Mechanics and physics of earthquakes; fault friction; ice stream dynamics; iceberg calving
B.A., Mathematics, University of Oxford, 2008
M.Sc., Mathematical Modeling and Scientific Computing, University of Oxford, 2009
S.M., Applied Mathematics, Harvard University, 2011
Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, Harvard University, 2014
John Platt received his Ph.D. in applied mathematics at Harvard University under the guidance of Jim Rice. His thesis research was on the dynamics and materials physics of fault rupture and glacial processes.
Platt's research combines aspects of mechanics, materials science and applied maths to study the deformation and failure of earth materials. Specific research interests include the mechanics and physics of earthquakes, fault friction, induced seismicity, ice stream dynamics, and iceberg calving. He is currently modeling fault friction at seismic slip rates, nucleation of deep earthquakes, the transition from coseismic to postseismic deformation, subglacial hydrology, and iceberg calving.