My research focuses on tectonics, geodynamics and structural geology coupling numerical simulations and geological/geophysical data.

I am a geologist and geophysicist. I observe, record, and analyze geological and geophysical phenomena to single out the most important controlling factors. Using these information I develop conceptual models. Then I do forward and inverse geodynamics modeling constrained by the geological and geophysical data to gain insight into geological/geophysical problems, and to understand how they evolve through geological time.

I am currently finishing a project on the continental extension in orogenic belts that leads to most extensional structures on the Earth, such as rift basins, continental margins, core complexes, and detachment faults. Now 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.

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], AGU, San Francisco, CA (2012)

Clastic Depositional Systems class field trip, 2010, BookCliffs, CO

Clastic Depositional Systems class field trip, 2010, BookCliffs, COBasin Analysis class field trip, 2011, CaliforniaMicrotectonics & rock rheology class field trip, 2013, Southern CaliforniaDeath Valley field trip, 2013, Death Valley, CA