I have a deep interest in the functioning of Earth processes that I investigate by developing physically-based numerical models. My approach is to identify the main processes governing a phenomenon (such as an earthquake), develop a mathematical model describing the processes taking place and investigate system behaviour by performing numerical experiments with the aid of modern computers. Domains of special interest include earthquakes, mountain building, deformation in fold and thrust belts and accretionary prisms, foreland basins, sediment routing systems and landscape evolution. I also work with others on tsunamis, avalanches in granular media, volcanism, heat transfer in the crust and fluid flow in porous media.
Simulation of eroding topography
I am currently developing two- and three-dimensional mechanical models to better understand the link between earthquakes and the deformation and stress state that accumulates over multiple seismic cycles (from hundreds to thousands of years).
If you are interested in learning more about some of the methods I develop, check out my recent book entitled "Practical Finite Element Modelling in Earth Science using Matlab" (Wiley).
Dynamic rupture in earthquake simulation
Simulation of fingering instability between 2 miscible fluids in porous rock
Simulation of deformation in an eroding mountain belt