(1) FAULT RUPTURE DYNAMICS AND LANDSCAPE EVOLUTION
– Can seismologic characteristics of earthquake ruptures including slip distributions, rupture lengths, and rupture directivity be deduced from landscape analysis?
– To what extent do landscapes in turn influence the dynamics of fault ruptures? (e.g. stress loading from topography, changing sediment thicknesses)
– Active fault studies. Past earthquake behavior of active faults as guide to future rupture scenarios.
(3) CONTINENTAL EROSION: RATES AND PROCESSES
– Bedrock erosion across tectonic, climatic, and topographic gradients. Use of cosmogenic nuclides.
(4) LIQUEFACTION, ROCKFALL, AND OTHER PROXIES FOR EARTHQUAKE STRONG GROUND MOTION
– Developing shaking records for paleo earthquakes from the studies of paleo liquefaction and paleo rockfalls.
Most of my active research is funded by the New Zealand Earthquake Commission and the Royal Society of New Zealand. I have previously received generous funding from ANSTO and AINSE.
Please see my ‘Current Students’ listing for a list of what my students are currently up to.