Associate Professor Department of Earth and Space Sciences

Lingling Ye is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech). She graduated from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2008 and received a master's degree from the Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2011. She received her Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2015, and then worked as the Director's postdoctoral fellow in the Seismology Laboratory at California Institute of Technology. She returned to China at the end of 2017 as a Full Professor at Sun Yat-sen University. She joined SUSTech in March 2021. Her research focuses on the rupture process and physics of global earthquakes, the deep structure of the earth, and understanding the mechanism for natural disasters such as volcanoes, landslides, and tsunamis. She has published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers since 2011 in journals like Science, Science Advances, EPSL, JGR-Solid Earth, GRL, and so on. She was the recipient of the Keiiti Aki Young Seismologist Award from American Geophysics Union in 2018. She has served as Associate Editor of JGR-Solid Earth, The Seismic Record, and Solid Earth Sciences, and committee member for the AGU James B. Macelwane Medal since 2021.

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2021- Associate Professor, Southern University of Science and Technology
2018 - 2020 Professor, Sun Yat-sen University
2015 - 2017 Director's Postdoctoral Fellow, Seismological Laboratory, Caltech

2011-2015 PhD in Geophysics, University of California, Santa Cruz
2008-2011 Master in Geophysics, Inst. of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
2004-2008 Bachelor in Geophysics, University of Science and Technology of China

2018 Deployment of seismometers at Mount Usu, Japan (ERI, University of Tokyo)
2014 Summer Internship at Baker Hughes Inc., Numerical Modeling of Hydraulic Fracture Growth in Layered and Discontinuous Media, Palo Alto, CA.
2014 Cascadia Initiative Expedition Team (Leg 5), Deploy & Retrieve ~ 60 OBS.

Associate Editor for JGR-Solid Earth (2021-2023)
Founder Associate Editor for The Seismic Record (2021-2023).
AGU James B. Macelwane Medal Committee member (2020, 2021)
AGU Seismology Canvassing Committee member (2019)
Chair of Geophysics Program at Sun Yat-sen University (2019-2020)
Reviewer for: GRL, EPSL, PEPI, SRL, JGR, Pageoph, Nature, Science, Nature Geoscience, Sci. Adv., Sci. Rep., EPS, ESPS, EPP, Tectonophysics, NSF, NSFC, etc.
AGU Session Convener: Energy Partitioning during earthquake, landslides and other shear failure process, 2016.

2018 Recipient of Keiiti Aki Young Scientist Award (AGU)
2015 Director's Postdoctoral Fellowship at seismological laboratory, Caltech
2015 Miller Postdoctoral Fellowship, UC Berkeley (declined)
2014 Chancellor's Dissertation-Year Fellowship, UCSC
2014 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Student Abroad
2013 Aaron C. Waters Award for the most outstanding proposal for the PhD research, UCSC
2012 EPS Spring Fellowship Award (research performance), UCSC
2011 Regents' Fellowship, UCSC
2004-2008 Outstanding Student Scholarships and Graduate Scholar, USTC


I'm interested in using seismic waves to investigate the physics of earthquake faulting, volcanic deformation and landslide, evaluate controlling factors for ground shaking, and detect structure of the Earth’s deep interior. I have studied shallow and deep earthquake rupture processes, volcanic earthquakes and landslides using various techniques, such as focal mechanism inversion, surface-wave directivity analysis, back-projection imaging, finite-fault slip inversion, and source spectrum analysis. To better understand seismic hazards, I study strong ground shaking records for individual earthquakes and quantify site response. For deep Earth structure, my primary interest is on imaging structures associated with dynamic processes of subducting lithosphere.

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52. Ye, L., X. Chen, W. Gong, T. Lay, H. Kanamori (2021), Megathrust Rupture and Faulting Interaction during the 2021 Kermadec Earthquake

      Sequence, submitted.

51. Luo, B., H. Zhu, J. Yang, T. Lay, L. Ye, Z Lu, & D. Lumley (2021), Detecting and locating aftershocks for the 2020 Mw 6.5 Stanley, Idaho earthquake using

      convolutional neural networks, submitted.

50. Takeo, A., K. Nishida, H. Aoyama, M. Ishise, T. Kai, T. Maeda, Y. Mizutani, S. Nagahara, X. Wang, L. Ye, & Y. Aoki (2021), Seismic observations of Showa-

      Shinzan lava dome in Usu Volcano, Northern Japan, in revision.

