Wairau Fault, Nelson Lakes, South Island, New Zealand

Matthew Herman

Postdoctoral Researcher
Tectonophysics Research Group
Utrecht University

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Open-access papers are marked with *. Selected posters and talk slides (mostly ones in which I was the first author) are available at links. Contact me for figures, scripts, datasets, model outputs, or more information.

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Research Papers

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In Review

Herman, M.W., Govers, R. (in review at Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems). Locating fully locked asperities along the South America subduction megathrust: A new physical inter-seismic inversion approach in a Bayesian framework.

McKenzie, K.A., Furlong, K.P., Herman, M.W. (in review at Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems). Bi-directional loading of the subduction interface: Evidence from kinematics of slow slip events.

2020

*Herman, M.W. and Govers, R. (2020). Extensional deformation in subduction zones triggered by co-seismic stress changes from megathrust earthquakes. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 544, 116379.

2018

Herman, M.W., Furlong, K.P., Govers, R. (2018). The accumulation of slip deficit in subduction zones in the absence of mechanical coupling: Implications for the behavior of megathrust earthquakes. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 123, 8260-8278.

Meyers, B., Herman, M.W., Furlong, K.P., Pananont, P. (2018). Evaluating the state of stress and seismic hazard in Thailand and vicinity through finite element modeling. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 166, 260-269.

*Govers, R., Furlong, K.P., van de Wiel, L., Herman, M.W., Broerse, T. (2018). The geodetic signature of the earthquake cycle at subduction zones: Model constraints on the deep processes. Reviews of Geophysics 56, 6-49. (See also our video summarizing the results from this study!)

*Kintner, J.A., Ammon, C.J., Cleveland, K.M., Herman, M. (2018). Rupture processes of the 2013-14 Minab earthquake sequence, Iran. Geophysical Journal International 213, 1898-1911.

2017

*Furlong, K.P., Herman, M.W. (2017). Reconciling the deformational dichotomy of the 2016 Mw 7.8 Kaikoura New Zealand earthquake. Geophysical Research Letters 44, 6788-6791. (Commentary on Bai et al. (2017), Two regions of seafloor deformation generated the tsunami for the 13 November 2016, Kaikoura, New Zealand earthquake)

*Nealy, J.N., Herman, M.W., Moore, G.L., Hayes, G.P., Benz, H.M., Bergman, E.A., Barrientos, S.E. (2017). The 2017 Valparaiso earthquake sequence and the megathrust patchwork of central Chile. Geophysical Research Letters 44, 8865-8872.

*Pananont, P., Herman, M.W., Pornsopin, P., Furlong, K., Habangkaem, S., Waldhauser, F., Wongwai, W., Limpisawad, S., Warnitchai, P., Kosuwan, S., Wechbunthung, B. (2017). Seismotectonics of the 2014 Chiang Rai, Thailand, earthquake sequence. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 122, 6367-6388.

*Herman, M.W., Nealy, J.L., Yeck, W.L., Barnhart, W.D., Hayes, G.P., Furlong, K.P., Benz, H.M. (2017). Integrated geophysical characteristics of the 2015 Illapel, Chile, earthquake. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 122, 4691-4711.

2016

*Herman, M.W., Furlong, K.P. (2016). Revisiting the Canterbury earthquake sequence after the 14 February 2016 Mw 5.7 event. Geophysical Research Letters 43, 7503-7510.

Herman, M.W., Furlong, K.P., Hayes, G.P., Benz, H.M. (2016). Foreshock triggering of the 1 April 2014 Mw 8.2 Iquique, Chile, earthquake. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 447, 119-129.

2015

2014

Hayes, G.P., Herman, M.W., Barnhart, W.D., Furlong, K.P., Riquelme, S., Benz, H.M., Bergman, E., Barrientos, S., Earle, P.S., Samsonov, S. (2014). Continuing megathrust earthquake potential in Chile after the 2014 Iquique earthquake. Nature 512, 295-298.

Herman, M.W., Herrmann, R.B., Furlong, K.P., Benz, H.M. (2014). Using regional moment tensors to constrain the kinematics and stress evolution of the 2010–2013 Canterbury earthquake sequence, South Island, New Zealand. Tectonophysics 633, 1-15.

Hayes, G.P., Furlong, K.P., Benz, H.M., Herman, M.W. (2014). Triggered aseismic slip adjacent to the 6 February 2013 Mw 8.0 Santa Cruz Islands megathrust earthquake. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 388, 265-272.

