California Institute of Technology
Seismological Laboratory Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences


Stacy Larochelle

Stacy Larochelle

Grad Student in Geophysics

BEng 2016, Civil Engineering, McGill University, Montreal

California Institute of Technology
Seismological Laboratory
1200 E. California Blvd., MS 252-21
So. Mudd Building, Rm 360
Pasadena, CA 91125

Phone: (626) 395-6932
Fax: (626) 564-0715


I study mechanical interactions between the solid Earth and the hydrosphere as a means to gain insight into both systems. With Jean-Philippe Avouac, I am developing methodologies to extract hydrology-induced deformation of the solid Earth from geodetic datasets. We use these deformation signals to constrain Earth’s mechanical properties and track fluctuations in groundwater and terrestrial water storage. With Nadia Lapusta, I am investigating fault slip due to water injections into the Earth’s crust. We model relevant laboratory and field experiments to identify the conditions that lead to earthquake nucleation versus slow stable slip, and hence further our understanding of natural earthquake physics.