MIT EAPS Directory

William Frank

Assistant Professor

Research Description

My research illuminates the physical mechanisms that control deformation within the Earth’s crust. Understanding the continuum of rupture modes and fault instability within the Earth, from shallow stick-slip earthquakes to deep slow transients, to still deeper steady creep, is key to improved estimates of earthquake hazard. My multidisciplinary approach combines seismological techniques with geodetic observations to yield knowledge about the evolution of faulting processes in time and space and how the solid Earth responds to tectonic, volcanic, and anthropogenic forcings.

Contact Information




Ph.D. Geophysics, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, 2014
M.Sc. Geophysics, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, 2011
B.Sc. Earth Systems Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2009

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