It is the beginning of a new semester and a new era in the Geodynamics Lab.
Well, sort of...Matt Herman is still around, toiling away on his Ph.D. work.
He is developing 3D finite element models of subduction zones and assessing the
utility of strong motion records, while working on some side projects related
to seismicity in Thailand and the evolution of the Solomon Islands slab tear.
Beth Meyers successfully defended her Master's work, using numerical modeling
to estimate the state of stress in Thailand. This work was being finalized just as
a M6.1 earthquake occurred in northern Thailand in May 2014, and Beth's
modeling successfully anticipated the kinematics of the event. Way to go Beth!
This semester, we will have a much busier lab: Jamie Neely is a new
graduate student, and Ting is a new postdoc.
Lots has changed since the last update! Rachel Piotraschke defended her
M.S. thesis in November 2011, and currently works at Newfield
Exploration in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Matt Herman defended his M.S. thesis in
May 2012, using aftershock kinematics to characterize the
Canterbury earthquake sequence on South Island, New Zealand. He is
currently working towards a Ph.D., studying the
relationship between static and seismic deformation during large
earthquakes. Beth Meyers is beginning her M.S. degree,
investigating the seismotectonics of the complex collision zone in
Thailand. With Rob Drewicz and Eric Guth working on senior theses, the
lab is a bustling place.
Matt Legg completed his M.S. thesis in May, modeling the tectonic and
thermal evolution of Hawke’s Bay Basin in New Zealand. He has
accepted a job with Shell Exploration and Production Company in
Houston. Rachel Piotraschke is in her second year pursuing her M.S.,
investigating uplift rates and the tectonic framework of the Klamath
Mountains in northern California; and Matt Herman is beginning his M.S.
work investigating the tectonic evolution of the plate boundary through
Kevin Furlong has been on sabbatical this year in New Zealand, with a
research focus on New Zealand tectonics. As an unexpected component of
his research, Kevin experienced first hand the Mw = 7.0 Canterbury
Earthquake. He was involved in the immediate response to the earthquake
and now is starting longer-term research projects on the
earthquake. There will be great student research opportunities related
to this earthquake. You can check out one of his public lectures,
presented to the Math and Statistics department at the University of
Canterbury soon after the event here.