Monica D. Kohler

Research Assistant Professor

Dept. of Mechanical and Civil Engineering
229 Thomas Bldg., M/C 104-44
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA 91125
Phone: (626) 395-4142


Harvard University, B.A., 1988
California Institute of Technology, Ph.D., 1995

Research Interests

My earthquake engineering research is focused on examining the wave propagation response of civil structures through numerical and observational experiments using earthquake and ambient vibration waveform data from dense sensor deployments. Projects related to this include

My observational seismology work has the objective of constructing a geophysical framework that describes the rheologial, dynamic, and kinematic environments that lead to initiation and evolution of young continental collisional and tranpressional plate boundaries. Projects motivated by this include:

Within both these disciplines, my studies have provided evidence for the types of failure and deformation mechanisms that can occur within the brittle-plastic spectrum of these systems, particularly within transition regions.