Principal Investigator
An Yin
Professor in Geology

University of California, Los Angeles
4676 Geology Building
email: yin@ess.ucla.edu
Phone: +1-310-825-8752

Graduate Students
Abijah Simon
Graduate Student (PhD)

Tectonics of the Himalayan-Tibetan Orogen
4681 Geology Building, UCLA
email: abijah@ucla.edu
B.S., University of Michigan

Ashley Schoenfeld
Graduate Student (PhD)

Geological Processes of Icy Satellites
4681 Geology Building, UCLA
email: ashley.schoenfeld@ucla.edu
B.S., UC Berkeley

Kobe Y. Wang
Graduate Student

Surface processes and tectonics of Mars
4681 Geology Building, UCLA
email: chi@live.com
B.S., UCLA

Valeria Jaramillo Hernandez
Graduate Student

Structural Geology and Tectonics
4681 Geology Building, UCLA
email: jaramillov29@g.ucla.edu
B.S., UC Santa Barbara

Han-Zhang Chen
Graduate Student

Antarctica ice-shelf tectonics and tectonic and surface processes of the Pluto system
4681 Geology Building, UCLA
email: hanzchen@g.ucla.edu
B.S., China University of Geoscience (Beijing)

Julia Miller
Graduate Student

Tectonic and surface processes of icy satellites and the Pluto system
4681 Geology Building, UCLA
email: juliawmiller@g.ucla.edu
B.S., Cornell University

Undergraduate assistants
Reva Kakaria
Undergraduate assistant


Planetary geology/Comparative planetology
4686 Geology Building, UCLA
email: rkakaria@ucla.edu

Employment of Past PhD Students in Academics
Thomas K. Kelty
PhD in 2000

Geology Professor, California State University, Long Beach, California.
email: tkelty@csulb.edu
Personal webpage

Michael A. Murphy
PhD in 2001

Geology Professor, University of Houston, Houston, Texas.
email: mmurphy@central.uh.edu
Personal webpage

Paul A. Kapp
PhD in 2002

Geology Professor, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.
email: pkapp@email.arizona.edu
Personal webpage

Eric S. Cowgill
PhD in 2002

Geology Professor, University of California, Davis, California.
email: escowgill@ucdavis.edu
Personal webpage

Michael H. Taylor
PhD in 2003

Geology Professor, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.
email: mht@ku.edu
Personal website

Alexander C. Robinson
PhD in 2004

Geology Professor, University of Houston, Huston, Texas.
email: acrobinson@uh.edu
Personal webpage

Carrie Menold
PhD in 2006

Geology Professor, Albion College, Michigan, Albion, Michigan.
email: cmenold@albion.edu
Personal webpage

A. Alexander G. Webb
PhD in 2008

Geology Professor, Hong Kong University
email: aagwebb@gmail.com

Michael W. McRivette
PhD in 2011

Geology Professor, Albion College, Michigan, Albion, Michigan.


Sara Cina
PhD in 2011

Field Program Coordinator and Field Course Instructor, School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University, California.
email: saracina@stanford.edu
Personal webpage

Jessica Watkins
PhD in 2015

Astronaut Candidate-Class 2017
email: jwatkins11@ucla.edu   Phone: +1-303-564-6312
Personal website
B.S., Stanford University

Jennifer Scully
PhD in 2015

Research Staff at JPL
email: jscully@ucla.edu   Phone: +1-310-614-2313
Personal website
B.S., University of Dublin

Andrew Zuza
PhD in 2016

Geology Professor, University of Nevada, Reno
Tectonics of central Asia and Tibet
email: avz5818@gmail.com
Personal website

Ivy Curren
PhD in 2016

Post-doctoral fellow, Weizmann Institute of Science
email: ivy.s.curren@gmail.com     Phone: +1-310-206-0650
Personal website

Peter Haproff
PhD in 2018

Geology Professor, University of North Carolina Wilmington
email: haproffp@uncw.edu
Phone: +1-760-505-7976
B.S., UC Santa Barbara

Erin Leonard
PhD in 2019

Postdoc fellow at JPL/NASA
4781 Geology Building, UCLA
email: erinleonard@ucla.edu    
B.S., University of California, Berkeley

Employment of Past PhD Students in Industries or Government Agencies
Jeff Fillipone
PhD in 1993

Principal / Senior Geologist at Geotechnical Engineering Division, Golder Associates Ltd, 3795 Carey Road, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada V8Z 6T8
email: Jeff_Fillipone@golder.com


Earnest D. Paylor
PhD in 1994

President of WorldTech International, LLC Focusing on advanced and emerging technology-related consulting, and VP and CTO of WorldTech Inc.

