I’m a PhD candidate in the Geosciences Department at UMass Amherst working in the Geomechanics Research Group with Dr. Michele Cooke. In my research I use computer simulations of lab experiments to help deepen our understanding of how rocks break, with the larger goal of advancing our understanding of earthquake processes. I have also worked on crustal-scale models of the San Andreas fault, a geologic map of a quadrangle of Venus, and assorted work collecting and processing rock samples for paleomagnetic analysis. I am planning to defend my dissertation in Summer 2022.
I’m also passionate about science communication. I produced and hosted a podcast, Lab Talk with Laura, featuring interviews with scientists across disciplines and career stages with the help of local comics. I was a 2019 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Mass Media Fellow, doing science reporting at King 5 News in Seattle, WA. I also do freelance writing for Temblor Earthquake News.
Check out the work of the UMass Geomechanics Research Group.
Lab Talk with Laura
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Laura Fattaruso, MS
PhD Candidate – UMass Amherst Geosciences