Meet BSL Postdocs


Kang Wang

Kang's research focuses on the deformation of the Earth's crust associated with earthquakes, faulting, magmatic sources and other manifestations of both tectonic and surface processes. He uses space geodetic techniques, such as Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), Satellite Radar Interferometry (InSAR), in combination with physics-based numerical models, to study how our solid Earth responds to various kinds of forces exerted both internally and externally.

Amy Williamson

Amy's research focuses on characterizing the seismic and tsunami hazard from offshore earthquakes. Her current work focuses on improving rapid offshore earthquake locations for use in ShakeAlert.

Yuankun Xu

Yuankun’s work focuses on landslides over the U.S. West Coast. He conducts research using InSAR, field instrumentation, and hydromechanical modeling to understand the physics of landslide processes.

Utpal Kumar

Utpal's work focuses on developing a 3D elastic model of the deep structure beneath the Yellowstone hotspot using an approach called "box tomography". His primary interests include computational seismology and geodesy, but he is also interested in geospatial big data, machine learning, and cloud computing analyses.

Heather Shaddox

Heather Shaddox is interested in using seismological methods to detect and study ubiquitous processes that are challenging to observe due to noise sources and other observational limitations. Her work focuses on using microseismicity to study detect aseismic slip transients and the seismic detection of oceanic internal gravity waves.

Chao Lyu

Chao is interested in probing the small-scale seismic structure in the deep earth based on the known 3D background model using the box tomography with the seismic waveforms. His work focuses on the hybrid numerical simulation of the solid-fluid-coupling by the spectral element method, in order to invert the ultra-low velocity zones above the core mantle boundary.

Yifang Cheng

Yifang’s research interests include utilizing and developing seismological analysis tools to investigate seismic source properties, analyze spatiotemporal variation of seismicity, and further understand the earthquake physics and crustal dynamics.

Li-Wei Chen

Li-Wei's research focuses on imaging Earth's internal structure and developing methodology for accelerating full-waveform tomography. He currently works on analysis of the low-frequency seismic signals using ocean-bottom distributed acoustic sensing (DAS). Also, he is interested in seismic anisotropy from near-surface to the bottom of Earth's lower mantle.