Structural Seismology and Tectonophysics
My primary research interests as a structural seismologist are in reconstructing the evolution of the dynamic Earth through the study of earthquakes, tectonic processes, and seismic imaging. Much of my work is focused on the three-dimensional structural evolution of the lithosphere and mantle near plate boundaries, such as beneath the western United States, Caribbean, Mediterranean and the Western Pacific, which are all seismically and volcanically active.
Current and recent research projects include:
Using dense seismic arrays to map deep mantle sharp features – funded by NSF Geophysics
Slab structure and dynamics of arcuate shaped subduction zones – NSF CAREER award
Transitions in the Banda Arc-Australia continental collision as a bridge to understanding mantle and lithospheric controls on surface tectonics – funded by NSF Tectonics/Geophysics/Global Venture Fund
Evolution the lithosphere and upper mantle in the westernmost Mediterranean through imaging portable broadband seismometers deployed in Spain and Morocco – funded as part of the NSF Continental Dynamics PICASSO project.
Mapping the Moho depths across faults in Southern California – funded by SCEC.
Evolution of the lithospheric and mantle structure of the Colorado Plateau and surrounding regions using USArray Transportable Array data – funded by the NSF Earthscope program.
Latest paper in Nature with Alan Levander and co-authors on subduction driven recycling of continental lithosphere.
Undergraduate Chris Norwood’s news article on my 2013 Maymester class in Morocco
Awarded an NSF CAREER award for 2011-2015
Associate editor for special theme volume in G-Cubed on the Lithosphere-Asthenosphere Boundary
For student and postdoc opportunities, please email me for more information.