Shuo Ma

Associate Professor

Department of Geological Sciences
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr.
San Diego, CA 92182-1020

Office: GMCS-233A
Phone: 619.594.3091
Fax: 619.594.4372
personal website

  • Ph.D. Geophysics, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2006
  • M.S. Engineering System, Colorado School of Mines, 2001
  • M.S. Earthquake Engineering, Tongji University, China, 1999
  • B.S. Geotechnical Engineering, Tongji University, China, 1996
  • Earthquake source physics
  • Crustal deformation
  • Tsunamis
  • Landslides
  • Computational mechanics
  • Seismic interferometry
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Seismological Society of America
  • Southern California Earthquake Center
  • Hirakawa, E., and S. Ma (2018), Undrained gouge plasticity stabilizes rupture dynamics of rough faults, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 108, 3160-3168, doi: 10.1785/0120180002. (pdf)
  • Harris, R. A., M. Barall, B. Aagaard, S. Ma, D. Roten, K. Olsen, B. Duan, D. Liu, B. Luo, K. Bai, J.-P. Ampuero, Y. Kaneko, A.-A. Gabriel, K. Duru, T. Ulrich, S. Wollherr, Z. Shi, E. Dunham, S. Bydlon, Z. Zhang, X. Chen, S. N. Somala, C. Peties, J. Tago, V. M. Cruz-Atienza, J. Kozdon, E. Daub, K. Aslam, Y. Kase, K. Withers, and L. Dalguer (2018), A suite of exercises for verifying dynamic earthquake rupture codes, Seismol. Res. Lett., 89, doi: 10.1785/0220170222. (pdf)
  • Hirakawa, E., and S. Ma (2016), Dynamic fault weakening and strengthening by gouge compaction and dilatancy in a fluid-saturated fault zone, J. Geophys. Res., 121, doi:10.1002/2015JB012509. (pdf)
  • Andrews, D. J., and S. Ma (2016), Validating a dynamic earthquake model to produce realistic ground motion, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 106, 665–672, doi: 10.1785/0120150251. (pdf)
  • Ma, S., and E. T. Hirakawa (2013), Dynamic wedge failure reveals anomalous energy radiation of shallow subduction earthquakes, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., in press. (pdf and movie in the electronic supplement)
  • Ma, S. (2012), A self-consistent mechanism for slow dynamic deformation and tsunami  generation for earthquakes in the shallow subduction zone, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L11310, doi:10.1029/2012GL051854. (pdf)
  • Ma, S., and G. C. Beroza (2012), Ambient-field Green’s functions from asynchronous seismic observations, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L06301, doi:10.1029/2011GL050755. (pdf)
  • Harris, R. A., M. Barall, D. J. Andrews, B. Duan, S. Ma, E. M. Dunham, A.-A. Gabriel, Y. Kaneko, Y. Kase, B. T. Aagaard, D. D. Oglesby, J.-P. Ampuero, T. C. Hanks, and N. Abrahamson (2011), Verifying a computational method for predicting extreme ground motion, Seismol. Res. Lett., 82, doi: 10.1785/gssrl.82.5.638. (pdf)
  • Aagaard, B. T., R. W. Graves, A. Rodgers, T. M. Brocher, R. W. Simpson, D. Dreger, N. A. Petersson, S. C. Larsen, S. Ma, and R. C. Jacherns (2010), Ground-motion modeling of Hayward fault scenario earthquakes, part II: Simulation of long-period and broadband ground motions, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 100, 2945-2977, doi: 10.1785/0120090379. (pdf)
  • Ma, S., and D. J. Andrews (2010), Inelastic off-fault response and three-dimensional earthquake rupture dynamics on a strike-slip fault, J. Geophys. Res., 115, B04304, doi:10.1029/2009JB006382. (pdf)
  • Ma, S. (2009), Distinct asymmetry in rupture-induced inelastic strain across dipping faults: An off-fault yielding model, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L20317, doi:10.1029/2009GL040666. (pdf)
  • Harris, R. A., M. Barall, R. J. Archuleta, E. M. Dunham, B. Aagaard, J. P. Ampuero, H. Bhat, V. Cruz-Atienza, L. Dalguer, P. Dawson, S. Day, B. Duan, G. Ely, Y. Kaneko, Y. Kase, N. Lapusta, Y. Liu, S. Ma, D. Oglesby, K. Olsen, A. Pitarka, S. Song, E. Templeton (2009), The SCEC/USGS dynamic earthquake-rupture code verification exercise, Seismol. Res. Lett, 80, 119 – 126, doi: 10.1785/gssrl.80.1.119. (pdf)
  • Ma, S. (2008), A physical model for widespread near-surface and fault zone damage induced by earthquakes, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 9, Q11009, doi:10.1029/2008GC002231. (pdf)
  • Ma, S., G. A. Prieto, and G. C. Beroza (2008), Testing community velocity models for southern California using the ambient seismic field, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 98, 2694 – 2714, doi: 10.1785/0120080947. (pdf)
  • Sleep, N. H., and S. Ma (2008), Production of brief extreme ground acceleration pulses by nonlinear mechanisms in the shallow subsurface, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 9, Q03008, doi:10.1029/2007GC001863. (pdf)
  • Ma, S. and G. C. Beroza (2008), Rupture dynamics on a bi-material interface for dipping faults, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 98, 1642 – 1658, doi: 10.1785/0120070201. (pdf)
  • Ma, S., S. Custódio, R. J. Archuleta, and P. Liu (2008), Dynamic modeling of the 2004 Mw 6.0 Parkfield, California, earthquake, J. Geophys. Res., 113, B02301, doi:10.1029/2007JB005216. (pdf)
  • O’Connell, D. R. H., S. Ma, and R. J. Archuleta (2007), Influence of dip and velocity heterogeneity on reverse- and normal-faulting rupture dynamics and near-fault ground motions, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 97, 1970–1989, doi: 10.1785/0120070042. (pdf)
  • Ma, S., R. J. Archuleta, and M. T. Page (2007), Effects of large-scale surface topography on ground motions, as demonstrated by a study of the San Gabriel Mountains, Los Angeles, California, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 97, 2066–2079, doi: 10.1785/0120070040. (pdf)
  • Ma, S., and P. Liu (2006), Modeling of the perfectly matched layer absorbing boundaries and intrinsic attenuation in explicit finite-element methods, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 96, 1779-1794, doi: 10.1785/0120050219. (pdf)
  • Ma, S., and R. J. Archuleta (2006), Radiated seismic energy based on dynamic rupture models of faulting, J. Geophys. Res., 111, B05315, doi:10.1029/2005JB004055. (pdf)
  • Ma, S., R. J. Archuleta, and P. Liu (2004), Hybrid modeling of elastic P-SV wave motion: A combined finite-element and staggered-grid finite-difference approach, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 94, 1557-1563. (pdf)
  • Zhang, R., S. Ma, and S. Hartzell (2003), Signatures of the seismic source in EMD based characterization of the 1994 Northridge, California, earthquake recordings, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 93, 501-518. (pdf)
  • Zhang, R., S. Ma, E. Safak, and S. Hartzell (2003), Hilbert-Huang transform analysis of dynamic and earthquake motion recordings, J. Engrg. Mech., 129, 861-875. (pdf)