D monitoring of active tectonic structures (2000-2006, MSM/OC) (2000 - 2006)
  • Popularization

  • 4.11. 2014 15th Czech-Polish Workshop on Recent Geodynamics of the Sudeten and the Adjacent Areas (seminar / workshop)
  • 4.4. 2012 State of geomorphological research in 2012 (seminar / workshop)