For undergrad study, I attended University of Science and Technology of China where I obtained my B.S. in 2003. Afterwards, I earned a Masters degree from Johns Hopkins University in 2005, and a PhD from California Institute of Technology in 2010. Since then, I have been a postdoc fellow at Univ. of California, San Diego. This fall, I will start at Univ. of Illinois as an assistant professor.
I have a broad interest in the field of geophysics, where I use both observational and numerical approaches for problem solving. My research interests range from seismology/tomography to dynamics of lithosphere, mantle and core. I am particularly interested in the temporal evolution of Earth and always seeking ways to stitch togother observations from various fields, such as seismology, geophysics, tectonics, geology, geochemistry, etc. In practice, I develop both inverse (adjoint) and forward geodynamic methods, often utilizing high performance computers.
During the past years, I have worked with Prof. Peter Olson (JHU) on geodynamo simulation, with Prof. Michael Gurnis (Caltech) on mantle convection, and with Prof. Don Helmberger (Caltech) on seismic structures of the Pacific. Currently, I am mostly working with Prof. Dave Stegman (UCSD).
My external collaborators (both previous and current) include: Prof. Dietmar Muller (U Sydney), Prof. Jason Saleeby (Caltech), Prof. Jennifer Jackson (Caltech), Prof. Shaofeng Liu (CUG), Prof. Dag Nummedal (CSM), Dr. Teh-Ru Alex Song (JAMSTEC) .