49. Ye, L., W. Gong, T. Lay, H. Kanamori, & X. Chen (2021), Shallow Megathrust Rupture during the 10 February 2021 Mw 7.7 Southeast Loyalty Islands

      Earthquake Sequence, The Seismic Record. doi: 10.1785/ 0320210035. [PDF]

48. Yang J., H. Zhu, T. Lay, Y. Niu, L. Ye, Z. Lu, B. Luo, H. Kanamori, J. Huang, & Z. Li (2021), Multifault rupture during the 2020 Mw 6.5 Stanley, Idaho

      earthquake, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi: 10.1029/2021GL092510. [PDF]

47. Fan F.#, L. Ye*, H. Kanamori., & T. Lay (2021), Responding to Media Inquiries About Remote Triggering Interactions, Seism. Res. Lett.,

      doi:10.1785/0220200452. [PDF][SUPP1][SUPP2][code](#graduate student)

46. Ye, L.*, T. Lay, H. Kanamori., Y. Yamazaki, & K. F. Cheung (2021), The 22 July 2020 Mw 7.8 earthquake in the Shumagin seismic gap: partial rupture of a

      weakly coupled megathrust, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 562, 116879, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2021.116879. [PDF]

45. Larson K. M, T. Lay, Y. Yamazaki, K. F. Cheung, L. Ye, S. D. P. Williams, & J. L. Davis (2021), Dynamic Sea Level Variation From GNSS: 2020 Shumagin

      Earthquake Tsunami Resonance and Hurricane Laura, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi: 10.1029/2020GL091378. [PDF]

44. Ye, L.*, T. Lay, & H. Kanamori. (2021), Major (Mw ≥ 7.0) Near-Trench Intraplate Compressional Faulting and the 25 March 2020 Mw 7.5 Paramushir,

      Northern Kuril Islands Earthquake, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2020.116728. [PDF]


43. Lay, T., L. Ye, Z. Wu, & H. Kanamori (2020), Macrofracturing of Oceanic Lithosphere in Complex Large Earthquake Sequences, J. Geophys. Res. Solid

     Earth, doi: 10.1029/2020JB020137. [PDF]

42. Ye, L. *, T. Lay, & H. Kanamori (2020), Anomalously low aftershock productivity of the 2019 Mw 8.0 energetic intermediate-depth faulting beneath

      Peru, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., doi: 10.1016/j. epsl.2020.116528. [PDF]

41. Ye, L.*, H. Kanamori, L. Rivera, T. Lay, Y. Zhou, D. Sianipar, & K. Satake (2020). The 22 December 2018 tsunami from flank collapse of Anak Krakatau

      volcano during eruption. Science Advances, 6, eaaz1377. [PDF]


40. Wu, Z., T. Lay, & L. Ye (2019), Shallow megathrust slip during large earthquakes that have high P coda levels, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, doi:

      10.1029/2019JB018709. [PDF]

39. Kanamori, H., L. Rivera, L. Ye, T. Lay, S. Murotani, & K. Tsumura (2019), New constraints on the 1922 Atacama, Chile, earthquake from historical

      seismograms, Geophys. J. Int., 219, 645-661. [PDF]

38. Ye, L., T. Lay, H. Kanamori, & K. Koper (2019), Reply to: Comment by Rodrigo Cienfuegos on Rapidly Estimated Seismic Source Parameters for the 16

      September 2015 Illapel, Chile, Mw 8.3 Earthquake, Pure and Applied Geophysics, 1-1. [PDF]


37. Lay, T., L. Ye, H. Kanamori, & K. Satake (2018), Constraining the Dip of Shallow, Shallowly‐Dipping Thrust Events Using Long‐Period Love Wave Radiation

     Patterns: Applications to the 25 October 2010 Mentawai, Indonesia and 4 May 2018 Hawaii Island Earthquakes, Geophys. Res. Lett.,

     doi:10.1029/2018GL080042. [PDF]

36. Bai, Y., L. Ye, Y. Yamazaki, T. Lay, & K. F. Cheung (2018), The 4 May 2018 Mw 6.9 Hawaii Island Earthquake and Implications for Tsunami Hazards, 

     Geophys. Res. Lett., doi: 10.1029/2018GL079742. [PDF]

35. Lay, T., L. Ye, Y. Bai, K. F. Cheung, & H. Kanamori (2018), The 2018 Mw 7.9 Gulf of Alaska Earthquake: Multiple Fault Rupture in the Pacific Plate, Geophys.

