Category: Christine Regalla

Christine Regalla publishes on overriding plates in northwestern U.S. subduction zone

January 16th, 2019 in 2018, Christine Regalla, Dec-18, Faculty, Pub-18, Publications

Assistant Professor Christine Regalla has published “Ongoing oroclinal bending in the Cascadia forearc and its relation to concave-outboard plate margin geometry” in Geology. In the article, Dr. Regalla and her colleagues present GPS and geologic data that show the overriding plate of the Cascadia subduction zone in Oregon, Washington and southwestern British Columbia have been actively deforming and forming a map-view bend of the coastal region in real time. Click to read the full article.

BU earthquake science well represented at AGU

December 11th, 2018 in 2018, Christine Regalla, Dec-18, Events, Faculty, Graduate students, Meeting, News, Presentations, Rachel Abercrombie

Research Assistant Professor Rachel Abercrombie, and Assistant Professor Christine Regalla, and PhD student Emily Schottenfels are attending this month’s Fall AGU Meeting to present their work, interact with their colleagues and catch up with the latest research in Geophysics.

Together they are co-authors on 10 presentations, working with colleagues and students from a variety of American and international institutions. Rachel’s work focuses on earthquake source parameters of events in a variety of tectonic conditions, including the San Andreas fault in California, induced seismicity in Oklahoma, and oceanic transform faults. Christine’s group is working on finding active faults in Cascadia and imaging the subduction zone in the region of the 2011 M9 destructive Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

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Christine Regalla co-authors paper on earthquake surface rupture in Geophysical Research Letters

November 14th, 2018 in 2018, Christine Regalla, Faculty, News, Nov-18, Pub-18, Publications

Assistant Professor Christine Regalla and her colleagues have published “Holocene Surface Rupture History of an Active Forearc Fault Redefines Seismic Hazard in Southwestern British Columbia, Canada” in Geophysical Research Letters. This paper documents the first detailed history of earthquake surface rupture for an onland fault within the Cascadia subduction zone of British Columbia, Canada. These data provide new constraints on the fault’s behavior that should be incorporated into new seismic hazard assessments and building code practices relevant to urban centers in southwestern British Columbia (Canada) and northwestern Washington State (United States).

E&E minor Katie Camero writes on diamonds for the Globe

August 6th, 2018 in 2018, Aug-18, Christine Regalla, Faculty, Pub-18, Publications, Undergraduate

Katie Camero, a Journalism major and Earth & Environmental Science minor, recently penned “More than a quadrillion tons of diamonds are under your feet, new study proposes” in the Boston Globe. Camero writes of MIT’s new study finding that the diamonds, 100 miles below ground and detected by seismic activity, are more common that conventionally thought. Camero noted her recent coursework with Christine Regalla in ES 107 Introduction to Climate & Earth System Science bolstered her reporting.

Assistant Professor Christine Regalla reports on earthquake and tsunami hazards in Japan

July 31st, 2018 in 2018, Christine Regalla, Faculty, Jul-2018, News, Pub-18, Publications

Assistant Professor Christine Regalla has penned “At-Sea Workshop Advances Subduction Zone Research” in EOS. The report highlights the research and training opportunities afforded by Dr. Regalla’s IODP (International Ocean Discovery Program) workshop at sea. She spent January of 2017 aboard the Chikyu ocean drilling vessel, where she and her team used ocean sediment cores and geophysical data to address research questions concerning earthquake and tsunami hazards in Japan.

Assistant professor Christine Regalla wins NSF grant for tectonic research in Northwest

April 9th, 2018 in 2018, Apr-18, Awards, Christine Regalla, Faculty

Assistant professor Christine Regalla has been awarded nearly $350,000 to research the tectonics of the northwestern United States and southwestern Canada. Regalla is joined in the project, “Collaborative Research: Permanent forearc strain partitioning in Northern Cascadia,” by Kristin D. Morell of UC – Santa Barbara. The National Science Foundation award begins this week and continues through March 2021.  Regalla and Morell write, “This work will provide the first constraints on the seismic hazard posed by crustal faults in populated areas of southern British Columbia and will train undergraduate and graduate students in the identification and characterization of active shallow faults.”

Professors Regalla and Thompson’s ES 107 Climate & Earth Systems Science highlighted in BU Today

March 14th, 2018 in 2018, Christine Regalla, Diane Thompson, Faculty, Interviews, Mar-18, News

ES Climate & Earth Systems Science, the Department of Earth & Environment’s introductory-level course taught by assistant professors Christine Regalla and Diane Thompson, was recently highlighted by BU Today. The article describes how courses have been adapted for the BU Hub, the new general education curriculum debuting this fall.

“Interactions and feedbacks of the solid earth, atmosphere, oceans, and biosphere” drive effects on everyday living, Regalla says, including “weather patterns and storms; hazards like flooding, landslides, earthquakes, and volcanoes, erosion, and changes to beaches and coastal areas; and the presence of natural resources.…Understanding how earth’s climate evolves in response to natural and man-made processes requires an understanding of these earth system processes” over decades, and millions of years. Click here to read the full article.

Assistant Professor Christine Regalla and colleagues publish in Tectonics

December 19th, 2017 in 2017, Christine Regalla, Dec-17, Faculty, News, Pub-17, Publications

Assistant Professor Christine Regalla and colleagues have published “Slip Inversion Along Inner Fore-Arc Faults, Eastern Tohoku, Japan” in the journal Tectonics. This work highlights the potential for reversals in forearc fault slip sense not only over the million-year time frame in response to changing tectonic boundary conditions, but also over decadal time scales in response to changes in stress state following large-magnitude subduction earthquakes.

Christine Regalla co-authors paper featured in GSA Today

February 28th, 2017 in 2017, Christine Regalla, Faculty, Feb-17, News, Pub-17, Publications

Assistant Professor Christine Regalla and colleagues from the University of Victoria and Western Washington University have published a paper entitled “Quaternary rupture of a crustal fault beneath Victoria, British Columbia, Canada,” featured on the cover of GSA Today. The article highlights geomorphic and geologic evidence for multiple paleo earthquakes in the past 15,000 yrs along the Leech River fault. The fault passes near population centers and infrastructure near Victoria, the capital of British Columbia.

Christine Regalla wins Doris M. Curtis Outstanding Woman in Science Award

July 6th, 2016 in 2016, Awards, Christine Regalla, Faculty, Jul-16

Christine Regalla

Christine Regalla

Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Christine Regalla has been awarded the Geological Society of America’s 2016 Doris M. Curtis Outstanding Woman in Science Award.

From the Geological Society of America: “Christine A. Regalla, Boston University, is recognized for the impact of her Ph.D. research in the geosciences. Regalla’s innovative and comprehensive analysis of upper plate deformation, forearc subsidence, and plate kinematics in northeastern Japan challenges the current paradigm for ‘tectonic erosion’ along convergent margins” (source).

The Doris M. Curtis Award “is made to a woman who has impacted the field of the geosciences in a major way.” Curtis served as GSA’s 103rd and first female President (source).

To learn more about Assistant Professor Regalla’s work, check out her profile page.