David Alejandro Castro Cruz

Postdoctoral Fellows


Research Interests

My main research interests are studying different seismic scenarios and developing new techniques to improve the probabilistic analysis for earthquakes. To reduce the seismic hazard analysis variability, I develop seismic numerical models to determine the seismic risk in extensive areas. I also developed stochastic models and probabilistic analyses of earthquakes and other natural hazards such as landslides.

Selected Publications

  • Castro-Cruz, D. Gatti, F. Lopez-Caballero, F. (2021), High-fidelity broadband prediction of regional seismic response: a hybrid coupling of physics-based synthetic simulation and empirical Green functions. Natural Hazards, 1-35. Doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/s11069-021-04766-x
  • Castro-Cruz, D. Gatti, F. Lopez-Caballero, F. Impact of regional geology on the prediction of physics-based earthquake simulations: the prediction of the seismic response at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant (Japan). Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Volume 150, 2021, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soildyn.2021.106947.
  • Castro-Cruz, D. Régnier, J. Bertrand, E. Courboulex, F. (2020) A new parameter to empirically describe and predict the nonlinear seismic response of soils derived from the analysis of Kik-Net database. Journal Soil dynamics and earthquake engineering. Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Volume 128, 2020, ISSN 0267-7261, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soildyn.2019.105833.


  • 2018 Ph.D., Sciences of the Earth, University Côte d’Azur (Laboratory of GeoAzur), Nice, France
  • 2014 MSc., Geotechnics, University of Andes, Bogota, Colombia
  • 2012 Civil engineer, University of Andes, Bogota, Colombia

Professional Profile

  • 2021 – present, Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2019 – 2021: Postdoctoral fellow, CentraleSupelec-University of Paris-Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette, France


Award for student presentation: 2017 SSA meeting, Seismologic Society of America, Denver Colorado, United Stated of American