California Institute of Technology
Seismological Laboratory Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences

People

Stacy Larochelle

Stacy Larochelle

Grad Student in Geophysics

BEng 2016, Civil Engineering, McGill University, Montreal

California Institute of Technology
Seismological Laboratory
1200 E. California Blvd., MS 252-21
So. Mudd Building, Rm 360
Pasadena, CA 91125

Phone: (626) 395-6932
Fax: (626) 564-0715
Email: slaroche@gps.caltech.edu

Research

My research revolves around fluid-solid interactions in the context of earthquake physics and solid earth deformation. With Jean-Philippe Avouac, I am investigating deformation fields resulting from redistributions of continental water mass through geodetic and gravimetric measurements. Accurately quantifying this deformation is important to study the hydrology of a region, better detect important tectonic signals key to our understanding of the seismic cycle as well as to study the relationship between small periodic stresses and earthquake nucleation. With Nadia Lapusta, I study the physics of fluid-induced earthquakes through numerical simulations. I seek to shed light on the exact physical mechanisms at play in induced seismicity in hope of gaining new insight on the mechanics of natural earthquakes in which fluids are also thought to play an important role.