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CHU Yang
  Special-term Associate Professor
Highest Education  
Subject Categories  
  Structural geology, Tectonics
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  No.19 Beitucheng West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100029, China

Education and Appointments:
  • 2002.09-2006.06: Bsc, Department of Earth Science, Nanjing University
  • 2006.09-2012.06: PhD, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • 2010.01-2012.06: PhD (joint education), Université d’Orléans
  • 2012.05-2014.12: Postdoc, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • 2015.01-present: Associate professor, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • 2018.11-2019.10: Visiting scholar, Durham University

Research Interests:
  1. Phanerozoic tectonics in South China
  2. Cenozoic intracontinental orogeny in Alborz-Kopet Dagh, and subduction system in Makran, Iran
  3. Tectonic evolution of the Himalaya
  4. Neotethys subduction and collision in Turkey
  5. Provenance of sedimentary basins in the Alps and the French Massif Central
Public Services:

2013: Excellent Doctoral Dissertation, Chinese Academy of Sciences
2019: Youth Innovation Promotion Association, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Supported Projects:
  1. 2019-2022: Inherited structures and intracontinental orogeny: insight from superimposed structures in the Dong'an region of the Xuefengshan Belt, South China, PI, National Natural Science Foundation of China
  2. 2019-2021: Cenozoic tectonics and exhumation of the Alborz Belt, Iran, PI, National Natural Science Foundation of China
  3. 2018-2020: Subduction process of Makran, PI, State Key Laboratory of Lithospheric evolution, China
  4. 2014-2016: Structural analysis of the Yuechengling high-strain zone, Xuefengshan Belt, South China, PI, National Natural Science Foundation of China
  5. 2014-2015: Intracontinental tectonics of the Jiuling Belt, South China, PI, Chinese Postdoctor Science Foundation
  6. 2013-2014: Structural evolution of the Yuechengling detachment, Xuefengshan Belt, PI, Chinese Postdoctor Science Foundation


Peer-reviewed Publication (# PhD student):


  1. Feng, Z.#, Chu, Y.*, Wei, W., Xue, Z.H., Xin, G., Meng, L. T., Zhang, D., Lin, W., 2022. Basal décollement splaying induces mid-crustal tectonic imbrication in an intracontinental orogen. Tectonics, e2022TC007583.
  2. Feng, Z.#, Chu, Y.*, Wei, W.,* Lin, W., Xin, G., Wang, Y., Qiu, H., Ren, Z., 2022. Splitting a large pluton by Cretaceous crustal extension: Evolution of the Ziyuan Detachment and crustal thinning of the South China Block. Tectonophysics, 838: 229481.
  3. Xin, G.#, Chu, Y.*, Su, B., Lin, W., Cui, M., Liu, X., Uysal, I., Li, J., Feng, Z., 2022. Induced Subduction Initiation of the Neo-Tethys and formation of the Bursa Ophiolite in NW Turkey. Lithos, 422-423: 106746. Doi:
  4. Xue, Z.H., Lin, W., Chu, Y., Wei, W., Feng, Z.T., Zhang, J.F. 2022. Late Triassic successive amalgamation between the South China and North China blocks: Insights from structural analysis and magnetic fabrics study of the Bikou Terrane and its adjacent area, northwestern Yangtze block, central China. GSA Bulletin, 134 (7-8): 2051-2071
  5. Xue, Z.H., Lin, W., Chu, Y., Faure, M., Chen, Y., Ji, W. B., Qiu, H.N. 2022. An intracontinental orogen exhumed by basement-slice imbrication in the Longmenshan Thrust Belt of the Eastern Tibetan Plateau. GSA Bulletin, 134 (1-2): 15–38. Doi:
  6. Meng, L., Lin, W., Li, S., Chu, Y., Wei, W., Wang, Y., Song, C., Qiu, H., Ren, Z., Zeng, J., Wu, Q., 2022. Latest Triassic and Late Jurassic extensional tectonics of the Sulu UHP orogenic belt, East China: Evidence from geological and geophysical data. Tectonophysics, 838: 229473.
  7. Li, T., Jiang, M., Zhao, L., Yao, W., Chen, L., Chu, Y., Sun, B., Ai, Y., Wan, B., Gessner, K., Yuan H. 2022. Wedge tectonics in South China: Constraints from new seismic data, Science Bulletin, doi:
  8. Zeng, J.P., Lin, W., Qiu, H.B., Wei, W., Meng, L.T., Chu, Y., Ren, Z.H., Wang, Y., Feng, Z.T. 2022. When did the large-scale extensional tectonics begin in North China Craton? Tectonophysics, 840: 229563.
  9. Wang, Y., Lin, W., Faure, M., Van Nguyen, V., Meng, L., Chu, Y., Wei, W., Thu, H.L.T., Lepvrier, C., Van Vu, T. and Li, Q., 2022. Correlation among the Ailaoshan–Song Ma–Song Chay orogenic belts and implications for the evolution of the eastern Paleo-Tethys Ocean. Tectonophysics, p.229618.
  10. Wang, X., Chen, L., Talebian, M., Ai, Y., Jiang, M., Yao, H., He, Y., Ghods, A., Sobouti, F., Wan, B., Chu, Y., Hou, G., Chen, Q., Chung, S., Xiao, W., Wu, F., Zhu, R. 2022. Shallow crustal response to Arabia-Eurasia convergence in northwestern Iran: Constraints from multifrequency P-wave receiver functions. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 127, e2022JB024515.
  11. Lin, W., Wang, Y., Liu, F., Meng, L.T., Ji, W.B., Wei, W., Chu, Y., Song, C., Wu, Q.Y. 2022. Matrix of the ophiolitic me?lange zone and its tectonic implications: insights of the eastern Paleo-Tethys. Acta Geologica Sinica, 96(10):3449~3467.

