SHI Xuhua


        I am interested in studying active tectonics, earthquake geology and geomorphology of tectonically active regions, particularly around the Tibetan Plateau, East and Southeast Asia. My past and ongoing research topics include 1) Kinematics, earthquake geology and natural hazard of active faults in Asia; 2) Crustal strength of central Tibet; 3) Fluvial incision in response to rock uplift (California and Asia); 3) Topographic evolution of the Tibetan Plateau.


        I focus on solving key scientific questions on crustal geodynamics using surface deformation records on multiple timescales. My research tools include: field observations of geomorphic markers and geological records, analysis of high-resolution remote sensing imagery and digital topography, GPS data, thermochronology, numerical modeling and multiple dating techniques (OSL, U-series, radiocarbon and cosmogenic nuclides [10Be and 36Cl]).

  • 2014 Ph.D, Geosciences, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • 2007 M.S., Structural Geology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, CHINA
  • 2004 B.S., Geology, China University of Geosciences (Beijing), CHINA
Professional Experience:
  • 2018-2019        AXA Award Fellow, Earth Observatory of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University
  • 2017 Oct-Dec    Visiting scholar, University of Oregon, USA
  • 2014-2017        Research Fellow, Earth Observatory of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University
  • 2007-2014        Research/Teaching Assistant, Penn State University
  • 2013 (Aug-Nov) Geosciences Intern, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
Professional Activities:
  • Member of American Geophysical Union
  • Member of Geological Society of America
  • Member of Commission for Tectonic Geomorphology, Seismological Society of China
  • Peer Reviewer for international journals (Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., Tectonics, Tectonophysics, Seism. Res. Lett., Gondwana Res., J. Asian Earth Sci.)
  • Convener of Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) Annual Meeting 2016 and 2017
  • Convener/Chair of American Geophysical Union (AGU) Annual Meeting 2016 and 2017
  • Co-organizer of international training courses on paleoseismologic trenching in Myanmar (2016, 2017, 2018) and Thailand (2017)
Honours and Awards:
  • 2017 AXA Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
  • 2013 Scholten-Williams-Wright Scholarship in Field Geology, Penn State University
  • 2012 ExxonMobil Geosciences Student Research Grant
  • 2011 First Prize (poster) in Penn State Geosciences Grad Student Colloquium
  • 2010 Geological Society of America Student Research Grant
  • 2009 Krynine Travel Award for attending AGU conference, Penn State University
  • 2008 Earth and Environmental Systems Institute Scholarship, Penn State University
  • 2008 Krynine Travel Award for attending AGU conference, Penn State University
  • 2008 Krynine Award for field work in Tibet, Penn State University
  • 2002 ConocoPhillips (China) Student Scholarship