Stephanie C. Werner

Stephanie C. Werner

Associate Professor

PhD: December, 2005, Free University Berlin, Germany

Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED)
University of Oslo
Sem Sælands vei 24
P.O. Box 1048, Blindern
NO-0316 Oslo

email: stephanie.werner (at)
phone: +47 2285 6472

Research Interests

Cratering Statistics, Cratering Processes, Crater Morphologies, Projectile Populations and their Flux Evolution, Remote Sensing of the Earth and Planets, Potential Field Data Interpretation

Current Research

My main interest is studying Planetary Evolution, starting with planetary formation, and focusing on the evolutionary history of terrestrial planets and moons. I base my studies on photo-geological interpretation of planetary surfaces, and joint interpretation of potential field data. The goal is to understand the geological and geophysical evolution of terrestrial bodies in the Solar System, and my favorite process to achieve a better understanding is volcanic activity, which reflects the thermal evolution of a planet at its surface. My main tool is Cratering Statistics to describe geological processes in a time-calibrated frame.


Currently, Stephanie Werner is a section leader for Comparative Planetology at the Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics, where she is a geophysicist with supplementary background in astrophysics and planetary remote sensing. During her graduate and early post-doctoral years at Free University Berlin, Stephanie portrayed the evolutionary history and chronostratigraphy of Mars. Later at the Geological Survey of Norway, she studied cratering on Earth, modeled potential field data, specifically satellite gravity data over the Barents Sea, and tested modeling applications for dynamical processes on other planetary bodies. In 2009, she was recruited by the Center for Physics of Geological Processes (PGP) to advance Comparative Planetology activities at the University of Oslo, as the first scientist in this field in Norway. At PGP she established an ArcGIS database for all terrestrial planets and the Earth’s Moon, utilizing all data globally available. Stephanie continued studying the geological evolution of terrestrial planets, for example, she deciphered the volcanic evolutionary history of Mars and the formation of landforms mainly through fluvial activity. She studies cratering processes, crater morphologies, projectile populations and their flux evolution to advance the cratering statistics method – generally the only method to date planetary surfaces.