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Education and Appointments:

Ling Chen
Professor of Geophysics
State Key Laboratory of Lithospheric Evolution  


  • Jan.2010-   Professor of Geophysics, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences  
  • May 2010-Nov.2010   Visiting professor, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Jan.2006-Dec.2009  Associated professor of Geophysics, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Dec.2002-Dec.2005  Postdoctor, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Jun.2000-Oct.2002  Visiting scholar, Earth & Planetary Sciences Department, University of California at Santa Cruz
  • Apr.1998-Sep.1998  Visiting scholar, Earth & Planetary Sciences Department, University of California at Santa Cruz


  • Sep.1997-Oct.2002  Ph.D., Geophysics, Institute of Geophysics, China Seismological Bureau 
  • Sep.1994-Jul.1997  MSc., Geophysics, Institute of Geophysics, China Seismological Bureau,
  • Sep.1989-Jun.1994  BSc., Geophysics, Department of Earth & Space Science, University of Science and Technology of China

Research Interests:
  1. Seismic imaging of the Earth's deep structure using advanced techniques developed in exploration seismology
  2. Properties of the lithosphere and upper mantle
  3. Continental evolution
Public Services:

  • 2017  2nd Prize in National Natural Science Award of China (2/5) 
  • 2015  Young and Middle-aged Leading Scientists, Engineers and Innovators, Ministry of Science and Technology of China
  • 2014  Outstanding Science and Technology Achievement Prize of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (7/20)
  • 2012  Distinguished Young Scholar, National Natural Science Foundation of China
  • 2009  Outstanding Female Scientist, K. C. Wong Education Foundation, Hongkong
  • 2006  "Fu Chengyi" Science and Technology Prize for Young Scientists, Chinese Geophysical Society
  • 2002  Second prize of Outstanding Achievements on Seismic Hazard Mitigation in China Seismological Bureau as a main participant in the project "A New Method for Seismic Hazard Assessment and Risk Estimation"

Supported Projects:
  1. Core member, Basic Scientific Research Program of National Natural Science Foundation of China, Grant No. 41688103, “Craton destruction and terrestrial life evolution”, 2017-2021
  2. Principal Investigator,National Natural Science Foundation for Distinguished Young Scholars (#41225016), 2013-2016 
  3. Principal Investigator, "Strategic Priority Research Program(B)" of the Chinese Academy of Sciences,Grant No. XDB03010800, "Lithospheric structure comparisons between the Iranian and Tibetan Plateaus", 2012-2017 
  4. Principal Investigator, The Project of Major State Special Research on the Petroleum from National Development and Reform Commission, "Deep structure of the basin basement in the Paleozoic" (2011-2015), Grant No. 2011ZX05008-001

