My name is Jean-Arthur Olive.
I am a CNRS Research Scientist at the Laboratoire de Géologie de l'Ecole Normale Supérieure.
Before that, I was a postdoc at LDEO / Columbia University, and a grad student at MIT / WHOI and ENS / IPGP.
My group’s research investigates the thermo-mechanical evolution of tectonic plate boundaries by means of computational and analytical modeling.
We are particularly interested in brittle deformation (faulting and fracturing) in the upper lithosphere, its manifestations over a range of temporal and spatial scales, and its interactions with processes such as erosion or hydrothermal circulation.
Rifts, mid-ocean ridges, and subduction zones are excellent playgrounds to infer Earth’s brittle properties from geological and geomorphological observations, and a healthy dose of modeling.