Eric Calais


"The beginning of all sciences is the astonishment that things are what they are" (Aristotle)


Stages de recherche / research internships for 2019.

September 5, 2018: publication of "The April 2017 Mw6.5 Botswana Earthquake: An Intraplate Event Triggered by Deep Fluids” by Gardonio, Jolivet, Calais, and Leclère in Geophys. Res. Letters.

June 25-26, 2018: international conference “50 Years of Plate Tectonics — Then, Now, and Beyond”, Collège de France, Paris.

June 6, 2018: publication of “The Role of Plume-Lithosphere Interactions in along-axis Variations in Rift Width in East Africa” by Koptev, A., E. Calais, E. Burov, S. Leroy, and T. Gerya in Geophys. Res. Letters.

June 5, 2018: Juan Blas, PhD student at the University of Copenhagen with Pr. G. Iaffaldano, visits our research group for 3 months.

Mai 29, 2018: The big day: réception sous la coupole… le discours, a few pictures.

April 12, 2018: “Scrutinizing the Earth at the millimeter level”, a broad audience article in L’Humanité Dimanche (in French).

April 2018: Amina Bougrine (PhD student from Algeria) and Erdenezul Dansanzan (PhD student from Mongolia) are back to ENS for more GPS data analysis and deformation modeling!

March 16, 2018: conference at my alma mater, Lycée Chateaubriand, to the “éleves des classes préparatoires BCPST”. It was great going back!

March 9, 2018: publication of "Non-uniform splitting of a single mantle plume by double cratonic roots: Insight into the origin of the central and southern East African Rift System”, by A. Koptev, Burov E., Gerya T., Le Pourhiet L., Leroy S., Calais E., and Jolivet L. in Terra Nova.

February 23, 2018: Damian Walwer successfully defends his PhD. Congratulations Damian!

February 2018: First GPS campaign in Cuba with the Centro Nacional de Investigationes SeismologicasA success!

February 1, 2018: Louise Cordier starts a research internship on “Tsunamis and earthquake sources in the northeastern Caribbean”.

February 12, 2018: publication of Constraints on transient viscoelastic rheology of the asthenosphere from seasonal deformation, by K. Chanard, L. Fleitout, E. Calais in Geophys. Res. Letters.

December 16, 2017: open access publication of "Hydrologically-driven crustal stresses and seismicity in the New Madrid Seismic Zone”, by T. Craig, K. Chanard, and E. Calais, in Nature Communications.

Dcember 5, 2017: election to the French National Academy of Sciences.

November 15, 2017: Lavinia Tunini joins the group as a postdoctoral researcher to work on intraplate deformation.

September 29, 2017: publication of "Simulation of broad-band strong ground motion for a hypothetical Mw 7.1 earthquake on the Enriquillo Fault in Haiti” by R. Douilly, G. Mavroeidis, and E. Calais in Geophysical Journal International.

September 5, 2017: Henri Leclère joins the group as a postdoctoral researcher to work on the mechanics of large earthquakes in stable continental regions.

July 01 to 15, 2017: GPS measurement campaign in the Natron Rift, northern Tanzania. Check-out some field pictures!

July 10, 2017: publication of an interview on the role scientists can play in earthquake risk reductions in Books and Ideas.

May 26, 2017: former PhD student Roby Douilly now assistant professor at University of California, Riverside, congratulations Roby!

April 18, 2017: Adrien Poupardin, postdoctoral fellow in the group, obtains an Assistant Professor position at ENSTP — congratulations Adrien!

March 31, 2017: Thibault Fradet joins the groups as a postdoctoral fellow (CEA/DASE fellowship). He will work on the historical record of tsunamis in France and the Caribbean. 

March 6, 2017: Manon Dalaison, M1 reseach intern (ENS), joins the group to work on the mechanisms of present-day extension in the Natron basin, East African Rift.

March 15, 2017: publication (in French) of “Science et conscience dans la post-urgence du séisme d’Haiti”, L’Harmattan eds.

January 23, 2017: postdoctoral fellow Adrien Poupardin is back! He will work on tsunami simulations in the northern Caribbean.