Selected Publication:
  1. Wang, X., Chen, L.*, Ai, Y.S., Xu, T., Jiang, M.M., Ling, Y., Gao, Y.F., 2018, Crustal structure and deformation beneath eastern and northeastern Tibet revealed by P-wave receiver functions, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 497, 69-79.
  2. He, L.F., Chen, L., Dorji, He, Z.X., Wang, X.B., Xiao, B.Y., Xu, L.G., Zhao, X.F., Xi, X.L., Yao, H.C., Chen, R.J., 2018, Mapping chromite deposits with audio magnetotellurics in the Luobusa ophiolite of southern Tibet, Geophysics, 83(2), B47-B57.
  3. Lan, H.Q., Chen, L., 2018, An upwind fast sweeping scheme for calculating seismic wave first-arrival traveltimes for models with an irregular free surface, Geophysical Prospecting, 66, 327-341.
  4. Lan, H.Q., Chen, L., Badal, J., 2018, A hybrid method for calculating seismic wave first-arrival traveltimes in two-dimensional models with an irregular surface, Journal of Applied Geophysics, 155, 70-77.
  5. Yang, Y., Yao, H.J.*, Zhang, P., Chen, L., 2018, Crustal azimuthal anisotropy in the trans-North China orogen and adjacent regions from receiver functions, Science China Earth Science, 61(7), 903-913.
  6. Bagherabadi, A.S., Sobouti, F., Ghods, A., Motaghi, K., Talebian, M., Chen, L., Jiang, M.M., Ai, Y.S., He, Y.M., 2018, Upper mantle anisotropy and deformation beneath the major Thrust-and-Fold Belts of Zagros and Alborz and the Iranian Plateau, Geophysical Journal International, 214, 1913-1918.
  7. Wan, B., Deng, C., Najafi, A., Hezareh, M.R., Talebian, M., Dong, L.L., Chen, L., Xiao, W.J., 2018, Fertilizing porphyry Cu deposits through deep crustal hot zone melting, Gondwana Research, 60, 179-185.
  8. Zhang, Z.Y., Xiao, W.J., Ji, W.Q., Majidifard, M.R., Rezaeian, M., Talebian, M., Xiang, D.F., Chen, L., Wan, B., Ao, S.J., Esmaeili, R., 2018, Geochemistry, zircon U-Pb and Hf isotope for granitoids, NW Sanandaj-Sirjan zone, Iran: Implications for Mesozoic-Cenozoic episodic magmatism during Neo-Tethyan lithospheric subduction, Gondwana Research, 62, 227-245.
  9. Chen, L., 2017, Layering of subcontinental lithospheric mantle, Science Bulletin, 62(10), 1030-1034.
  10. Ling, Y., Chen, L.*, Wei, Z.G., Jiang, M.M., Wang, X., 2017, Crustal S-velocity structure and radial anisotropy beneath the southern part of central and western North China Craton and the adjacent Qilian Orogenic Belt from ambient noise tomography, Science China Earth Science, 60(10), 1752-1768.。
  11. He, L.F., Chen, L., Wang, X.B., Wang, Z.J., Zhang, B., Xu, L.G., Liu, X.J., Li, W.L., Chen, R.J., 2017, Electrical properties and its correlation to the petrology of the Upper Yangtze organic shales, Geophysics, 82(4), D199-D209.
  12. Lü, Y., Chen, L., 2017, Upper crustal P-wave velocity structure beneath two volcanic areas in northern Iran, Science China Earth Science, 60(4), 786-795.
  13. Lü, Y., Ni, S.D., Chen, L., Chen, Q.-F., 2017, Pn tomography with Moho depth correction from eastern Europe to western China, Journal of Geophysical Research Solid Earth, 122, doi:10.1002/2016JB013052.
  14. Wang, X.J., He, L.F., Chen, L., Xu, L.G., Li, J., Lei, X.Y., Wei, D.H., 2017, Mapping deeply buried karst cavities using CSAMT: a case history of a tunnel investigation in southwest China, Geophysics, 82(1), EN1-EN11.
  15. Wei, X.Z., Jiang, M.M.*, Liang, X.F., Chen, L., Ai, Y.S., 2017, Limited southward underthrusting of the Asian lithosphere and material extrusion beneath the northeastern margin of Tibet, inferred from teleseismic Rayleigh wave tomography, Journal of Geophysical Research Solid Earth, 122, doi:10.1002/2016JB013832.
  16. Zhang, Z.Y., Xiao, W.J., Majidifard, M.R., Zhu, R.X., Wan, B., Ao, S.J., Chen, L., Rezaeian, M., Esmaeili, R., 2017, Detrital zircon provenance analysis in the Zagros Orogen, SW Iran: implications for the amalgamation history of the Neo-Tethys, International Journal of Earth Sciences, 106(4), 1223-1238.
  17. He, L.F., Chen, L., Dorji, Xi, X.L., Zhao, X.F., Chen, R.J., Yao, H.C., 2016, Mapping the geothermal system using AMT and MT in the QP (Mapamyum) field, Lake Manasarovar, southwestern Tibet, Energies, 9(10), 855, doi:10.3390/en9100855.
