Assistant Professor Department of Earth and Space Sciences

I work on Geodynamics with the aim of unifying patchy observations from different subjects with basic physical and chemical theories and providing spatially- and temporally- continuous scenarios of Earth’s evolution.

Personal Profile

EDUCATION
Sep, 2008 – Jul, 2013      
Ph.D. student (geodynamics)
School of Earth and Space Science, University of Science and Technology of China
Dissertation: Numerical simulations on the evolution of the thermochemical anomalies in the lowermost mantle (in Chinese)
Supervisor: Rongshan Fu
Sep, 2004 – Jul, 2008      
B.S student (geophysics)
School of Geodesy and Geomatics, Wuhan University
 
WORK
Dec, 2018 – 
assistant professor
Department of Earth and Space Sciences, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China
Dec, 2016 – Dec, 2018 
research fellow (geodynamics)
School of Earth Science, University of Melbourne, Australia
Supervisor: Louis Moresi
Jul, 2013 – Oct, 2016
postdoc scholar (geodynamics)
Seismological Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, USA
Supervisor: Michael Gurnis
 
 

Research

Geodynamics aims at unifying patchy observations from different subjects with basic physical and chemical theories and providing spatially- and temporally- continuous scenarios of Earth’s evolution. To achieve a better understanding of Earth’s dynamics, I’m interested in two aspects at present. One is constraining the material properties, state and evolution history of the Earth’s mantle and lithosphere; the other is providing possible qualitative and quantitative predictions with geodynamic models and simulations. New observations will enable us to test, update, or rebuild the geodynamic models.


Teaching

Fundamentals of Geodynamics (48 hours)

During this course, the lecturer will first introduce the basic research strategies and methods of Geodynamics. Following that, the lecturer will briefly introduce the internal structure, thermal state, and shape and gravity field of the Earth. Several important geodynamic models, including plate tectonics, mantle hot plume, mantle convection, lithospheric flexure, faulting will also be introduced during this course.


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· Contrasted East Asia and South America tectonics driven by deep mantle flow

· Cenozoic tectonic evolution in Northeast Asia and the rapidly-aging Pacific Plate

· 2015 Bonin Island deep earthquake under the background of plate tectonics and slab subduction

· Dynamic evolution of Southeast Asia since the Cenozoic

· High-precision oceanic residual topography agrees with mantle flow predictions at long wavelengths

· Mantle lateral viscosity variations in global mantle flow

· Dynamics of hidden hotspot tracks beneath the continental lithosphere

· The dynamics of LLSVPs in the lower mantle.

· Effective elastic thickness of the continental lithosphere in China

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Join us

Many key geodynamical questions remain unsolved, and I look forward to your joining us in solving these questions. Please contact me for potential master, phd and postdoc positions in SUSTech.

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Contact Us

Contact Address

Room 304A, Building 9, Innovation Park, 1088 Xueyuan Avenue Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong

Office Phone

Email

yangt3@sustech.edu.cn

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