Wei Shengji has been a Principal Investigator at the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS) and Assistant Professor at the Asian School of the Environment (ASE), both at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, since 2014. He is also the Assistant Chair (Research) at ASE.
Before he joined NTU, he completed his post-doctorate training at the Seismological Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. He obtained his bachelor and PhD degrees in geophysics from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2004 and 2009, respectively.
Shengji’s work in reviewing papers published in Geophysical Research Letters earned him the 2018 Editor’s Citation for Excellence in Refereeing. He is also a guest editor of Geoscience Letters and has also served as a reviewer for more than 10 Tier-1 journals including Science, Scientific Reports, and Earth and Planetary Science Letters. To date, Shengji has published 63 papers in peer-reviewed, high-impact journals.
Shengji has supervised 16 Post-doctorate Researchers and students at post-graduate and undergraduate levels.
In 2015 and 2018, he organised two impactful international workshops, which led to key collaborations between EOS, ASE, and other research agencies in Asia.
Shengji’s research focusses on earthquake source studies both in real-time and after in-depth. He is also interested in the properties of structures to better understand earthquake sources and tectonic and geodynamic processes. His research experiences cover both natural and man-made earthquakes. Shengji’s approach to resolving the kinematic nature of earthquakes involves a combination of geodesy, geology, and seismology to better constrain the spatial-temporal evolution of seismic rupture properties. Besides reconciling various datasets, he has also developed techniques that allow waveform inversion/modelling to be extended to a higher frequency (>1Hz) range of relevance for damage assessment. He and his research team are investigating the following subtopics: earthquake rupture process imaging, strong ground motion simulations, earthquake focal mechanism inversion, crustal to upper mantle scale velocity structure inversion, induced seismicity and rock mechanics, Southeast Asia seismology, and volcano seismology.
- 2009: PhD (Geophysics), University of Science and Technology of China
- 2004: BSc (Geophysics), University of Science and Technology of China
- October 2014 — present: Assistant Professor, Asian School of Environment, NTU
- October 2014 — present: Principal Investigator, Earth Observatory of Singapore, NTU
- July 2009 — October 2014: Research Fellow, Seismological Laboratory, Caltech, USA
- 2012 — present: Seismological Society of America
- 2008 — present: American Geophysical Union
- 2019 — 2020: Guest Editor of Geoscience Letters
Manuscript Reviews (2014 — present)
- Scientific Report
- Earth and Planetary Science Letters
- Geophysical Research Letters
- Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth
- Seismological Research Letters
- Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America
- Geophysical Journal International
- Pure and Applied Geophysics
- Geoscience Letters
- Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research
- Earth and Planetary Science
- Earth and Planetary Physics
- Journal of Seismology
- Earth Science of China
- Science China – Earth Science
- Journal of Geophysics of China
- Earthquake Science
- February 2020 — present: Assistant Chair for Research, Asian School of the Environment
- November 2019 — February 2020: Acting Assistant Chair for Research at Asian School of the Environment
- 2018 — present: Chair of High-Performance Cluster at Asian School of the Environment/ Earth Observatory of Singapore
- 2014 — 2016: Organiser, Asian School of the Environment-Earth Observatory of Singapore Department seminar series
2018: Editors Citation for Excellence in Refereeing — Geophysical Research Letters
Sources of uncertainties and artefacts in back-projection results. Geophysical Journal International . 220(2), 876-891. (2020).
Structural control and system-level behavior of the seismic cycle at the Nankai Trough. Earth, Planets and Space. 72(1), (2020).
Structural Controls on Rupture Extent of Recent Sumatran Fault Zone Earthquakes, Indonesia. Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth. 125(2), (2020).
Large-scale crustal structure beneath Singapore using receiver functions from a dense urban nodal array. Geophysical Research Letters. 47(7), (2020).
Detecting events in the urban seismic wavefield using a novel nodal array in Singapore: earthquakes, blasts and thunder quakes. Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth. (2020).
Cascading Partial Rupture of the Flores Thrust during the 2018 Lombok Earthquake Sequence, Indonesia. Seismological Research Letters. (2020).
