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Zhao Liang
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  No.19 Beitucheng West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100029, China

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Liang Zhao

The primary goal of my research is directed toward understanding the structure, dynamics, and evolution of the Earth's interior. In recent years, I use seismic waves to probe the internal structure and property of the upper mantle. Using waveform modeling, tomography, receiver function, and shear wave splitting, I placed high-resolution seismological constraints on basin-range coupling, crust-mantle interaction, lithospheric structure, upper mantle structure and deformation, and evolution of continent. In the recent years, I focus the observation and research on eastern China, a continental margin that underwent complex tectonic events from the Precambrian to Cenozoic. I also have a strong interest in developing new methodologies for simulating seismic wave propagation through the heterogeneous and anisotropic media. The calculation techniques I employed include finite difference, finite element and spectral element methods.

2002. Ph.D. China University of Petroleum- Beijing
1999. M.S. Jianghan Petroleum University
1996. B.S. Jianghan Petroleum University

Professional experience
2010-present, Professor, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
2006-2010, Associate Prof., Institute of Geology and Geophysics,  Chinese Academy of Sciences
2009.03-2009-07, Visiting scholar in University of California at Berkeley.
2002-2005, Assistant Prof., Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Research Interests:
 Seismology and geodynamic modeling
Public Services:

2007, Fu Chengyi Award, Chinese Geophysical Society
2008, Award by K.C. Wang Education Foundation, Hong Kong
2009, Young Scientist of Lu Jiaxi Award , by K.C. Wang Education Foundation, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Supported Projects:

Selected Publication:
  2. Zhao, L., T.Y. Zheng, G. Lu, Y.S. Ai (2011), No direct correlation of mantle flow beneath the North China Craton to the India-Eurasia collision: constraints from new SKS wave splitting measurements, Geophys. J. Int., in press.
  3. Lu, G., B.J.P. Kaus, L. Zhao, Thermal localization as a potential mechanism to rift cratons, Phys. Earth Planet. Inter., 186, 125-137.
  4. Zhao, L., M. Xue, Mantle flow pattern and geodynamic cause of the North China Craton reactivation: Evidence from seismic anisotropy, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 11, Q07010, doi:10.1029/2010GC003068, 2010.
  5. Zhao, L., R. M. Allen, T. Zheng, and S.-H. Hung , Reactivation of an Archean craton: Constraints from P- and S-wave tomography in North China, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L17306, doi:10.1029/2009GL039781, 2009.
  6. T.Y. Zheng, L. Zhao, R.X. Zhu, New evidence from seismic imaging for subduction during assembly of the North China Craton, Geology, 37, 395-398,  2009.
  7. T.Y. Zheng, L. Zhao, W.W. Xu, R.X. Zhu, Insight into modification of North China Craton from seismological study in the Shandong Province, Geophy. Res. Lett., 35, L22305, doi:10.1029/2008GL035661, 2008.
  8. Zhao L., L.X. Wen, L. Chen, T.Y. Zheng, A two-dimensional hybrid method for modeling seismic wave propagation in anisotropic media, J. Geophys. Res., 113, B12307, doi:10.1029/2008JB005733, 2008.
  9. Zhao L., T.Y. Zheng, G. Lü, Insight into craton evolution: constraints from shear wave splitting in the North China Craton, Phys. Earth Planet. Inter., 168,153-162, 2008.
  10. T.Y. Zheng, L. Zhao, W.W. Xu, R.X. Zhu, Insight into modification of North China Craton from seismological study in the Shandong Province, Geophy. Res. Lett., 35, L22305, doi:10.1029/2008GL035661, 2008
  11. Zheng T.Y., L. Zhao, R.X. Zhu, Insight into the geodynamics of cratonic reactivation from seismic analysis of the crust-mantle boundary, Geophy. Res. Lett., 35, L08303, doi:10.1029/2008GL033439, 2008.
  12. Chen L., T. Wang, L. Zhao, T.Y. Zheng, Distinct lateral variation of lithospheric thickness in the Northeastern North China Craton, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 267, 56-68, 2008.
  13. Zhao L., T.Y. Zheng, L. Chen, Q.S. Tang, Shear wave splitting in eastern China, implications for upper mantle deformation beneath continental margin, Phys. Earth Planet. Inter., 162,73-84, 2007.
  14. Zhao L., T.Y. Zheng, Complex upper mantle deformation beneath the North China Craton: implications for lithospheric thinning, Geophy. J. Int., 170, 1095-1099, 2007.
  15. Zheng T.Y., L. Chen, L. Zhao, R.X. Zhu, Crustal structure across the Yanshan belt at the northern margin of the North China Craton, Phys. Earth Planet. Inter., 161, 36-49, 2007. 
  16. Zhao L., L. X. Wen, L. Chen, and T.Y. Zheng, A two-dimensional hybrid method for calculating seismograms for seismic waves propagating in anisotropic media and its application, Eos Trans., AGU, 87(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract S53B-1138, 2006.
  17. Zhao L., T.Y. Zheng, Using shear wave splitting measurements to investigate the upper mantle anisotropy beneath the North Craton, Geophys. Res. Lett., 32, L10309, doi:10.1029/2005GL022585, 2005.
  18. Zhao L., T.Y. Zheng, Seismic structure of the Bohai Bay Basin, northern China, Implications for basin evolution, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 231, 9-22, 2005.
  19. Zheng T.Y., L. Chen, L. Zhao, W.W. Xu, R.X. Zhu, Crust-mantle structure difference across the gravity gradient zone in North China Craton, Seismic image of the thinned continental crust, Phys. Earth Planet. Inter. , 159, 43-58, 2006.  
  20. Zheng T.Y., L. Zhao, L. Chen,  A detailed Receiver Function Image of the Sedimentary Structure in the Bohai Bay Basin, Phys. Earth Planet. Inter., 152, 129-143, 2005.
  21. Zhao L., T.Y. Zheng, W. Xu , Modeling the Jiyang depression, Northern China, using a wave-field extrapolation FD method and waveform inversion, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 94, 988-1001, 2004.  
  22. Zhao L., X. L. Wu, Calculation and analysis of sensitivity field for multiphase flow electromagnetic tomography (EMT) in well logging, Chinese Journal of Geophysics, 46, 1251-1258, 2003.
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