Xiaohua Xu received his B.S. degree in geophysics from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2012 and Ph.D degree in geophysics at Scripps Institution Oceanography, University of California, San Diego in 2017. He then continued working at Scripps as a postdoctoral research, before he joined Institute for Geophysics University of Texas Austin as a research associate.
Xiaohua studies crustal deformation with satellite geodesy. His main research interests are fault slip rate, strain/moment accumulation, on/off-fault strain partitioning and how these evaluations are related to seismic hazards. He also works on imaging large earthquakes and modeling surface change due to magma activities, reservoir depletion, ice motion and hydrological activities. He is a developer of the open source InSAR processing software GMTSAR.