Earthquake-triggered 2018 Palu Valley landslides enabled by wet rice cultivation. Nature Geoscience. (2019).
A comprehensive assessment of ground motions from two 2016 intra-slab earthquakes in Myanmar. Tectonophysics. 765, 146-160. (2019).
Teleseismic Waveform Complexities Caused by Near Trench Structures and Their Impacts on Earthquake Source Study: Application to the 2015 Illapel Aftershocks (Central Chile). Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth. 124, 870-889. (2019).
A 3-D Shear Wave Velocity Model for Myanmar Region. Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth. 124, 504-526. (2019).
Source characteristics of the 2017 M(w)6.4 Moijabana, Botswana earthquake, a rare lower-crustal event within an ancient zone of weakness. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 506, 348-359. (2019).
The 2015 Gorkha, Nepal, Earthquake Sequence: II. Broadband Simulation of Ground Motion in Kathmandu. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. 109(2), 672-687. (2019).
The 2016 Kaikoura earthquake: Simultaneous rupture of the subduction interface and overlying faults. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 482(44-51), (2018).
The 2015 Gorkha (Nepal) earthquake sequence: I. Source modeling and deterministic 3D ground shaking. Tectonophysics. 722, 447-461. (2018).
An MCMC multiple point sources inversion scheme and its application to the 2016 Kumamoto Mw 6.2 earthquake. Geophysical Journal International. 215(2), 737-752. (2018).
The 2016 M-w 6.5 Pidie Jaya, Aceh, North Sumatra, Earthquake: Reactivation of an Unidentified Sinistral Fault in a Region of Distributed Deformation. Seismological Research Letters. 89(5), 1761-1772. (2018).
Necking and fracking may explain stationary seismicity and full degassing in volcanic silicic spine extrusion. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 503, 47-57. (2018).
An SEM-DSM three-dimensional hybrid method for modelling teleseismic waves with complicated source-side structures. Geophysical Journal International. 215(1), 133-154. (2018).
Teleseismic Traveltime Tomography of Northern Sumatra. Geophysical Research Letters. 45, 13231-13239. (2018).
Active backstop faults in the Mentawai region of Sumatra, Indonesia, revealed by teleseismic broadband waveform modeling. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 483, 29-38. (2018).
The effects of core-reflected waves on finite fault inversions with teleseismic body wave data. Geophysical Journal International. 211(2), 936-951. (2017).
Double-ramp on the Main Himalayan Thrust revealed by broadband waveform modeling of the 2015 Gorkha earthquake sequence. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 473, 83-93. (2017).
Coulomb stress transfer and accumulation on the Sagaing Fault, Myanmar, over the past 110 years and its implications for seismic hazard. Geophysical Research Letters. 44(10), 4781-4789. (2017).
The discovery of a conjugate system of faults in the Wharton Basin intraplate deformation zone. Science Advances. 3, (2017).
How complex is the 2016 Mw 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake, South Island, New Zealand?. Science Bulletin. 62, 309-311. (2017).
Evidence for strong lateral seismic velocity variation in the lower crust and upper mantle beneath the California margin. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 463, 202-211. (2017).
Lithospheric radial anisotropy beneath the Gulf of Mexico. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 466, 43-52. (2017).
Imaging the distribution of transient viscosity after the 2016 M-w 7.1 Kumamoto earthquake. Science. 356(6334), 163-167. (2017).
Rapid Assessment of Earthquake Source Characteristics. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. 106(6), 2490-2499. (2016).
Focal Mechanism of the August 18th 2012 Mw6.3 Palu-Koro Earthquake and Its Implication of Seismic Hazard. 6th International Symposium on Earth Hazard and Disaster Mitigation. 1857, (2016).
The 2014 Mw6.1 South Napa Earthquake: A unilateral rupture with shallow asperity and rapid afterslip. Seismological Research Letters. 86(2A), 344-354. (2015).
Lower edge of locked Main Himalayan Thrust unzipped by the 2015 Gorkha earthquake. Nature Geoscience. (2015).