My research focuses on geodynamics, tectonics and structural geology, coupling theoretical analysis, numerical simulations and geological/geophysical observations/data.
I finished a project on the continental extension in orogenic belts and continental margins that leads to most extensional structures on the Earth, such as rift basins, continental margins, core complexes, and detachment faults. Currently I am working on the tectonic evolution of South China Sea, using both numerical simulations and seismic data, and on the rheology and evolution of shear zone at a variety of space and time scale.
Modes of continental extension in a lithospheric wedge [Poster], American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA (2014)
Extensional collapse of orogens: Modes of extension, core complexes, and detachment faults [Talk], Dept of Geological Sciences, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (2013)
Modes of extension in collapsing orogens [Talk], Geological Society of America, Denver, CO (2013)
Origin of metamorphic core complexes and detachment faults [Talk], American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA (2013)
Two styles of faulting associated with metamorphic core complexes [Poster], American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA (2012)