Marie Běhounková


Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Geophysics V Holešovičkách 2, 180 00 Praha 8, Czech Republic



(+420) 951 552 543



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Positions and Education:

since October 2022

Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Geophysics, Prague, Czech Republic, associate professor

2010-September 2022

Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Geophysics, Prague, Czech Republic, researcher


Laboratoire de Planétologie et Géodynamique, Université de Nantes, UMR-CNRS 6112, Nantes, France, postdoctoral fellow


Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Geophysics, Prague, Czech Republic - Ph.D., Global and regional scale modeling of dynamic processes in the Earth's mantle, supervisor Hana Čížková


Geophysical Institute, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic, research assistant


Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Prague, Czech Republic, MSc.

Participation in projects:

April 2022-2024

EIS - Evolving Ice Shells - processes shaping planetary ice shells inferred from numerical modelling (GA22-20388S, Czech Science Foundation, co-investigator)


Exchange processes in the interior of ocean worlds (Czech-French program BARRANDE 8J20FR005, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, co-nvestigator)

2019-June 2022

Thermomechanical processes in icy moons -- insight from numerical modeling (GA19-10809S, Czech Science Foundation, principal investigator)


Internal evolution of close-in terrestrial exoplanets (GA14-04145S, Czech Science Foundation, principal investigator)


Contribution of tidal heating to internal geodynamical evolution within planets and satellites (GAP210/10/P306, Czech Science Foundation, postdoc project, principal investigator)


Internal dynamics of solid planets and moons (Czech-French program BARRANDE MEB021129, Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic, principal investigator).


  • Walterová, M., Běhounková, M., and Efroimsky, M. (2023) Is There a Semi-Molten Layer at the Base of the Lunar Mantle, Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 128, e2022JE007652.

  • Souček, O., Běhounková, M., Schroeder, D. M., Wolfenbarger, N. S., Kalousová, K., Steinbrügge, G., and Soderlund, K. M. (2023) Radar attenuation in Enceladus' ice shell: Obstacles and opportunities for constraining shell thickness, chemistry, and thermal structure, Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 128, e2022JE007626.

  • Kervazo, M., Tobie, G., Choblet, G., Dumoulin, C., and Běhounková, M. (2022) Inferring Io’s interior from tidal monitoring, Icarus,

  • Pleinerová Sládková, K., Souček, O., Běhounková, M. (2021) Enceladus' Tiger Stripes as Frictional Faults: Effect on Stress and Heat Production, Geophys. Res. Lett., 48, e2021GL094849,

  • Marusiak, A.G. et al. (2021). Exploration of Icy Ocean Worlds Using Geophysical Approaches, Planet. Sci. J. 2, 150,

  • Kervazo, M., Tobie, G., Choblet, G., Dumoulin, C., and Běhounková, M. (2021) Solid tides in Io's partially molten interior: contribution of bulk dissipation, A&A,

  • Vance, S., Behounkova, M., Bills, B. G., Byrne, P., Cadek, O., Castillo-Rogez, J., … Wang, S. (2021). Distributed Geophysical Exploration of Enceladus and Other Ocean Worlds, Bulletin of the AAS, 53(4).

  • Běhounková, M., Tobie, G., Choblet, G., Kervazo, M., Melwani Daswani, M., Dumoulin, C. and Vance, S.D. (2021) Tidally-induced magmatic Pulses on the oceanic floor of Jupiter’s moon Europa, Geophys. Res. Lett., 48, e2020GL090077,

  • Walterova, M. and Behounkova, M. (2020), Thermal and orbital evolution of low-mass exoplanets, The Astrophysical Journal, 900(1), No. 24,

  • Sladkova, K., O. Soucek., K. Kalousova, and M. Behounkova (2020), Tidal walking on Europa's strike-slip faults - insight from numerical modeling, J. Geophys. Res. Planets, 125(8), No. e2019JE006327,

  • Čadek, O., O. Souček, and M. Běhounková (2019) Is Airy Isostasy Applicable to Icy Moons? Geophys. Res. Lett., 46(24), pages 14299-14306,

  • Souček, O., Běhounková, M., Čadek, O., Hron, J., Tobie, G. and Choblet, G. (2019), Tidal dissipation in Enceladus' uneven, fractured ice shell, Icarus 328, 218-231,

  • Čadek, O., Souček, O., Běhounková, M., Choblet, G., Tobie, G. and Hron, J. (2019), Long-term stability of Enceladus' uneven ice shell, Icarus 319, 476-484,

  • Nimmo, F., Barr, A.C., Běhounková, M., McKinnon, W.B. (2018), The thermal and orbital evolution of Enceladus: observational constraints and models in Enceladus and the icy moons of Saturn, Univ. Ariz. Press.