Peter Rumelhart
PhD in 1999

EXXON-MOBILE Oil Company, Houston, Texas.


Stephanie M. Briggs
PhD in 2007

Lettis Consultants International, Walnut Creek, United States

Employment of Past MS Students
Christian Zarn
MS in 1989

Mineral Exploration Company, Europe.


Adam W. Norris, PG
MS in 1991

Project Geohydrologist, GEOSCIENCE Support Services, Inc.
620 Arrow Hwy., Ste. 2000, La Verne, CA 91750
email: ANorris@geoscience-water.com
Personal website

Elizabeth Forshee
MS in 1992

Union California Oil Company, Sacramento, California.


Robert Johnston
MS in 1996

EXXON-MOBILE Oil Company, Houston, Texas.

Michael A. Murphy
MS in 1997

Geology Professor, University of Houston, Houston, Texas.
email: mmurphy@central.uh.edu
Personal webpage

Michael H. Taylor
MS in 2000

Geology Professor, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.
email: mht@ku.edu
Personal website

Kristin Ebert Fishter
MS in 2006

Geologist, XTO Energy, Houston, Texas
email: kristin_fishter@xtoenergy.com

Matt Spurlin
MS in 1998

Environmental Consulting Company, Denver, Colorado.


C.Y. (Queena) Chou
MS in 2005

Consulting Company, Calgary, Canada.


Robert Lovdhal
MS in 2011

Geotechnical Consulting Company, Irvine, California.


Sarah Byram
MS in 2011

Energy Company, Kansas City.

Robin Reith
MS in 2012

Tectonics of northern Tibet and analogue modeling
Ormat Technologies, Inc., Reno, Nevada
email: robincreith@gmail.com
Phone: +1-805-895-2583

Paul Burgess
MS in 2013

Kinematics and growth rate of the active Himalayan orogen
Project Geologist, California Geological Survey
email: wburgess@ucla.edu
Phone: +1-310-405-2226

Margaret Deng
MS in 2018

Structural Geology and Tectonics
High School Science Teacher, San Jose, California
email: margaretydeng@gmail.com

Abijah Simon
>MS in 2018

Tectonics of the Himalayan-Tibetan Orogen
4681 Geology Building, UCLA
email: abijah@ucla.edu

Employment of Past Post-doctoral Fellows
Professor Bradley R. Hacker
1987-1988

Professor of Geology, UC Santa Barbara.
Personal webpage

Dr. Shang-You Nie
1992-1994

Senior Exploration Geologist, Shell Oil Company.

Dr. Phillip Law
1992-1993

Boeing Company.

Dr. Brian Horton
1997-1998

Professor of Geology, University of Texas, Austin.
Personal webpage

Dr. Xiang-Hong Kong
1996-1998

Computer software engineer, Los Angeles.

Professor Xuan-Hua Chen
2007-2008

Professor of Geology, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, Beijing, China.

Dr. Heng-Mao Tong
2009-2010

Professor of Geology, China University of Petroleum, Beijing, China.

Hai-Yan Wang
2009-2010

Professor of Geophysics, Institute of Geology, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, Beijing, China
email: hyanwhy@126.com
Phone: +86-13810796478

Jun-Feng Gong
2011-2013

Thermochronology and tectonic evolution of southern Tibet.
Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
email: gongjunfeng@gmail.com

Yi-Xin Chen
2012-2013

Landscape dynamics and their connections to climate changes and tectonic movements of the Himalaya.
4686 Geology Building, UCLA
email: chenyixin23@gmail.com   Phone: +1-310-866-7074
Ph.D., College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University

Dr. Korhan Esat
Post-doctoral fellow

Structural Geology, Tectonics, RS/GIS Applications in Geology, Geological Modelling
4686 Geology Building, UCLA
email: esat@ankara.edu.tr
Personal website
From: Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey

Dr. Cong Pan
Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Physics, Northern Arizona State University

To understand processes and compositional variation of rocky planets using infrared spectroscopic analysis and modern remote-sensing techniques
email: pancong419@gmail.com

Dr. Xiang-Jiang Yu
2012-2014, 2017-2019

Professor of Geology, Jilin University, Changchun, China
email: yuxiangjiang@jlu.edu.cn

Past Visiting Scholars
Prof. Batulzii Dash

From: Mongolian University of Science and Technology.

Prof. C. S. Dubey

From: Delhi University.

Prof. Jiang-Hai Wang

From: Sun Yat-Sen University.


Dr. Cao Yuan

From: Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences



Dr. Jiang-Yu Zhou

From: China University of Geosciences, Wuhan.

