Luc's research focuses on large scale, tectonic questions, specifically the dynamic structural and geodynamical evolution of continental and oceanic rifts as well as collisional environments. To address these questions, he has used and developed numerical techniques to model tectonic processes on crustal and lithospheric scales. Luc uses a variety of geophysical and geological data to constrain and quantify tectonic processes. These different studies led to the development of parametrizations to understand such phenomena as the localization of deformation and the initiation of subduction.

Areas of Expertise

Tectonics; the structural and geodynamical evolution of continental and oceanic rifts, as well as collisional environments; numerical techniques to model tectonic processes on crustal and lithospheric scales; deformation; subduction

Graduate Students

Gabriel Travassos Tagliaro, Ph.D., expected 2019 (Co-supervisor)
Gabriel received a B.S degree in Geology from Unisinos University in Brazil, and is currently a Ph.D Student at University of Texas. He is interested in the evolution of continental margins. Gabriel uses seismic data, well data, and numerical modeling to better understand the mechanisms that control sedimentation and deposition in continental margin sedimentary basins, and the interactions between sea-level changes and tectonic processes. Research focuses on Neogene interval of the Northwestern Australian Margin.

Xinyue Tong, Ph.D., expected 2018 (Supervisor)
I use develop numerical experiments of subduction to investigate how slip and long-term deformation accumulate and interact at subduction zones during earthquake cycle. Including, 1. Explore the relationships between long-term strain accumulation and the seismic cycle. 2. Explore mechanisms that could explain how strain accumulation is modified in space and time by the presence of large asperities at the subduction interface.

Emily Cooperdock, Ph.D., expected 2017 (Committee Member)
Research Interests: Method development for (U-Th)/He analysis; Fe-oxide (U-Th)/He dating; X-Ray Computed Tomography application to geologic samples; timing of serpentinization in tectonic processes; trace element cycling during serpentinization; magnetite formation; U and Th partitioning during metamorphism

Joshua K Davis, Ph.D., expected 2017 (Supervisor)
My research focuses on deciphering the break-up history of East India and East Antarctica. The project involves developing a holistic plate model for the breakup of East Gondwana (Antarctica, Australia, India, Madagascar, Seychelles, and Sri Lanka) and the subsequent seafloor spreading in the Mesozoic Indian Ocean. Then, coupling recent geophysical data from the margins with our plate model, I can develop a conceptualized tectonic model for the breakup of India and Antarctica. Via 3D numerical modeling we will test the plausibility of our tectonic model. Ultimately this work will seek to investigate the controls on margin development and segmentation during rifting and provide insight into the role that volcanism plays in the subsequent margin morphology.

Guangliang Wu, Ph.D., expected 2016 (Supervisor)
My research focuses on geodynamics, tectonics and structural geology, coupling theoretical analysis, numerical simulations and geological/geophysical observations/data. I finished a project on the continental extension in orogenic belts and continental margins that leads to most extensional structures on the Earth, such as rift basins, continental margins, core complexes, and detachment faults. Currently I am working on the tectonic evolution of South China Sea, using both numerical simulations and seismic data, and on the rheology and evolution of shear zone at a variety of space and time scale.

Nikki M Seymour (Committee Member)
I am a structural field geologist with a particular interest in large-scale tectonics. My research uses geo- and thermochronology to understand the thermal structure and temporal evolution of rifting at magma-poor margins to answer an unresolved question in plate tectonics -- How do you break a continent?

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