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Niloufar Abolfathian
NASA Postdoctoral Scholar

Niloufar Abolfathian is interested in combining theoretical, observational, and computational methods to come up with a better understanding of earthquake physics, fault mechanics, and further earthquake likelihood and seismic hazard analysis. She studies the state of the stress and strain in fault zone area, and the associated earthquake fault processes and crustal deformations.


Education
  • B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, 2011
  • M.Sc. in Geophysics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich, 2014
  • Ph.D. in Geophysics, University of Southern California, 2020

    Research Interests
    • Earthquake physics and fault mechanics
    • Earthquake fault processes and associated crustal deformations
    • Stress and strain variations near fault zone area
    • Long-term earthquake forecasting and earthquake risk assessment

    Projects

    NASA-ISRO SAR Mission (NISAR) Icon NASA-ISRO SAR Mission (NISAR)
    NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar, or NISAR, is a satellite radar mission run jointly by NASA and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) that will survey Earth’s changing ecosystems, dynamic surface, and ice masses.

    ARIA Icon ARIA
    ARIA is a collaborative project between JPL and Caltech to develop data systems and data products based on radar, GPS, and seismic observations for hazard science and response.

    UAVSAR Icon UAVSAR
    UAVSAR, is a reconfigurable, polarimetric L-band synthetic aperture radar (SAR), is specifically designed to acquire airborne repeat track SAR data for differential interferometric measurements.


    Professional Experience
    • Postdoctoral Fellow, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2020-present)
    • Graduate Research Assistant, University of Southern California (2014-2020)
    • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Southern California (2014-2020)

    Selected Awards
    • NASA Postdoc Program (NPP) Fellowship Award, 2020
    • USC Dornsife Merit Fellowship, 2018
    • Seismological Society of America Student Presentation Award, 2017
    • Outstanding Teacher Assistant, University of Southern California, 2015

    Selected Publications
    1. Abolfathian, N., Martínez‐Garzón, P., & Ben‐Zion, Y. (2020). Variations of stress parameters in the Southern California plate boundary around the South Central Transverse Ranges. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, e2020JB019482. doi: 10.1029/2020JB019482
    2. Abolfathian, N., Martínez-Garzón, P., & Ben-Zion, Y. (2019). Spatiotemporal variations of stress and strain parameters in the San Jacinto fault zone. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 176(3), 1145-1168. doi: 10.1007/s00024-018-2055-y
    3. Martínez‐Garzón, P., Ben‐Zion, Y., Abolfathian, N., Kwiatek, G., & Bohnhoff, M. (2016). A refined methodology for stress inversions of earthquake focal mechanisms. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 121(12), 8666-8687. doi:10.1002/2016jb013493

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