I am interested in studying active tectonics, earthquake geology and geomorphology of tectonically active regions, particularly around the Tibetan Plateau, East and Southeast Asia. My past and ongoing research topics include 1) Kinematics, earthquake geology and natural hazard of active faults in Asia; 2) Crustal strength of central Tibet; 3) Fluvial incision in response to rock uplift (California and Asia); 3) Topographic evolution of the Tibetan Plateau.
I focus on solving key scientific questions on crustal geodynamics using surface deformation records on multiple timescales. My research tools include: field observations of geomorphic markers and geological records, analysis of high-resolution remote sensing imagery and digital topography, GPS data, thermochronology, numerical modeling and multiple dating techniques (OSL, U-series, radiocarbon and cosmogenic nuclides [10Be and 36Cl]).
- 2014 Ph.D, Geosciences, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
- 2007 M.S., Structural Geology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, CHINA
- 2004 B.S., Geology, China University of Geosciences (Beijing), CHINA
- 2018-2019 AXA Award Fellow, Earth Observatory of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University
- 2017 Oct-Dec Visiting scholar, University of Oregon, USA
- 2014-2017 Research Fellow, Earth Observatory of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University
- 2007-2014 Research/Teaching Assistant, Penn State University
- 2013 (Aug-Nov) Geosciences Intern, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
- Member of American Geophysical Union
- Member of Geological Society of America
- Member of Commission for Tectonic Geomorphology, Seismological Society of China
- Peer Reviewer for international journals (Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., Tectonics, Tectonophysics, Seism. Res. Lett., Gondwana Res., J. Asian Earth Sci.)
- Convener of Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) Annual Meeting 2016 and 2017
- Convener/Chair of American Geophysical Union (AGU) Annual Meeting 2016 and 2017
- Co-organizer of international training courses on paleoseismologic trenching in Myanmar (2016, 2017, 2018) and Thailand (2017)
- 2017 AXA Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
- 2013 Scholten-Williams-Wright Scholarship in Field Geology, Penn State University
- 2012 ExxonMobil Geosciences Student Research Grant
- 2011 First Prize (poster) in Penn State Geosciences Grad Student Colloquium
- 2010 Geological Society of America Student Research Grant
- 2009 Krynine Travel Award for attending AGU conference, Penn State University
- 2008 Earth and Environmental Systems Institute Scholarship, Penn State University
- 2008 Krynine Travel Award for attending AGU conference, Penn State University
- 2008 Krynine Award for field work in Tibet, Penn State University
- 2002 ConocoPhillips (China) Student Scholarship
How complex is the 2016 Mw 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake, South Island, New Zealand?. Science Bulletin. 62, 309-311. (2017).
Evaluating the size and extent of paleolakes in central Tibet during the late Pleistocene. Geophysical Research Letters. (2017).
Rapid and punctuated Late Holocene recession of Siling Co, central Tibet. Quaternary Science Reviews. 172, 15-31. (2017).
Reply to Comment on "Crustal strength in central Tibet determined from Holocene shoreline deflection around Si ling Co". Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 433, 396-398. (2016).
Crustal strength in central Tibet determined from Holocene shoreline deflection around Siling Co. Earth And Planetary Science Letters. 423, 145-154. (2015).
Holocene slip rate along the Gyaring Co Fault, central Tibet. Geophysical Research Letters. (2014).
Two-phase growth of high topography in eastern Tibet during the Cenozoic. Nature Geosciences. 5(9), 640-645. (2012).
Geomorphic characteristics, spatial distribution of paleoshorelines around the Siling Co area, Central Tibetan Plateau, and the lake evolution within the Plateau. Chinese Journal of Geology. 47(3), 730-745 . (2012).
High-altitude salt lake elevation changes and glacial ablation in Central Tibet, 2000–2010. Chinese Science Bulletin. 57(5), 525-534. (2012).
Young, active conjugate strike–slip deformation in West Sichuan: evidence for the stress–strain pattern of the southeastern Tibetan Plateau. International Geology Review. 54(9), 991-1012. (2011).
Structural control on the topography of the Laji–Jishi and Riyue Shan belts in the NE margin of the Tibetan plateau: Facilitation of the headward propagation of the Yellow River system. Journal of Asian Earth Science. 40(4), 1002-1014. (2010).
Rapid fluvial incision along the Yellow River during headward basin integration. Nature Geosciences. 3(3), 209-213. (2010).
Millennial slip rates along the eastern Kunlun fault: Implications for the dynamics of intracontinental deformation in Asia. Lithosphere. 2(4), 247-266. (2010).
Late Cenozoic Uplift of the Yulong Snow Mountain (5596m) SE Tibetan Plateau, caused by erosion and tectonic forcing. . Quaternary Science. 28(2), 222-231. (2008).
Slip rate gradients along the eastern Kunlun fault. Tectonics. 26(C2010), (2007).
Orogeny and gravitational collapse along the convergent plate boundary and their mechanical origin: a case study on the Yarlung Tsangpo-Himalaya belt.. Earth Science Frontiers. 13(4), 18-26. (2006).
Deformational and geomorphic processes in the formation of the ailao shan-diancang range, west Yunnan.. Quaternary Science. 26(2), 220-227. (2006).
Late Quaternary tectono-geomorphic features along the Kangxiwar fault, Altyn Tagh fault system, northern Tibet.. Quaternary Science. 26(2), 228-235. (2006).