Geodynamics (Geo: Earth and Dynamics: Forces) uses numerical models to link geophysical observations at the Earth's surface to inaccessible processes at depth. The Geodynamics Research Team is uniquely focused on Finite Element Modeling applications and has a global  network of academic and industry partners.  

  • Megathrust earthquakes and Tsunami Genesis
  • Reservoir impoundment, surface loading, and induced seismicity
  • Salt cavern monitoring with InSAR and downhole surveys
  • Storage of hydrocarbons and H2 in salt caverns
  • Fluid injection, hydrofracking, carbon sequestration, and induced seismicity
  • Magma flux and storage within active volcanoes

Remote Sensing

  • Ground surface deformation measurement using InSAR
  • Photogrammetry (both land and drone-based acquisitions)
  • Hyperspectral/infrared spectroscopy


  • Subduction zones dynamics
  • Cordilleran tectonics and cyclicity in orogenic systems
  • Characterizing the nature and evolution of crustal magma reservoirs
  • Advancing joint seismic imaging methods
  • Imaging the magmatic plumbing beneath active volcanoes


  • Ed Duke
    Petrology, Infrared spectroscopy, Remote sensing   
  • Kurt Katzenstein 
    Geohazards, Geomechanics, InSAR
  • Liangping Li
    Groundwater, Statistics, Data assimilation
  • Tim Masterlark 
    Geodynamics, Finite Element Models, and Data Analysis and Optimization
  • Gokce Ustunisik 
    Igneous Petrology,  Experimental Petrology, Planetary Petrology, High Pressure/Temperature Geo-Chemistry, Chemical Volcanology
  • Kevin Ward 
    Seismic imaging, Geophysical inverse problems, Broadband and nodal geophone deployments
  • Zhi Ye
    Induced seismicity, Experimental rock deformation, Acoustic emission


Research Focus Areas