Luca Dal Zilio

CV — ⬇︎pdf

Current position

2019 - Cecil and Sally Drinkward Postdoctoral Scholar in Mechanical Engineering and Geophysics

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Advisors: Nadia Lapusta, Jean-Philippe Avouac


2019 - PhD in Geophysics at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich

Thesis: Cross-scale modeling of mountain building and the seismic cycle: From Alps to Himalaya

Advisors: Taras Gerya, Ylona van Dinther

2014 - MSc (cum laude) in Geology, University of Padova, Italy

Thesis: Subduction-induced break-up and drifting of continental plates ⬇︎pdf

Advisors: Manuele Faccenda, Fabio Capitanio

2012 - BSc in Earth Sciences, University of Padova, Italy

Awards and Honors

2019: Best overall poster presentation at SCEC annual meeting, Palm Springs

2019: Springer Nature Thesis Award

2019: EGU Best Blog Post of 2018 Competition

2018: EGU Outstanding Student Poster (OSP) Award

2018: Best Geostory award by Nature Geoscience journal

2018: Nominated by ETH for the Global Young Scientists Summit 2018, Singapore

2017: Invited keynote speaker at TEDx event – Earthquakes: prediction or prevention?


2018: Early Postdoc Mobility fellowship, Swiss National Science Foundation

2018: Cecil and Sally Drinkward Postdoctoral Scholar in Mechanical Engineering at Caltech

2017: Swiss National Science Foundation, SINERGIA project 1-yr-extension PhD funded

2015: Swiss National Science Foundation, 3 years PhD Research – SINERGIA Swiss-AlpArray

2014: Uni-Padua fellowship, 3 months research assistant: Modelling linked to Plate Tectonics


2018: Full travel support for the Workshop “Modeling Earthquake Source Processes” (Caltech)

2018: Full travel support for the Global Young Scientists Summit 2018, Singapore

2014: Cineca HPC (Italy), 50k/hours, SINDRICO (MSc thesis) project (co-PI)

2013: Travel grant by European Geosciences Union (EGU) Summer School 2013.

Community Engagement

Sharing Science network and blog writer at AGU

Judge for Outstanding Student Awards at AGU and EGU

Blog editor for the European Geosciences Union (EGU) — Geodynamic Division

Reviewer for GRL, EPSL, JGR: Solid Earth, Tectonophysics, Earth-Science Reviews

International conference chair and convener:

AGU-2019: Seismic and Aseismic Slip on Seismogenic Faults

AGU-2019: Cross-Scale and Multi-Scale Building of the Himalaya

AGU-2019: Integrating Plate Interface Rheology and Seismicity with Subduction Zone Geodynamics

EGU-2019: Integrated approaches to bridge Long-term Tectonics and Earthquake cycles

EGU-2018: The Interplay between Earthquakes, the Seismic Cycle and Long-term Deformation

Active collaborations: C. Pranger (ETH Zurich), R. Jolivet (ENS Paris), Taras Gerya (ETH Zurich), György Hetényi (Lausanne, Switzerland), Jonas Ruh (ETH Zurich), J.-P. Avouac (Caltech, USA), Ylona van Dinther (Utrecht University),  Manuele Faccenda (Padova, Italy), S. Barbot (USC, Los Angeles), Edi Kissling (ETH Zurich), Fabio Capitanio (Monash, Australia).


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