I study active crustal deformation caused by earthquake-related and volcanic processes. To measure crustal deformation precisely, I mainly use high-precision geodetic methods like the Global Positioning System (GPS) and Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR), which I complement with lower-precision coral and land elevation change data. Based on the data I obtain, I develop both forward and inversion models for deformation that occurs before, during and after earthquakes and during volcanic unrest. The models I create help me better understand earthquake-related and volcanic processes that cause crustal deformation. My current research mostly focuses on the crustal deformation in the Sumatran and Costa Rican subduction zones. Additionally, I have worked on volcanic deformation in large silicic caldera systems, e.g., Long Valley Caldera and Santorini Caldera.
- 2011 Ph.D., Geophysics, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
- 2006 M.S., Structural Geology, Zhejiang University, China
- 2004 B.S., Geology, Zhejiang University, China
- 2010-2012 Student Representative to Tectonophysics Section, AGU, USA
- 2012 Research Excellence Award, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
- 2009 Outstanding Student Paper Award, Tectonophysics Section, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, USA
- 2008 Best Poster Award, Graduate Student Symposium, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
- 2004 Outstanding Graduate Honor, Zhejiang Province, China
- 2004 Outstanding Graduate Honor, Zhejiang University, China
- 2004 Best Undergraduate Thesis Award, Zhejiang University, China
Nicoya earthquake rupture anticipated by geodetic measurement of the locked plate interface. Nature Geoscience. 7(2), 117–121. (2014).
Crustal thickness and velocity structure beneath Singapore's seismic network. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences. 64, 245-255. (2013).
Active deformation near the Nicoya Peninsula, northwestern Costa Rica, between 1996 and 2010: Interseismic megathrust coupling. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth. 117, B06407. (2012).
Recent geodetic unrest at Santorini Caldera, Greece. Geophysical Research Letters. 39, L06309. (2012).
The energetic 2010 MW 7.1 Solomon Islands tsunami earthquake. Geophysical Journal International. 186, 775-781. (2011).
Energetic rupture, coseismic and post-seismic response of the 2008 MW 6.4 Achaia-Elia Earthquake in northwestern Peloponnese, Greece: an indicator of an immature transform fault zone. Geophysical Journal International. 183, 103-110. (2010).
Slip distribution from the 1 April 2007 Solomon Islands earthquake: A unique image of near-trench rupture. Geophysical Research Letters. 36, L16307. (2009).
Constraints on continued episodic inflation at Long Valley Caldera, based on seismic and geodetic observations. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth. 114, B06403. (2009).