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 paleothermometers for frictional heating during large events.
  
2. Induced seismicity: We are investigating the recent uptick in induced seismicity and what it can teach us about fault mechanics.
 
3. Frictional sliding of ice: We are 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.