Assistant Professor Department of Earth and Space Sciences

Dr. Dikun Yang received B.Sc. in geophysics (2005) and M.A.Sc. in geological resource and engineering (2008) from China University of Geosciences (Wuhan). He joined Geophysical Inversion Facility at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2009 and received Ph.D. in geophysics in 2014. Then he was a postdoctoral research fellow at UBC and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University. He also had some part-time appointments, including an industrial consultant and an undergraduate instructor at UBC. Dr. Yang has extensive experience in the research of geophysical electromagnetic (EM) methods and their applications. His interests include 3D EM numerical simulation and imaging, as well as the application of EM in geological mapping, resource exploration, groundwater and engineering. He has published high-impact original research articles in journals like Geophysics, Geophysical Journal International, Geophysical Prospecting, etc. He also acts as the reviewers and guest editor for a number of top geophysical journals.

Personal Profile

Dr. Dikun Yang received B.Sc. in geophysics (2005) and M.A.Sc. in geological resource and engineering (2008) from China University of Geosciences (Wuhan). He joined Geophysical Inversion Facility at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2009 and received Ph.D. in geophysics in 2014. Then he was a postdoctoral research fellow at UBC and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University. He also had some part-time appointments, including an industrial consultant and an undergraduate instructor at UBC. Dr. Yang has extensive experience in the research of geophysical electromagnetic (EM) methods and their applications. His interests include 3D EM numerical simulation and imaging, as well as the application of EM in geological mapping, resource exploration, groundwater and engineering. He has published high-impact original research articles in journals like Geophysics, Geophysical Journal International, Geophysical Prospecting, etc. He also acts as the reviewers for a number of top geophysical journals. Dr. Yang was a recipient of NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship from Canada in 2017.
 
Education:
2014 Ph.D. in Geophysics, University of British Columbia
2008 M.A.Sc. in Geologic Resource and Engineering, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan)
2005 B.Sc. in Geophysics, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan)
 
Work Experience:
2018.07-        Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, Southern University of Science and Technology
2018.01-2018.06 Postdoctoral Fellow, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
2014.10-2017.12 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia
2017.07-2017.12 Sessional Lecturer (part-time), University of British Columbia
2012.07-2017.10 Consultant (part-time), Computational Geosciences Inc.
 
Honors and Awards:
2017, Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship
2016, UBC Postdoctoral Travel Award
2010, UBC Thomas and Marguerite MacKay Scholarship
2009, Outstanding Master's Thesis Award, Hubei Province, China
2009, UBC Egil Harold Lorntzsen Scholarship
 
Professional Memberships:
Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG, Active Member), since 2008.
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), since 2009.
American Geophysical Union (AGU), since 2012.
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), since 2013.

Research

(1) Electric and electromagnetic exploration methods

(2) 3D numerical simulation of the earth's electromagnetic fields

(3) Geophysical inverse problem and imaging

(4) Geophysical applications in geology, resource, environment and engineering.


Teaching

“ESS302 Applied Geophyiscs Ⅱ(Gravity & EM Exploration and Well Logging)”

This course introduces how the vast interior of the earth at different scales can be imaged by exciting and observing the gravitational field, the magnetic field and the electrical field on the surface and inside the earth. Such technology has wide application in oil/gas exploration, mineral exploration and environmental investigation.

“ESS419 Communication in Geoscience”

This course introduces the basic ideas and methods in earth science communication with an emphasis on writing and oral presentations. Students will get familiar with the practical aspects in a variety of professional scenarios, including technical writing, oral reporting, proposal writing, interviews and new media.

“ESS310 Geophysical Experiments”

This course involves short lectures and laboratory work, to let students master operation of different geophysical instruments and basic data processing and analysis approaches of different geophysical methods.

“ESS471 Geophysical Field Trips”

This field course introduces the techniques of installation, acquisition and removal of various geophysical instruments. It also introduces the processing and analysis of geophysical data.


Publications Read More

Yang, D. , D. Fournier, S. Kang, and D. Oldenburg, 2019 , Deep mineral exploration using multi-scale electromagnetic geophysics: the Lalor massive sulphide deposit case study, Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences , Vol. 56, No. 5, P. 544-555.

Yang, D., and D. Oldenburg, 2018, Electric field data in inductive source electromagnetic surveys, Geophysical Prospecting, Vol. 66, No. 1, P. 207-225.

Yang, D., and D. Oldenburg, 2017, 3D inversion of total magnetic intensity data for time-domain EM at the Lalor massive sulphide deposit, Exploration Geophysics, Vol. 48, No. 2, P. 110-123.

Yang, D., and D. Oldenburg, 2016, Survey decomposition: A scalable framework for 3D controlled source electromagnetic inversion, Geophysics, Vol. 81, No. 2, P. E69-E87.

Yang, D., D. Oldenburg, and E. Haber, 2014, 3-D inversion of airborne electromagnetic data parallelized and accelerated by local mesh and adaptive soundings, Geophysical Journal International, Vol. 196, No. 3, P. 1492-1507.

Yang, D., and D. Oldenburg, 2012, Three-dimensional inversion of airborne time-domain electromagnetic data with applications to a porphyry deposit, Geophysics, Vol. 77, No. 2, P. B23-B34.

Dai, M., X. Hu, H. Wu, L. Jiang, and D. Yang, 2009, Inversion of surface nuclear magnetic resonance for groundwater exploration, Chinese Journal of Geophysics, Vol. 52, No. 5, P. 1166-1173.

Zhao, L., J. Geng, S. Zhang, D. Yang, 2008, 1-D controlled source electromagnetic forward modeling for marine gas hydrates studies, Applied Geophysics, Vol. 5, No. 2, P. 121-126.

Yang, D., and X. Hu, 2008, Inversion of noisy data by probabilistic methodology, Chinese Journal of Geophysics, Vol. 51, No. 3, P. 901-907. (in Chinese)

Yang, D., and X. Hu, 2007, The development of electromagnetic method for groundwater exploration, Chinese Journal of Engineering Geophysics, Vol. 4, No. 5, P. 495-500. (in Chinese)

Hu, X., D. Yang, S. Liu, and Z. Hu, 2006, The developing trends of environmental and engineering geophysics: Review of the 2nd International Conference on Environmental and Engineering Geophysics, Progress in Geophysics, Vol. 21, No. 2, P. 598-604. (in Chinese)

Zhang, R., X. Hu, D. Yang, X. Hao, and M. Dai, 2006, Review of development of surface nuclear magnetic resonance, Progress in Geophysics, Vol. 21, No. 1, P. 284-289. (in Chinese)

News More

  • Dr. Dikun Yang attended the CGU2019 annual meeting with postdoctoral Feng Jiang, Tao Chen and graduate student Yinchu Li

    2019-11-08
  • Dr. Dikun Yang and postgraduate student Yinchu Li attend the SEG 2019 annual meeting and gave presentations

    2019-09-20
  • 2019 Geophysical Field Trips in Yunnan Province

    2019-08-16

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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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