     Res. Lett., doi:10.1029/2018GL079813. [PDF]

34. Ye, L.*, H. Kanamori, & T. Lay (2018), Global Variations of Large Megathrust Earthquake Rupture Characteristics, Science Advances, Vol. 4(3), doi:

      10.1126/sciadv.aao4915. [PDF]


33. Ye, L.*, T. Lay, Y. Bai, K. F. Cheung, & H. Kanamori (2017), The 2017 Mw 8.2 Chiapas, Mexico Earthquake: Energetic Slab Detachment, Geophys. Res. Lett.,

      44, doi: 10.1002/2017GL076085. [PDF]

32. Lay T., L. Ye, Y. Bai, K. F. Cheung, H. Kanamori, J. Freymueller, G. M. Steblov & M. G. Kogan (2017), Rupture of the Bering Fracture Zone in the Komandorsky

      Islands Earthquake (Mw 7.8) of 17 July 2017, Geophys. Res. Lett., 44, doi:10.1002/2017GL076148. [PDF]

31. Bai Y., T. Lay, K. F. Cheung, & L. Ye (2017), Two regions of seafloor deformation generated the tsunami for the 13 November 2016, Kaikoura, New Zealand

      earthquake, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi: 10.1002/2017GL073717. [PDF]

30. Hollingsworth J., L. Ye, & J. P. Avouac (2017), Rupture of a splay fault in the Mw 7.8, 2016 Kaikoura (New Zealand) earthquake, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi:

       10.1002/2016GL072228. [PDF]

29. Lay T., L. Ye, C. Ammon & H. Kanamori (2017), Intraslab rupture triggering megathrust rupture co-seismically in the December 17, 2016 Solomon

      Islands Mw 7.9 earthquake, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi: 10.1002/2017GL072539. [PDF]

28. Kanamori H., L. Ye, B. S. Huang, H. H. Huang, W. T. Liang, Y. Y. Lin, K. F. Ma, Y. M. Wu, & T. Y. Yeh (2017), A strong-motion hot spot of the 2016 Meinong,

      Taiwan, earthquake (Mw = 6.4), special issue of TAO on the 2016 Meinong earthquake, DOI: 10.3319/TAO.2016.10.07.01. [PDF]


27. Ye, L.*, H. Kanamori, J.-P. Avouac, L. Li, K. F. Cheung, & T. Lay (2016), Corrigendum to “The 16 April 2016, Mw 7.8 (MS 7.5) Ecuador earthquake:

      A quasi-repeat of the 1942 Ms 7.5 earthquake and partial re-rupture of the 1906 Ms 8.6 Colombia-Ecuador earthquake”, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett.

      454, 248-258, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2016.11.015. [PDF]

26. Ye, L.*, H. Kanamori, J. P. Avouac, L. Li, K. F. Cheung & T. Lay (2016), The 16 April 2016, Mw 7.8 (Ms 7.5) Ecuador earthquake:

      a quasi-repeat of the 1942 Ms 7.5 earthquake and partial re-rupture of the 1906 Ms 8.6 Colombia-Ecuador earthquake, Earth Planet.

     Sci. Lett.,. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2016.09.006. [PDF]

25. Lay T., L. Ye, C. Ammon, A. Dunham & K. Koper (2016), The 2 March 2016 Wharton Basin Mw 7.8 earthquake: High stress drop north-south strike-slip

     rupture in the diffuse oceanic deformation zone between the Indian and Australian Plates, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi: 10.1002/2016GL069931. [PDF]

24. Ye, L., T. Lay, H. Kanamori, Z. Zhan & Z. Duputel (2016), Diverse Rupture Processes in the 2015 Peru Deep Earthquake Doublet, Science Advances, 2, no. 6,

      e1600581, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.1600581. [PDF]

23. Li L., T. Lay, K. F. Cheung, & L. Ye (2016), Joint modeling of teleseismic and tsunami wave observations to constrain the 16 September 2015 Illapel,

