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Dr. Xiaotao Yang

Assistant Professor Dr. Xiaotao Yang

Curriculum Vitae

Associated website(s):

Google Scholar , Geodata Science Initiative , Computational Seismology and Tectonics , Geology and Geophysics , Personal Website


  • 2016  Ph.D., Geophysics, Indiana University
  • 2011  M.S., Geophysics, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • 2008  B.S., Geophysics, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan)

Research Interests

Dr. Yang is a seismologist, using seismological methods to solve geological/tectonic problems and to understand natural hazards. He is interested in a variety of research topics, including intraplate seismicity, structure and evolution of intracratonic basins and uplifts, dynamics of subduction systems, and improvements in seismic data processing methods. As a long-term interest, he aims to integrate results from multidisciplinary research fields, including geology, geophysics, geochemistry, and geodynamics in addressing tectonic questions.

Selected Honors

  • GeoPRISMS Theoretical and Experimental Institute Travel Award (2019)
  • College of Arts and Sciences Travel Award, Indiana University (2015)
  • EarthScope National Meeting Student Scholarship Travel Award (2017, 2015, 2013)

Publications - See Google Scholar for most up-to-date list

  1. Lü, Z., H. Gao, J. Lei, X. Yang , S. Rathnayaka, C. Li (2019). Crustal and upper mantle structure of
    the Tien Shan orogenic belt from full-wave ambient noise tomography, Journal of Geophysical
    Research-Solid Earth
  2. Yang, X. , H. Gao, S. Rathnayaka, C. Li (2019). A comprehensive quality analysis of empirical
    Green’s functions at Ocean Bottom Seismometers in Cascadia, Seismological Research Letters , doi:
  3. Yang, X. , H. Gao (2018). Full-Wave Seismic Tomography in the Northeastern United States: New
    Insights into the Uplift Mechanism of the Adirondack Mountains, Geophysical Research Letters ,
    45, doi: 10.1029/2018GL078438. * news coverage in UMass News, Phys.org, and AGU GeoSpace
    blog (See Media links on personal website for details)*
  4. Chen, C., H. Gilbert, K. Fischer, C. Andronicos, G. Pavlis, M. Hamburger, S. Marshak, T. Larson, X.
    Yang (2018). Lithospheric discontinuities beneath the U.S. Midcontinent - signatures of
    Proterozoic terrane accretion and failed rifting, Earth and Planetary Science Letters , 481, doi:
  5. Yang, X. , G. Pavlis, M. Hamburger, S. Marshak, H. Gilbert, T. Larson, C. Chen, N. S. Carpenter
    (2017). Detailed Crustal Thickness Variations beneath the Illinois Basin Area: Implications for
    Crustal Evolution of the Midcontinent, Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth , 122, doi:
    10.1002/2017JB014150. *highlighted by the editor as “Exploring hypotheses for thick crust
    under the Illinois Basin” on July 13, 2017*
  6. Marshak, S., S. L. Domrois, C. Abert, T. Larson, G. L. Pavlis, M. W. Hamburger, X. Yang , H. Gilbert,
    and C. Chen (2017), The basement revealed: Tectonic insight from a DEM of the Great
    Unconformity, USA cratonic platform, Geology , doi: 10.1130/G38875.1
  7. Yang, X. , G. Pavlis, Y. Wang (2016). A Quality Control Method for Teleseismic P-Wave Receiver
    Functions, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America , 106(5), 1948–1962,
  8. Chen, C., H. Gilbert, C. Andronicos, M. Hamburger, T. Larson, S. Marshak, G. Pavlis, X. Yang
    (2016). Shear velocity structure beneath the central United States: implications for the origin of
    the Illinois Basin and intraplate seismicity. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems , doi:
  9. Xu, Y., S. Wang, L. Zhang, X. Yang (2015). Crust and upper mantle structure and its relations with
    magma activity of the Tengchong volcanic area. Progress in Geophysics (in Chinese) , 30(3), 1034-
    1038, doi: 10.6038/pg20150306
  10. Xu, Y., J. Liu, Z. Huang, X. Yang (2014). Upper Mantle Velocity Structure and Dynamic Features of
    the Tibetan Plateau. Chinese Journal of Geophysics (in Chinese) , 57 (12), 4085-4096
  11. Yang, X. , G. Pavlis, M. Hamburger, E. Sherrill, H. Gilbert, S. Marshak, J. Rupp, T. Larson (2014).
    Seismicity of the Ste. Genevieve Seismic Zone based on Observations from the EarthScope OIINK
    Flexible Array. Seismological Research Letters , 85(6), 1285-1294 *news coverage in Indiana
    University News and St. Louis Public radio (See Media links on my website for details)*
  12. Xu, Y., X. Yang , J. Liu (2013). Tomographic Study of Crustal Velocity Structures in the Yunnan
    Region Southwest China. Chinese Journal of Geophysics (in Chinese) , 56(6), 1904-1914
  13. Xu, Y., X. Yang , Z. Li, J. Liu (2012). Seismic Structure of the Tengchong Volcanic Area Southwest
    China from Local Earthquake Tomography. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research ,
    239-240, 83-91
  14. Yang, X. , Y. Xu, J. Liu, Z. Li (2011). Seismic Tomography in the Tengchong Volcanic Area and Its
    Tectonic Implication. Chinese Journal of Geophysics (in Chinese) , 54(8), 2050-2059.

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