The principal objective of my research is to better understand how the physical and geological processes that occur at a regional lithospheric and crustal level are connected with global plate motions and mantle dynamics. I study these mechanisms through numerical modeling, striving to integrate multidisciplinary knowledge into model development and result analysis.
I have been working on the influence of slabs, plate geometry, and continental keels on the net rotation of the lithosphere and trench motions during the first part of my Ph.D.. My current projects aim at understanding how slab geometry, in particular flat-slab subduction, affects plate velocities, upper-plate deformation, and dynamic topography in different geological settings. I am interested in the dynamics of mountain building and plateau dynamics, a project outlined during the CIDER 2011 workshop. I am also involved in a research group formed during CIDER 2010, which works on the importance of volatile transfers for plate tectonics and planetary thermal evolution.
My Ph.D. advisors are Thorsten Becker (USC, Los Angeles, U.S.A.) and Laurent Husson (Université de Rennes 1, France). I have had the chance to work with other accomplished scientists, most of whom are mentioned in the Abstracts & Publications and People sections.