USGS Open-File Reports

Herman, M.W., Hayes, G.P., Smoczyk, G.M., Turner, R., Turner, B., Jenkins, J., Davies, S., Parker, A., Sinclair, A., Benz, H.M., Furlong, K.P., and Villasenor, A. (2015). Seismicity of the Earth 1900-2013 Mediterranean Sea and vicinity. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 20101083-Q, scale 1:10,000,000.

Benz, H.M., Herman, M., Tarr, A.C., Hayes, G.P., Furlong, K.P., Villasenor, A., Dart, R.L., and Rhea, S. (2011). Seismicity of the Earth 1900-2010 Australia Plate and Vicinity. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010- 1083-G, scale 1:15,000,000.

Benz, H.M., Herman, M., Tarr, A.C., Hayes, G.P., Furlong, K.P., Villasenor, A., Dart, R.L., and Rhea, S. (2011). Seismicity of the Earth 1900-2010 New Guinea and Vicinity. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010- 1083-H, scale 1:8,000,000.

Benz, H.M., Herman, M., Tarr, A.C., Furlong, K.P., Hayes, G.P., Villasenor, A., Dart, R.L., and Rhea, S. (2011). Seismicity of the Earth 1900-2010 Eastern Margin of the Australia Plate. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1083-I, scale 1:8,000,000.

Meeting Abstracts

Posters/slides available for selected presentations as links

2019

Herman, M.W., Govers, R. (2019). Resolving locked asperities and slip deficit in unlocked regions: A new inversion method applied in the South America subduction zone. Abstract T051H-0359 presented at 2019 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 9–13 Dec.

Govers, R., Herman, M.W. (2019). Causes of extensional deformation in subduction zones following megathrust earthquakes. Abstract T13H-0333 presented at 2019 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 9–13 Dec.

D’Acquisto, M., Govers, R., Herman, M.W. (2019). On the cause of enhanced landward motion of the overriding plate after a major subduction earthquake. Abstract T13H-0334 presented at 2019 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 9–13 Dec.

McKenzie, K.A., Furlong, K., Herman, M.W. (2019). Decomposing the decadal scale Cascadia GPS velocity field and associated implications for plate interface locking. Abstract T51H-0392 presented at 2019 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 9–13 Dec.

Nijholt, N., Herman, M.W., Govers, R. (2019). Estimating forces and rheology from kinematic observations in the western Mediterranean. Abstract G41B-0720 presented at 2019 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 9–13 Dec.

Herman, M.W., Govers, R. (2019). The evolution of extensional deformation throughout subduction zone earthquake cycles. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, vol. 51, no. 5.

Furlong, K.P., McKenzie, K., Herman, M. (2019). Strain accumulation and release during the mega-thrust earthquake cycle: Insight from upper plate behavior. Abstract presented at 2019 AOGS Meeting, Singapore, 28 Jul–2 Aug.

Herman, M.W., Govers, R. (2019). The relationship between earthquake cycle processes and normal faulting earthquakes in subduction zones: A case study of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake. Abstract EGU2019-12766 presented at 2019 EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, 7-12 Apr.

Govers, R., Herman, M.W. (2019). Observations of backstops in the overriding plate during the megathrust earthquake cycle. Abstract EGU2019-14341 presented at 2019 EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, 7-12 Apr.

D'Acquisto, M., Govers, R., Herman, M.W. (2019). Insights on the postseismic surface displacement field of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake via 3D viscoelastic seismic-cycle FEM models. Abstract EGU2019-7160 presented at 2019 EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, 7-12 Apr.

Furlong, K.P., Govers, R., Herman, M.W. (2019). Superposition of earthquake cycle and long-term tectonic deformation signals in plate boundary transition zones. Abstract EGU2019-3724 presented at 2019 EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, 7-12 Apr.

2018

Simons, W.J., Riva, R., Pietrzak, J., Herman, M.W., Hooper, A.J., Vigny, C., Susilo, S., Sarsito, D.A., Sofian, S., Broerse, T., Kleptsova, O., Lhermitte, S., Nijholt, N., Shen, L., Efendi, J., Naeije, M., Bhat, H.S., Morishita, Y., Govers, R.M.A. (2018). Tsunami potential of the 2018 Sulawesi earthquake from GNSS constrained source mechanism. Abstract NH23F-3553 presented at 2018 AGU Fall Meeting, Washington, DC, 10-14 Dec.

