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Biography: I am a seismologist at the Department of Earth and Planetary of Sciences, Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. I got my Bachelor of Sciences from University of Science and Technology of China in 2000. My PhD studies took place in Brown University majoring in Geophysics/Seismology during 2000-2005.  Afterward, I took research associate and senior research associate positions at University of Colorado at Boulder.  In 2010, I moved to Macquarie University as a lecturer.  Now I am an associate professor.

Research interests: My primary research interests lie in understanding the structure, dynamics, and deformation of the Earth's lithosphere and upper mantle by studying seismic velocity, anisotropy, and attenuation using seismological techniques. My specific research topics include ambient noise surface wave tomography by extracting seismic Green functions from cross-correlating sequences of ambient or background seismic noise, teleseismic surface wave tomography using earthquake data to constrain the seismic structure of lithosphere, joint inversion of multiple seismic data sets to improve the imaging of thermal and chemical status of the lithosphere and upper mantle.   

Education/Academic qualification

Geophysics/Seismology, PhD, Brown University

1 Sep 20001 Oct 2005

Geophysics, B.S., University of Science and Technology of China

1 Sep 19951 Jul 2000

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Unveiling the fine structure of the Australian continent using ocean waves

Yang, Y., Afonso, J. C., Rawlinson, N. & Niu, F.


Project: Research

From Space to the Deep Earth

Afonso, J. C., Ebbing, J., Holzrichter, N. & Yang, Y.

1/01/16 → …

Project: Research

ARC Centre of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems (CCFS) (ARC)

O'Reilly, S., Wilde, S., Griffin, B., Pearson, N., McCuaig, T., Wu, F., Kerrich, R., Brown, M., Gessner, K., Mainprice, D., Nemchin, A., Van Kranendonk, M., Foley, S., McCammon, C., Clark, S., Kilburn, M., Belousova, E., Fiorentini, M., O'Neill, C. J., Yang, Y., Barley, M. & Li, Z.

21/06/11 → …

Project: Research

Research Outputs

  • 4326 Citations
  • 32 h-Index
  • 73 Article
  • 5 Abstract
  • 1 Meeting abstract

Joint inversion of Rayleigh wave phase velocity, particle motion, and teleseismic body wave data for sedimentary structures

Li, G., Niu, F., Yang, Y. & Tao, K., 28 Jun 2019, In : Geophysical Research Letters. 46, 12, p. 6469-6478 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Mapping crustal shear wave velocity structure and radial anisotropy beneath West Antarctica using seismic ambient noise

    O'Donnell, J. P., Brisbourne, A. M., Stuart, G. W., Dunham, C. K., Yang, Y., Nield, G. A., Whitehouse, P. L., Nyblade, A. A., Wiens, D. A., Anandakrishnan, S., Aster, R. C., Huerta, A. D., Lloyd, A. J., Wilson, T. & Winberry, J. P., Nov 2019, In : Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems. 20, 11, p. 5014-5037 24 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • The deep lithospheric structure of the Junggar Terrane, NW China: implications for its origin and tectonic evolution

    Zhang, A., Afonso, J. C., Xu, Y., Wu, S., Yang, Y. & Yang, B., Nov 2019, In : Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth. 124, 11, p. 11615-11638 24 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    The uppermost mantle seismic velocity structure of West Antarctica from Rayleigh wave tomography: insights into tectonic structure and geothermal heat flow

    O'Donnell, J. P., Stuart, G. W., Brisbourne, A. M., Selway, K., Yang, Y., Nield, G. A., Whitehouse, P. L., Nyblade, A. A., Wiens, D. A., Aster, R. C., Anandakrishnan, S., Huerta, A. D., Wilson, T. & Winberry, J. P., 15 Sep 2019, In : Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 522, p. 219-233 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)