Dr. Jacek Stankiewicz

Environmental Science, Mathematical modelling, Hydrology


Jacek Stankiewicz is a postdoctoral research scientist at the University of Luxembourg, having joined the Sustainability Science group in 2020. With his expertise including mathematical modelling, understanding hydrological systems as a component of complex dynamic socio-ecological systems, and knowledge of early warning systems, his current research aims at building Drought Resilience with citizen science and early warning systems. The focus of this work is on agricultural summer droughts in Luxembourg and understanding drought resilience as a property in dynamic and complex social-ecological-technological systems.

He obtained his BSc and BSc(Hons) degrees from the University of Cape Town in mathematics and theoretical physics, then studied geology, in which he obtained MSc and PhD degrees. His doctoral thesis (awarded in 2004) involved an analysis of African river systems, and provided one of the first quantifications of the vulnerability of the fresh water supply in South Africa, clearly demonstrating the need for sustainable development and building of drought resilience. Aspects of this work were published in the prestigious Science magazine, and the importance of this was painfully illustrated in the recent Cape Town Water Crisis. Between 2006 and 2013 Dr Stankiewicz worked as a scientist at the German Research Centre for Geosciences, GFZ-Potsdam. His research mostly included the mathematical aspects of modelling geophysical data sets. This included the development of efficient Earthquake Early Warning Systems, aimed to provide rapid response for damage mitigation and prevention in risk areas. This research brought Dr Stankiewicz to Luxembourg in 2013, as a Marie Curie Fellow at the European Centre for Geodynamics and Seismology, working on a project aimed at refining the efficiency of these warning systems. Between 2016 and 2020 he worked at Boson Energy, a company specialising in delivering sustainable energy solutions. In his capacity as Senior Specialist for Research and Development, he was responsible for modelling of chemical and thermodynamic processes, and for estimating future energy needs, and optimising them with sustainable solutions.



