Associate Professor Department of Earth and Space Sciences

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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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  1. 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, submitted.
  1. 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, in revision.
  1. Fan F.#, L. Ye*, H. Kanamori., & T. Lay (2021), Responding to Media Inquiries About Remote Triggering Interactions, Seism. Res. press. (#graduate student)
  1. 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]
  1. 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]
  1. 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]


  1. 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]
  1. 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]
  1. 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]


  1. 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]
  1. 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]
  1. 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]


  1. 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]
  1. 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]
  1. 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]
  1. 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]


  1. 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]
  1. 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]
  1. 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]

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]

  1. 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]
  1. 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]


  1. 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]
  1. 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]
  1. 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]
  1. 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]
  1. 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]
  1. 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]
  1. 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]
  1. 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]
  1. 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]
  1. 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]
  1. 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]


  1. 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]
  1. 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]
  1. 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]
  1. 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]
  1. 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]
  1. 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]
  1. 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]
  1. Ye, L., T. Lay, & H. Kanamori (2013), Large earthquake rupture process variations on the Middle America megathrust, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 381,147-155. [PDF]
  1. 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]
  2. 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]
  3. 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]
  4. 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]
  5. 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]
  6. 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]
  7. 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]
  8. 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:

  1. 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. [PDF]
  3. 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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