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Atilla Aydin

I am interested in the formation, geometric patterns and fluid flow properties of fractures and faults in a broad range of scales. My students and I are involved in projects which require both modeling and a strong field component. The field component is similar to a detective's work, which aims to establish temporal and spatial relationships among various elements of a structure. The modeling component is like the moral of a story, which enables one to see through the rationale and use it for guidance in the future.
Atilla's web page

David Pollard

My students and I are using quantitative field data and principles of structural geology, combined with laboratory and computer modeling, to address fundamental questions about processes of faulting, fracturing and rock deformation. Geologic structures play important roles in attempts to utilize nature's gifts wisely and to mitigate natural hazards. Our research aims to understand how faults and fractures affect the flow of magma, groundwater, and hydrocarbons, and the crucial role fractures play in earthquake generation and volcanic eruption.
Dave's web page


Graduate Students

Shang Deng

I am a first year graduate student working with Professor Aydin. I completed my undergraduate education at Moscow State University, where I studied geology and mineral resources. My future research will focus on structural synthesis and integration, including the impact of overprinting and intersecting structure types on fluid flow. Besides geology, I also enjoy sports and playing piano.

Peter Lovely

I am a fith-year PhD student with Dave Pollard. With a background in kinematic structural interpretation, I look forward to learning about mechanical modeling of geological structures and being able to adapt the strengths of both techniques to future research.

Betsy Madden

I am interested in using modeling tools and field observations to better understand fault development, fault mechanics, and how fault processes relate to earthquake dynamics. My interest in natural hazard mitigation and community oriented science motivates my work.
After receiving a Master of Science in International Development from UC-Davis in 2003 and working for several years with the American Red Cross in disaster relief, I joined the Geomechanics Group here at Stanford in the fall of 2007. I work with Dave Pollard.

Filippo Nenna

I am a fith year graduate student working with Atilla Aydin looking at the relationship between vein systems and pressure solutions in sandstones. For this we are looking in particular at the Ross Sandstone Formation located in western Ireland. I completed my Masters degree at the University of Liverpool where I looked at soft sediment deformation with respect to the evolution of fault zones using both field and experimental laboratory techniques.
Fil's web page

Josie Nevitt

I am interested in exploring both structural geology and geophysics in an effort to better understand long-term earthquake cycles and the resulting geological structures. I hope to integrate both field observations and computer modeling to provide a strong basis for my research. I attended Tulane University and started working with Dave Pollard in the fall of 2009.

Libby Ritz

I am a third year student with Dave Pollard, interested in combining geological field data and numerical modeling to better understand processes of rock deformation. More specifically, I am investigating the mechanical behavior of non-planar faults and how the nature and intensity of off-fault damage is spatially correlated with geometric irregularities.

Solomon Seyum

I am a third year student from Cal State L.A. working with Dave Pollard on rock fracture mechanics. I have general interests in structural geology, engineering geology, and tectonics. I will be applying geology, physics, and geochemistry in my Ph.D. research to explain the mechanics of rock layer folding and fracturing in the hope of developing a broader understanding of its applications to varied fields of geology.




Post-docs & Visiting Scientists

Xiaoxian (Daniel) Zhou

Xiaoxian (Daniel) Zhou

I am a postdoc working with Atilla Aydin in the structural geology and geomechanics group. I have moved from Texas A&M University where I did some research work on petroleum/geothermal geomechanics. At Stanford, I am involved in primarily modeling fluid flow through rocks with structural heterogeneities. I will also do some work on rock deformation modeling in the presence of fluid at elevated pressures as well as temperature influence.

Visiting Students

Xiaoxian (Daniel) Zhou

Chun Liu

I am a 4th year PhD student of Nanjing University, and now a visiting researcher with David Pollard. My partners and I used geometric methods and mechanical methods to simulate the development of various structures. I developed a set of logic algorithms in order to recognize and measure the objects in an image; in particular, micro particles in SEM images and cracks.
Liu's web page