My research lies at the intersection of seismology, groundwater hydrology, and energy sciences. The overarching goal of my work is to advance our knowledge of how Earth's fluid/vapor systems change over time and space, with a focus on hydrological processes, geothermal energy exploitation, carbon capture and storage, and volcanic activities. These processes are pivotal in enhancing our understanding and effective management of critical resources (e.g., water and energy) and geohazards. A core aspect of my research is to develop and apply advanced seismic interferometry techniques for probing the 4-Dimensional (space-time) variations in subsurface fluids.
Areas of Expertise
Environmental seismology, Hydrogeophysics, Geothermal energy, Carbon sequestration, Critical-zone processes, Time-lapse imaging, Ambient seismic field, 4D seismology
Ph.D. Opportunities in Environmental Seismology and Energy Transition
My 4D Seismology group is looking for self-motivated Ph.D. students interested in applying seismic analysis to understand Earth's physical processes associated with climate change and energy transition. Potential research topics focus on fluid/vapor systems in Earth's shallow subsurface, including hydrological processes, geothermal energy exploitation, carbon capture and storage, critical-zone processes, and volcanic unrest. Students in our group will develop and employ cutting-edge seismological techniques (such as passive seismic interferometry and coda-wave imaging) to study the spatiotemporal evolution and physical mechanisms of subsurface processes. Please contact shujuan.c.mao AT gmail.com for further info.