Bo Li

Postdoctoral Fellows


Research Interests

I use multiple methods and software to study earthquakes and fault physics. My research covers both slow and fast earthquakes, and small to large magnitude earthquakes. Some of my research interests are:

1) Use dynamic modeling (with SeisSol, to perform Physics-based probabilistic seismic hazard assessment (PSHA), and investigate the effects of initial parameters, the directivity, roughness, hypocenter location and topography on rupture dynamics and ground shaking.

2) Use the back-projection method to image the rupture process of large earthquakes, and investigate the link between rupture parameters/dynamics on the fault and back-projection results, based on both kinematic and dynamic simulations. Now also extend the back-projection application to induced seismicity.

3) Use the beam back-projection method to detect and locate slow earthquakes (tectonic tremors and low frequency earthquakes) in the Alaska-Aleutian subduction zone and New Zealand, and analyze the migration pattern and spatio-temporal distribution.

4) Use move max matched-filter (MMMF) method to search for earthquakes and analyze the structure.

Selected Publications


  •  2019 Ph.D., Geophysics, University of California, Riverside, USA
  • 2012  B.Sc., Geology Engineering, China University of Petroleum (BeiJing), China

Professional Profile

  • 2022 – present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2019 – 2019-2022: Postdoctoral fellow, Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU), Munich, Germany

Scientific and Professional Membership

American Geophysical Union, AGU

European Geosciences Union, EGU


Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship Award, UC Riverside, 2013

EarthScope National Meeting Scholarship, 2015 & 2017

Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) Workshop Scholarship, 2016

Outstanding Teaching Assistant, UC Riverside, 2017