Research Interests

My research interests have to do with to with the mechanics of deformation processes, particularly as they relate to earthquake and volcanic phenomena. Areas of emphasis include development of governing relations for earthquake nucleation and earthquake occurrence; estimation of earthquake probabilities; fault constitutive properties; and coupled interactions between magmatic activity, faulting, and earthquakes. Current research includes 1) numerical simulation of earthquakes processes in interacting fault systems, 2) origins of earthquake clustering including foreshocks and aftershocks, 3) application of seismicity rate changes to infer stress changes in volcanic and tectonic environments, 4) laboratory investigation of fault constitutive properties and surface contact process.

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Primary Section

Section 15: Geology

Secondary Section

Section 16: Geophysics