Our team of graduate and undergraduate researchers use seismic and potential fields methods, signal processing and geospatial tools to probe fundamental Earth processes. Our focus is fluid-fault interactions within the crust and mantle at rifts and hotspots, both active and ancient. New work involves detailed investigation of induced seismicity, with focus on the modes of basement fault reactivation. We apply methods and results to explore hydrothermal potential and to evaluate earthquake and volcanic hazards.
Current projects below:
- Northeastern N America Crustal Structure from Constrained Potential Fields Models – Support from USGS Earthquake Hazards Program: Luis Navarrete, MSc project
- Continental Rifting in Africa: Fluids-Tectonic Interaction – CRAFTI. Support from NSF and INSU (France). Eli Witkin, Cat Lambert, Avery Palardy REU students; Michael Aman, Sasha Weinstein, Shelby Corning, Katherine Peterson, undergrad researchers
- Study of Extension and maGmatism Malawi aNd Tanzania – SEGMeNT. Support from NSF. Gabrielle Tepp and Sarah Oliva, PhD research, Katherine Peterson, REU
- Investigation of Seismicity in Louisiana (ISLA)
- Back-Arc Rifting in New Zealand (BARNZ)
- *Turkana Rift Arrays to Investigate Lithospheric Structure (TRAILS) – Seeking PhD students*
- Southern Tanganyika rift earthquake hazard study. Support from Beach Petroleum and Tanzania Petroleum Development Corp. Connor Drooff, undergrduate researcher
- Archaeology – Roman sites in Rieti, L’Aquila, Arezzo regions, Italy; Moche sites in northern Perú. Support from University of Rochester (with Elizabeth and Gabriele Colantoni; Fulbright Foundation and PUCP.
- IGUANA – Diking and surface faulting processes on Sierra Negra Volcano, Galápagos. Collaboration with Instituto Geofisico (Ecuador), University of Edinburgh, Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies, Penn State, and UNAVCO