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Undergraduate Research Projects for USTC students in the summer of 2018



Advisor's Name



Title of URP

Solid Geophysics

Joann Stock


California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

S-wave velocity structure of Salton Trough basin, SE California, USA

Michael Gurnis


California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Global inversion of rock uplift as constraint on geodynamic models

Zhongwen Zhan

Assistant Professor

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Traffic noise recorded by the optical fiber network in Pasadena

Matej Pec

Assistant professor

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Developing a MATLAB Program for the Evaluation of Mechanical Data from Rock Deformation Experiments

Lingsen Meng

Assistant Professor

University of California, Los Angeles

Development of 3D Back-projections to Investigate the Mechanisms of Deep Earthquakes

Yihe Huang and Jeroen Ritsema


University of Michigan

Measurements of body-wave attenuation in the mantle

Dr. Eduardo A. Lima

Principal Research Scientist

Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT

Net moment estimation techniques for geological microsamples

Oliver Jagoutz

Associate Professor

Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, MIT

Interpreting Crustal Composition from Seismic Velocity

Space Physics and Atmospheric Science

Alan Z. Liu


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Seasonal variation of gravity wave activities over the Andes

Binzheng Zhang

Assistant Professor

the University of Hong Kong (HKU)

1) Impacts of terrestrial-source plasma on the dynamics of magnetotails
2) Asymmetries in solar wind-magnetosphere interactions in planetary magnetospheres

Yue Deng


University of Texas at Arlington

Electric field variability in the high-latitude region and impact on the
M-I coupling

Xian Lu

Assistant Professor

Department of Physics and Astronomy, Clemson University

Observational and modeling studies of the magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere coupling to improve the space weather predictability

Toshi Nishimura

Associate Professor

Center for Space Physics, Boston University

1) Imaging Solar wind-Magnetosphere-Ionosphere interaction processes by satellite-ground coordination
2) Plasma-neutral dynamics in the Upper Atmosphere-Ionosphere system

Wen Li

Assistant Professor

Center for Space Physics, Boston University

Simultaneous multi-satellite observation of Earth’s magnetospheric waves

Benjamin Weiss


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The history of the Martian dynamo

Xudong Sun

Assistant Professor

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Comparing the Solar Coronal and Wind Structure During the Descending Phase of Cycle 23 and 24

Yi-Hsin Liu

Assistant Professor

Dartmouth College

Kinetic Simulations and in-situ (MMS) Observations of Magnetic Reconnection

Jasper Kok

Associate Professor

University of California, Los Angeles

Atmospheric dust and its climatic impact in theory and modeling

Joshua Fu


University of Tennessee

Atmosphere-land process and its chemistry in climate models and related topics

Yuhang Wang


Georgia Institute of Technology

chemistry and physics processes in atmospheric models and related topics

Geochemistry and Environmental Science

Tyler Mackey / Roger

Postdoctoral Fellow /Professor

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Exploring the expansion of complex life through biomarkers

Roger E. Summons and Cui

Professor/ postdoctoral

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Microbial Diversity in Late Archean Ocean Margins

Hang Su

Group Leader

Nax-Planck Institute for Chemistry, Germany

Change in PM 2.5 and source identification

Kurt Konhauser


University of Alberta

Understanding iron oxide biomineralization and the role of Fe(III)-carbon aggregates as sedimentary flocs

Roberta Rudnick


University of California at Santa Barbara

Determining molybdenum partitioning during igneous differentiation