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Youqiang Yu


Youqiang Yu   Associate Professor

Office Ocean building 502

Tel+0086 18616951797

Email: yuyouqiang@tongji.edu.cn


Mailing AddressSchool of Ocean and Earth   Science, Tongji University, 1239 Siping Road, Shanghai 200092, China


2011.08-2015.07Missouri University of Science and Technology, Geophysics, Ph.D

2007.09-2011.07China University of Petroleum (Hua Dong), Geophysics, B.S.



2016.05-PresentTongji University, Assistant Professor

2017.08-2017.11Tohoku University, Visiting Scholar

Research interests

seismological studies aiming at improving our understandings of the structure and dynamics of the Earth’s crust and mantle beneath active tectonic areas such as continental rifts, active faults, volcanic areas, and subduction zones.


1. Investigations of hazard activities associated with volcano, earthquake and tsunami beneath the continental margins of eastern Asia (GASI-GEOGE-05-02), 201701-202006, 1.12 million, National Oceanic Administration, PI;

2. Investigations of receiver function method using data from the passive-source ocean bottom seismograph installed in South China Sea basin (41606043), 201701-201912, 0.2 million, The National Natural Science Fund, PI;

3. Crustal and mantle structure beneath the Indochina Peninsula revealed from receiver function technique (kx0135020171801), 201701-201812, 0.1 million, The Excellent Youth Scholars of Tongji University, PI


1) Lemnifi, A.A., A. Elshaafi, O. Karaoglu, M.K. Salah, N. Aouad, C.A. Reed, and Y. Yu (2017), Complex seismic anisotropy and mantle dynamics beneath Turkey, Journal of Geodynamics, 112, 31-45, doi:10.1016/j.jog.2017.10.004.

2) Yu, Y., T.D. Hung, T. Yang, M. Xue, K.H. Liu, and S.S. Gao (2017), Lateral variations of crustal structure beneath the Indochina Peninsula, Tectonophysics, 712, 193-199, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2017.05.023.

3) Yu Y., S.S. Gao, K.H Liu, T. Yang, M. Xue, and K.P. Le (2017), Mantle transition zone discontinuities beneath the Indochina Peninsula: Implications for slab subduction and mantle upwelling, Geophys. Res. Lett., 44, 7159–7167, doi:10.1002/2017GL073528.

4) Yu, Y., D. Zhao, and J. Lei (2017), Mantle transition zone discontinuities beneath the Tien Shan, Geophysical Journal International, 211, 80-92, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggx287.

5) Reed C.A., K.H Liu, Y. Yu, and S.S. Gao (2017), Seismic anisotropy and mantle dynamics beneath the Malawi Rift Zone, East Africa, Tectonics, 36, 1338–1351, doi:10.1002/2017TC004519.

6) Yu, Y., K.H. Liu, Z. Huang, D. Zhao, C.A. Reed, M. Moidaki, J. Lei, and S.S. Gao (2017), Mantle structure beneath the incipient Okavango rift zone in southern Africa, Geosphere, 13, 1-10, doi:10.1130/GES01331.1.

7) Reed, C.A., K.H. Liu, P. Chindandali, B. Massingue, H. Mdala, D. Mutamina, Y. Yu, and S.S. Gao (2016), Passive rifting of thick lithosphere in the southern East African Rift: Evidence from mantle transition zone discontinuity topography, Journal of Geophysical Research, 121, 1-12, doi: 10.1002/2016JB013131

8) Reed, C.A., S.S. Gao, K.H. Liu and Y. Yu (2016), The mantle transition zone beneath the Afar Depression and adjacent regions: Implications for mantle plumes and hydration, Geophysical Journal International, 205, 1756-1766, doi:10.1093/gji/ggw116.

9) Yu, Y., J. Song, K.H. Liu and S.S. Gao (2015a), Determining crustal structure beneath seismic stations overlying a low-velocity sedimentary layer using receiver functions, Journal of Geophysical Research, 120, 3208-3218, doi:10.1002/2014JB011610.

10) Yu, Y., K.H. Liu, M. Moidaki, C.A. Reed and S.S. Gao (2015b), No thermal anomalies in the mantle transition zone beneath the incipient Okavango Rift: Evidence from stacking of receiver functions, Geophysical Journal International, 202, 1407-1418, doi:10.1093/gji/ggv229.

11) Yu, Y., S.S. Gao, M. Moidaki, C.A. Reed and K.H. Liu (2015c), Seismic anisotropy beneath the incipient Okavango rift: Implications for rifting initiation, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 430, 1-8, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2015.08.009

12) Yu, Y., K.H. Liu, C.A. Reed, M. Moidaki, K. Mickus, E.A. Atekwana and S.S. Gao (2015), A joint receiver function and gravity study of crustal structure beneath the incipient Okavango Rift, Botswana, Geophysical Research Letters, 42, 8398-8405, doi:10.1002/2015GL065811.

13) Lemnifi, A.A., K.H. Liu, S.S. Gao, A.A. Elsheikh, C.A. Reed, Y. Yu and A.A. Elmelade (2015), Azimuthal anisotropy beneath north central Africa from shear wave splitting analyses, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 16, 1105-1114, doi:10.1002/2014GC005706.

14) Wu, J., Z. Zhang, F. Kong, B.B. Yang, Y. Yu, K.H. Liu and S.S. Gao (2015) Complex seismic anisotropy beneath western Tibet and its geodynamic implications, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 413, 167-175, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2015.01.002.

15) Mohamed, A.A., S.S. Gao, A.A. Elsheikh, K.H. Liu, Y. Yu, and R.E. Fat-Helbary (2014), Seismic imaging of mantle transition zone discontinuities beneath the northern Red Sea and adjacent areas, Geophysical Journal International, 199, 648-657, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggu284.

16) Elsheikh, A.A., S.S. Gao, K.H. Liu, A.A. Mohamed, Y. Yu, and R.E. Fat-Helbary (2014), Seismic anisotropy and subduction-induced mantle fabrics beneath the Arabian and Nubian plates adjacent to the Red Sea, Geophysical Research Letters, 41, 2376-2381, doi: 10.1002/2014GL059536.

17) Liu, K.H., A. Elsheikh, A. Lemnifi, U. Purevsuren, M. Ray, H. Refayee, B. Yang, Y. Yu, and S.S. Gao (2014), A uniform database of teleseismic shear wave splitting measurements for the western and central United States, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 15, 2075–2085.

18) Yang, B.B., Gao, S.S., Liu, K.H., Elsheikh, A.A., Lemnifi, A.A., Refayee, H.A. and Yu, Y. (2014), Seismic anisotropy and mantle flow beneath the northern Great Plains of North America, Journal of Geophysical Research, 119, 1971-1985, doi: 10.1002/2013JB010561.

19) Gao, S.S., K.H. Liu, C.A. Reed, Y. Yu, B. Massinque, H. Mdala, M. Moidaki, D. Mutamina, E.A. Atekwana, S. Ingate, and A.M. Reusch (2013), Seismic arrays to study African rift initiation, Eos Trans., AGU, 94, 213-214, doi: 10.1002/2013EO240002.



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