I conduct research in computational mathematics and physics, applied predominantly to problems in the natural sciences. Currently I develop high-performance methods for earthquake cycle simulations and volcanic eruptions. These projects are funded by the National Science Foundation and the Southern California Earthquake Center.

I co-lead the
SCEC-SEAS (Sequences of Earthquakes and Aseismic Slip) code-verification project.

I am looking to recruit driven and talented PhD, MS and undergraduate students interested in conducting research with me. Prospective students please contact me for more information.


Erickson, B. A., O'Reilly, O. and Nordström, J. (2019), Accuracy of stable, high-order finite difference methods for hyperbolic systems with non-smooth wave speeds, submitted to the
Journal of Scientific Computing, February. pdf.

Mckay, M. B., Erickson, B. A. and Kozdon, J. E. (2018), A computational method for earthquake cycles within anisotropic media, submitted to
Geophysical Journal International, December. pdf.

Hameed, A. W, Schumacher, T., Higgins, C. and Erickson B. A. (2018), Hydrodynamic Damping of a Highway Bridge Model under Varying Water Levels Estimated from Its Free Vibration Response, in revision at
Engineering Structures.

Erickson, B. A., Dunham, E. M. and Khosravifar, A. (2017), A finite difference method for off-fault plasticity throughout the earthquake cycle, 
Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 109, doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmps.2017.08.002. pdf.

Erickson, B. A. and Day, S. M. (2016), Bimaterial effects in an earthquake cycle model using rate-and-state friction, 
Journal of Geophysical Research, Solid Earth, 121, doi: 10.1002/2015JB012470. pdf.

Sleep, N. and Erickson, B. A. (2014), Nonlinear attenuation of S-waves and Love waves within ambient rock,
Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, doi:10.1002/2014GC005250.  Link to article.

Erickson, B. A. and Nordström, J. (2014), Stable, high order accurate adaptive schemes for long time, highly intermittent geophysics problems,
Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics, 271, 328--338. pdf.

Erickson, B. A. and Dunham, E. M. (2014), An efficient numerical method for earthquake cycles in heterogeneous media: Alternating sub-basin and surface-rupturing events on faults crossing a sedimentary basin, 
Journal of  Geophysical Research, doi:10.1002/2013JB010614. pdf.

Nordström, J., Abbas, Q., Erickson, B. A. and Frenander, H. (2013), A flexible boundary procedure for hyperbolic problems: multiple penalty terms applied in a domain,
Communications in Computational Physics, 16, 541--570.  Link to article.

Erickson, B. A., Birnir, B. and Lavallée, D. (2011), Periodicity, chaos and localization in a Burridge-Knopoff model of an earthquake with rate-and-state friction,
Geophysical Journal International, 187, 178--98. Link to article.

Erickson, B. A., Birnir, B. and Lavallée, D. (2008), A model for aperiodicity in earthquakes,
Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics, 15, 1--12, 2008. Link to article.