Prof. Xiao-Feng Wang

From: Institute of Geomechanics, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences.

Prof. Zheng-Le Chen

From: Institute of Geomechanics, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences.

Prof. Yue-Qiao Zhang

From: Institute of Geomechanics, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences.

Prof. Lin Ding

From: Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences.

Prof. Wan-Ming Deng

From: Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences.

Prof. Gui-Bin Zhang

From: China University of Geosciences, Beijing.

Prof. Ke Hu

From: China University of Geosciences, Beijing.

Prof. De-Wei Li

From: China University of Geosciences, Wuhan.

Xiao-Song Xiong
Visiting Scholar

From: Institute of Geology, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, Beijing, China
email: benxung@126.com
Phone: +86-15810326786

Jian-Hua Li
Visiting Scholar

From: Institute of Geomechanics, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, Beijing, China
email: lijianhua0301@126.com

Hossein Hassani
Visiting Professor

Tectonic, landslide zonation and remote sensing
5632 Geology Building, UCLA
email: hassanihossein15@yahoo.com
Phone: +1-310-736-0504
From: Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

Xiao-Gan Cheng
Visiting Scholar

Tectonic evolution of western China
4686 Geology Building, UCLA
email: chengxg@zju.edu.cn
Phone: +1-424-239-4917
From: Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

Wen-Liang Jiang
Visiting Scholar

Active fault, tectonic geomorphology, remote sensing
4686 Geology Building, UCLA
email: jiang_wenliang@163.com
Phone: +1-323-203-9480
From: Institute of Crustal Dynamics, China Earthquake Administration, Beijing, China

Prof. Qiu-Gen Li
Visiting Scholar

Late Archean-Paleoproterozoic tectonic evolution, orogenic type and crustal growth of the North China Craton
4686 Geology Building, UCLA
email: qgli@pku.edu.cn
From: Peking University, China

Dr. Yu-Xiu Zhang
Visiting Scholar

Geology Evolution of Tibetan Plateau
4686 Geology Building, UCLA
email: yushuzh@gmail.com
Phone: +1-424-230-6775
From: University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

Dr. Jian-Lin Chen
Professor of Geochemistry, Visiting Scholar

Geological evolution of the southern Tibetan Plateau
4686 Geology Building, UCLA
email: lzdxchen@gig.ac.cn
Phone: +1-424-230-6775
From: Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou, China

Dr. Zhu-Jun Han
Professor of Geology, Visiting Scholar

Active tectonics and seismic risk analysis
4686 Geology Building, UCLA
email: zjhan0904@163.com
Phone: +1-310-254-0743
From: Institute of Geology, China Earthquake Administration, Beijing, China

Dr. Da-Peng Li
Visiting Scholar

Geology evolution of the southeastern margin of the Tibetan Plateau
4686 Geology Building, UCLA
email: dapeng.li.021983@gmail.com
Phone: +1-310-500-9602
From: China University of Geosciences, Beijing, China

Jun-Peng Wang
Visiting Graduate Researcher

Precambrian tectonic evolution of North China Craton
4686 Geology Building, UCLA
email: wangjp1986@gmail.com
Phone: +1-424-465-0809
From: China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, China

Zeng-Zhen Wang
Visiting Graduate Researcher

Tectonic evolution of the southern Central Asian Orogenic System
4686 Geology Building, UCLA
email: pkuwzz@163.com
Phone: +1-323-360-2085
From: Peking University, Beijing, China

Dr. Li-Jun Song
Professor of Geology, Visiting Scholar

Basin analysis
4686 Geology Building, UCLA
email: slj2003150@126.com
Phone: +1-424-371-3136
From: Xi'an Shiyou University, Xi'an, China

Ming Sun
Exchange PhD student

4686 Geology Building, UCLA
email: 952528721@qq.com
From: China University of Geosciences, Beijing, China

Dr. Xiaogang Li
Professor of Geology, Visiting Scholar

Quantitative analysis of fault-related fracture systems; analysis and interpretation of seismic-reflection data
4686 Geology Building, UCLA
email: xg_lee@qq.com
From: Chongqing University of Science & Technology, Chongqing, China

Jingqiang Wang
Exchange PhD student

Pre-Mesozoic tectonic evolution of South China
4686 Geology Building, UCLA
email: wjq025@163.com
From: Nanjing University, Nanjing, China

Xing-Qiang Chen
Exchange PhD student

4686 Geology Building, UCLA
email: cxq123111@163.com
From: the Institute of Geomechanics, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, Beijing, China

