My group studies the physical mechanisms of earthquakes and faulting processes using both observational methods (e.g., seismic data analysis) and numerical tools (e.g., earthquake rupture simulation). We’re particularly interested in how fluid, fault zone structure and fault geometry can affect the nucleation, propagation and arrest of earthquakes and how earthquakes contribute to the strain budget and structural evolution of fault zones and plate boundaries. We also have a broad interest in developing physical tools for mitigating seismic hazard and bridging earthquake science and engineering applications. For more about our research projects and the group, please see the research page and group page.

We’re actively looking for graduate students and postdocs! Please contact me (yiheh@umich.edu) to discuss project ideas and life at UMich if you’re interested in joining us. More general information for prospective students can be found here.