January 12, 2017: Erdenezul Danzansan, researcher from the Mongolian Research Center for Astronomy and Geophysics (RCAG), joins the group for a two-month visit.

January 12, 2017: Amina Bougrine, researcher from the Research Center for Astronomy and Geophysics (Algeria), joins the group for a three-month visit.

October 6, 2016: publication of "Reconciling geodetic and geologic estimates of recent plate motion across the Southwest Indian Ridge”, by DeMets, Calais and Merkouriev, Geophys. J. Int.

September 15, 2016: on-line publication of "A New Paradigm for Large Earthquakes in Stable Continental Plate Interiors", by Calais, Camelbeeck, Stein, Liu, and Craig, Geophys. Res. Letters Frontier Paper.

June 20, 2016: publication of "Evidence for the release of long-term tectonic strain stored in continental interiors through intraplate earthquakes”, by Craig et al., Geophys. Res. Letters.

June 6, 2016: former PhD student Kristel Chanard now researcher at the French Geodetic Institute (IGN/LAREG) — congratulations Kristel!

May 23, 2016: former PhD student Steeve Symithe now lecturer at the Haiti State University — congratulations Steeve!

May 17, 2016: Nelly Konan (ENSG student) starts a research internship on “Tsunamis and earthquake sources in the northeastern Caribbean”.

May 2, 2016: publication of "Present-day shortening in Southern Haiti from GPS measurements and implications for seismic hazard”, by Symithe and Calais, Tectonophysics.

April 18, 2016: graduate student Steeve Symithe successfully defends his PhD, congratulations Steeve!

April 2016: publication of “Science and Society in the Aftermath of the 12 January 2010 Haiti Earthquake” (in French).

March 1, 2016: graduate student Paoline Prevost joins the research group. Welcome Paoline!

February 22, 2016: online publication of "Data-Adaptive Detection of Transient Deformation in Geodetic Networks", by Walwer, Calais, and Ghil, Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth. 

January 27, 2016: publication of "Plate Boundary Segmentation in the Northeastern Caribbean from Geodetic Measurements and Neogene Geological Observations", by Calais et al., CR Geosciences.

December 17, 2015: publication of "Understanding the process of oceanic crust formation and the role of melt at the Southern Red Sea Rift in Afar, using a high precision gravity survey”, by Lewi et al., Geological Society, London, Special Publications.

October 21, 2015: graduate student Kristel Chanard successfully defends her PhD thesis on the topic “Seasonal deformation of the Earth caused by hydrological variations, impact on seismicity”. Congratulations!

October 2015: publication of "Tsunami Scenarios and Hazard Assessment along the Northern Coast of Haiti”, by Gailler et al., Geophysical Journal International.

October 2015: postdoctoral researcher Tim Craig leaves the group and moves on to a new position at Univ. of Leeds — congrats and all the best Tim!

October 2015: graduate student Elisabeth Woisetschlager joins the research group to work on “Response of the Earth to Seasonal Loads”.

September — December 2015: Erdenezul Danzansan, researcher from the Mongolian Research Center for Astronomy and Geophysics (RCAG), joins the group for a three-month visit.

June 2015: publication of "Increasing seismicity in the U. S. midcontinent: Implications for earthquake hazard”, by Ellsworth et al., The Leading Edge.

May 2015: former PhD student Sarah D. Stamps now assistant professor at Virginia Tech — congratulations Sarah!

May-July 2015: graduate student Steeve Symithe spends a three-month visit at ENS to complete his PhD work on Caribbean geodesy and tectonics.

April 6, 2015: online publication of “Dual continental rift systems generated by plume–lithosphere interaction”, by A. Koptev, Calais, E., Burov, E., Leroy, S., and Gerya, T., in Nature Geoscience.

March 15, 2015: publication of "Upper mantle temperature and the onset of extension and break-up in Afar, Africa”, by J. Armitage, D.J. Ferguson, S. Goes, J.O.S. Hammond, E. Calais, C. Rychert, and N. Harmon in Earth and Planetary Science Letters.

