Projects

Our research encompasses many aspects of rock deformation. Here are some of the current projects in the rock mechanics lab. We are taking applications for graduate students, so please contact the PI listed for more information:

 
1. Fault heating: We will use biomarkers found in natural faults as a paleothermometer for frictional heating during large events.
  
2. Frictional stability transition: We are trying to better understand the transitional mode between slowly creeping faults and large strike slip events, which could lead to better prediction of seismic hazards.
 
3. Frictional sliding of ice: We will be studying dynamic frictional heating in ice to better explain anamolous heat flux observed in icy satellites and accelerated flow of outlet glaciers, both of which phenomena have been linked to the tidal loading of ice layers.
 
4. Seismic Attenuation: Using new laboratory measurements of attenuation and dispersion, we will be working with seismologists to scale lab data to seismic observation and, in doing so, be able to constrain things like temperature and the presence of melt at depth.