Manfred Strecker will be honored for his many years of research in South America in the fields of neotectonics and paleoecology. Strecker and his colleagues from Potsdam and overseas have been working for many years on the tectonic processes of mountain building in the southern Central Andes and the associated climate changes, as well as on the effects of earthquakes on the erosion and depositional processes at the continental margin of Chile and the Andean high regions of Argentina and Bolivia. In addition to his achievements in research, Manfred Strecker is also being honored for his involvement in joint German-Argentine projects for interdisciplinary education in the earth sciences within the framework of the DAAD German-Argentine University Center and the International Research Training Group StRATEGy of the German Research Foundation.
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