March 24, 2015: online publication of "Current Block Motions and Strain Accumulation on Active Faults in the Caribbean”, by S. Symithe, E. Calais, J.B. de Chabalier, R. Robertson, and M. Higgins in the Journal of Geophysical Research Solid Earth.

January 28, 2015: online publication of "3D Dynamic Rupture Simulations Across Interacting Faults: The Mw7. 0, 2010, Haiti Earthquake”, by R. Douilly, H. Aochi, E. Calais in the Journal of Geophysical Research Solid Earth.

December 28, 2014: online publication of "Role of Mantle Flow in Nubia-Somalia Plate Divergence” by D.S. Stamps, G. Iaffaldano, and E. Calais in Geophysical Research Letters.

October 30, 2014: online publication of "Strain accumulation in the New Madrid and Wabash Valley Seismic Zones from 14 years of continuous GPS observation” by T.J. Craig and E. Calais in the Journal of Geophysical Research Solid Earth.

October 30, 2014: online publication of "Current plate boundary deformation of the Afar rift from a 3D velocity field inversion of InSAR and GPS” by C. Pagli, H. Wang, T. J. Wright, E. Calais and E. Lewi in the Journal of Geophysical Research Solid Earth.

October 6, 2014: postdoctoral fellow Adrien Poupardin joins the group to work on tsunami simulations in the northern Caribbean.

October 1, 2014: graduate student Damian Walwer joins the research group to work on "Adaptative Detection of Transient Deformation in GNSS Networks”.

September 10, 2014: postdoctoral fellow Tim Craig signs up for another year in the research group!

June 24, 2014: MS students Damian Walwer (“Transient deformation in GPS time series") and Clément Roy (“Tsunamis in northern Haiti") successfully defend their research projects.

May 22, 2014: Graduate students Roby Douilly and Steeve Symithe obtain a COCONet fellowship to complete their PhD — congratulations!

May 20, 2014: online publication of "Current kinematics and dynamics of Africa and the East African Rift System", by D. S. Stamps, L. M. Flesh, E. Calais, and A. Ghosh in the Journal of Geophysical Research.

April 30, 2014: "Precise to a fault: How GPS revolutionized seismic research”, Earth Magazine, featuring research from our group.

April 29, 2014: Tim Craig (postdoc) presents his work at the 2014 European Geophysical Union meeting.

April 7, 2014: online publication of “Present-day kinematics of the East African Rift, E. Saria, E. Calais. D.S. Stamps, D. Delvaux, and J.H. Hartnady” in the Journal of Geophysical Research.

March-April 2014: Steeve Symithe and Roby Douilly, PhD students at Purdue University, spend a two-month visit at ENS. Both are working on Caribbean tectonics and seismology.

February 13, 2014: Conference at the British Royal Astronomical Society on “Seismic risk reduction in the aftermath of the Haiti, 2010, earthquake”, as part of the BGA New Advances in Geophysics Meeting.

January 2014: Damian Walver (M2 student) starts a research internship on “Detecting transient deformation in geodetic time series”.

January 2014: Clément Roy (M2 student) starts a research internship on “Tsunamis and earthquake sources in the northeastern Caribbean”.

January 31, 2014: Conference at Oxford, Department of Earth Sciences, on “From science to action: What are we not doing right about earthquakes? Thoughts from the January 2010 Haiti disaster”.

November 2013: Dr. Elifuraha Saria (Professor at Ardhi University, Tanzania, PhD Purdue University, USA) is visiting for a month.

October 2013: Dr. Tim Craig (PhD Cambridge University, U.K.), joins the research group as a postdoctoral researcher to work on intraplate earthquakes and deformation.

October 2013: Internship M2 "Tsunamis and earthquake sources in the northeastern Caribbean"

October 2013: Internship M2 "Transient deformations"/stage M2 "Déformations transitoires"

October 1, 2013: Conférence "Risque sismique et enjeux sociétaux", cycle "Risques environnementaux" (2013-2014)

My Haiti stint — more to come, perhaps.

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