About Bruce Kadz
I have a broad research interest in several (and expanding) areas of geosciences and geophysics, including (i) constitutive laws for earthquake fault friction, fault zone processes, and the physics and the mathematical modelings of the seismic cycle, (ii) hillslope and landscape evolution, geohazards and their environmental implications, (iii) fluvial geomorphology and aeolian transport, and (iv) sedimentology. I am further excited about ways that geomorphic and seismic observations can complement each other, and help with a better understanding of Earth-surface and subsurface processes in isolation and in coupling. I am also interested in broad engineering applications and implications of these research areas including implementation of the latest scientific discoveries in hazard assessment and mitigation methods. The unifying concept of my research and scientific interests however lies in soft condensed matter physics and the statistical physics of particles and fields. I search for laws (preferrably universal but they could be also non-universal) that can describe spatiotemporal evolution of different sections (and cross-sections) of the Earth and other planets across the scales of time (sub-second to million years) and space (asperities and grains to geo/log/phy/ical scales). For my works, I often use a combination of laboratory-scale experiments, numerical (Discrete Element Method and Molecular Dynamics) simulations, and analytical (sometimes continuum) modeling, with continuous inspiration and insight from direct (by myself) and indirect (previously published, collected, documented) field observations.