Assistant Professor Department of Earth and Space Sciences   Research Group

Ruijia Wang is currently an Assistant Professor at the Southern University of Science and Technology. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Alberta in 2018 and worked at the University of Western Ontario for a year, after which she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of New Mexico. She is an observational seismologist interested in intraplate earthquakes, especially the abnormal ones associated with anthropogenic activities.

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1. Induced Seismicity & Volcanic Earthquakes

2. Focal Mechanisms and Rupture Analysis

3. Earthquake Detection and Location

4. Statistical Analysis of Seismic Clusters

5. Regional Seismic Hazard

6. Crustal Attenuation and Anisotropy


o Geophysical Advances (ESS5035)

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Peer-reviewed (*corresponding author; #student; postdoc)

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1.    Zhou W.*, M. Hao, J. S. Zhang*, B. Chen, R. Wang, and B. Schmandt, Constraining composition and temperature variations in the mantle transition zone. Nature Comm. [accepted]

2.    Wang, R.*, B. Schmandt, M. Holt, and K. Koper, Advancing Local Distance Discrimination of Explosions and Earthquakes with Joint P/S and ML-MC Classification. Geophys. Res. Lett. 48(XX), e2021GL095721

3.    Glasgow M.*, B. Schmandt, R. Wang, M. Zhang, S. L. Bilek, and E. Kiser, Raton Basin induced seismicity is hosted by networks of short basement faults and mimics tectonic earthquake statistics. J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth. 126(X), e2021JB022839

4.    Jiang C., C. Jiang*, X. Yin, R. Wang, H. Zhai, Y. Zhang, G. Lai, and F. Yin (2021), Spatiotemporal heterogeneity and application of b values in hydraulic fracturing induced seismicity (in Chinese). Oil & Gas Geology [accepted]

5.    Li, T., Y. J. Gu, J. Wang, R. Wang*, J. Yusifbayov, M. Canales, and T. Shipman (2021), Earthquakes induced by wastewater disposal near Musreau Lake, Alberta, 2018-2020. Seismol. Res. Lett. XXX(X)

6.    Shen, L.*, D. Schmitt, R. Wang, and T. Hauck (2021), States of in-situ stress in the Duvernay East Shale Basin and Willesden Green: implications on the fault stability, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth. 126(6), e2020JB021221

7.    Yu, Q., L. Fang*, R. Wang, and C. Jiang (2021), “Traffic light” system and its application in induced earthquake monitoring (in Chinese), Earthquake Research in China. 37(2), 1-24.

8.    Zhang, M.*, M. Liu, A. Plourde, F. Bao, R. Wang, and J. Gosse (2021), Source characterization for two small earthquakes in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada: pushing the limit of single station, Seismol. Res. Lett. XXX(X)

9.    Chen, Y.*, Y. J. Gu, F. Mohammed, J. Wang, M. D. Sacchi, R. Wang, and B. Nguyen (2021), Seismic attenuation structures of western North America: implications on slab subduction, terrane accretion and arc magmatism of the Cascades, Earth and Planetary Sci. Lett. 560(15), 116783.

10.  Koper K.*, M. Holt, J. Voyles, R. Burlacu, M. Pyle, R. Wang, and B. Schmandt (2021), Discrimination of small earthquakes and buried single-fired chemical explosions at local distances (<150 km) in the western U. S. from comparison of local magnitude (M­L) and coda duration magnitude (MC), Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am. 111(1), 558–570.

11.  Wang, R.*, B. Schmandt, and E. Kiser (2020), Seismic discrimination of controlled explosions and earthquakes near Mount St. Helens using P/S ratios, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth. 125(10), e2020JB020338.

12.  Wang, R.*, B. Schmandt, M. Zhang, M. Glasgow, and E. Kiser (2020), Injection-induced earthquakes on complex fault zones of the Raton Basin illuminated by machine-learning phase picker and dense nodal array, Geophys. Res. Lett. 47(14), e2020GL088168.

13.  Schultz, R.* & R. Wang (2020), Newly emerging cases of hydraulic fracturing induced seismicity in the Duvernay East Shale Basin, Tectonophysics 779, 228393.

14.  Li, T., Y. J. Gu*, Z. Wang*, R. Wang, Y. Chen, T. Song, and R. Wang (2019), Spatiotemporal Variations in Crustal Seismic Anisotropy Surrounding the Induced Earthquakes near Fox Creek. Geophys. Res. Lett. 46(10), 5180-5189.

15.  Wang, R.*, Y. J. Gu, R. Schultz, and Y. Chen (2018), Faults and non-double-couple components for induced earthquakes, Geophys. Res. Lett. 45(17), 8966-8975.

16.  Gu, Y.J., Y. Chen*, R. Dokht, and R. Wang (2018), Precambrian tectonic discontinuities in western Laurentia: a broadband seismological perspective on the Snowbird and Great Falls Tectonic Zones, Tectonics 37(5), 1411-1434.

17.  Wang, R.*, Y. J. Gu, R. Schultz, M. Zhang, and A. Kim (2017), Source characteristics and geological implications of a M4.1 induced earthquake near Crooked Lake, Alberta, Geophys. J. Int. 210(2), 979-988.

18.  Schultz, R.*, R. Wang, Y. J. Gu, and G. Atkinson (2017), A seismological overview of the induced earthquakes in the Duvernay play near Fox Creek, Alberta, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth 22(1), 492-505.

19.  Wang, R.*, Y. J. Gu, R. Schultz, A. Kim, and G. Atkinson (2016), Source analysis of a potential hydraulic-fracturing-induced earthquake near Fox Creek, Alberta, Geophys. Res. Lett. 43(2), 564-573.

20.  Wang, X*, Y. Guo, S. Guo, R. Wang, Diagenesis features and favorable reservoir prediction of FI1 oil layer in north Qijia (in Chinese), Petroleum Geology and Oilfield Development in Daqing. 31(4), 1-6.

Non peer-reviewed

21.  Wang, R.*, M. Weingarten, C. Langenbruch, and H. R. DeShon (2020), Introduction to special issue on the observations, mechanisms and hazards of induced seismicity, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am. 110(5), 1999-2004

Extended conference abstract

22.  Wang, R.*, Y. J. Gu, and M. Zhang (2017), Hydraulic fracturing induced seismicity in western Canada: insights from focal mechanism and swarm analysis, SEG 2017 Workshop: Microseismic Technologies and Applications, Hefei, China, 4-6 June 2017: pp. 42-45.


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