Herman, M.W., Govers, R. (2018). Modeling the spatial and temporal evolution of normal faulting earthquakes in the upper plate of the Japan subduction zone after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake. Abstract presented at 2018 AGU Fall Meeting, Washington, DC, 10-14 Dec. (PDF)

Aldaajani, R., Furlong, K.P., Malservisi, R., Herman, M.W.. (2018). Red Sea multiphase deformation: Implications of early rifting delocalization on the Arabian Margin present-day deformation field. Abstract presented at 2018 AGU Fall Meeting, Washington, DC, 10-14 Dec.

Furlong, K.P., Herman, M.W., Govers, R. (2018). Linking paleogeodesy observations with geodynamic models of megathrust earthquakes: Implications for Cascadia and other megathrust zones. Abstract presented at 2018 AGU Fall Meeting, Washington, DC, 10-14 Dec.

Furlong, K.P., Herman, M.W., Rogers, D.B. (2018). Quantifying plate tectonics in the classroom -- Magnetic anomalies, Euler poles, and plate motions on a sphere. Abstract presented at 2018 AGU Fall Meeting, Washington, DC, 10-14 Dec.

Govers, R.M.A., Broerse, T., Herman, M.W.. (2018). Observations of backstops in the overriding plate during the megathrust earthquake cycle. Abstract presented at 2018 AGU Fall Meeting, Washington, DC, 10-14 Dec.

Furlong, K.P., Herman, M.W., Govers, R. (2018). Making the connection between paleogeodesy observations and the megathrust earthquake cycle: The role of geodynamic models. Abstract presented at 2018 AOGS Meeting, Honolulu, HI, 3-8 Jun.

Furlong, K.P., Herman, M.W., Pananont, P. (2018). Plate tectonics, stress conditions and earthquake potential within the Indochinese region. Abstract presented at 2018 AOGS Meeting, Honolulu, HI, 3-8 Jun.

Govers, R., Herman, M.W., Broerse, T., Furlong, K.P. (2018). Reconciling short and long term observations of megathrust earthquake cycles at subduction zones. Abstract presented at 2018 SSA Annual Meeting, Miami, FL, 14-17 May.

Herman, M.W., Govers, R. (2018). Overprinting the signal of inter-seismic coupling on subduction megathrusts throughout the earthquake cycle. Abstract presented at 2018 EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, 8-13 Apr. (PDF)

Furlong, K.P., Herman, M.W., Govers, R. (2018), Megathrust earthquake cycles: Linking paleogeodesy observations with geodynamic models. Abstract presented at 2018 EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, 8-13 Apr.

Govers, R., Broerse, T., Herman, M.W. (2018), Megathrust earthquake cycle: Observations of backstops in the overriding plate and their link with tectonic setting. Abstract presented at 2018 EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, 8-13 Apr.

2017

Herman, M.W., Furlong, K.P., Govers, R. (2017), Implications of loading/unloading a subduction zone with a heterogeneously coupled interface. Abstract T23F-0675 presented at 2017 AGU Fall Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 11-15 Dec. (PDF)

Furlong, K.P., Herman, M.W. (2017), Linkages between the megathrust and upper-plate deformation: Lessons from the deformational dichotomy of the 2016 Kaikoura New Zealand earthquake. Abstract T23F-0678 presented at 2017 AGU Fall Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 11-15 Dec.

Pananont, P., Herman, M., Pornsopin, P., Furlong, K., Waldhauser, F., Kosuwan, S. (2017), Implications of the seismo-tectonic damage patterns of the 2014 Chiang Rai, Thailand, earthquake. Abstract presented at 2017 AOGS Meeting, Singapore, 6-11 Aug.

Furlong, K.P., Herman, M.W., Govers, R. (2017), Hidden earthquake potential in plate boundary transition zones. Abstract EGU2017-8080 presented at 2017 EGU Meeting, Vienna, Austria, 23-28 Apr.

Furlong, K.P., Herman, M.W., Hayes, G.P. (2017), Reconciling the dilemma of a megathrust earthquake or a crustal strike-slip faulting event: The 2016 Kaikoura, NZ, earthquake. Abstract presented at 2017 SSA Meeting, Denver, CO, 18-20 Apr.

2016

Herman, M.W., Govers, R., Furlong, K.P. (2016), Constraining interseismic deformation processes in subduction zones through simple mechanical models. Abstract T13A-2669 presented at 2016 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, CA, 12-16 Dec. (PDF)

Pananont, P., Furlong, K.P., Herman, M.W., Waldhauser, F., Pornsopin, P., Warnitchai, P., Kosuwan, S. (2016), Seismo-tectonics of the 2014 Chiang Rai, Thailand, earthquake sequence. Abstract T13D-02 presented at 2015 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, CA, 12-16 Dec.

