Curriculum Vitae

Yan Zhan

  • Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellow
  • NASA Earth and Space Science Fellow

EDUCATION

2015-2020

Ph.D. Geology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Advisor: Patricia Gregg

Title: Modeling volcanic unrest by data assimilation

2012-2015

M.S. Structural Geology, Peking University, Beijing, China.

Advisor: Guiting Hou

Title: Geodynamics of earthquake initiation in the eastern North China craton

2008-2012

B.S. Geochemistry, Peking University, Beijing, China.


GRANTS & FUNDING

2020 – Present

Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellowship

2018 – 2020

NASA – Earth and Space Science Fellowship (PI)

2016 Summer

NASA Funding for Goldschmidt

2015 – 2016

UIUC Dept. of Geology Ph.D. Fellowship

HONORS & AWARDS

2019

R. James Kirkpatrick Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in Geology, funded by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois

2016

US Student NASA Funding for Goldschmidt 2016

2015-2016

Geology Department Ph.D. Fellowship, University of Illinois

2015

Outstanding Master Graduates of Peking University


FIELDWORK

2018

Field trip in Scotland, UK.

2017

Field trip in Arizona and California.

2016

Research Vessel Atlantis cruise (31-day). OASIS experiment involving multibeam mapping, dredging, Sentry AUV operation, and rock sampling using HOV Alvin at off- axis Siqueiros seamounts, East Pacific Rise.

2014

Active fault investigation in Hebei and Shandong, East China.

2013

Active fault investigation in Xinjiang, Northwest China.

2012

Excursion for Orogenic Geology in European Alps, France.


SERVICE

2019-2020

Chair of School of Earth, Society, & Environment Annual research review committee, University of Illinois

2018

Convener for the AGU 2018 Fall Meeting: (V23G) Combining Monitoring Data with Models to Investigate Volcanic Unrest

2016

The 50th Annual Meeting of GSA’s North-Central Section Student Volunteer

2008-2009

Vice minister of academic department of Student Union, Peking University


INVITED TALKS

2020

The Fourth International Young Scholars Geo-Symposium (Webinar), Peking University

International Volcanic Seminar (Zoom): Modeling volcanic unrest by data assimilation (Record)

2018

Invited talk in Peking University: From weather forecast to volcanic eruption forecast 

2016

Invited talk in Peking University: Using data assimilation to optimize volcano geodesy strategy.


TEACHING & MENTORING EXPERIENCE

2020

Mentor of Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (SUROP), University of Illinois.

2018-2020

Co-advisor for Brooke Dykstra (UIUC, B.S. excepted 2021). Project: Effect of a trans-lithospheric weak zone on the magnitude of Paleozoic flexural uplift: a case study of the Ozark dome. (2019 GSA poster)

2019

Tutorial on data assimilation, CIDER workshop, Berkeley, CA, USA

Co-Lecture, GEOL593: Mid-Ocean ridge Tectonics, UIUC

Guest Lecture, GEOL350:  UIUC, Volcanos

2015-2017

Co-advisor for Sean Griffin (UIUC, B.S. May 2017; Currently Geologist at Citizen Energy, Denver, CO). Senior thesis: Investigating volcanic unrest and eruption potential at the Three Sisters Volcanoes in the Oregon Cascades


Link to my publications

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