  12. Chu, Y., Allen, M. B., Wan, B., Chen, L., Lin, W., Talebian, M., Wu, L.,  Xin, G., Feng, Z. 2021b. Tectonic exhumation across the Talesh-Alborz Belt, Iran, and its implication to the Arabia-Eurasia convergence. Earth-Science Reviews, 221, 103776. Doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2021.103776.
  13. Chu, Y., Wan, B., Allen, M. B., Chen, L., Lin, W., Talebian, M., & Xin, G., 2021. Detrital zircon age constraints on the evolution of Paleo-Tethys in NE Iran: Implications for subduction and collision tectonics. Tectonics, 40, e2020TC006680. 
  14. Xin G.#, Chu. Y., Su B., Lin W., Uysal I., Feng Z., 2021. Rapid transition from MORB-type to SSZ-type oceanic crust generation following subduction initiation: insights from the mafic dikes and metamorphic soles in the Pozant?-Karsant? ophiolite, SE Turkey. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 176:64. https://doi. org/10.1007/s00410-021-01821-5
  15. Wan, B., Chu, Y., Chen, L., Liang, X., Zhang, Z., Ao, S., Talebian, M., 2021. Paleo-Tethys subduction induced slab-drag opening the Neo-Tethys: Evidence from an Iranian segment of Gondwana. Earth-Science Reviews, 221,103788.
  16. Li, Q., Lin, W., Wang, Y., Faure, M., Meng, L., Wang, H., Van Nguyen, V., Thu, H.L.T., Lepvrier, C., Chu, Y., Wei, W., Van Vu, T., 2021. Detrital zircon U-Pb age distributions and Hf isotopic constraints of the Ailaoshan-Song Ma Suture Zone and their paleogeographic implications for the Eastern Paleo-Tethys evolution. Earth-Science Reviews, 221, 103789.
  17. Wang, Y., Lin, W., Faure, M., Lepvrier, C., Chu, Y., Van Nguyen, V., Thi Thu, H.L., Wei, W., Liu, F. & Van Vu, T., 2021. Detrital zircon UPb age distribution and Hf isotopic constraints from the terrigenous sediments of the Song Chay Suture Zone (NE Vietnam) and their paleogeographic implications on the Eastern PaleoTethys evolution. Tectonics, e2020TC006611.
  18. Zeng J., Wei W., Lin W., Meng L., Qiu H., Chu Y., Ren Z., Wang Y., Feng Z., Li Q., Ling X., 2021. The Late Jurassic extensional event in the Yanshan fold and thrust belt (North China): New insights from an integrated study of structural geology, geophysics, and geochemistry of the Siganding granitic pluton. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 211, 104708.
  19. Lin W., Zeng J., Meng L., Qiu H., Wei W., Ren Z., Chu Y., Li S., Song C., Wang Q.. 2021. Extensional tectonics and North China Craton destruction: Insights from the magnetic susceptibility anisotropy (AMS) of granite and metamorphic core complex. Science China Earth Sciences, 64, https://doi. org/10.1007/s11430-020-9754-1.