Furlong, K.P., Govers, R., Herman, M.W. (2016), Building a framework earthquake cycle deformational model for subduction megathrust zones: integrating observations with numerical models. Abstract EGU2016-3607 presented at 2016 EGU Meeting, Vienna, Austria, 17-22 Apr.

Govers, R., Furlong, K.P., Herman, M.W. (2016), The signature of the earthquake cycle at subduction zones: comparing geodetic observations with long-term models for M>8 events. Abstract EGU2016-3877 presented at 2016 EGU Meeting, Vienna, Austria, 17-22 Apr.

2015

Herman, M.W., Furlong, K.P., Hayes, G.P., Benz, H.M. (2015), Foreshock (and slow slip?) triggering of the 1 April 2014 Mw 8.2 Iquique, Chile, earthquake. Abstract T41D-01 presented at 2015 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, CA, 14-18 Dec. (PowerPoint)

Herman, M.W., Yeck, W., Nealy, J., Hayes, G.P., Barnhart, W., Benz, H.M., Furlong, K.P. (2015), Integrated geophysical characteristics of the 2015 Illapel, Chile, earthquake. Abstract S54C-04 presented at 2015 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, CA, 14-18 Dec. (PowerPoint)

Furlong, K.P., Govers, R., Herman, M.W. (2015), Time-varying upper-plate deformation during the megathrust subduction earthquake cycle. Abstract T21D-2844 presented at 2015 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, CA, 14-18 Dec.

Furlong, K.P., Govers, R., Herman, M.W. (2015), Time-varying upper-plate deformation during the megathrust subduction earthquake cycle. Abstract EGU2015-5707 presented at 2015 EGU Meeting, Vienna, Austria, 12-17 Apr.

2014

Herman, M., Furlong, K., Hayes, G., Benz, H. (2014), Assessing the utility of strong motion data to determine static ground displacements during great megathrust earthquakes: Tohoku and Iquique. Abstract S31D-4449 presented at 2014 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, CA, 15-19 Dec. (PDF)

Furlong, K., Hayes, G., Herman, M., Benz, H. (2014), Formation and evolution of the San Cristobal Trough transform fault linking the southern Solomon Islands and northern New Hebrides Trenches. Abstract T41B-4617 presented at 2014 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, CA, 15-19 Dec.

Hayes, G., Herman, M., Barnhart, W., Furlong, K., Riquelme, S., Benz, H., Bergman, E., Barrientos, S., Earle, P., Samsonov, S. (2014), Continuing megathrust earthquake potential in northern Chile after the 2014 Iquique earthquake sequence. Abstract S34D-08 presented at 2014 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, CA, 15-19 Dec.

2013

Herman, M.W., Furlong, K.P., Hayes, G. (2013), Constraining the static deformation process of the great 2011 Tohoku earthquake using high rate GPS. Abstract S43A-2496 presented at 2013 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, CA, 9-13 Dec. (PDF)

2012

Herman, M.W., Furlong, K.P., Herrmann, R.B., Benz, H. (2012), Using regional moment tensors to constrain kinematics and stress evolution during the 2010-2012 Canterbury, New Zealand, earthquake sequence. Abstract T33A-2644 presented at 2012 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, CA, 3-7 Dec. (PDF)

Meyers, B., Furlong, K.P., Hayes, G.P., Herman, M.W., Quigley, M. (2012), Surface and subsurface fault displacements from the September 2010 Darfield (Canterbury) earthquake. Abstract T33A-2645 presented at 2012 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, CA, 3-7 Dec.

2011

Herman, M.W., Furlong, K.P., Herrmann, R.B., Benz, H. (2011), Using regional moment tensors to constrain earthquake processes following the 2010 Darfield and 2011 Canterbury New Zealand earthquake sequences. Abstract S21C-07 presented at 2011 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, CA, 5-9 Dec. (PowerPoint)

2010

Herman, M.W., Furlong, K.P., Benz, H., Hayes, G.P. (2010), A comparison of transpressional boundaries: what New Zealand can tell us about tectonics in New Guinea. Abstract T13B-2195 presented at 2010 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, CA, 13–17 Dec. (PDF)

2009

Herman, M.W., Cheney, J.T., Harms, T.A., (2009), Metamorphism and P-T paths of K-feldspar-garnet-sillimanite-biotite bearing rocks from the Highland Mountains, southwestern Montana. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 41, No. 3, p. 16. (PDF)

2008

Herman, M.W., Chappelow, J.E., Herrick, R.R. (2008), New crater depth data for Mercury derived from MESSENGER Flyby 1 Imagery. Eos Trans. AGU, 89(53), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract U21A-0013.