In my Ph.D. studies at New
Mexico State University
I worked on lithospheric and upper
mantle deformation as derived from the observations of seismic anisotropy;
specifically shear wave splitting. I have made observations of shear-wave
splitting in variety of diverse tectonic environments including the
Rio Grande Rift, Pakistan Himalayas, Tibet,
and most recently in eastern Turkey
and other portions of the Middle East.
Shear-wave splitting is a very
exciting tool since it has the potential for giving us seismologists
some insight into the nature of deformation ongoing in the mantle
My current research on shear-wave
splitting is very interesting given the results that I and others have
obtain when analyzing seismic polarization anisotropy in Tibet.
We have found a very consistent pattern of shear-wave splitting in Eastern
Turkey that identification of seismic events in the region.
This research is very important in determining how the international
community will monitor a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Please see our
web site for more information on my GIS work: http://atlas.geo.cornell.edu/turkey/turkey.html
More recently, I have been helped
develop an experiment in Eastern Turkey which
will help us understand the early stages of Continent-Continent Collision.
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