Kakurina, Maria

I have always been interested in geomodeling, geomechanics and engineering geology and, therefore, I have been focusing my studies in those fields for the last few years. Currently I am doing a Ph.D. research at the Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermics (CHYN) in Neuchâtel. The objective of my project is to better understand the stress state in the vicinity of a fault zone at different scale and how it affects fault stability. The project is a component of the Fault-Slip (FS) experiment at the Mont-Terri laboratory in Switzerland.

Positions held

  • 2016 – Present: PhD candidate, Center for Hydrogeology and Geothermics (CHYN), Laboratory of Geothermics, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

  • 2015 – 2016 - Specialist in software development, LLC Gazprom georesurs, Moscow, Russia


  • 2015 - M.Sc. in Georesources engineering, Emerald (Erasmus Mundus) Master Program: Ecole nationale supérieure de géologie de l'université de Lorraine (ENSG), France ; Luleå University of Technology, Sweden ; Université de Liège, Belgium
  • 2012 - B.Sc. in Engineering Geology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

Selected Publications

  • Kakurina M ., Mejia-Herrera P., Royer J.-J.,2015. Predicting off-fault gold zones using 3D restored strain parameters (Mount Pleasant Area, Western Australia). In: Proceedings of 35th Gocad Meeting, Nancy, France



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