Assistant Professor Department of Earth and Space Sciences

Assistant Professor Tian received his B.S. (2011) in geophysics from University of Science and Technology of China, and Ph. D. (2017) in planetary science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He did research work as a postdoc in University of California, Santa Cruz from 2017 to 2019, and joined SUSTech in 2020. Tian has done research in various fields of planetary science, including planetary dynamo and magnetic field generation, orbital evolution, and thermal evolution of planetary bodies. He has authored or co-authored 5 scientific papers in academic journals, such as Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences of USA, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, and Icarus.

Personal Profile

Assistant Professor Tian received his B.S. (2011) in geophysics from University of Science and Technology of China, and Ph. D. (2017) in planetary science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He did research work as a postdoc in University of California, Santa Cruz from 2017 to 2019, and joined SUSTech in 2020. Tian has done research in various fields of planetary science, including planetary dynamo and magnetic field generation, orbital evolution, and thermal evolution of planetary bodies. He has authored or co-authored 5 scientific papers in academic journals, such as Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences of USA, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, and Icarus.

Education Background
2017 Doctor in Planetary Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
2011 Bachelor in Geophysics, University of Science and Technology of China.

Work Experience
2020- Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, Southern University of Science and Technology
2017-2019 Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Research

Planetary science and celestial dynamics. Research interests include

1. orbital and thermal evolution of the early Earth-Moon system;

2. orbital resonances among satellites of gas giants;

3. planetary migration and dynamical processes of the early Solar system;

4. dynamo processes in planetary interiors.


Teaching

No current classes. On the plan for Spring 2021:

1. Essentials of Planetary Science;

2. Classical Mechanics.


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He has authored or co-authored 5 scientific papers in academic journals, such as Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences of USA, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, and Icarus.

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The Department of Earth and Space Sciences (ESS) at Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) was established in December 2016. Prof. Xiaofei CHEN, a renowned seismologist and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), was appointed as the founding department head.  

ESS encompasses a wide range of research directions, including the physics and dynamics of the Earth's interior, applied geophysics, space physics and planetary science. By the end of October 2020, ESS has thirty-eight faculty members, including six professors, five associate professors, twelve assistant professors, and fifteen research scientists. Among them, there is one Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, three Distinguished Young Scholars and two Excellent Young Scientist of National Science Foundation of China.

Through the development of a world-leading program of research and education in ESS, we strive to conduct research to advance our understanding of the complex Earth and space system, and to provide scientific solutions to many societal challenges of our time such as natural hazards, natural energy resources, and space exploration. In the meantime, ESS offers rigorous hands-on training to students and helps them to become future leaders in academia, government and industry. We welcome 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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Contact Address

Room 310, Building 9, Chuangyuan, 1088 Xueyuan Avenue Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong

Office Phone

Email

tianzl@sustech.edu.cn

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