      Chile Mw 8.3 earthquake rupture process, Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, doi: 10.1002/2016GL068674. [PDF]

22. Ye, L., T. Lay, H. Kanamori, & K. Koper (2016), Rapidly estimated seismic source parameters for the 16 September 2015 Illapel, Chile Mw 8.3

       earthquake, Pure and Applied Geophysics, doi:10. 1007/ s00024-015-1202-y. [PDF]

21. Lay, T., L. Ye, K. D. Koper, & H. Kanamori (2016), Assessment of teleseismically-determined source parameters for the April 25, 2015 Mw 7.9 Gorkha, Nepal

      Earthquake and the May 12, 2015, Mw 7.2 aftershock, Tectonophysics, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2016.05.023. [PDF]

20. Ye, L., T. Lay, H. Kanamori, & L. Rivera (2016), Rupture Characteristics of major and great (Mw ≥ 7) Megathrust Earthquakes from 1990-2015: 2. Depth

      Dependence, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 121, 845-863. [PDF]

19. Ye, L., T. Lay, H. Kanamori, & L. Rivera (2016), Rupture Characteristics of major and great (Mw ≥ 7) Megathrust Earthquakes from 1990-2015: 1. Source

      Parameter scaling relationships, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 121, 821-844. [PDF]

18. Ye, L., T. Lay, Z. Zhan, H. Kanamori, & J. Hao (2016), The isolated deep earthquake 30 May 2015 Mw 7.9 Ogasawara (Bonin) Islands, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett.,

      433, 169–179. [PDF]

17. Ye, L., T. Lay, H. Kanamori, J. Freymueller, & L. Rivera (2016), Joint inversion of high-rate GPS and teleseismic observations for rupture process of the 23

      June 2014 (Mw 7.9) Rat Islands archipelago, Alaska, intermediate-depth earthquake, Natural Hazards and Plate Boundaries (invited), AGU Book. [PDF]


16. He X., S. Ni, L. Ye, T. Lay, Q. Liu, & K. Koper (2015), Rapid Seismological Quantification of Source Parameters of the 25 April 2015 Nepal earthquake,

      Gorkha focus section, Seism. Res. Lett., 86 (6) 1568-1577. [PDF]

15. Meng, Q., H. David, L. Ye, T. Lay, D. A. Wiens, M. Jia & P. R. Cummin (2015), The 3 May 2006 (Mw 8.0) and 19 March 2009 (Mw 7.6) Tonga Earthquakes:

      Intraslab Compressional Faulting Below the Megathrust, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, doi: 10.1002/2015JB012242. [PDF]

14. Ye, L., T. Lay, K. D. Koper, R. Smalley, Jr., L. Rivera, M. G. Bevis, A. F. Zakrajsek & F. N. Teferl (2014), Complementary slip distributions of the August 4,

      2003 Mw 7.6 and November 17, 2013 Mw 7.8 South Scotia Ridge earthquakes, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 401, 15–226.  [PDF]

13. Bai Y., K. F. Cheung, Y. Yamazaki, T. Lay & L. Ye (2014), Tsunami surges around the Hawaiian Islands from the 1 April 2014 North Chile Mw 8.1

      earthquake, Geophys. Res.  Lett., 41(23), 8512–8521. [PDF]

12. Ye, L., T. Lay & H. Kanamori (2014), The 23 June 2014 Mw 7.9 Rat Islands archipelago, Alaska, intermediate depth earthquake, Geophys. Res. Lett., 41(18),

      6389–6395. [PDF]

11. Ye, L., T. Lay, H. Kanamori & K. D. Koper (2013), Energy release of the great 2013 Sea of Okhotsk deep earthquake and deep slab stress

      heterogeneity, Science, 341(6152), 1380-1384. [PDF]

10. Lay, T., Z. Duputel, L. Ye, & H. Kanamori (2013), The December 7, 2012 Japan Trench intraplate doublet (Mw 7.2, 7.1) and interactions between near-trench

      intraplate thrust and normal faulting, Phys. Earth Planet. Inter., 220, 73-78. [PDF]

9. Ye, L., T. Lay, & H. Kanamori (2013), Large earthquake rupture process variations on the Middle America megathrust, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 381,147-155.


