Alireza Bahadori

Fields of Interest

I study the structure, tectonics, and interior processes of the Earth. I use numerical modeling tools to study these processes. In particular, I am interested in putting geophysical, geological and geochemical observations in a geodynamically coherent framework to better understand the dynamics of the finite lithosphere deformation, mantle convection, and their interaction with surface processes in space and time.

I am also interested in investigating the instantaneous state of the stress and strain rate in the fault zone areas, crustal deformation, earthquake cycles, and seismic hazards using geodetic and seismic data.


Ph.D. in Geophysics/Geodynamics December 2020

Stony Brook University, New York, USA

Dissertation title: “Investigating the lithospheric geodynamic evolution of southwestern North America since the Late Eocene using numerical models”

Advisor: Prof. William E. Holt


M.Sc. in Geology/Geophysics July 2010

Shahid Chamran University, Ahvaz, Iran


B.Sc. in Earth Sciences July 2008

Shahid Chamran University, Ahvaz, Iran

Honors & Awards

01/2021 Post-doctoral Fellowship Award, Columbia University in the City of New York

08/2019 Student Travel Grant, Geological Society of America (GSA) Cordilleran Section

05/2019 David King Award, Stony Brook University

09/2017 Kenneth N. Weaver Student Travel Award, Geological Society of America (GSA)

06/2016 Student Travel Grant, International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS)

05/2016 Michel T. Halbouty Memorial Grant, American Association of Petroleum Geologists


04/2016 Graduate Student Research Grant, Geological Society of America (GSA)

07/2015 Full Scholarship for Ph.D. Studies, Stony Brook University.

Selected Publications:

K. M. Loughney, C. Badgley, A. Bahadori, W. E. Holt, E. T. Rasbury (2021) “Tectonic influence on Cenozoic mammal richness and sedimentation history of the Basin and Range, western North America” Science Advances, 7(45).


J. Kim, W. E. Holt, A. Bahadori, W. Shen (2021) “Repeating nontectonic seasonal stress changes and a possible triggering mechanism of the 2019 Ridgecrest Earthquake Sequence in California” Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 126, no. 10.


J. Kim, A. Bahadori, W. E. Holt (2021) “Crustal strain patterns associated with normal, drought, and heavy precipitation years in California” Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 126, no. 1.


A. Bahadori, W. E. Holt (2019) “Geodynamic evolution of southwestern North America since the Late Eocene”. Nature Communications, 10(1), pp.1-18.


A. Ghosh, W. E. Holt, A. Bahadori (2019) “Role of large-scale tectonic forces in intraplate earthquakes of Central and Eastern North America” Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems. 20(4), pp.2134-2156.


A. Bahadori, W. E. Holt, E. T. Rasbury (2018) “Reconstruction modeling of crustal thickness and paleotopography of western North America since 36 Ma” Geosphere 14, no. 3: 1207-1231.


A. Bahadori, E. J. M. Carranza, B. Soleimani (2011) “Geochemical analysis of evaporite sedimentation in the Gachsaran Formation, Zeloi oil field, southwest Iran” Journal of Geochemical Exploration 111 (3), 97-112.