Paul Martin Mai

Professor, Earth Science and Engineering
Associate Dean Students, Physical Science and Engineering

Physical Science and Engineering Division

Computational Earthquake Seismology (CES) research group


Education Profile

  • ​​​​​Ph.D. Stanford University, USA, 2001
  • M.S. University of Karlsruhe, Germany,1995
  • B.S. University of Karlsruhe, Germany,1991

Research Interests

Professor Mai's research interests include the physics of earthquakes and the resulting complexity of earthquake phenomena, as seen, for instance, through earthquake-source imaging and dynamic rupture modeling. Mai's work extends to strong ground motion properties and near-source broadband wavefield simulations that include seismic wave scattering in heterogeneous media.

He is also interested in earthquake engineering and seismic hazard analysis, and the application of innovative seismology tools in these fields. In this context, his work spans from fundamental earthquake physics to applied earthquake engineering.

Selected Publications

  • ​Mai, P.M.,and K.K.S Thingbaijam (2014). SRCMOD: An online database of finite-fault rupture model, Seis. Res. Lett., Nov/Dec 2014
  • Tappin, D.R., S.T. Grilli, J. C. Harris, R. J. Geller, T. Masterlark, J. T. Kirby, F. Shi, G. Ma, K.K.S. Thingbaijam, and P.M. Mai (2014). Did a submarine landslide contribute to the 2011 Tohoku tsunami?, Marine Geology, 10.1016/j.margeo.2014.09.043
  • van Dinther, Y., T.V. Gerya, L.A. Dalguer, P.M.Mai, G. Morra, and D. Giardini (2013). The seismic cycle at subduction thrusts: insights from seismo-thermo-mechanical models, J. Geophys. Res., Vol. 118, 6183–6202, doi:10.1002/2013JB010380
  • Imperatori, W., and P.M. Mai (2013). Broadband near-field ground-motion simulations in 3-dimensional scattering media, Geophys. J. Int., 192, 725-744.
  • Mai, P.M., and G.C. Beroza. "A spatial random-field model to characterize complexity in earthquake slip", J. Geophys. Res., Vol. 107 (B11), 2308, doi:10.1029/2001JB000588, 2002.
  • Mai, P.M., P. Spudich, and J. Boatwright. "Hypocenter locations in finite-source rupture models", Bull. Seis. Soc. Am., Vol 95 (3), 965-980, 2005.
  • Monelli, D., and P.M. Mai. "Bayesian inference of kinematic earthquake rupture parameters through fitting of strong motion data", Geophys. J. Int., 173, 220-232, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2008.03733.x, 2008.
  • Ripperger, J., P.M. Mai, and J. P. Ampuero. "Variability of near-field ground-motion from dynamic earthquake rupture simulation". Bull. Seis. Soc. Am., Vol. 98 (3), 1207-1228, 2008.
  • Mai, P.M. "Ground Motion: Complexity and Scaling in the near field of earthquake ruptures", in Encyclopedia of Complexity and Systems Science, Springer, pp 4435-4474, 2009.
  • Mai, P.M., W. Imperatori, K.B. Olsen. Hybrid Broadband Ground-Motion Simulations: Combining Long-Period Deterministic Synthetics with High-Frequency Multiple S-to-S Backscattering, Bull. Seis. Soc. Am., Vol. 100, No. 5A, pp. 2124–2142, October 2010, doi: 10.1785/0120080194
  • Gabriel, A.A., J.-P. Ampuero, L.A. Dalguer, and P.M.Mai. The Transition of Dynamic Rupture Modes in Elastic Media, J. Geophys. Res., Vol. 117, B09311, doi:10.1029/2012JB009468, 2012.