Sylvain BARBOT

Research:

The goal of my research is to develop a physics-based model of the earthquake cycle to assess the full range of seismic behavior that can be expected across a plate boundary.
I use remote sensing (synthetic aperture radar, GPS, optical photographs, gravity) and seismological data to investigate the mechanics the lithosphere and fault slip. These measurements can be used to constrain models of rupture and lithosphere dynamics, which include faulting, but also more distributed deformation, such as poroelastic and viscoelastic flow. An important goal of my research is to reconcile long-term (regional tectonics) and short-term (earthquake dynamics) observations and improve our capacity to predict some aspect of the earthquake cycle.

Education:

2009 - PhD in Earth Sciences, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, Scripps Institution Of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego
2006 – Masters of Sciences, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego
2005 – Masters of Sciences, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris

Professional Experience:

2009 – 2012 Post-doctoral Scholar, California Institute of Technology
2005 – 2009Graduate Student Researcher, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego

Professional Activities:
  • 2012 Co-supervisor of Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) student
    Udaya Ghai: “Damage accumulation and topography along a strike-slip fault.”
  • 2011 Fall AGU meeting session (Co-conveners: Dr. H. Noda, Dr. Y. Hsu) Mechanics of the lithospheric deformation during the earthquake cycle

  • 2011-12 Co-supervisor of 1st year Graduate student Chris Rollins: “The postseismic deformation following the 2010 El-Cucapah Mayor earthquake: evidence for a shallow asthenosphere.”

  • 2011-12 Co-supervisor of Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) student Valère Lambert (to be continued during the academic year): “Stress field of the near field of a crack-like dislocation: application to the earthquake cycle on the San Andreas Fault”.
  • 2011-12 Supervisor of France E.N.S. Master student Baptiste Rousset: “Structure and mechanics of the Taiwan collision”.
  • 2010 Fall AGU session T45 Convener and chair (Co-convener: Dr. R. Kanda) Linking Geodetic Observations to Mechanical Properties of the Lithosphere: New Methods and Models.
  • 2010 Co-supervisor of France E.N.S. Master student Lucile Bruhat (2009 – 2010) Outstanding Student Paper Award for her presentation at the Fall AGU meeting: "Relative Contribution of Stable Afterslip and Viscoelastic Relaxation Following the 2004 Parkfield Earthquake".
  • Reviewer service
    Journal of Geophysical Research (Solid Earth),
    Geophysical Research Letters,
    Geophysical Journal International,
    Geophysics Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF),
    Earth and Planetary Science Letters
    Zeitschrift für Angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik
    Computer and Geosciences (Elsevier)
Courses Taught:
  • 2010-11 Teaching Assistant of Prof. Lapusta’s Continuum Mechanics graduate class, Division of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Sciences, Caltech
  • 2011 Lectured a graduate class on Poroelasticity, Caltech
  • 2008 Teaching Assistant of Prof. Minster and Prof. Shearer (class SIO 1) The Planets, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego