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
  • Assistant Professor (By courtesy), Civil and Environmental Engineering

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)

Program Affiliations

  • Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering (ICME)

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)


  • Contributing towards reducing tsunami risk in Indonesia, Stanford University, SIGMA group

    The goal of this project is to develop an integrated modeling approach for quantifying the protective services that coastal vegetation may provide for tsunami-prone areas. An important component of this research effort is to understand how the effectiveness of the protective services provided by vegetation depends on the intensity of the coastal hazard, the biophysical characteristics of the ecosystem, and on the socio-economic structure and the adaptive capacity of the coastal community.


    Banda Aceh, Indonesia


    • Abdul Muhari, Program Manager, Directorate of Coastal and Ocean, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries
    • Alvis Alvisyahrin, Senior scientist, Tsunami and Disaster Mitigation Research Center

2018-19 Courses

Stanford Advisees

All Publications

  • Bistability of buoyancy-driven exchange flows in vertical tubes JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS Suckale, J., Qin, Z., Picchi, D., Keller, T., Battiato, I. 2018; 850: 525–50
  • Adding a community partner to service learning may elevate learning but not necessarily service INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DISASTER RISK REDUCTION Suckale, J., Saiyed, Z., Hilley, G., Alvisyahrin, T., Muhari, A., Zoback, M., Truebe, S. 2018; 28: 80–87
  • A residual-based shock capturing scheme for the continuous/discontinuous spectral element solution of the 2D shallow water equations ADVANCES IN WATER RESOURCES Marras, S., Kopera, M., Constantinescu, E., Suckale, J., Giraldo, F. X. 2018; 114: 45–63
  • Sediment behavior controls equilibrium width of subglacial channels JOURNAL OF GLACIOLOGY Damsgaard, A., Suckale, J., Piotrowski, J. A., Houssais, M., Siegfried, M. R., Fricker, H. A. 2017; 63 (242): 1034–48
  • Linking social, ecological, and physical science to advance natural and nature-based protection for coastal communities. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences Arkema, K. K., Griffin, R., Maldonado, S., Silver, J., Suckale, J., Guerry, A. D. 2017


    Interest in the role that ecosystems play in reducing the impacts of coastal hazards has grown dramatically. Yet the magnitude and nature of their effects are highly context dependent, making it difficult to know under what conditions coastal habitats, such as saltmarshes, reefs, and forests, are likely to be effective for saving lives and protecting property. We operationalize the concept of natural and nature-based solutions for coastal protection by adopting an ecosystem services framework that propagates the outcome of a management action through ecosystems to societal benefits. We review the literature on the basis of the steps in this framework, considering not only the supply of coastal protection provided by ecosystems but also the demand for protective services from beneficiaries. We recommend further attention to (1) biophysical processes beyond wave attenuation, (2) the combined effects of multiple habitat types (e.g., reefs, vegetation), (3) marginal values and expected damage functions, and, in particular, (4) community dependence on ecosystems for coastal protection and co-benefits. We apply our approach to two case studies to illustrate how estimates of multiple benefits and losses can inform restoration and development decisions. Finally, we discuss frontiers for linking social, ecological, and physical science to advance natural and nature-based solutions to coastal protection.

    View details for DOI 10.1111/nyas.13322

    View details for PubMedID 28370069

  • Flow-to-fracture transition in a volcanic mush plug may govern normal eruptions at Stromboli GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS Suckale, J., Keller, T., Cashman, K. V., Persson, P. 2016; 43 (23): 12071-12081
  • Rapid ice flow rearrangement induced by subglacial drainage inWest Antarctica GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS Elsworth, C. W., Suckale, J. 2016; 43 (22): 11697-11707
  • Determining conditions that allow a shear margin to coincide with a Rothlisberger channel JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-EARTH SURFACE Platt, J. D., Perol, T., Suckale, J., Rice, J. R. 2016; 121 (7): 1273-1294
  • Collective properties of injection-induced earthquake sequences: 2. Spatiotemporal evolution and magnitude frequency distributions JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SOLID EARTH Dempsey, D., Suckale, J., Huang, Y. 2016; 121 (5): 3638-3665
  • Collective properties of injection-induced earthquake sequences: 1. Model description and directivity bias JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SOLID EARTH Dempsey, D., Suckale, J. 2016; 121 (5): 3609-3637
  • Subglacial hydrology and ice stream margin locations JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-EARTH SURFACE Perol, T., Rice, J. R., Platt, J. D., Suckale, J. 2015; 120 (7): 1352-1368
  • 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