8. Lay, T., L. Ye, H. Kanamori, Y. Yamazaki, K. F. Cheung, & C. J. Ammon (2013), The February 6, 2013 Mw 8.0 Santa Cruz Islands earthquake and

    tsunami, Tectonophysics, Vol. 608, 1109-1121. [PDF]

7. Lay, T., L. Ye, H. Kanamori, Y. Yamazaki, K. F. Cheung, K. D. Koper, & K. Kwong (2013), The October 28, 2012 Mw 7.8 Haida Gwaii underthrusting earthquake

    and tsunami: Slip partitioning along the Queen Charlotte Fault transcompressional plate boundary, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 375, 57-70. [PDF]

6. Ye, L., T. Lay, & H. Kanamori (2013), Ground shaking and seismic source spectra for large earthquakes around the megathrust fault offshore of

    northeastern Honshu, Japan, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 103, no. 2B, 1221–1241. [PDF]

5. Ye, L., T. Lay, & H. Kanamori (2012), Intraplate and interplate faulting interactions during the August 31, 2012, Philippine Trench earthquake (Mw 7.6)

    sequence, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L24310. [PDF]

4. Lay T., H. Kanamori, C. J. Ammon, K. D. Koper, A. R. Hutko, L. Ye, H. Yue, & T. Rushing (2012), Depth-Varying Rupture Properties of Subduction Zone

    Megathrust Faults, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 117, B04311, 21. [PDF]

3. Ye, L., T. Lay, & H. Kanamori (2012), The Sanriku-Oki Low Seismicity Region on the Northern Margin of the Great 2011 Tohoku-Oki Earthquake Rupture, J.

   Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 117, B02305, 17. [PDF]

2. 叶玲玲, 李娟* (2021). 东北地区660 km间断面附近波速结构研究, 地震学报, 34(2):137-146. [PDF]

1. Ye, L., J. Li*, T. Tseng, & Z. Yao (2011), A Stagnant Slab in a Water-bearing Mantle Transition Zone beneath Northeast China: Implications from Regional SH

    Waveform Modelling, Geophys. J. Int., 186, 706–710. [PDF]

Other Peer-Reviewed Publications:

3. Ye, L.*, & T. Lay (2020), A Ghost Tsunami without warning. The Science Breaker, doi: 10.25250/thescbr.brk365. [PDF]

2. Wu, R., Y. Geng, & L. Ye (2013), “Preliminary study on Dreamlet based compressive sensing data recovery”, SEG Expanded Abstracts, pp. 3585-3590.


1.  Wu, R. S., L. Ye, & Y. Zheng (2013), “Nonlinear partial Functional Derivative and Nonlinear LS Seismic Inversion”, 75th EAGE Conference & Exhibition

    incorporating SPE EUROPEC. [PDF]

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Postdoctoral Associate Positions in Seismology Available at SUSTech, China
The Earth and Space Sciences department at SUSTech ( is looking for postdoctoral researchers in seismology, including various directions focusing on understanding earthquake/volcano/landslide physics and imaging deep earth structure. The initial contract for successful applications would be for two years. Reappointment or promotion to be assistant/associate research professor is possible, subject to work performance and satisfactory progress.

Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in geophysics or a related field at the time of appointment. Previous experience in any of the following areas are welcome but not required: processing/analysis of broadband seismic data and geodetic data, source inversion and imaging, earthquake/landslide/volcano dynamic simulation, earthquake detection and relocation, imaging of crust and mantle structure, and/or computational seismology and numerical simulations of the seismic wavefield.
The salary for this position will depend on experience but will begin at about ¥335,000 (~$52K) per year including health care benefits, with additional research support of ¥25,000 per year. Outstanding applications can apply for Chancellor’s postdoctoral fellowship with a salary up to about ¥500,000 (~$77K) per year and the young postdoc project in Shenzhen (about ¥600,000 life support). Successful applicants are also encouraged to apply for research funding from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (PI and/or co-PI) to conduct scientific work independently on related research topics.

For more information or to apply for the position, please contact Dr. Lingling Ye (; To apply, please send a CV (including education/work experience, list of publications), a short (2-5 pages) statement of research interests, and the names and contact information of at least two academic references to Review of applications will begin in August and will continue until positions are filled. The start date is flexible.
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