The Geodynamics Modeling Group at Purdue
Our group develops numerical models to quantify fundamental processes in four areas of geodynamics: rheology, earthquake triggering, plate tectonics, and planetary science. Our primary tool is the development of viscoelastic finite element models that enable us use geodetic and seismological observations of faulting and surface deformation to test hypotheses associated with the development of fault systems and rheologic structure and to calculate the evolution of crustal stresses through time in various tectonic settings. Often our target is associated with identifying earthquake hazards by determining which faults in a region have accumulated the most unrelieved stress or are currently experiences the highest loading rates. Click on one of the four research areas from the pull-down menu above (or on the rotating figure above) to learn more about our research.