My research focuses on geodynamics, tectonics and structural geology, coupling numerical simulations and geological/geophysical data.
I observe, record, and analyze geological and geophysical phenomena to single out the most important controlling factors. Using these information I develop conceptual 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 finished a project on the continental extension in orogenic belts 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 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.
Modes of continental extension in a lithospheric wedge [Poster], American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA (2014)
Extensional collapse of orogens: Modes of extension, core complexes, and detachment faults [Talk], Dept of Geological Sciences, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (2013)
Modes of extension in collapsing orogens [Talk], Geological Society of America, Denver, CO (2013)
Origin of metamorphic core complexes and detachment faults [Talk], American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA (2013)
Two styles of faulting associated with metamorphic core complexes [Poster], American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA (2012)