I’m a postdoctoral researcher in the Crustal Deformation and Fault Mechanics group, at Stanford University. I work on fault mechanics and earthquake physics at different scales, from the mechanics of small repeating events to earthquake interaction on regional and global scale.
I address these problems with a combination of numerical, analytical and statistical tools. In addition to furthering our understanding of earthquake physics, I am interested in ways to integrate the state-of-the-art knowledge into practical tools, and in particular models to use in operational earthquake forecasting.
PhD in Geophysics, 2015
GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences
MSci in Experimental and Theoretical Physics (Geophysics), 2011
BA in Experimental and Theoretical Physics, 2011
I use fracture mechanics concepts to derive analytical expressions for the recurrence interval of repeating earthquakes, which explain the surprising scaling observed in nature.
I use stastical tools to analyze data from ocean bottom seismometers in the East Pacific Rise, and detect instances of dynamic earthquake triggering from remote mainshocks.
Using 2-D simulations and fracture mechanics concepts, I am investigating the seismic cycle of subduction zones.
In a seismic swarm during the 2000 Miyakejima dike intrusion we find evidence of aseismic slip on a complex fault system.
During my PhD, I have developed new models of seismic sequences based on stress interaction. Now I am involved in collaborations aimed at further refining and developing and testing them.
Friday 26 - Invited talk at the Berkeley Seismology Lab.
Congratulations to PhD student Simone Mancini, whose AGU talk on Coulomb stress models of the 2016-2017 Central Italy sequence won him an Oustanding Student Paper Award!
our article on testing Coulomb models for operational earthquake forecasting was described in an article in phys.org, reviewing recent progress of the Collaboratory for the Study of Earthquake Predictability.
the Seismological Research Letters special Focus Section on the Collaboratory for the Study of Earthquake Predictability (CSEP) is out! Check out our study on testing Coulomb models for operational earthquake forecasting.
GEOPHYS 385L: Earthquake Seismology, Deformation, and Stress (list of recommended reading for Spring Quarter 2018)
GEOPHYS 130: Introductory Seismology - lecture on “Fundamentals of Earthquake Forecasting”.
GEOPHYS 287: Earthquake Seismology - lecture on “Earthquake Forecasting beyond stationary Poisson models - ETAS and Coulomb stress transfer”.