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

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Chris Rollins

Chris Rollins

Grad Student in Geophysics

BS Geological Sciences, 2011, University of Southern California

California Institute of Technology
Seismological Laboratory
1200 E. California Blvd., MS 252-21
So. Mudd Building, Rm 358
Pasadena, CA 91125

Phone: (626) 395-6971
Fax: (626) 564-0715
Email: jcrollin@gps.caltech.edu

Research

I am using GPS data and synthetic deformation modeling to study the evolution of postseismic deformation following the 2010 M=7.2 El Mayor-Cucapah earthquake in Baja California, Mexico, in order to determine which deformation mechanisms at depth could have contributed to the observed surface displacements. We hope to shed light both on the behavior of the Earth's crust and mantle over long timescales (with implications for the way that faults are gradually loaded over time) and more specifically on the way that the states of stress along the Elsinore, San Jacinto and San Andreas faults have evolved in the three years since the El Mayor-Cucapah earthquake.