YU Chunquan
Associate Professor


Ph.D Geophysics Massachusetts Institute of Technology USA 2010 - 2016

MSc. Geophysics Peking University China 2010

BSc. Geophysics Peking University China 2007



Associate professor Earth and Space Sciences, SUSTech 2019-now

Postdoctoral scholar Seismological Laboratory, Caltech 2016 - 2018

Professional internship Chevron 2014 summer


Honors & Awards

Shell-MIT Energy Fellowship 2011-2012

MIT Presidential Fellowship 2010-2011

Outstanding Person Award of SinoPec 2009

Beijing Outstanding Graduate Award 2007


1. Observational seismology
Seismic data processing and analysis
2. Seismic imaging, migration and inversion
Crust-mantle boundary (Moho)
Upper mantle transition zone discontinuities
3. Earthquake source characterization
Earthquake focal mechanism
Earthquake depth

Peer reviewed
26. Yu, C.Q., Zhan Z., Lindsey Nathaniel J., Ajo-Franklin Jonathan B., Robertson Michelle. (2019), The Potential of DAS in Teleseismic Studies: Insights From the Goldstone Experiment. Geophys. Res. Lett., 46, doi: 10.1029/2018GL081195.
25. Chao, K., Yu, C.Q. (2018), A MATLAB GUI for Examining Triggered Tremor: A Case Study in New Zealand, Seismol. Res. Lett., doi:10.1785/0220180057.
24. Liu, T., Klemperer S.L., Yu, C.Q., Ning, J. (2018), Post-critical SsPmp and its applications to Virtual Deep Seismic Sounding (VDSS)--1: sensitivity to lithospheric 1-D and 2-D structure, Geophys. J. Int., doi: 10.1093/gji/ggy307.
23. Yu, C.Q., Day, E.A., de Hoop, M.V., Campillo, M., Goes S., Blythe R.A., van der Hilst, R.D. (2018), Compositional heterogeneity near the base of the mantle transition zone beneath Hawaii. Nat. Commun., 9(1), 1266, doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-03654-6
22. Yu, C.Q., Day, E.A., de Hoop, M.V., Campillo, M., van der Hilst, R.D. (2017), Mapping mantle transition zone discontinuities beneath the Central Pacific with array processing of SS precursors. J. Geophys. Res.: Solid Earth, doi: 10.1002/2017JB014327.
21. Yu, C.Q., Zhan Z., Hauksson E., Cochran E. (2017), Strong SH-to-Love wave scattering off the Southern California Continental Borderland.  Geophys. Res. Lett., 44, doi: 10.1002/2017GL075213.
20. Yue, H., Castellanos, J.C., Yu, C.Q., Meng, L., Zhan, Z. (2017), Localized water reverberation phases and its impact on backprojection images, Geophys. Res. Lett., 44, doi:10.1002/2017GL073254.
19. Prieto G.A., Froment B., Yu, C.Q., Poli P., Abercrombie R. (2017), Earthquake rupture below the brittle-ductile transition in continental lithospheric mantle, Science Advances, 3(3), doi: 10.1126/sciadv.1602642.
18. Yu, C.Q., Zheng, Y.C., Shang, X.F. (2017), Crazyseismic: A MATLAB GUI-based software package for passive seismic data preprocessing, Seismol. Res. Lett., 88(2A), 410-415, doi: 10.1785/0220160207.
17. Zhang, H., Zhao J., Zhao D., Yu, C.Q., Liu H., Hu Z. (2016), Complex deformation in western Tibet revealed by anisotropic tomography, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 451, 97-107, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2016.07.020.
16. Zhang, H., Zhao D., Yu, C.Q., Zhao J. (2016), Varying deformation patterns in central Tibet revealed by radial anisotropy tomography, J. Geophys. Res.: Solid Earth, 121, doi:10.1002/2016JB012832.
15. Yu, C.Q., Chen, W.-P., Van der Hilst, R.D. (2016), Constraints on residual topography and crustal properties in the western United States from virtual deep seismic sounding, J. Geophys. Res.: Solid Earth 121, doi: 10.1002/2016JB013046.
