My work focusses on the recurrence of large and potentially destructive earthquakes. I want to help answering questions such as: What parameters control the timing and size of earthquakes? How is the occurrence of earthquakes along a fault characterized? Are earthquakes predictable and if so, in which way or form?
To address these questions, I use observational data from paleoseismology and tectonic geomorphology, providing critical information about a fault’s past rupture behavior. Additionally, I develop and apply numerical tools that incorporate the current understanding of rupture process and earthquake cycle (e.g., multi-cycle earthquake rupture simulators). Using this approach, I generate long sequences of earthquakes to analyze, among other aspects, the recurrence of large earthquakes. I am particularly interested in learning how the complexity of fault geometry and the spatial distribution of rupture-controlling parameters along the fault surface affect earthquake recurrence and its predictability.
American Geophysical Union, AGUEuropean Geosciences Union, EGU
2013 Editors Citation for “Excellence in Reviewing” for outstanding service to the authors and readers of the Journal of Geophysical Research –Solid Earth; American Geophysical Union.
2007 Outstanding Student Paper Award for presentation at the 2007 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco, CA, “ Effect of fault roughness on scaling relationships among earthquake magnitude and rupture characteristics”