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)

2005 RNDr. degree in Physical Geography, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague

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

 Selected significant project participation last 5 years:

Manifestations of Late Quaternary tectonics within the Sudetic Marginal Fault zone 2008-2010; postdoc project, GA ČR 205/08/P521, principal investigator

Paleoseismological assessment of fault structures in the vicinity of Temelín nuclear power plant, 2009-2010;  State Office for Nuclear Safety, team researcher

Identification and characterization of seismogenic faults in Central Mexican Volcanic belt: implications for seismic hazard and slope instabilities, 2011-2013; CONACYT Mexico, team researcher

Neotectonics in the Alpine-Carpatian Foreland, 2013-2014, MOBILITY project, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, 7AMB13AT023, principal investigator

Assessment of Tectonic Movements on Active Faults, 2012-2015; KONTAKT II – CZ-USA project, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, LH12078, principal investigator

Late Quaternary seismogenic faulting and evolution of fault-controlled sedimentary basins in the eastern Bohemian Massif, 2012-2015, GA ČR  P210/12/0573, co-investigator


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, Univ.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 (2), master (2), and PhD theses (2) at Charles University in Prague and University of Ostrava;

Semestral course on Tectonic Geomorphology at Masaryk University in Brno (every 2 years)

Short intense course on Tectonic Geomorphology (17.-18.5.2011) at UNAM, Querétaro, Mexico

Short intense course Tectonic Geomorphology and Paleoseismology (24. 4. - 3. 5. 2014) Arba Minch University, Ethiopia


Invited lectures at conference:

Czech Association of Geomorphologists , Mikulov2013, at seminars:  Barcelona University, UNAM Queretaro Mexico, University of Wroclaw Poland, Ostrava University, Charles University in Prague



 Czech Association of Geomorphologists (ČAG), since 2009 vice-chairman; Czech Tectonic Group (ČTS); Czech Association of Engineering Geologists (ČAIG); International Association for Engineering Geology (IAEG); European Geosciences Union (EGU); American Geophysical Union (AGU); Central European Tectonic Group (CETEG)


Selected papers for last 7 years:

Štěpančíková P., Stemberk J., Vilímek, V., Košťák B.(2008):  Neotectonic development of drainage networks in the East Sudeten Mountains and monitoring of recent fault displacements (Czech Republic). Special Issue on: Impact of active tectonics and uplift on fluvial landscapes and river valley development, Geomorphology. 102 (1), 68-80. doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2007.06.016.

Štěpančíková P., Hók J., Nývlt D., Dohnal J., Sýkorová I., Stemberk J. (2010):  Active tectonics research using trenching technique on the south-eastern section of the Sudetic Marginal Fault (NE Bohemian Massif, central Europe). Tectonophysics, 485, 1-4, 269–282. doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2010.01.004

Štěpančíková P., Dohnal J., Pánek T., Łój M., Smolková V., Šilhán K. (2011): The application of electrical resistivity tomography and gravimetric survey as useful tools in an active tectonics study of the Sudetic Marginal Fault (Bohemian Massif, central Europe). Journal of Applied Geophysics, 74, 69-80. doi:10.1016/j.jappgeo.2011.03.007

Ortuño M., MasanaE., García-Meléndez E., Martínez-Díaz J., Štěpančíková P., Canora C, , P. CunhaP., Sohbati R.,  Buylaert JP, Murray A.S. (2012): An exceptionally long paleoseismic record of a slow-moving fault: The Alhama de Murcia fault (Eastern Betic shear zone, Spain). Geological Society of America Bulletin, Vol. 124; no. 9/10; p. 1474–1494; doi: 10.1130/B30558.1

Danišík, M., P. Štěpančíková, and N. Evans (2012), Constraining long-term denudation and faulting history in intraplate regions by multi-system thermochronology - an example of the Sudetic Marginal Fault (Bohemian Massif, Central Europe), Tectonics, Vol 31, Tc2003, 19pp, doi:10.1029/2011TC003012

Fischer, T., P. Štěpančíková, M. Karousová, P. Tábořík, C. Flechsig, M. Gaballah, 2012. Imaging the Mariánské Lázně Fault (Czech Republic) by 3-D ground-penetrating radar and electric resistivity tomography. Stud. Geophys. Geod. 56, Issue 4, pp. 1019-1036

Wechsler N., Rockwell T.K., Klinger Y., Štěpančíková P., Kanari M., Marco S., Agnon A. (2014): A Paleoseismic Record of Earthquakes for the Dead Sea Transform Fault between the First and Seventh Centuries C.E.: Nonperiodic Behavior of a Plate Boundary Fault. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, vol. 104, 3, pp. 1329-1347, doi: 10.1785/0120130304

Špaček P., Bábek O., Štěpančíková P., Švancara J., Pazdírková J., Sedláček J. (2015): The Nysa-Morava Zone: an active tectonic domain with Late Cenozoic sedimentary grabens in the Western Carpathians’ foreland (NE Bohemian Massif). International Journal of Earth Sciences: Volume 104, Issue 4, 963-990, DOI 10.1007/s00531-014-1121-7

Coubal M., Málek J., Adamovič J., Štěpančíková P. (2015): Late Cretaceous and Cenozoic dynamics of the Bohemian Massif inferred from the paleostress history of the Lusatian Fault Belt. Journal of Geodynamics 87, 26-49.doi: 10.1016/j.jog.2015.02.006

Bábek O., Briestenský M., Přecechtělová G., Štěpančíková P., Hellstrom J.C. Drysdale R. N. (2015): Pleistocene speleothem fracturing in the foreland of the Western Carpathians: a case study from the seismically active eastern margin of the Bohemian Massif. Geological Quaterly, accepted

Štěpančíková, P., Stemberk J. jr (2015): 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, ISBN 978-94-017-8587-7 (in print).





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Current Projects

  • Late Cenozoic to present tectonic activity of the western Eger Rift (2016 - 2019)
  • Recent Projects

  • 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)