Dr Stephan Thiel

Affiliate Lecturer
Dr Stephan Thiel
  Org Unit Earth Sciences
  Email stephan.thiel@adelaide.edu.au
  Telephone +61 8 8204 1181

  • PhD (Geophysics) The University of Adelaide, 2008. title "Modelling and inversion of magnetotelluric data for 2-D and 3-D lithospheric structure, with application to obducted and subducted terranes"
  • MSc (Geophysics) The Freiberg University of Mining and Technology, 2006.
  • BSc Hons (Geophysics), The University of Adelaide, 2002

I am currently a Senior Geophysicist at the Geological Survey of South Australia and I hold an affiliate lecturer position at the University of Adelaide. My main projects involve the Australian Lithopsheric Architecture Magnetotelluric Project (AusLAMP) in South Australia. 

For email contact please use stephan.thiel@sa.gov.au.


I am an electromagnetic (EM) geophysicist specialising in magnetotellurics (MT), which allows to image the electrical resistivity distribution of the Earth from a few tens of metres to hundreds of kilometres depth. The technique is sensitive to fluids and other minor conducting phases and is therefore a powerful complementary tool alongside seismic methods to image the deep subsurface. MT is extensively used in conventional geothermal settings. Over the last few years, my and my students research has shown that MT also has the potential to play a significant role in the characterisation and the monitoring of EGS geothermal systems. My main research foci are:

  • Mantle fertilisation and crustal fluid pathways in continental lithosphere
  • MT monitoring in geothermal EGS systems
  • Characterisation of EGS systems
  • Deformation and the implications for fluid flow and rheology
  • Resistivity mapping of mantle lithosphere and the link to past tectonic events

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Member of American Physical Society
Member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)

Member of the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (ASEG)

Member of the Geological Society Australia (GSA)

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