Our team investigates geotechnical aspects of earthquake engineering, from the assessment of seismic hazards, to the prediction of the response of soils and foundation systems to seismic loading. We focus on the dynamic behavior of soils and rocks under cyclic loading, the effects of local soil conditions on ground shaking, and the relationship between ground motion characteristics and the performance of civil infrastructure during earthquakes.

The overarching goal of our research is to advance the assessment of multi-hazard resilient soil-foundation-structural systems. In pursuit of that goal, my team and I examine very large global ground motion databases, develop analytical and numerical models for seismic wave propagation near the surface, and develop probabilistic frameworks to assess the variability and uncertainty associated with various geotechnical and geological hazards at multiple scales.