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


Xiaolin Mao

Xiaolin Mao

Grad Student in Geophysics

Nanjing University

California Institute of Technoogy
Seismological Laboratory
1200 E. California Blvd., MS 252-21
So. Mudd Building, Rm 370
Pasadena, CA 91125

Phone: (626) 395-8906/8931
Fax: (626) 564-0715


My research interest lies in understanding the mechanisms of geological events over various time-scales by integrating numerical simulations with observations. With Professor Mike Gurnis, we focus on intra-oceanic subduction initiation results from plate motion change and lithospheric heterogeneity. Different geological and geophysical data are used to constrain and test our models, while we have some particular interests on topography evolution. We also try to extend the limit of geodynamic codes by incorporating some realistic functions, like surface process. With Professor Jean-Paul Ampuero, we work on interpreting the formation and saturation of damage zones surrounding the fault core. In addition, I do some research on calculating the mechanical strength and anisotropy of continental lithosphere based on satellite gravity data.