Eric M. Dunham

Assistant Professor
Department of Geophysics and
Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering and
Stanford University
Geophysics Department
Stanford University
Mitchell Building, room 325
397 Panama Mall
Stanford, CA 94305

tel: (650) 725-6989
FAX: (650) 725-7344

Population growth is increasingly bringing more people into areas prone to natural hazards, especially earthquakes and volcanic eruptions—as the events of the past few years have demonstrated. Motivated by both the desire to reduce risk and an innate curiosity about how the natural world operates, my personal research focuses on the development and use of physics-based computational simulations to characterize and understand earthquakes and volcanoes. With a background in theoretical physics and mathematics, my approach is to identify the fundamental mechanical processes governing the system, develop numerical models incorporating these processes, validate them using geophysical observations, and then use the models to make predictions about system behavior in parts of parameter space that are poorly understood (e.g., ground shaking at close distances to the fault from large magnitude earthquakes).

Links to several areas of recent (and past) interest:

supershear rupture dynamics

thermal weakening mechanisms

poroelastic effects

rough faults and high frequency ground motion

volcano seismology and eruption dynamics


Work in Progress (Abstracts, Talks, and Posters from Recent Meetings)


Curriculum Vitae (follow this link, then click on Curriculum Vitae) or download pdf

Last updated: January 21, 2014