Dan O’Hara, a double major in Geoscience and Computer Science, presented a talk at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union on research he’s conducting with Professor Jon Lewis on offshore earthquakes. The meeting was held in San Francisco in December 2011.
O’Hara’s research reveals that the sea floor southeast of Taiwan is broken into a long sliver that has been moving to the south. The sliver is bound by large active fault zones, and O’Hara’s work suggests that one is connected to a major fault zone that traverses over 150 kilometers of the east coast pf Taiwan.
The results also appear to further our understanding of why the landscape of eastern Taiwan is dominated by extraordinarily linear topographic features.
It’s rare for an undergraduate student to present at such a prestigious meeting, and O’Hara’s work was well received by scientists working on similar questions.
O’Hara’s travel was supported by awards from AGU and the dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Geoscience Department, and McNair Scholars Program at IUP. His research is expected to be published in the coming year.