I am currently an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow with the UC Santa Cruz Seismological Laboratory. I received my PhD working with the California Institute of Technology Seismological Laboratory and Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering. My research focuses on investigating the nature of fracture and frictional sliding, both in terms of developing theoretical and laboratory-based descriptions of failure processes as well as their implications for natural phenomena, such as earthquakes and landslides. My work aims to develop and utilize computational methods to study the behavior of such systems, bridge insight between the scales spanning laboratory and geophysical field measurements, and examine how remote real-world observables can be used to constrain the physics governing failure processes in nature.

I also co-lead the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) Sequences of Earthquakes and Aseismic Slip (SEAS) code-verification project. Read more

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Earth and Planetary Sciences
University of California, Santa Cruz
Earth and Marine Sciences Bldg., C360
Email: valerelambert (at) ucsc (dot) edu
2021: Ph.D. Geophysics, minor in Mechanical Engineering,
                    California Institute of Technology
2017: M.Sc. Geophysics, California Institute of Technology
2014: B.Sc. Physics with Honors, California Institute of Technology

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