Marine Geophysics and Hydroacoustics

Dr. Rachel Barrett

Scientific Staff

Otto-Hahn-Platz 1, R. 109
Phone: +49 431 880-2113
Telefax: +49 431 880-4432

Research Interests

  • Quantitative geomorphometric analysis of submarine mass wasting deposits
  • Oceanic transform faults and the Cretaceous break-up of the New Zealand sector of Gondwana
  • Subduction zone dynamics and Slow slip events
  • Morphology and failure mechanisms of submarine landslides


05/2021 - present   Postdoctoral researcher at Kiel University (Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel), Marine Geophysics and Hydroacoustics

10/2017 - 11/2020  PhD student funded by EU ITN-SLATE Project at Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Marine Geophysics and Hydroacoustics

03/2015 - 04/2017  M.Sc. Geophysics at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

03/2012 - 03/2015  B.Sc. Geophysics and Geology at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand


Peer Reviewed Articles:

  • Barrett, R., Bellwald, B., Talling, P., Micallef, A., Gross, F., Berndt, C., Planke, S., Myklebust, R., & Krastel, S. (2020). Does Retrogression Always Account for the Large Volume of Submarine Megaslides? Evidence to the Contrary From the Tampen Slide, Offshore Norway. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 126(2),
  • Riefstahl, F., Gohl, K., Davy, B., & Barrett, R. (2020). Extent and cessation of the mid-Cretaceous Hikurangi Plateau underthrusting: Impact on global plate tectonics and the submarine Chatham Rise. JGR Solid Earth.
  • Barrett, R., Lebas, E., Ramalho, R., Klaucke, I., Kutterolf, S., Klügel, A., Lindhorst, K., Gross, F., & Krastel, S. (2019). Revisiting the tsunamigenic volcanic flank-collapse of Fogo Island in the Cape Verdes, offshore West Africa. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, n. 500,
  • Barrett, R., Davy, B., Stern, T., & Gohl, K. (2018). The strike-slip West Wishbone Ridge and the eastern margin of the Hikurangi Plateau. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 19.



  • Lenz, K-F., Gross, F., Klügel, A., Barrett, R., Held, P., Lindhorst, K., Wintersteller, P., & Krastel, S. (2020). New insights into the magmatic system southeast of El Hierro from high-resolution 2D seismic data. EGU General Assembly 2020, EGU2020-15205.
  • Klein, E., Lebas, E., Ramalho, R., Barrett, R., Kutterolf, S., & Krastel, S. (2020). Evidence for the multi-phase nature of the Monte Amarelo flank collapse based on reflection seismic data offshore Fogo, Cape Verde. 80. DGG Jahrestagung, March 2020.
  • Barrett, R., Bellwald, B., Berndt, C., Micallef, A., Planke, S., Talling, P., Gross, F., Myklebust, R., and Krastel, S. (2020). Decameter-scale, flow-parallel ridges in a submarine megaslide: Tampen Slide, North Sea [Talk]. Nordic Geological Winter Meeting, Oslo, Norway, 8-10 January 2020.
  • Barrett, R., Bellwald, B., Krastel, S., Gross, F., Micallef, A., Planke, S., Berndt, C., Talling, P., and Myklebust, R. (2019). New Constraints on the Failure Mechanism and Kinematics of the Tampen Slide (North Sea) from 3D Seismic Data [Talk]. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 21, EGU2019-8050.
  • Bellwald, B., Planke, S., Barrett, R., Batchelor, C., and Myklebust, R. (2019). Characterization of Glacigenic Debris Flows, Megaslides and Contourites of the North Sea Fan from 3D Seismic Data [Talk]. Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 21, EGU2019-8130.
  • Bellwald, B., Planke, S., Barrett, R., Berndt, C., Manton. B., and Myklebust, R. (2019). Characterization of Glacigenic Debris Flows and Megaslides of the North Sea Trough Mouth Fan from 3D Seismic Data [Talk]. NGF Winter Conference, Bergen, Norway.
  • Barrett, R. S., Krastel, S., Micallef, A., Berndt, C., & Gross, F. (2018). Towards Semi-Automatic Delineation of Submarine Landslides [Poster]. 8th International Symposium on Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, 7 - 9 May 2018.
  • Davy, B., Gohl, K., Werner, R., Barrett, R. S., & Riefstahl, F. (2017). The crustal structure of the eastern Chatham Rise region - Results of the 2016 geophysical survey SO246 by the R/V Sonne [Talk]. Annual Conference of the Geoscience Society of New Zealand, Auckland, 28 November 2017 - 1 December 2017.
  • Barrett, R. S., Davy, B., Stern, T. and Gohl, K. (2016). The Wishbone Ridge at the Chatham Rise intersection: fault characteristics and tectonic implications [Poster], Geosciences 2016, Wanaka, New Zealand






  •  Barrett, R.S. (2020). Understanding subaqueous landslides and their morphology: From qualitative to quantitative analysis (Ph.D thesis), Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel, 139 pp.
  • Barrett, R.S. (2017). The Wishbone Ridge at the Chatham Rise Intersection: Structural Characteristics and Tectonic Implications (M.Sc.Thesis), Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 151 pp.


  • 2019 November, RV Maria S. Merian (MSM87): Cape Verdean Plateau
  • 2019 May - June, RV Meteor (M155): Fogo Island, Cape Verdes
  • 2018 March - April, RV Meteor (M146): Henry Seamount
  • 2016 Sept-October, RV Tangaroa (TAN-1611): Colville Ridge, north of New Zealand
  • 2016 March-April, RV Sonne (SO-246): Eastern Chatham Rise, east of New Zealand