  20. Chu, Y., Lin, W., Faure, M., Allen, M. B., Feng, Z., 2020. Cretaceous exhumation of the Triassic intracontinental Xuefengshan Belt: Delayed unroofing of an orogenic plateau across the South China Block? Tectonophysics, 793, 228592.
  21. Chen, C., Su, B.X., Xiao, Y., Uysal, ?., Lin, W., Chu, Y., Jing, J.J. and Sakyi, P.A., 2020. Highly siderophile elements and Os isotope constraints on the genesis of peridotites from the K?z?lda? ophiolite, southern Turkey. Lithos, 368-369,105583.

  22. Chu, Y., Lin, W., Faure, M., Xue, Z., Ji, W., and Feng, Z. 2019. Cretaceous episodic extension in the South China Block, East Asia: Evidence from the Yuechengling Massif of central South China. Tectonics, 38(10), 3675-3702.
  23. Liu, X., Su, B.X., Xiao, Y., Chen, C., Uysal, I., Jing, J.J., Zhang, P.F., Chu, Y., Lin, W., Sakyi, P.A., 2019. Initial subduction of Neo-Tethyan ocean: Geochemical records in chromite and mineral inclusions in the Pozant?-Karsant? ophiolite, southern Turkey. Ore Geology Review,
  24. Jing, J.J., Su, B.X., Xiao, Y., Zhang, H.F., Uysal, ?., Chen, C., Lin, W., Chu, Y., Saka, S., 2019. Reactive origin of mantle harzburgite: Evidence from orthopyroxene-spinel association. Lithos, 342-343, 175-186.

  25. Chu, Y. and Lin, W., 2018. Strain analysis of the Xuefengshan Belt, South China: From internal strain variation to formation of the orogenic curvature. Journal of Structural Geology, 116: 131-145.
  26. Ji, W., Faure, M., Lin, W, Chen, Y., Chu, Y., and Xue, Z. 2018, Multiple emplacement and exhumation history of the Late Mesozoic Dayunshan–Mufushan batholith in southeast China and its tectonic significance: 1. Structural analysis and geochronological constraints. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 123: 689–710.
  27. Lin, W., Rossi, P., Faure, M., Li, X.-H., Ji, W., Chu, Y., 2018. Detrital zircon age patterns from turbidites of the Balagne and Piedmont nappes of Alpine Corsica (France): Evidence for a European margin source. Tectonophysics, 722: 69-105.
  28. Jing J., Su B., Xiao Y., Martin L., Zhang H., Uysal I., Chen Ch., Lin W., Chu Y., Seitz H., Zhang P., 2018, Cryptic metasomatism revealed by Li isotopes of mantle xenoliths beneath the Thrace Basin, NW Turkey. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 166: 270-278.

  29. Ji W., Lin W., Faure M., Chen Y., Chu Y., Xue Z., 2017. Origin of the Late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous peraluminous granitoids in the northeastern Hunan province (middle Yangtze region), South China: Geodynamic implications for the Paleo-Pacific subduction. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 141: 174-193.

