Caltech's Seismological Laboratory, an arm of the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences (GPS), was established in 1921. It has a distinguished history of leadership in science and serving the public interest. Internationally recognized for excellence in geophysical research and academics while also having outstanding facilities in seismic networks, high performance computing, and mineral physics, makes the Seismo Lab an ideal place for study and research. The Lab serves as a focal point for earthquake information in Southern California and the world.
Seismo Lab Postdoctoral Scholars
Florent is interested in understanding the mechanical behavior of various geophysical objects, mainly focusing on the rheology of sea ice, rupture in continuous/granular geo-materials and sediment transport, i.e. granular dynamics, in rivers. The aim is to develop observational, analytical and computational methods that improve our understanding of the local mechanical processes at play in the overall behavior of each of those systems.
Jessica is interested in the mechanics of slip on faults, especially during earthquakes and slow earthquakes. Currently, with Professor Pablo Ampuero, she's systematically looking for seismic precursors of small earthquakes. Specifically, looking for seismic waves radiated from the same location as the earthquakes, but a few to tens of seconds before. The goal is either to identify the precursors or to show that precursors of significant magnitude are very rare.