The Geodynamics Research Group is part of the Department of Geosciences at Penn State.
The group is led by Dr. Kevin Furlong, who supervises several graduate students and
also offers research opportunities for undergraduates. We take interdisciplinary approaches
towards addressing major scientific problems in Lithospheric Geodynamics and Plate Tectonics.
Some of our recent projects include:
Evaluating the role of rheological heterogeneity on earthquake cycle
Investigating the role of subduction megathrust earthquakes in upper plate brittle deformation
Modeling the formation and evolution of the Red Sea rift system
Initiation of subduction at a tearing plate
Constraining regional deformation and earthquake hazards in Thailand
For a more extensive description of current and past projects, see our
Haley Ramirez defended her Master's thesis and will be graduating
in early December, before starting her job at Noble Energy (congrats Haley!).
Dr. Kevin Furlong, Kirsty McKenzie and Morgan Frazier (one of our undergraduates) recently took a trip
to Oregon to meet with their collaboraters on a new exciting grant that
focuses on understanding how the Cascadia upper plate is deforming.
Last but not least, Thamer Alotaibi has been invited to give a presentation
at Caltech on his work in understanding the tectonics of the Red Sea Rift System.
The main news is that the news secton has (finally) been updated
thanks to Kirsty McKenzie (sorry for the delay).
Thamer Alotaibi is continuing his analysis of the
Red Sea rift system, with an exciting new geochemistry chapter to is research! Haley Ramirez is busy finishing her Master's work
exploring offshore faults within the Thailand Penninsula.