  • Choblet, G., Tobie, G., Sotin, C., Běhounková, M., Čadek, O., Postberg, F. and O. Souček (2017), Powering prolonged hydrothermal activity inside Enceladus, Nature Astronomy 1, 841-847,

  • Běhounková, M., Souček, O., Hron, J., and Čadek, O. (2017), Plume Activity and Tidal Deformation on Enceladus Influenced by Faults and Variable Ice Shell Thickness. Astrobiology 17(9), 941-954.

  • Walterová, M., Běhounková, M. (2017), Tidal effects in differentiated viscoelastic bodies: a numerical approach. Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, 129: 235,

  • Opletal, P., Prokleška, J., Valenta, J., Proschek, P., Tkáč, V., Tarasenko, R., Běhounková, M., Matoušková, Š., Abd-Elmeguid, M.M., Sechovský, V. (2017) Quantum ferromagnet in the proximity of the tricritical point, Quantum Materials 2, article id 29,

  • Čadek, O., Běhounková, M., Tobie, G., Choblet, G. (2017), Viscoelastic relaxation of Enceladus's ice shell, Icarus 291, pp. 31-35,

  • Souček, O., Hron, J., Běhounková, M., Čadek, O. (2016), Effect of the tiger stripes on the deformation of Saturn's moon Enceladus, Geophys. Res. Lett. 43, pp. 7417-7423,

  • Čadek, O., Tobie, G., Van Hoolst, T., Massé, M., Choblet, G., Lefevre, A., Mitri, G., Baland, R.-M., Běhounková, M., Bourgeois, O., Trinh, A. (2016), Enceladus's internal ocean and ice shell constrained from Cassini gravity, shape, and libration data, Geophys. Res. Lett. 43 (11), pp. 5653-5660,

  • Tosi, N., Čadek, O., Běhounková, M., Káňová, M., Plesa A.-C., Grott, M., Breuer, D., Padovan, S. and Wieczorek, M.A. (2015), Mercury's low-degree geoid and topography controlled by insolation-driven elastic deformation, Geophys. Res. Lett. 42,

  • Běhounková, M., Tobie, G., Choblet, G., Čadek, O., Porco, C., Nimmo, F. (2015). Timing of water plume eruptions on Enceladus explained by interior viscosity structure, Nature Geoscience 8, 601-604,

  • Kuchta, M., Tobie, G. Miljković, K., Běhounková, M., Souček, O., Choblet, G. and Čadek, O. (2015). Despinning and shape evolution of Saturn's moon Iapetus triggered by a giant impact, Icarus 252, Pages 454-465,

  • Běhounková, M., Tobie, G., Choblet, G., Čadek, O. (2013). Impact of tidal heating on the onset of convection in Enceladus's ice shell, Icarus, 226, 898-904,

  • Běhounková, M., Tobie, G., Choblet, G., Čadek, O. (2012). Tidally-induced melting events as the origin of south-pole activity on Enceladus, Icarus 219(2), 655-664,

  • Běhounková, M., Tobie, G., Choblet, G., Čadek, O. (2011). Tidally induced thermal runaways on extrasolar Earths: Impact on habitability, The Astrophysical Journal 728(2), article id 89,

  • Běhounková, M., Tobie, G., Choblet, G., Čadek, O. (2010). Coupling mantle convection and tidal dissipation: applications to Enceladus and Earth-like planets, J. Geophys. Res. 115, E09011,

  • Běhounková, M. and Choblet, G. (2009). Onset of convection in a basally heated spherical shell, application to planets, Phys. Earth Planet. Inter. 176, 157373,

  • Běhounková, M. and Čížková, H. (2008). Long-wavelength character of subducted slabs in the lower mantle, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 275, 43-53,

  • Špičák, A., Hanuš, V., Vaněk, J., Běhounková, M. (2007). Internal tectonic structure of the Central American Wadati-Benioff zone based on analysis of aftershock sequences, J. Geophys. Res. 112, B09304,

  • Běhounková, M., Čížková, H., Matyska, C., Yuen, D.A., Wang, M. (2007). Resolution Tests of 3-D Convection Models by Travel-time Tomography: Effects of Rayleigh Number and Regular vs. Irregular Parameterization, Geophys. J. Int. 170, 401-416,

  • Běhounková, M., Čížková, H. and Matyska, C. (2005). Resolution tests of global geodynamic models by travel-time tomography, Studia geoph. et geod. 49, 343-363,


  • Běhounková, M. (2016), Ledové měsíce obřích planet z geofyzikálního pohledu, Pokroky matematiky, fyziky a astronomie 61, 214-233.