Robert C. Viesca
Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering
207 Anderson Hall
200 College Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
tel: +1 617 627 5165
fax: +1 617 627 3994
10-14 June '19: CISM summer school on fracture mechanics in earth sciences and engineering, Udine, Italy
Jean-Paul Ampuero, Frederic Cappa, Pierre Dublanchet, John D. Platt, Dmitry I. Garagash, Nicolas Brantut, Elizabeth L. Templeton-Barrett, James R. Rice
Postdoctoral scholars—or those soon to be one—with similar interests and in search of a postdoctoral position are encouraged to send an email.
Graduates interested to join the group in pursuit of a Ph.D. are also encouraged to send an email and apply to join the department's Geosystems graduate program. See here for information on the application process.
Support for Tufts undergraduates is available through the Tufts Summer Scholars program. Support for department undergraduates is available from the Cataldo Fellowship (competitive process announced Spring term).
Parker Aubin, Geotechnical Engineer, GEI Consultants, Chicago, IL, office. Formerly, M.S. Student, Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Pathikrit Bhattacharya (website), Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Earth, Ocean and Climate Sciences, IIT Bhubaneswar. Previously, Postdoctoral Scholar, Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Sohom Ray (website), Postdoctoral fellow, Dalhousie University. Formerly, Ph.D. Student, Civil and Environmental Engineering. B.S., Physics, University of Delhi; M. Tech., Applied Geophysics, IIT Roorkee; research interests include sliding friction, nonlinear instabilities, and relevance of both for earthquake nucleation.
Lichen Wang, Geotechnical Engineer, Kleinfelder, Boston, MA, office. Formerly, M.S. Student, Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Gordon Research Conference, Flow and Transport in Permeable Media, 19-24 Jul. '20: R. C. Viesca, title TBD
Visitor, Keisuke Ariyoshi, Research Scientist, JAMSTEC, 14 Nov. '19
Ph.D. dissertation defense, 8 Aug. '19: S. Ray, "Earthquake nucleation with heterogeneous physical properties"
Mardi Séisme Seminar, Laboratoire GéoAzur, 18 Jun. '19 : R. C. Viesca, "Scaling and self-similarity in models for quasi-static (slow) fault slip"
Laboratoire GéoAzur (hosts: Jean-Paul Ampuero and Frederic Cappa): R.C. Viesca, Chercheur Invité, 17 Jun. '19 - 12 Jul. '19.
CISM school, Coupled processes in fracture propagation in geomaterials: from hydraulic fractures to earthquakes, 10-14 Jun. '19 (course flyer)
Geodynamics Seminar, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, 8 Apr. '19: R.C. Viesca.
Geophysics Department Thompson Fellowship Seminar, Stanford University, 14 Mar. '19: S. Ray.
AGU Fall Meeting 2018, 10-14 Dec. '18: Ray, S., and R. C. Viesca, "Slip instability and aseismic slip under multiple length scales of frictional heterogeneity," Abstract T43B-08
AGU Fall Meeting 2018, 10-14 Dec. '18: R. C. Viesca, "State evolution laws and earthquake nucleation," Abstract S43C-0612
Ray, S., and R. C. Viesca, Homogenization of fault frictional properties, Geophysical Journal International, 219, 1203–1211, 2019. doi:10.1093/gji/ggz327 (pdf)
Viesca, R. C., and P. Dublanchet, The slow slip of viscous faults, Journal of Geophysical Research, 124, 4959–4983, 2019. doi:10.1029/2018JB016294 (pdf)
Bhattacharya, P., and R. C. Viesca, Fluid-induced aseismic fault slip outpaces pore-fluid migration, Science, 364(6439), 464–468, 2019. doi:10.1126/science.aaw7354. (article)
Viesca, R. C., and D. I. Garagash, Numerical methods for coupled fracture problems, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 113, 13–34, 2018. doi:10.1016/j.jmps.2018.01.008 (pdf)
Ray, S., and R. C. Viesca, Earthquake nucleation on faults with heterogeneous frictional properties, normal stress, Journal of Geophysical Research, 122, 8214–8240, 2017. doi:10.1002/2017JB014521 (pdf)
Brantut, N., and R. C. Viesca, The fracture energy of ruptures driven by flash heating, Geophysical Research Letters, 44, 6718–6725, 2017. doi:10.1002/2017GL074110 (pdf, suppl.)
Viesca, R. C., Self-similar slip instability on interfaces with rate- and state-dependent friction, Proceedings of the Royal Society A, 472(2192), 20160254, 2016. doi:10.1098/rspa.2016.0254 (pdf, suppl.)
Viesca, R. C., Stable and unstable development of an interfacial sliding instability, Physical Review E, 93(6), 060202(R), 2016. doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.93.060202 (pdf, suppl.)
Platt, J. D., R. C. Viesca, and D. I. Garagash, Steadily propagating slip pulses driven by thermal decomposition, Journal of Geophysical Research, 120, B12200, 2015. doi:10.1002/2015JB012200 (pdf)
Viesca, R. C., and D. I. Garagash, Ubiquitous weakening of faults due to thermal pressurization, Nature Geoscience, 8(11), 875–879, 2015. doi:10.1038/ngeo2554 (article, pdf, supp., addl. supp.)
Brantut, N., and R. C. Viesca, Earthquake nucleation in intact or healed rocks, Journal of Geophysical Research, 119, B11518, 2015. doi:10.1002/2014JB011518 (pdf)
Viesca, R. C., and J. R. Rice, Nucleation of slip-weakening rupture instability in landslides by localized increase of pore pressure, Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, B03104, 2012. doi:10.1029/2011JB008866 (pdf)
Viesca, R. C., The near and far of pore pressure during landslide and earthquake ruptures, Ph.D. thesis, Harvard University, August 2011. (pdf)
Viesca, R. C., and J. R. Rice, Elastic reciprocity and symmetry constraints on the stress field due to a surface-parallel distribution of dislocations, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 59, 2011, pp. 753–757. doi:10.1016/j.jmps.2011.01.011 (pdf)
Viesca, R. C., and J. R. Rice, Modeling slope instability as shear rupture propagation in a saturated porous medium, in Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences, 4th International Symposium, Austin, TX, 8–11 Nov. 2009., (eds. D.C. Mosher, R.C. Shipp, L. Moscardelli, J.D. Chaytor, C.D.P. Baxter, H. J. Lee, R. Urgeles), Springer, 2010, pp. 215–225. doi:10.1007/978-90-481-3071-9_18 (pdf) (presentation broadcast)
Viesca, R. C., E. L. Templeton, and J. R. Rice, Off-Fault Plasticity and Earthquake Rupture Dynamics, 2. Effects of Fluid Saturation, Journal of Geophysical Research, 113, B09307, 2008. doi:10.1029/2007JB005530 (pdf) (part 1: Templeton & Rice pdf)
(Last update: 4 November 2019)