Research professor 


Research Areas

Based on the joint inversion method, I focus on the structure: 

1) small-scale crustal structure and its relationship with fault zone and/or ore deposit;

2) large-scale lithospheric structure and its implication to the geological evolution; 

​3) Crust-mantle structure and its relationship with volatile distribution


2009.09-2014.07 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Tectonophysics, a successive postgraduate and doctoral program. 
2005.09-2009.07 China University of Geoscience, Geophysics, Bachelor. Class Ranking: 1/72


Work Experience

2022.01-now   Research professor 

2018.10-2019.11 Visiting scholar in Geophysics at Georgia Institute of Technology.

2015.08-2016.09 Visiting scholar in Geophysics at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

2014.07-2021.12 Associated research professor in Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

2013.09-2014.03 Visiting scholar in Geophysics at University of Colorado Boulder, 


Zhang, Z., Deng, Y.*, 2022. A generalized strategy from S-wave receiver functions reveals distinct lateral variations of lithospheric thickness in southeastern Tibet. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 23(11), e2022GC010619.

Zhang, Z., Deng, Y.*, Qiu, H., Peng, Z., Liu-Zeng, J., 2022. High-resolution structure of the creeping section of the Haiyuan Fault, NE Tibet, from data recorded by dense seismic arrays. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 127(9), e2022JB024468.

Deng, Y., Chen, Y., Li, P., Zhang, Z., Badal, J., 2022. A Synthesis of Geophysical Data in Southeastern North China Craton: Implications for the Formation of the Arcuate Xuhuai Thrust Belt. Journal of Earth Science 33, 552-566.

Deng, Y., Xu, Y.-G., Chen, Y., 2021. Formation mechanism of the North–South Gravity Lineament in eastern China. Tectonophysics 818, 229074.

Deng, Y., Byrnes, J. S., Bezada, M., 2021. New insights into the heterogeneity of the lithosphere-asthenosphere system beneath South China from teleseismic body-wave attenuation. Geophysical Research Letters, 48(6), e2020GL091654.

Zhang, Z., Deng, Y.*, Yao, J., Zong, J., Chen, H., 2021. An array based seismic image on the Dahutang deposit, South China: Insight into the mineralization. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 310, 106617.

Deng, Y., Peng, Z., Liu-Zeng, J., 2020. Systematic search for repeating earthquakes along the Haiyuan fault system in Northeastern Tibet. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 125(7), e2020JB019583.

Deng, Y., Li, J., Peng, T., Ma, Q., Song, X., Sun, X., Shen, Y. and Fan, W., 2019. Lithospheric structure in the Cathaysia block (South China) and its implication for the Late Mesozoic magmatism. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 291, 24-34.

Deng, Y., Li, J., Song, X., Li, H., Xu, T., 2019. The lithospheric-scale deformation in NE Tibet from joint inversion of receiver function and surface wave dispersion. Terrestrial, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, 30(1), 1-11.

Deng, Y., Li, J., Song, X., Zhu, L., 2018. Joint Inversion for Lithospheric Structures: Implications for the Growth and Deformation in Northeastern Tibetan Plateau. Geophysical Research Letters, 45, doi:10.1029/2018GL077486.

Deng, Y., Levandowskic, W., Kusky, T., 2017. Lithospheric density structure beneath the Tarim basin and surroundings, northwestern China, from the joint inversion of gravity and topography. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 460, 244-254.. 

Deng, Y., Chen, L., Wu, J., Xu, T., Romanelli, F., Panza, G.F., 2017. Lateral variation in seismic velocities and rheology beneath the Qinling-Dabie orogen. Science China Earth Sciences, 60(3), 576-588.

Deng, Y., Tesauro, M., 2016. Lithospheric strength variations in Mainland China: tectonic implications. Tectonics, 35, 2313-2333.

Deng, Y., Chen, Y., Wang, P., Essa, K.S., Xu, T., Liang, X., Badal, J., 2016. Magmatic underplating beneath the Emeishan large igneous province (South China) revealed by the COMGRA-ELIP experiment. Tectonophysics 672, 16-23.

Deng, Y., Shen, W., Xu, T., H.Ritzwoller, M., 2015. Crustal layering in northeastern Tibet: a case study based on joint inversion of receiver functions and surface wave dispersion. Geophysical Journal International, 203, 692–706.

Zhang, Z., Teng, J., Romanelli, F., Braitenberg, C., Ding, Z., Zhang, X., Fang, L., Zhang, S., Wu, J., Deng, Y.*, Ma, T., Sun, R., Giuliano, P.F. 2014. Geophysical constraints on the link between cratonization and orogeny: Evidence from the Tibetan Plateau and the North China Craton. Earth-Science Reviews, 130, 1-48.

Deng, Y., Zhang, Z., Mooney, W., Badal, J., Fan, W. and Zhong, Q., 2014. Mantle origin of the Emeishan large igneous province (South China) from the analysis of residual gravity anomalies. Lithos, 204, 4-13.

Deng, Y., Zhang, Z., Badal, J., Fan, W., 2014. 3-D density structure under South China constrained by seismic velocity and gravity data. Tectonophysics, 627, 159-170.

Deng, Y., Panza, G.F., Zhang, Z., Romanelli, F., Ma, T., Doglioni, C., Wang, P., Zhang, X., Teng, J., 2014. Transition from continental collision to tectonic escape? A geophysical perspective on lateral expansion of the northern Tibetan Plateau. Earth, Planets and Space, 66(1), 1-10.

Deng, Y., Zhang, Z., Fan, W., Pérez-Gussinyé, M., 2014. Multitaper spectral method to estimate the elastic thickness of South China: Implications for intracontinental deformation. Geoscience Frontiers, 5(2), 193-203.

Deng, Y., Fan, W., Zhang, Z. and Liang, K., 2014. The gravity and isostatic Moho in North China Craton and their implications to seismicity. Earthquake Science, 27(2), 197-207.

Deng, Y., Fan, W., Zhang, Z., Badal, J., 2013. Geophysical evidence on segmentation of the Tancheng-Lujiang fault and its implications on the lithosphere evolution in East China. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 78, 263-276.

邓阳凡, 李守林, 范蔚茗, 刘佳, 2011. 深地震测深揭示的华南地区地壳结构及其动力学意义. 地球物理学报, 54(10), 2560-2574. 


I have collaborations with Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, University of Illinois, 

Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Minnesota,  USGS, Utrecht University, University of Zaragoza, University of Rome, University of Trieste. 

Welcome to contact me if you are interested in my research.

Welcome international student.

Honors & Distinctions

The Scholarship in China University of Geoscience (Beijing) at Geophysics. 2006-2009.

The Merit Student in China University of Geoscience (Beijing). 2008

The Scholarship from China National Petroleum Corporation. 2008.

CAS Presidential Scholarship,2014

Excellent young Scholar in Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, CAS, 2014

Ten major scientific and technological progress of Chinese Geological Society, 2015

Tuguangchi Award for Excellent Young Scholar, 2017

The Youth Innovation Promotion Association CAS, 2018