I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in Geophysics at the California Institute of Technology. My research is mostly focused on detecting and understanding transient deformation signals on the Earth's surface using a wide variety of geodetic data. With my advisor Mark Simons, I have developed an automated method for detecting spatially- and temporally-correlated transient signals in geodetic time series using powerful machine learning and compressed sensing principles. Application of this method to various seismic and volcanic environments has revealed physical processes of vastly different durations, amplitudes, and spatial extents. Read more

My time at Caltech has also allowed me to be involved in a number of interesting projects, including development of InSAR time series analysis tools, estimation of slip distributions for various large earthquakes, real-time monitoring of erupting volcanoes, and numerical modeling of earthquake cycles. Read more


Seismological Laboratory
Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences
California Institute of Technology
Office: 364 South Mudd (map)
Phone: (626) 395-6931
Mail: 1200 E. California Blvd., MS 252-21, Pasadena, CA 91125

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