  18. Wei, Z.G., Chen, L., Li, Z.W., Ling, Y., Li, J., 2016, Regional variation in Moho depth and Poisson's ratio beneath eastern China and its tectonic implications, Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 115, 308-320.
  19. Ao, S.J., Xiao, W.J., Jafari, M.K., Talebian, M., Chen, L., Wan, B., Ji, W.Q., Zhang, Z.Y., 2016, U–Pb zircon ages, field geology and geochemistry of the Kermanshah ophiolite (Iran): From continental rifting at 79 Ma to oceanic core complex at ca. 36 Ma in the southern Neo-Tethys, Gondwana Research, 31, 305-318.
  20. Wei, Z.G., Chen, L., Jiang, M.M., Ling, Y., 2015, Lithospheric structure beneath the central and western North China Craton and the adjacent Qilian orogenic belt from Rayleigh wave dispersion analysis, Tectonophysics, 646, 130-140.
  21. Wei, Z.G., Chu, R.S.*, Chen, L., 2015, Regional differences in crustal structure of the North China Craton from receiver functions, Science China Earth Science, 58(12), 2200-2210.
  22. Chen, L., Jiang, M.M., Yang, J.H., Wei, Z.G., Liu, C.Z., Ling, Y., 2014, Presence of an intralithospheric discontinuity in the central and western North China Craton: Implications for destruction of the craton, Geology, 42(3), 223-226.
  23. Su, B.X., S.L. Chung, M.H. Zarrinkoub, K.N. Pang, L. Chen, W.-Q. Ji, A. Brewer, J.-F. Ying, M.M. Khatib, 2014, Composition and structure of the lithospheric mantle beneath NE Iran: Constraints from mantle xenoliths, Lithos, 202-203, 267-282.
  24. Cheng, C., Chen, L.*, Yao, H.J., Jiang, M.M., Wang, B.Y., 2013, Distinct variations of crustal shear wave velocity structure and radial anisotropy beneath the North China Craton and tectonic implications, Gondwana Research, 23, 25-38. 
  25. Wei, Z., Chen, L., Wang, B.Y., 2013, Regional variations in crustal thickness and Vp/Vs ratios beneath the central-western North China Craton and adjacent regions, Geological Journal, 48(5), 531-542. 
  26. Jiang, M.M., Ai, Y.S., Chen, L., Yang, Y., 2013. Local modi?cation of the lithosphere beneath the central and western North China Craton: 3D constraints from Rayleigh wave tomography, Gondwana Research, 24, 849-864. 
  27. Zhang, H.-F., Chen, L., Santosh, M., Menzies, M.A., 2013, Construction and destruction of cratons: Preface, Gondwana Research, 23, 1-3. 
  28. Chen, L., Zhang, H.-F., Menzies, M.A., 2012, Understanding the formation, reactivation and destruction of cratons — Preface, Lithos, 149, 1-3. 
  29. Poliannikov, O.V., Rondenay, S., and Chen, L., 2012, Interferometric imaging of the underside of a subducting crust, Geophys. J. Int., 189, 681-690. 
  30. Zhu, R., Chen, L., Wu, F., Liu, J., 2011, Timing, scale and mechanism of the destruction of the North China Craton, Sci China-Earth Sci, 54(6), 789-797. 
  31. Wei, Z., Chen, L., Xu, W., 2011, Crustal thickness and Vp/Vs ratio of the central and western North China Craton and its tectonic implications, Geophys. J. Int., 186, 385-389. 
  32. Chen L., 2010, Concordant structural variations from the surface to the base of the upper mantle in the North China Craton and its tectonic implications, Lithos, 120, 96-115. 
  33. Chen, L., Cheng, C., and Wei, Z.G., 2009, Seismic evidence for significant lateral variations in lithospheric thickness beneath the central and western North China Craton, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 286, 171-183. 
  34. Chen, L. and Y. Ai, 2009, Discontinuity Structure of the Mantle Transition Zone beneath the North China Craton from Receiver Function Migration, J. Geophy. Res., 114, B06307, doi:10.1029/2008JB006221. 
  35. Chen, L., 2009, Lithospheric structure variations between the eastern and central North China Craton from S- and P-receiver function migration, Phys. Earth Planet. Inter., 173, 216-227. 
  36. Wang, T. and Chen, L., 2009, Distinct Velocity variations around the Base of the Upper Mantle beneath Northeast Asia, Phys. Earth Planet. Inter., 172, 241-256. 
