My research focuses on tectonics, geodynamics and structural geology coupling numerical simulations and geological/geophysical data.
I am a geologist and geophysicist (geodynamic modeler). I observe, record, and analyze geological and geophysical phenomena to single out the most important controlling factors. Use these information I develop conceptual and mathematical models. Then I do forward and inverse modeling constrained by the geological and geophysical data to gain insight into geological/geophysical problems, and to understand how they evolve through geological time.
I am currently finishing a project on the extensional collapse of orogens that leads to most extensional structures on the Earth, such as rift basins, continental margins, core complexes, and detachment faults. Now I am working on the evolution of South China Sea, using both numerical simulations and seismic data, and on the rheology and evolution of shear zone.
Extensional collapse of orogens: Modes of extension, core complexes, and detachment faults, Dept of Geological Sciences, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (2013)
Modes of extension in collapsing orogens, Geological Society of America, Denver, CO (2013)
Origin of metamorphic core complexes and detachment faults, American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA (2013)