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
The main news is that the news section 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.
Two graduations from the Geodynamics group!
Matt Herman graduated with a PhD in Spring 2017 and moved to the Netherlands to
start postdoc research at Utrecht University. Mitch Hastings graduated with a
Bachelors in Geology and is now working towards his PhD at the University of South Florida.