Lijun Liu

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Research Interests

Prof. Liu has a broad interest in the temporal evolution of solid Earth. He takes an interdisciplinary approach to study the history of subduction and mantle convection, and their interactions with Earth's surface. Particular questions Prof. Liu tries to answer include what drives the long-term, large-scale continental vertical motion; how could orogeny be related to mantle dynamics; to what extent major volcanic eruptions are due to abnormal subduction processes. In practice, he applies forward and inverse data-assimilation methods to the construction of geodynamic simulations, using observational data from various fields.


  • GEOL 107: Physical Geology
  • GEOL 450: Probing the Earth's Interior
  • GEOL 552: Geodynamics


  • Ph.D. Geophysics, California Institute of Technology, 2010

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3038 Natural History Building

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Research Output 2008 2019

Complex Uppermost Mantle Structure and Deformation Beneath the Northwest Pacific Region

Lü, Y., Li, J., Liu, L. & Zhao, L. F., Jan 1 2019, In : Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth. 124, 7, p. 6866-6879 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Pacific Northwest (US)
mantle structure
Earth mantle

Development of a Dense Cratonic Keel Prior to the Destruction of the North China Craton: Constraints From Sedimentary Records and Numerical Simulation

Liu, L., Liu, L., Xu, Y. G., Xia, B., Ma, Q. & Menzies, M., Dec 1 2019, In : Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth. 124, 12, p. 13192-13206 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

landscape evolution

Insights Into Intraplate Stresses and Geomorphology in the Southeastern United States

Murphy, B. S., Liu, L. & Egbert, G. D., Aug 16 2019, In : Geophysical Research Letters. 46, 15, p. 8711-8720 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

stress field
stress distribution
far fields

Topographic evolution of the western United States since the early Miocene

Zhou, Q. & Liu, L., May 15 2019, In : Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 514, p. 1-12 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Earth mantle