Geodynamics (Geo: Earth and Dynamics: Forces) uses numerical models to quantitatively link our geophysical observations of the Earth's surface to the inaccessible processes at depth. The Numerical Modeling Team investigates natural hazards for a range of global targets.  

  • Megathrust earthquakes and Tsunami Genesis
  • Poroelastic deformation, viscoelastic creep, and triggered aftershocks 
  • Reservoir impoundment and induced seismicity
  • Fluid injection and fracture propagation
  • Magma flux and storage within active volcanoes
  • Heat flow and thermoelastic systems
  • Inverse models of InSAR and GPS data  
  • Optimization and uncertainty
  • Time series analyses, Gaussian Processes, and Kalman Filters 

Remote Sensing

  • Ground surface deformation measurement using InSAR
  • Photogrammetry (both land and drone-based acquisitions)
  • Hyperspectral/infrared spectroscopy


  • Subduction zones dynamics
  • Cordilleran tectonics and cyclicity in orogenic systems
  • Characterizing the nature and evolution of crustal magma reservoirs
  • Advancing joint seismic imaging methods
  • Imaging the magmatic plumbing beneath active volcanoes


  • Ed Duke
    Petrology, Infrared spectroscopy, Remote sensing   
  • Kurt Katzenstein 
    Geohazards, Geomechanics, InSAR
  • Liangping Li
    Groundwater, Statistics, Data assimilation
  • Tim Masterlark 
    Numerical Modeling and Data Analysis
  • Gokce Ustunisik 
    Igneous Petrology,  Experimental Petrology, Planetary Petrology, High Pressure/Temperature Geo-Chemistry, Chemical Volcanology
  • Kevin Ward 
    Seismic imaging, Geophysical inverse problems, Broadband and nodal geophone deployments


Research Focus Areas