  37. Zhao, L., L. Wen, L. Chen, and T. Zheng, 2008, A two-dimensional hybrid method for modeling seismic wave propagation in anisotropic media, J. Geophy. Res., 113, B12307, doi:10.1029/2008JB005733.  
  38. Tang, Q. and L. Chen, 2008, Structure of the crust and uppermost mantle of the Yanshan Belt and adjacent regions at the northeastern boundary of the North China Craton from Rayleigh Wave Dispersion Analysis, Tectonophysics, 455, 43-52. 
  39. Chen, L., Wang, T., Zhao, L. and Zheng, T., 2008, Distinct Lateral Variation of Lithospheric thickness in the Northeastern North China Craton, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 267, 56-68. 
  40. Zhao, L., T. Zheng, L. Chen, Q. Tang, 2007, Shear wave splitting in eastern China, implications for upper mantle deformation beneath continental margin, Phys. Earth Planet. Inter., 162, 73-84. 
  41. Zheng T., L. Chen, L. Zhao, R. Zhu, 2007, Crustal structure across the Yanshan belt at the northern margin of the North China Craton, Phys. Earth Planet. Inter., 161, 36-49. 
  42. Zheng, T.Y., L. Chen, and L. Zhao, 2007, The seismological studies of crust and lithospheric mantle structure in the eastern North China craton. Journal of China University of Geosciences, 18, 441-442. 
  43. Chen, L., T. Zheng, and W. Xu, 2006, Receiver function migration image of the deep structure in the Bohai Bay Basin, eastern China, Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, L20307, doi:10.1029/2006GL027593. 
  44. Zheng T., L. Chen, L. Zhao, W. Xu, and R. Zhu, 2006, Crust-mantle structure difference across the gravity gradient zone in North China Craton: Seismic image of the thinned continental crust, Phys. Earth Planet. Inter., 159, 43-58. 
  45. Wu, R.S., L. Chen, 2006, Mapping directional illumination and acquisition dip response using beamlet propagators, Geophysics, 71(4), S147-S159. 
  46. Chen, L., Wu, R.S. and Chen Y., 2006, Target-oriented beamlet migration based on Gabor-Daubechies frame decomposition, Geophysics, 71(2), S37-S52. 
  47. Chen, L., T. Zheng, and W. Xu, 2006, A Thinned Lithospheric Image of the Tanlu Fault Zone, Eastern China: Constructed from Wave Equation Based Receiver Function Migration, J. Geophys. Res., 111, B09312, doi:10.1029/ 2005JB003974. 
  48. Chen, L., L. X. Wen, and T. Zheng, 2005, A Wave Equation Migration Method for Receiver Function Imaging: 1. Theory, J. Geophys. Res., 110, B11309, doi:10.1029/2005JB003665. 
  49. Chen, L., L. X. Wen, and T. Zheng, 2005, A Wave Equation Migration Method for Receiver Function Imaging: 2. Application to the Japan subduction zone, J. Geophys. Res., 110, B11310, doi:10.1029/2005JB003666. 
  50. Zheng, T., L. Zhao and L. Chen, 2005, A Detailed Receiver Function Image of the Sedimentary Structure in the Bohai Bay Basin, Phys. Earth Planet. Inter., 152, 129-143. 
  51. Wu, R.S., L. Chen, and Y. Wang, 2002, Prestack migration/imaging using synthetic beam sources and plane sources, Special issue of "Studia Geoph. et Geod.", 46, 651-666. 
  52. Chen, Y., L. Chen, G. Federico, K. Ota, J. Li, 2002, Seismic hazard and loss estimation for Central America, Natural Hazards, 25, 161-175. 
  53. Wu, R.S and L. Chen, 2001, Wave propagation and imaging using Gabor-Daubechies beamlets, Theoretical and Computational Acoustics 2001, Ed. Shang, E.C., Li, Q. and Gao, T.F., 661-670. 
  54. Chen Yong, Chen Qifu, Chen Ling, 2001, Vulnerability analysis in earthquake loss estimate, Nature Hazards, 23, 349-364. 
  55. Chen, Y., L. Chen, Z. Liu, R.S. Wu, 1998, A new fractal approach to the clustering of earthquake: physical fractal, Bull.Seism.Soc.Am., 88(1), 89-94.  
  56. Chen Y., J. Liu, L. Chen, Q. Chen, and, L. S. Chan, 1998, Global seismic hazard assessment based on area source model and seismicity data, Natural Hazards, 17, 251-267. 
  57. Chen Q., Y. Chen, J. Liu, and L. Chen, 1997, Quick and approximate estimation of earthquake loss based on macroscopic index of exposure and population distribution, Natural Hazards, 15, 217-229.
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