Bio


Before joining Stanford in January 2014, I held a position as Lecturer in Applied Mathematics and as a Ziff Environmental Fellow at Harvard. I hold a PhD in Geophysics from MIT and a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to joining graduate school, I worked as a scientific consultant for different international organizations aiming to reduce the impact of natural and environmental disasters in vulnerable communities.

The goal of my research is to advance our basic understanding and predictive capabilities of complex multi-phase flows that are fundamental to Earth science. I pursue this goal by developing original computational methods customized for the problem at hand. The phenomena I explore range from the microscopic to the planetary scale and space a wide variety of geophysics systems such as volcanoes, glaciers, and magma oceans.

I have taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in scientific, planetary evolution, and natural disasters. Since arriving at Stanford in January 2014, I have co-taught GES 118, Understanding Natural Hazards, Quantifying Risk, Increasing Resilience in Highly Urbanized Regions.

Academic Appointments


  • Assistant Professor, Geophysics

Administrative Appointments


  • Research Fellow, Seismic Hazards, GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ), Potsdam, Germany (2003 - 2004)
  • Research Fellow, Seismic Hazards, Institute de Recherche pour le Developpement (IRD), Nice, France (2003 - 2003)
  • Scientific Consultant, Communities at Risk Program, South Paci c Applied Geoscience Commission, Suva, Fiji Islands (2003 - 2003)
  • Research Assistant, GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ), Potsdam, Germany, (2002 - 2002)
  • Freelancer, German National Commission for UNESCO, Berlin, Germany (2001 - 2002)
  • Consultant, South African National Commission for UNESCO, Pretoria, South Africa (2000 - 2000)

Honors & Awards


  • Miller Research Fellowship (declined), University of California, Berkeley (2010)
  • Ziff Environmental Fellow, Harvard Center for the Environment (2010)
  • Graduate Student Research Grant, Geological Society of America (2009)
  • Outstanding Student Paper Award, American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting (2008)
  • Graduate Student Research Grant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2007 and 2009)
  • Presidential Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2006-2007)
  • McCloy Scholar (comparable to the Rhodes Scholarship. Granted nationwide to six students per year.), German National Merit Foundation (2004-2005)
  • Scholarship, Robert Bosch and German National Merit Foundation (2002-2003)
  • Scholarship, German National Merit Foundation (1997-2002)

Professional Education


  • Ph.D, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Geophysics (2011)
  • MPA, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Master of Public Administration (2006)
  • M.Sc., Free University Berlin, Germany, Physics (with Distinction) (2002)

2014-15 Courses


Postdoctoral Advisees


All Publications


  • Deformation-induced melting in the margins of the West Antarctic ice streams JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-EARTH SURFACE Suckale, J., Platt, J. D., Perol, T., Rice, J. R. 2014; 119 (5): 1004-1025
  • Deformation-induced melting in the margin of Whillans ice stream (B2), Siple Coast, Antarctica, and implications for ice-stream dynamics Journal of Geophysical Research Suckale, J., Platt, J., Rice, J. R. 2014; 119
  • Crystals stirred up: 2. Numerical insights into the formation of the earliest crust on the Moon JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-PLANETS Suckale, J., Elkins-Tanton, L. T., Sethian, J. A. 2012; 117
  • Crystals stirred up: 1. Direct numerical simulations of crystal settling in nondilute magmatic suspensions JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-PLANETS Suckale, J., Sethian, J. A., Yu, J., Elkins-Tanton, L. T. 2012; 117
  • Reply to the comment by Mike R. James et al. on "It takes three to tango: 2. Bubble dynamics in basaltic volcanoes and ramifications for modeling normal Strombolian activity" JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SOLID EARTH Suckale, J., Hager, B. H., Elkins-Tanton, L. T., Nave, J. 2011; 116
  • It takes three to tango: 2. Bubble dynamics in basaltic volcanoes and ramifications for modeling normal Strombolian activity JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SOLID EARTH Suckale, J., Hager, B. H., Elkins-Tanton, L. T., Nave, J. 2010; 115
  • It takes three to tango: 1. Simulating buoyancy-driven flow in the presence of large viscosity contrasts JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SOLID EARTH Suckale, J., Nave, J., Hager, B. H. 2010; 115
  • Large to Moderate Seismicity Induced by Hydrocarbon Production The Leading Edge Suckale, J. 2010; 29: 310-319
  • Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Model for Vanuatu BULLETIN OF THE SEISMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA Suckale, J., Gruenthal, G. 2009; 99 (4): 2108-2126

    View details for DOI 10.1785/0120080188

    View details for Web of Science ID 000268459800002

  • High-resolution seismic imaging of the western Hellenic subduction zone using teleseismic scattered waves GEOPHYSICAL JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL Suckale, J., Rondenay, S., Sachpazi, M., Charalampakis, M., Hosa, A., Royden, L. H. 2009; 178 (2): 775-791
  • INDUCED SEISMICITY IN HYDROCARBON FIELDS ADVANCES IN GEOPHYSICS, VOL 51 Suckale, J. 2009; 51: 55-106