I am an earthquake geologist who studies the deformation of the Earth’s crust and its surface. I focus in deformation processes that result in the development of faults/fault systems in the upper brittle crust on timescales ranging from few seconds to millions of years. This has led to research activities that include prehistoric and modern earthquake activity, seismic hazard analysis, earthquake triggering, structure of fault-zone intersections, subduction seismogenesis and landscape evolution. The resulting information provides improved estimates of earthquake hazards and a better understanding of key deformational processes.

My current research focuses on understanding better the seismogenesis of convergent systems – and particularly the interplay between upper-plate and subduction-thrust faulting. Laboratory areas where my colleagues/students and myself pursue fieldwork include the forearc of the Hellenic subduction margin in Greece, the Hikurangi subduction margin in New Zealand and the southern Chilean margin.

Research Interests:

  • Earthquake geology
  • Active tectonics
  • Plate boundary deformation
  • Fault growth
  • Tectonic geomorphology
  • Archaeoseismology