14. Kang, D., Yu, C.Q., Ning, J., Chen, W.-P. (2016), Simultaneous determination of crustal thickness and P wavespeed by virtual deep seismic sounding (VDSS), Seismol. Res. Lett., 87(5), 1104-1111, doi: 10.1785/0220160056
13. Poli, P., Prieto, G., Yu, C.Q., Florez, M., Agurto-Detzel, H., Mikesell, T., Dionicio, V., Pedraza, P. (2016), Complex rupture of the M6.3 March 10, 2015 Bucaramanga earthquake: evidence of strong weakening process, Geophys. J. Int., 205(2), 988-994, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggw065
12. Becker, T.W., Lowry A.R., Faccenna C., Schmandt B., Borsa A., Yu, C.Q. (2015), Western US intermountain seismicity caused by changes in upper mantle flow, Nature, 524(7566), 458-461, doi: 10.1038/nature14867
11. Rader, E., Emry, E., Schmerr N., Frost D., Cheng C., Menard J., Yu, C.Q., Geist D. (2015), Characterization and Petrological Constraints of the Midlithospheric Discontinuity, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 16(10), 3484-3504, doi: 10.1002/2015gc005943
10. He, R.Z., Shang, X.F., Yu, C.Q., Zhang, H.J., Van der Hilst, R.D. (2014), A unified map of Moho depth and Vp/Vs ratio of continental China by receiver function analysis, Geophys. J. Int., 199(3), 1910-1918, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggu365
9. Tian Y., Ning J.Y., Yu C.Q., Cai C., and Tao K. (2013), Focal Mechanism Solutions of the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake sequence from P-wave polarities and SH/P amplitude ratios: new results and implications, Earthquake Sci., 26, 357-372, doi: 10.1007/s11589-014-0067-y
8. Yu, C.Q., Chen, W.-P., Van der Hilst, R.D. (2013), Removal of Source-Side Scattering for Virtual Deep Seismic Sounding (VDSS), Geophys. J. Int., 195(3), 1932-1941, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggt359
7. Chen, W.-P., Yu, C.Q., Tseng, T.-L., Yang, Z.H., Wang, C.-Y., Ning, J.Y., Leonard, T. (2013), Moho, Seismogenesis, and Rheology of the Lithosphere. Tectonophysics, 609, 491-503, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2012.12.019
6. Yu, C.Q., Chen, W.-P., Ning, J.Y., Tao, K., Chen, Y.S., Teng, T.-L., Fang, X.D., and Van der Hilst, R.D. (2012), Thick crust beneath the Ordos Plateau: Implications for instability of the North China craton, Earth and Planet. Sci. Lett., 357, 366-375, 10.1016/j.epsl.2012.09.027
5. Cai C., Yu C.Q., Tao K., Hu X.P., Tian Y., Zhang H., Cui X.F., and Ning J.Y. (2011), Spatial distribution and focal mechanism solutions of the Wenchuan earthquake series: Results and Implications, Earthquake Sci., 24, 115-125, doi: 10.1007/s11589-011-0775-5
4. Liu J., Tang Y., Tao K., Yu C.Q., Chen, J., Ning, J., Chen Y.J., Feng, Y. (2010), A new stacking technique in ambient noise tomography, Earthquake Sci., 23(6), 627–636, doi: 10.1007/s11589-010-0761-3.
3. Yu C.Q., Tao K., Cui X.F., Hu X.P, and Ning J.Y. (2009), P-wave first-motion focal mechanism solutions and their quality evaluation, Chinese J. Geophys. -CH, 52,1402-1411.
2. Lou X.T., Cai C., Yu C.Q., and Ning J.Y. (2009), Intermediate-depth earthquakes beneath the Pamir-Hindu Kush region: Evidence for collision between two opposite subduction zones, Earthquake Sci., 22, 659-665, doi: 10.1007/s11589-009-0659-0
1. Hu X.P., Yu C.Q., Tao K., Cui X.F., Ning J.Y., and Wang Y.H. (2008), Focal mechanism solutions of Wenchuan earthquake and its strong aftershocks obtained from initial P wave polarity analysis, Chinese J. Geophys. -CH, 51, 1711-1718.