Martin Galis


​(Postdoctoral Fellow​ until 2017) continued to Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia


Research Interests

​Development of the finite-element method for 3D spontaneous rupture propagation, development of the hybrid FD-FE method for efficient joint simulation of dynamic rupture propagation (using the FE method) with seismic wave propagation into large distances in complex 3D heterogeneous media (using the FD method), initialization of spontaneous rupture propagation in the numerical simulations, application of FD method to the moment tensor inversion in the 3D heterogeneous media.

Selected Publications

  • Mai, P.M., Galis, M., Thingbaijam, K.K.S., Vyas, J.C., Dunham, E., 2017. Accounting for fault roughness in pseudo-dynamic ground-motion simulations, Pure Appl. Geophys. doi:10.1007/s00024-017-1536-8
  • Zielke, O., Galis, M., Mai, P. M., 2017. Fault roughness and strength heterogeneity control earthquake size and stress drop, Geophys. Res. Lett., 44, doi:10.1002/2016GL071700.
  • Vyas, J.C., Mai, P.M., and Galis, M., 2016. Distance and Azimuthal Dependence of Ground-Motion Variability for Unilateral Strike-Slip Ruptures, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., Vol. 106, No. 4, doi: 10.1785/0120150298
  • Galis, M., C. Pelties, J. Kristek, P. Moczo, J.-P. Ampuero, P.M. Mai, 2014. On initiation of sustained slip-weakening ruptures by localized stresses, Geophys. J. Int., 200, 890-909, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggu436
  • Moczo, P., Kristek, J., Galis, M. ,  2014. The Finite-Difference Modelling of Earthquake Motions: Waves and Ruptures Cambridge University Press (365 pp., ISBN 978-1-107-02881-4).
  • Galis, M. , Moczo, P., Kristek, J., Kristekova, M., 2010. An adaptive smoothing algorithm in the TSN modelling of rupture propagation with the linear slip-weakening friction law. Geophys. J. Int. 180, 418–432. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2009.04427.x.
  • Galis, M. , Moczo, P., Kristek, J., 2008, A 3-D hybrid finite-difference—finite-element viscoelastic modelling of seismic wave motion. Geophys. J. Int. 175, 153–184. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2008.03866.x.


  • ​2008 Ph.D., Comenius University in Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 2002 Diploma,Comenius University in Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia​

Professional Profile

  • 2012 – 2017: Postdoctoral Fellow, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2007 – 2012: Researcher, Comenius University in Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 2007 – 2007: Experienced researcher, Charles University in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2002 – 2012: Researcher, Geophysical Institute, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia


  • 2009, 2nd place in Contest of young researchers of Slovak Academy of Sciences
  • 2006, Prize of the Slovak Academy of Sciences for Infrastructure (member of the team)