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My research focuses on Earth’s tectonic processes including earthquakes, lithospheric deformation and other geological processes that has significant influence on societal activities.

Combining with geophysical and geological observation data, my colleagues and I have investigated long term stress evolution process (including tectonic loading inter-seismic stress accumulation, co-seismic change, and post-seismic stress relaxation) in seismic zones through geodynamic modelling. We also have conducted research on stress transfer in space and time induced by earthquakes interaction.  We seek to understand the physics of earthquakes and to analyze earthquake hazards in seismic zones. Our current study includes the intraplate earthquakes in the North China Basin and the eastern margin of the Tibetan Plateau, and the subduction earthquakes by the India-Eurasia palte collision, the Pacific-Eurasia plate convergence, and the Philippine-Eurasian plate convergence .

We also have studied the geodynamic process of lithospheric deformation in the margins of the Tibetan Plateau, and investigated the interplay between tectonic forces and lithospheric properties and rheology.

We are currently interested in the geodynamic process of the South China Sea, including the opening and rifting process (from 32 to 16 Ma) and the subduction process during its post-rifting period of the south China sea.

I am looking for motivated graduate students to work with me on the following research topics. 

  • Earthquakes geodynamics: To understand fault mechanics and generation mechanism of earthquakes by investigating (1) long term stress accumulation  by tectonic loading, (2) co-seismic stress change and post-seismic stress relaxation, and (3) stress perturbation in space and time by earthquakes interaction through numerical modelling.
  • Lithospheric deformation: To understand the long term continental deformation process through numerical modelling.

*From ‘namazu’ caused earthquakes in legend to stress concentation caused earthquakes in physics, geodynamic modelling is a way to discover the nature and understand the truth.


我的研究主要围绕地球动力学的若干问题展开,包括:板内地震与板间俯冲带地震的孕震机理,地震之间的相互作用,以及造山带、张裂大陆等岩石圈变形过程。

结合实际观测数据,我与同事们主要通过数值模拟的方法研究断裂带区域的构造应力演化过程,包括:(1)长期构造加载作用下的应力积累过程;(2)同震应力变化以及震后应力松驰;(3)地震之间相互作用引起的应力场拢动的时空演化。在此基础上,我们探讨断裂带区域地震孕震的物理机制,分析厘定控制地震活动性的主要因素,为区域的防震减灾工作提供理论依据。目前我们的研究区域为:华北盆地和青藏高原东缘龙门山断裂带等板内地震多发区域,以及印度-欧亚板块碰撞带-Himalaya地震带,西太平洋-欧亚板块俯冲地震带,和菲律宾-欧亚板块俯冲地震带等。

我们还通过数值模拟的方法研究造山带、张裂大陆等岩石圈变形过程,来探讨地球内部物质(尤其是岩石圈)属性和流变结构对构造加载力的响应。目前我们的研究区域为:青藏高原、中国东海和南海。

欢迎对地球动力学有关问题感兴趣的同学报考我的硕士、博士研究生,加入到我们的研究小组,和我们一起开展有趣的科学研究工作。