Assistant Professor Department of Earth and Space Sciences

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University of Missouri                                     Columbia, MO

Ph.D., Geology                                                    2011

University of Science and Technology of China                   Hefei, China

M.S., Geophysics                                                  2005

University of Science and Technology of China                   Hefei, China

B.S., Geophysics                                                  2001



SUSTech    Shenzhen, Guangdong, China                     Assistant Professor, 2019-present

University of Rhode Island    Narragansett, RI, USA    Postdoctoral Fellow, 2014-2019

Brown University    Providence, RI, USA                     Postdoctoral Associate, 2014

Boston University    Boston, MA, USA                        Postdoctoral Associate, 2011-2013


Seismic wave propagation using numerical modeling

Seismic full-waveform tomography

Seismic attenuation

Active tectonics such as oceanic faults and the Tibetan Plateau

Nuclear explosion monitoring


Fundamentals of inverse theory in geophysics (for undergraduate)

This course is aimed to assisting students to understand the principle concepts of inverse theory in geophysics. It will introduce the fundamental theory and applications of linear inverse problem, and typical methods and problems of non-linear inverse problem.

Geophysical inverse problem (for graduate students)

This course is specialized for students in geophysics and related areas. Upon completing the course, students are expected to (1) understand the concept, philosophy, and methodology of the geophysical inverse problem, (2) establish, solve, and analyze basic geophysical inversion problem (e.g., earthquake location, seismic tomography, gravity inversion, etc.), and comprehend and assess the recent studies on the theory or applications of geophysical inverse problem.

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18. Bao, Guo, and Shen, Compositional variation in the crust of Southern California revealed by full-wave seismic and gravity joint inversion, in Major Revision

17. Bao and Shen (2020), Early-stage lithospheric foundering beneath the eastern Tibetan Plateau revealed by full-wave Pn tomography, Geophysical Research Letters

16. Wang, Shen, Bao, and Flinders (2019), Locating shallow seismic sources with waves scattered by surface topography: Validation of the method at the Nevada Test Site, JGR-Solid Earth, 124

15. Emry, Shen, Nyblade, Flinders, and Bao (2019), Upper mantle Earth structure in Africa from full-wave ambient noise tomography, G3, 20, 120-147

14. Bao and Shen (2018), Full-waveform sensitivity kernels of component-differential traveltimes and ZH amplitude ratios for velocity and density tomography, JGR-Solid Earth

13. Dalton, Bao, and Ma (2017), The thermal structure of cratonic lithosphere from global Rayleigh wave attenuation, EPSL, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2016.10.014

12. Bao and Shen (2016), Assessing waveform predictions of recent three-dimensional velocity models of the Tibetan Plateau, JGR-Solid Earth

11. Bao, Dalton, Jin, Gaherty, and Shen (2016), Imaging Rayleigh wave attenuation with USArray, Geophysical Journal International

10. Bao, Dalton, and Ritsema (2016), Effects of elastic focusing on global models of Rayleigh wave attenuation, Geophysical Journal International

9. Kaviani, Sandvol, Bao, Rumpker, and Gok (2015), The structure of the crust in the Turkish-Iranian Plateau and Zagros using Lg Q and velocity, Geophysical Journal International, 200, 1254-1268, doi:10.1093/gji/ggu468

8. Bao, Sandvol, Chen, Ni, Hearn, and Shen (2012), Azimuthal anisotropy of Lg attenuation in eastern Tibetan Plateau, JGR, 117, B10309

7. Sahin, Bao, Turkelli, Sandvol, Teoman, and Kahraman (2012), Lg wave attenuation in the Isparta Angle and Anatolian Plateau, Pageoph, 170, 337-351

6. Bao, Sandvol, Ni, Hearn, Ceylan, Liang, and Phillips (2012), High resolution seismic velocity and attenuation models of eastern Tibet and adjacent regions, Proceedings of the 33nd Monitoring Research Review of Ground-Based Nuclear Explosion Monitoring Technologies, Tucson, AR

5. Bao, Sandvol, Ni, Hearn, Chen, and Shen (2011), High resolution regional seismic attenuation tomography in eastern Tibetan Plateau and adjacent areas, Geophysical Research Letters, 38, L16304

4. Bao, Sandvol, Zor, Sahin, Mohamad, Gok, Mellors, Godoladze, Yetirmishli, and Turkelli (2011), Pg attenuation tomography within the northern Middle East, BSSA, 101-4,1496-1506

3. Shi, Wen, Bao, Li, and Huang (2006), Application of rock creep experiment in calculating the viscoelastic parameters of earth medium, Science in China (D)-Earth Science, 49, 492-498

2. Bao, Shi, Wen, and Li (2005), Experiment study and interpretation on relation between modulus of rocks and strain amplitude, Earthquake Research in China, 21(4)

1. Bao and Shi (2004), Experiment study on nonlinear elasticity of rocks and P-M Model, Chinese Journal of Rock Mechanics and Engineering, 23, 3397

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The Department of Earth and Space Sciences (ESS) at Southern University of Science and Technology was established in December 2016. Prof. Xiaofei Chen, a renowned seismologist and an academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), is appointed as an initiatory departmental head. 
The studies in ESS concern the physics of the Earth, geo-space and planets in outer space. Through building up a world-leading program of research and education in Earth and Space Sciences, we strive to conduct the research that would advance our understanding on the complex natural system of Earth and Space, in order to provide science-based solutions to many of the societal challenges of our time: natural hazards, natural energy resources, space exploration, etc. In the meantime, our department offers rigorous hands-on training to students and prepares them to be future leaders in academia, government and industry. 
ESS encompasses a wide range of scientific disciplines: Geophysics, Space Physics, Satellite Geodesy and Planetary Science. By the end of October 2019, ESS has thirty-one faculty members, including six professors, four associate professors, eleven assistant professors, and ten research assistant professors, including one Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, three Distinguished Young Scholars of National Nature Science Fund, one Excellent Young Scientists of National Science Fund. elcome more talents to join us and work together to build a world-class research and education center for Earth and Space Sciences. 

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