Prof. Zhao-Jie Guo
Visiting Scholar

4686 Geology Building, UCLA
email: zjguo@pku.edu.cn
From: Peking University, Beijing, China

Prof. Bei Xu
Visiting Scholar

4686 Geology Building, UCLA
email: bxu@pku.edu.cn
From: Peking University, Beijing, China

Prof. Chuan-Xin Li
Visiting Scholar

Structural Geology, Tectonics, RS/GIS Applications in Geology, Geological Modelling
3636 Geology Building, UCLA
email: chuanxin_li@163.com
From: China University of Geosciences-Beijing, China

Yi-Ping Zhang
Visiting Graduate Researcher

Basin-Mountain Coupling relationship and Tectonic evolution of the Middle Segment of Central Orogenic belt in the Mesozoic
3636 Geology Building, UCLA
email: BJZhYP@126.com
From: Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, Beijing, China

Prof. Hong-ling Luo
Visiting Scholar

Tectonic evolution of northern margin of North China Plate
3636 Geology Building, UCLA
email: luohl@cumtb.edu.cn
From: China University of Mining and Technology-Beijing, China

Dr. Chen Wu
Visiting Scholar

Tectonics of central Asia and Tethyan orogenic system
3636 Geology Building, UCLA
email: wuchen2016@cugb.edu.cn
From: China University of Geosciences-Beijing, China

Dr. Kai-Xuan An
Visiting Graduate Researcher

Cenozoic tectonics in northeastern Tibetan Plateau
3636 Geology Building, UCLA
email: ankaixuan1993@zju.edu.cn
From: Zhejiang University

Dr. Chun-Lin Li
Visiting Scholar

Continental deformation of South China
3636 Geology Building, UCLA
email: chunlinlee@cags.ac.cn
From: Institute of Geomechanics, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences

Dr. Jia-Fu Chen
Visiting Scholar

Regional geology
3636 Geology Building, UCLA
email: chenjiafu@mail.neu.edu.cn
From: Northeastern University

Dr. Zhou-Min Xie
Visiting Scholar

Slow earthquakes
3636 Geology Building, UCLA
email: Zhm_x@163.com
From: China Earthquake Administration, Beijing, China

Dr. Lin Chen
Visiting Scholar

Modeling of dynamic evolution of the Earth and icy satellites
3636 Geology Building, UCLA
email: chenlin@mail.iggcas.ac.cn
From: Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Dr. Shi-Chao Li
Visiting Scholar

Analogue Modeling
3636 Geology Building, UCLA
email: Lsc@jlu.edu.cn
From: Jilin University, Changchun, China

Dr. Hui-Min Jing
Visiting Scholar

Geodynamics, Numerical simulation of ice-shell and crustal deformation
4681 Geology Building, UCLA
email: jinghuimin@nbu.edu.cn
From: Ningbo University, Ningbo, China

Dr. Wei-Feng Xiao
Visiting Scholar

Paleozoic tectonic evolution of the Tian Shan Orogenic Belt, NW China, Kyrgizstan, Uzbekistan
3636 Geology Building, UCLA
email: wf_shaw@163.com
From: Institute of Geomechanics, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, Beijing, China

Dr. Yan Tang
Visiting Scholar

Tectonic evolution of Songpan-Ganze terrane in Eastern Tibet
4681 Geology Building, UCLA
email: tangyan2011@chd.edu.cn
From: Chang’an University, Xi’an, China

Dr. Xi Xu
Visiting Scholar

Cenozoic comepressional and extensional tectonics and Geophysical exploration
4681 Geology Building, UCLA
email: winbreak@163.com
From: China Aero Geophysical Survey and Remote Center for Natural Resources,China Geological Survey, Beijing & School of Earth Sciences, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou,China

Former undergraduate assistants
Steven Norton
Undergraduate assistant


4686 Geology Building, UCLA
email: novishka54@sbcglobal.net

Alyssa Anderson
Undergraduate assistant


4686 Geology Building, UCLA
email: alyssa.n.anderson@gmail.com

Louise Tsang
Undergraduate assistant


4686 Geology Building, UCLA
email: louise_tsang@hotmail.com

Grace Broyles
Undergraduate assistant


4686 Geology Building, UCLA
email: grace.broyles@gmail.com

Jun-Wen Xiong
Undergraduate assistant


4686 Geology Building, UCLA
email: xiongjunwen@ucla.edu

Jessica Lin
Undergraduate assistant


4686 Geology Building, UCLA
email: jessicalin.29.jl@gmail.com

Drew Gomberg
Undergraduate assistant


4686 Geology Building, UCLA

Isaac Park
Undergraduate assistant


4686 Geology Building, UCLA