I'm a Cecil & Sally Drinkward Postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). My research is focused on studying the physics of earthquakes and the seismic behaviour of mountain belts.

I am currently working with Nadia Lapusta and Jean-Philippe Avouac on developing and applying a physics-based, cross-scale modeling framework to investigate large megathrust earthquakes and slow-slip events. With this approach, we link tectonic space–time scales of thousands of years of slow and broadly distributed regional deformation with seismic space–time scales of rapid and localized earthquake rupture processes. This can be used to improve our physical understanding of earthquakes, especially their spatiotemporal occurrence in relation to observations during the inter-, co- and post-seismic period.

Luca Dal Zilio


Caltech Seismological Laboratory

1200 E. California Blvd., MS 252-21

South Mudd Building, Rm 262

Pasadena, CA 91125



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