List of peer-reviewed publications

  1. Harvey, J.D., de Wit, M.J., Stankiewicz, J. & Doucouré, C.M., 2 Structural variations of the crust in the southwestern Cape, deduced from seismic receiver functions. South African Journal of Geology, 104 (3), 231-242, doi:10.2113/1040231
  2. Stankiewicz, J., Chevrot, S., van der Hilst, R.D. & de Wit, M.J., 2002. Crustal thickness, discontinuity depth and upper mantle structure beneath southern Africa: constraints from body waves. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 130, 235-251, doi:10.1016/S0031-9201(02)00012-2.
  3. Stankiewicz, J. & de Wit, M.J., 2005. River Networks of Southern Africa – Scaling Laws governing their geometry and deviations from scaling. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (G3), 6 (9), Q09015, doi:10.1029/2005GC000928.
  4. Stankiewicz, J. & de Wit, M.J., 2005. Fractal River Networks of Southern Africa. South African Journal of Geology, 108 (3), 333-344, doi:10.2113/108.3.333.
  5. Stankiewicz, J., 2005. On Track for a 2 hour marathon. South African Journal of Science, 101 (9/10), 397-398.
  6. Stankiewicz, J., Thiart, C., Masters, J.C. & de Wit, M.J., 2006. Did lemurs have sweepstake tickets? An exploration of Simpson’s model for the colonisation of Madagascar by mammals. Journal of Biogeography, 33, 221-235, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2699.2005.01381.x.
  7. Stankiewicz, J. & de Wit, M.J., 2006. A proposed drainage evolution model for Central Africa – Did the Congo flow east? Journal of African Earth Sciences, 44, 75-84, doi:10.1016/j.jafrearsci.2005.11.008.
  8. de Wit, M.J. & Stankiewicz, J., 2006. Changes in Surface Water Supply Across Africa with Predicted Climate Change. Science, 311, 1917-1921, doi:10.1126/science.1119929.
  9. Stankiewicz, J., Ryberg, T., Schulze, A., Lindeque, A., Weber, M.H. & de Wit, M.J., 2007. Initial Results from Wide-Angle Seismic Refraction Lines in the Southern Cape. South African Journal of Geology, 110 (2/3), 407-418, doi:10.2113/gssajg.110.2-3.407.
  10. Lindeque, A.S., Ryberg, T., Stankiewicz, J., Weber, M.H. & de Wit, M.J., 2007. Seismic Imaging of the Crust and Moho in a Section Across the Beattie Magnetic Anomaly, South Africa. South African Journal of Geology, 110 (2/3), 419-438, doi:10.2113/gssajg.110.2-3.419.
  11. de Wit, M.J., Stankiewicz, J. & Reeves, C.V., 2008 Restoring Pan African-Brasiliano connections: more Gondwana control, less Trans-Atlantic corruption. In: Pankhurst, R. J., Trouw, R. A. J., Brito Neves, B. B. & De Wit, M. J. (eds) West Gondwana: Pre-Cenozoic Correlations Across the South Atlantic Region. Geological Society, London, Special Publication, 294, 399–412, doi:10.1144/SP294.20.
  12. Stankiewicz, J., Parsiegla, N., Ryberg, T., Gohl, K., Weckmann, U., Trumbull, R. & Weber, M.H., 2008. Crustal Structure of the Southern Margin of the African Continent: Results from Geophysical Experiments. Journal of Geophysical Research, 113, B10313, doi:10.1029/2008JB005612.
  13. Parsiegla, N., Stankiewicz, J., Gohl, K., Ryberg, T. & Uenzelmann-Neben. , 2009. The southern African continental margin – dynamic processes of a transform margin. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (G3), 10(3), Q03007, doi:10.1029/2008GC002196.
  14. Quesnel, Y., Weckmann, U., Ritter, O., Stankiewicz, J., Lesur, V., Mandea, M., Langlais, B., Sotin, C. & Galdeano, A., 2009. Local Modeling of the Beattie Magnetic Anomaly in South Africa. Tectonophysics, 478, 111-188, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2008.11.027.
  15. Stankiewicz, J., Bauer, K. & Ryberg, T., 2010. Lithology classification from seismic tomography: additional constraints from surface waves. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 58, 547-552, doi:10.1016/j.jafrearsci.2010.05.012.
  16. Stankiewicz, J., Ryberg, T., Haberland, C., Fauzi & Natawidjaja, D., 2010. Lake Toba volcano magma chamber imaged by ambient seismic noise tomography. Geophysical Research Letters, 37, L17306, doi:10.1029/2010GL044211.
  17. Stankiewicz, J., Muñoz, G., Ritter, O., Bedrosian, P.B., Ryberg, T., Weckmann, U. & Weber, M., 2011. Shallow lithological structure across the Dead Sea Transform derived from geophysical experiments. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (G3), 12, Q07019, doi:10.1029/2011GC003678.
  18. Stankiewicz, J., 2011. Shallow structure in the Karoo Basin inferred from a Near Vertical Reflection Seismic profile. South African Journal of Geology, 114(3-4), 293-298, doi: 2113/gssajg.114.3-4.293.
  19. Stankiewicz, J., Weber, M., Mohsen, A. & Hofstetter, R., 2012. Dead Sea Basin imaged by ambient seismic noise tomography. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 169, 615-623, doi: 10.1007/s00024-011-0350-y.
  20. Badal, J., Chen, Y., Chourak, M. & Stankiewicz, J., 2013. S-wave velocity images of the Dead Sea Basin provided by ambient seismic noise. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 75, 26-35, doi:10.1016/j.jseaes.2013.06.017.
  21. Stankiewicz, J., Bindi, D., Oth., A. & Parolai, S., 2013. Designing efficient earthquake early warning systems: case study of Almaty, Kazakhstan. Journal of Seismology, 17, 1125-1137, doi: 10/1007/s10950-013-9381-4.
  22. Stankiewicz, J. & de Wit, M.J., 2013. 5 Billion years of reshaped Moho, southern Africa. Tectonophysics, 609, 675-689, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2013.08.033.
  23. Pilz, M., Bindi, D., Boxberger, T., Hakomov, F., Moldobekov, B., Murodkulov, S., Orunbaev, S., Pittore, M., Stankiewicz, J., Ullah, S., Verjee, F., Wieland, M., Yasunov, P. & Parolai, S., 2013. First Steps toward a Reassessment of the Seismic Risk of the City of Dushanbe (Tajikistan). Seismological Reasearch Letters, 84(6), 1026-1038, doi:10.1785/0220130040.
  24. Pittore, M., Bindi, D., Stankiewicz, J., Oth, A., Wieland, M., Boxberger, T. & Parolai, S., 2014. Towards a Loss-Driven Earthquake Early Warning and Rapid Response System for Kyrgyzstan (Central Asia). Seismological Reasearch Letters, 85(6), 1328-1340, doi:10.1785/0220140106.
  25. Stankiewicz, J., Bindi, D., Oth, A. & Parolai, S., 2015. Towards a cross-border early warning system for Central Asia. Annals of Geophysics, 58(1), S0111, doi:10.4401/ag-6667.
  26. Bindi, D., Boxberger, T., Parolai, S., Orunbaev, S., Pilz, M., Pittore, M., Stankiewicz, J. & Iervolino, I., 2015. On-site Early-warning system for Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan). Annals of Geophysics, 58(1), S0112, doi:10.4401/ag-6664.
  27. Smit, L., Fagereng, A., Braeuer, B. & Stankiewicz, J., 2015. Microseismic Activity and Basement Controls on an active Intraplate Strike-Slip Fault, Ceres-Tulbagh, South Africa. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 105(3), 1540-1547, doi:10.1785/0120140262.
  28. Stankiewicz, J., Bindi, D., Oth, A., Pittore, M. & Parolai, S., 2015. The use of spectral content to improve earthquake early warning systems in Central Asia: Case study of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 105 (5): 2764-2773, doi:10.1785/0120150036.
  29. König, A., Pickar, K., Stankiewicz, J. & Hondrila, K., 2021. Can citizen science complement official data sources that serve as evidence-base for policies and practice to improve water quality? Statistical Journal of the IAOS, 37, 189–204, doi:10.3233/SJI-200737
  30. Chase, B., Harris, C., de Wit, M.J., Kramers, J., Doel, S. & Stankiewicz, J., 2021. South African speleothems reveal influence of high- and lowlatitude forcing over the past 113.5 k.y. Geology, 49(11), 1353-1357, doi.org/10.1130/G49323.1
  31. König, A., Ravetz, J., Raber, B., Stankiewicz, J., Rojas-Aedo, R., Hondrila, K. & Pickar, K. Taking the Complex Dynamics of Human–Environment–Technology Systems Seriously: A Case Study in Doctoral Education at the University of Luxembourg. Frontiers in Sustainability, 2:673033, doi.org/10.3389/frsus.2021.673033.
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