Research Assistant Professor Department of Earth and Space Sciences

Dr. Zhihao Chen received bachelor's degree from China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) in 2006. Then, he got a Master's degree in geophysics/geodynamics from the Second Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration, China in 2009. After that, he worked as a research assistant in Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion & Guangzhou Centre of Gas Hydrate Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. In 2011, Dr. Chen obtained an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) and Australia Postgraduate Award (APA) from Monash University and moved to Australia for doing a PhD degree. After finishing his PhD, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher at School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment, Monash University. In 2017, Dr. Chen have been awarded with a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research in Japan. With the JSPS fellowship, he had worked at Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), Yokohama, Japan. Since April 2020, he have been working at department of Earth and Space Sciences, Southern University of Science and Technology. Dr. Chen is interested in investigating the large-scaled geological tectonic processes (e.g., kinematics and dynamics of subduction, overriding plate and slab dynamics during subduction, interaction between subduction and mantle plume, subduction collision and orogeny) and small-scaled earthquake rupture induced by subduction with analogue/physical modelling. As a first author or co-author, Dr. Chen so far has published 8 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Nature Communications, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, Geophysical Research Letters, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, Geophysical Journal International, and Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors.

Personal Profile

Education & Employment:

2020.04 – present: Research Assistant Professor  

                  Department of Earth and Space Sciences, Southern University of Science and Technology (Sustech), Shenzhen, China

2017 – 2019: JSPS Fellow

                         Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), Yokohama, Japan

2015 – 2017: Post-doctoral

                   School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment (SEAE), Monash University, Australia

2011 – 2015: PhD, Geodynamics/Analoge Modelling

                    School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment (SEAE), Monash University, Australia

                     Supervisors: Prof. W.P.Schellart (Main) and Dr. J.C. Duarte (Associate)

2009 – 2011: Research Assistant

                   Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), Yokohama, Japan

2006 – 2009: Master

                    Second Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration (SIOSOA), China

2002 – 2006: Bachelor

                      China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) (CUG), China

Research

• Analogue modelling

• Kinematics and dynamics of subduction

• Subduction-induced mantle flow

• Continental deformation

• Interaction between subducting slab and mantle plume


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8. Schellart, W.P., Z. Chen, V. Strak, J.C. Duarte, and F. Rosas (2019). Pacific subduction control on Tibetan extension and continental deformation in East Asia, Nature Communications, 10(1), 1-15, doi:10.1038/s41467-019-12337-9.

7. Mériaux, C.A., D. May, J. Mansour, Z. Chen, and O. Kaluza (2018). Benchmark of three-dimensional numerical models of subduction against a laboratory experiment, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 283, 110-121, doi:10.1016/j.pepi.2018.07.009.

6. Chen, Z., W.P. Schellart, J.C. Duarte and V. Strak, (2017). Topography of the overriding plate during progressive subduction: A dynamic model to explain forearc subsidence, Geophysical Research Letters, 44, 9632-9643, doi:10.1002/2017GL074672.

5. Chen, Z., W.P. Schellart, V. Strak, and J.C. Duarte (2016). Does the subduction-induced mantle flow drive the overriding plate deformation? Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 441, 200-210, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2016.02.027.

4. Mériaux, C.A., A-S., Mériaux, W.P. Schellart, J.C. Duarte, S. S. Duarte, and Z. Chen (2016). Mantle plumes in the vicinity of subduction zone, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 454, 166-177, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2016.09.001.

3. Chen, Z., W.P. Schellart, and J.C. Duarte (2015). Overriding plate deformation and variability of forearc deformation during subduction: Insight from geodynamic models and application to the Calabria subduction zone, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 16, 3697-3715, doi:10.1002/2015GC005958.

2. Chen, Z., W.P. Schellart, and J.C. Duarte (2015). Quantifying the energy dissipation of overriding plate deformation in three-dimensional subduction models, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 120, 519-536, doi:10.1002/2014JB011419.

1. Mériaux, C.A., J.C. Duarte, S.S. Duarte, W.P. Schellart, Z. Chen, F. Rosas, J. Mata, and P. Terrinha (2015), Capture of the Canary mantle plume material by the Gibraltar arc mantle wedge during slab rollback, Geophysical Journal International, 201, 1717-1721, doi:10.1093/gji/ggv120.

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