Eric M. Dunham

Associate Professor, Department of Geophysics
Affiliated Faculty Member, Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering
Stanford University
Stanford Geophysics
397 Panama Mall
Mitchell Building, 3rd floor
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, tsunamis, 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, tsunamis, and volcanoes, and similar phenomena. 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 predict system behavior. Specific research areas include earthquake rupture dynamics, tsunami generation, volcano seismology and infrasound, ice stream stick-slip events and flexural-gravity waves in ice shelves, and numerical methods for wave propagation.


Research (in the process of being updated...)

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


Curriculum Vitae

Research group members

Martin Almquist (2017-present), numerical methods for inverse wave propagation problems, poroelasticity, and seismic wave generation by volcanic eruptions

Graduate students
Lauren Abrahams (PhD student, 2017-present), ice stream stick-slip, flexural-gravity waves in ice selves
A. K. (PhD student, 2017-present), earthquake and hydraulic fracture simulations
Yuyun Yang (ICME MS student, 2017-present), tsunami data assimilation
Chao Liang (PhD student, 2015-present), waves in fluid-filled cracks, application to hydraulic fractures in oil and gas industry and to volcanoes
Leighton Watson (PhD student, 2014-present), marine seismic sources (airguns), infrasound from volcanic eruptions
Kali Allison (PhD student, 2012-present), thermomechanical earthquake cycle modeling
Gabe Lotto (PhD student, 2012-present), tsunami generation from offshore earthquakes, MS ICME (Computational Geosciences) 2014

Undergraduate students

Former group members
Ossian O'Reilly (2011-2017), PhD Geophysics, numerical methods for wave propagation, coupled simulation of tube waves and seismic waves for cross-well imaging, currently postdoc at Southern California Earthquake Center, University of Southern California
Sam Bydlon (2011-2017), PhD Geophysics, seismic scattering, earthquake source complexity, and strong ground motion
Brad Lipovsky (2011-2016), PhD Geophysics, glacial seismicity, resonant vibrations of fluid-filled cracks, currently postdoc at Harvard University
Bo Prochnow (2015-2016), MS Geophysics, numerical methods for axisymmetric wave propagation in volcanic conduits
Kenneth Duru (2012-2015), postdoc, numerical methods for 3D seismic wave propagation and earthquake rupture dynamics, currently postdoc at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Alex Kinsella (2013-2014), BS Physics, frequency-dependent radiation patterns from earthquakes on nonplanar faults, currently PhD student, University of California at Santa Barbara
Paul Summers (2013-2014), MS Geophysics, volcanic tremor, conduit flow, and repeating earthquakes, currently at DropBox
Leif Karlstrom (2012-2014), NSF Earth Sciences postdoc, wave propagation in magma columns accounting for gravity and time-dependent gas exsolution, currently Assistant Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Oregon
Daniel Trugman (2012-2013), BS Geophysics with Honors, pseudodynamic rupture generator, currently postdoc at Los Alamos National Laboratory
Brittany A. Erickson (2010-2012), NSF Earth Sciences postdoc, earthquake cycles in sedimentary basins, currently Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Portland State University
Zijun Fang (2010-2011), postdoc, fault roughness and crustal stress levels, currently Senior Geomechanicist, ConocoPhillips
Jeremy E. Kozdon (2009-2012), NSF CI TRaCS postdoc, numerical methods for earthquake rupture dynamics, subduction zone megathrust earthquakes, currently Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Mathematics, Naval Postgraduate School

Last updated: December 21, 2017