  30. Chu, Y., W. Lin, M. Faure, and Q. Wang, 2016. Detrital zircon U-Pb ages and Hf isotopic constraints on the terrigenous sediments of the Western Alps and their paleogeographic implications, Tectonics, 35(11), 2734-2753, doi:10.1002/2016TC004276.
  31. Faure, M., W. Lin, Y. Chu, and C. Lepvrier, 2016. Triassic tectonics of the Ailaoshan Belt (SW China): Early Triassic collision between the South China and Indochina Blocks, and Middle Triassic intracontinental shearing, Tectonophysics, 683, 27-42.
  32. Lin, W., M. Faure, X.-H. Li, Y. Chu, W. Ji, and Z. Xue, 2016. Detrital zircon age distribution from Devonian and Carboniferous sandstone in the Southern Variscan Fold-and-Thrust belt (Montagne Noire, French Massif Central), and their bearings on the Variscan belt evolution, Tectonophysics, 677-678, 1-33.
  33. Faure, M., W. Lin, Y. Chu, and C. Lepvrier, 2016. Triassic tectonics of the southern margin of the South China Block, Comptes Rendus-Geoscience, 348(1), 5-14.

  34. Chu, Y., Lin, W., Faure, M., Wang, Q., 2015. Early Mesozoic intracontinental orogeny: Example of the Xuefengshan-Jiuling Belt. Acta Petrologica Sinica, 31, 2145-2155.

  35. Chu, Y. and Lin, W., 2014. Phanerozoic polyorogenic deformation in southern Jiuling massif, northern South China block: constraints from structural analysis and geochronology. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 86:117-130.
  36. Ji, W., Lin, W., Faure, M., Chu, Y., Wu, L., Wang, F., Wang, J., and Wang, Q., 2014. Origin and tectonic significance of the Huangling massif within the Yangtze craton, South China. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 86: 59-75.

  37. Lin, W., Chu, Y., Ji, W., Zhang, Z., Shi, Y., Wang, Z., Li, Z., and Wang, Q., 2013. Geochronological and geochemical constraints for a middle Paleozoic continental arc on the northern margin of the Tarim block: Implications for the Paleozoic tectonic evolution of the South Chinese Tianshan. Lithosphere, 5(4): 355-381.
  38. Chen, Z. C., W. Lin, M. Faure, C. Lepvrier, Y. Chu, and Q. C. Wang. 2013. Geochronological constraint of Early Mesozoic tectonic event at Northeast Vietnam, Acta Petrologica Sinica, 29(5), 1825-1840.
  39. Jiang, L., Q. C. Wang, X. Z. Wang, C. F. Jiang, L. X. Zhang, Z. H. Xue, and Y. Chu. 2013. Joint development and paleostress field in Mesozoic strata of the southeastern Ordos Basin, Acta Petrologica Sinica, 29(5), 1774-1790.

  40. Chu, Y., Faure, M., Lin, W., Wang, Q., 2012a. Early Mesozoic tectonics of the South China block: Insights from the Xuefengshan intracontinental orogen. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 61: 199-220.
  41. Chu, Y., Faure, M., Lin, W., Wang, Q., Ji, W., 2012b. Tectonics of the Middle Triassic intracontinental Xuefengshan Belt, South China: new insights from structural and chronological constraints on the basal décollement zone. International Journal of Earth Sciences, 101(8): 2125-2150.
  42. Chu, Y., Lin, W., Faure, M., Wang, Q., Ji, W., 2012c. Phanerozoic tectonothermal events of the Xuefengshan Belt, central South China: Implications from U-Pb age and Lu-Hf determinations of granites. Lithos, 150: 243-255.
  43. Wang, W., Chen, F., Hu, R., Chu, Y., Yang, Y.-Z., 2012. Provenance and tectonic setting of Neoproterozoic sedimentary sequences in the South China Block: evidence from detrital zircon ages and Hf–Nd isotopes. International Journal of Earth Sciences, 101(7): 1723-1744.  

    2011 and earlier:
  44. Lin, W., Wang, Q. C., Wang, J., Wang, F., Chu, Y., and Chen, K., 2011. Late Mesozoic extensional tectonics of the Liaodong Peninsula massif: Response of crust to continental lithosphere destruction of the North China Craton. Science China-Earth Science, 54, 843-857.
  45. Yan, D., Chen, D., Wang, Q., Wang, J. and Chu, Y. 2008. Environmental Redox Changes of the Ancient Sea in the Yangtze Area during the Ordo-Silurian Transition. Acta Geologica Sinica-English Edition, 82(3), 679-689.
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