Tectonophysics

Tectonophysics studies the physical processes that underlie plate tectonics, including how the creeping flow in the convective mantle connects to the lithospheric deformation that is expressed geologically in processes such as plate boundary faulting and mountain building. Specific research projects at USC include: 1) studies of the dynamics of mobile belts, such as the Mediterranean; 2) constraining the force transmission and evolution of subduction systems, including the Caribbean, Japan, and the Aegean; and 3) the long-term dynamics and kinematics of a continental transform, such as the North Anatolian transform and the San Andreas system in the western United States.


  • Zumberge Hall of Science (ZHS)
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0740
  • Phone: (213) 740-6106
  • Email: earthsci@usc.edu