Liene Spruzeniece

Postdoctoral researcher

Office location:
Lochnerstra├če 4-20

Research Interests

    Picture_2918 - Quartz vein

       Syntaxial quartz vein in sandstone formed by
       crack-seal processes (optical micrograph with gypsum
       plate inserted)
  • Fracture- and vein formation
  • Crystal nucleation and growth 
  • Fluid-rock interaction, metamorphism and deformation of the Earth's crust
  • Development of rock microstructures
  • Microstructural analysis (SEM, EBSD, quantification of optical micrographs)

Short CV

Nov 2018 - currently 
Post Doc at the Department of Structural Geology, Tectonics and Geomechanics, RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

Feb 2018 - Oct 2018 
Post Doc at the Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter, UK.

Oct 2012 - Apr 2016 
PhD at the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Macquarie University, Australia. 
Thesis "Fluid-rock interaction: From simple single crystals to complex natural systems".

Aug 2010 - Jun 2012
MSc at the Centre of Excellence "Physics of Geological Processes", University of Oslo, Norway. 
Structural geology and metamorphic petrology.

Sept 2008 - Jun 2010
MSc at the University of Latvia, Latvia. 
Geology, sedimentology and paleontology.

Sept 2004 - Jun 2008
BSc at the University of Latvia, Latvia.


Image Processing and Microstructural Analysis




Peer-reviewed papers

  • Spruzeniece L., Piazolo S., Maynard-Casely H.E. (2017). Deformation-resembling microstructure created by fluid-mediated dissolution-precipitation reactions. Nature Communications, 8, 14032.
  • Spruzeniece L., Piazolo S., Daczko N., Kilburn M., Putnis A. (2016). Symplectite formation in the presence of a reactive fluid: insights from hydrothermal experiments. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 35, 281-299.
  • Spruzeniece L., Piazolo S. (2015). Strain localization in brittle-ductile shear zones: fluid abundant vs. fluid-limited conditions (and example from Wyangala area, Australia). Solid Earth, 6, 881-901.