Group Members




Lijun Liu, Principal Investigator, Ph.D. from Caltech







Ching Chang (Fall 2015 – present), Ph.D. candidate, B.S. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

ThesisUsing landscape evolution models to understand deep mantle dynamics






Yaoyi Wang (Fall 2017 – present), Graduate student, B.S. from University of Science & Technology of China

ProjectThe density structure and temporal evolution of cratonic lithosphere






Zebin Cao (Fall 2017 – present), Graduate student, B.S. from Zhejiang University, China

ProjectInvestigating mechanisms for lithospheric deformation






Diandian Peng (Fall 2017 – present), Graduate student, B.S. & M.S. from University of Science & Technology of China

ProjectWestern Pacific subduction and lithospheric response







Zhangang Wang (2018- present), Visiting scholar, Associate Professor at Chinese University of Mining & Technology, Beijing.

Project: Constructing a 3D paleogeographic framework for data-oriented geodynamic modeling.






  Yiming Liu (2017-present), Visiting student, Ph.D. candidate at Chinese Petroleum University, Qingdao.

Project: Understanding the Cenozoic tectonic evolution of East Asia.







Jiashun Hu (Fall 2013 – 2018), Ph.D., Now Postdoctoral Scholar at Caltech

ThesisSubduction dynamics and lithosphere evolution in South America.








Quan Zhou (Fall 2013 – 2018), Ph.D., Now Software Engineer at Granular, San Francisco

ThesisOrigin of intraplate volcanism within the western United States.





  Tiffany Leonard (2013-2015), M.S., Now Science Editor at Compuscript Ltd, Champaign

ThesisTesting the hypothesis of slab-plume interaction on the formation of the Yellowstone hotspot system





Armando Hermosillo (2012-2014), M.S., Now Geologist at GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc, Chicago

ThesisSimulating flat-slab subduction underneath South America using 4D numerical simulations





We always welcome motivated students to join our group! For inquiry, please contact Prof. Liu at:



(001) 217-300-0378.