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GUO Zhen
Associate Professor


Associate Professor Guo Zhen received his Ph.D. in 2015. He graduated from the School of Earth and Space Sciences of Peking University. He is an assistant researcher in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Macquarie University, Australia from 2014 to 2017. He has been in Marine Science and Engineering at Southern University of Science and Technology since 2017. 

The research field is solid geophysics, which is mainly engaged in the research of mobile seismic array observation and the development and application of new geophysical joint inversion techniques.

Educational background
2009-2015 Ph.D, School of Earth and Space Sciences, Peking University, China;
2005-2009 B.S., School of Resource Environment and Earth Science, Yunnan University, China.

Professional Experience
2022.12-present  Associate Professor,South University of Science and Technology

2016-2022.11 Assistant Professor, South University of Science and Technology
2014-2016 Research Associate, Dept. Earth and Planetary Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Honors and Awards
2013-2014 Chancellor’s Scholarship at Peking University;
2014-2015 Chancellor’s Scholarship at Peking University;
2013-2014 National Scholarship, Ministry of Education, China.

Papers and patents
Publications (* Correspondent author):


• 40. Chen Zhang, Guo, Z., Yong Yu, Ting Yang, and Yongshun John Chen*. (2022). Distinct lithospheric structures of the Ordos block and its margins from P and S receiver functions and its implications for the Cenozoic lithospheric reworking. Geophysical Research Letters. https://doi.org/10.1029/2021GL097680. (Nature Index)

•  39. 宁铄现,李世林,郭震,陈永顺*. (2022). 深圳市中生代巨型花岗岩体浅部速度结构. 地球物理学报. 已接收.

•  38. Sun Q, Pei S P, Guo Z., Chen Y S. 2022. Structure-controlled asperity on the generation of large earthquakes. Reviews of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, 53(0): 1-10.

•  37. 吴晓阳,谭俊卿,郭震*,任鹏飞,王力伟,叶秀薇,陈永顺. (2022). 密集台阵背景噪声双聚束成像化龙断裂精细结构. 地球物理学报. doi: 10.6038/CJG2022P0549.

•  36. Sun, Q., Guo, Z.*, Pei, S., P., Fu, Y., Y., Chen, Y., J. (2022). Fluids triggered the 2021 Yangbi Mw6.1 earthquake at an unmapped fault: Implications for the tectonics at the northern end of the Red River fault. Seismological Research Letter. doi: 10.1785/0220210227.


•  35. He, L., Wu, Q., Chen, X., Sun, X., Guo, Z., & Chen, Y. J. (2021). Detailed 3D Seismic Velocity Structure of the Prague, Oklahoma Fault Zone and the Implications for Induced Seismicity. Geophysical Research Letters, 48, e2021GL096137. https://doi.org/10.1029/2021GL096137. (Nature Index)

•  34. He, L., Guo, Z.*, Chen, Y. J., Huang, Q., & Yang, Y. (2021). Seismic imaging of a magma chamber and melt recharge of the dormant Datong volcanoes. Earth and Space Science, 8, e2021EA001931. https://doi.org/10.1029/2021EA001931.

• 33. Zhang, A., Q., Guo, Z. *, Afonso, J. C. *, Handley, H., Dai, H. K., Yang, Y., and Chen, Y. S. (2021). Lithosphere-asthenosphere interactions beneath Northeast China and the origin of its intraplate volcanism. Geology. https://doi.org/10.1130/G49375.1. (Nature Index)

• 32. Yu, Y., Chen, Y. J., Feng, Y., An, M., Liang, X., Guo, Z., et al. (2021). Asthenospheric flow channel from northeastern Tibet imaged by seismic tomography between Ordos block and Yangtze craton. Geophysical Research Letters, 48, e2021GL093561. https://doi.org/10.1029/2021GL093561. (Nature Index)

• 31. Liu, W., Guo, Z., Chen, Y. J., Zhang, A. Q. (2021). The crustal and uppermost mantle structure of the Qinling-Tongbai-Dabie orogenic belt from integrated geophysical observations. Chinese J. Geophys. (in Chinese), 64(9):3179-3193,doi:10.6038/cjg2021O0406.

• 30. Fan, X.L., Chen, Q.F., Ai, Y.S., Chen, L., Jiang, M.M., Wu, Q.J, Guo, Z. (2021). Quaternary sodic and potassic intraplate volcanism in northeast China controlled by the underlying heterogeneous lithospheric structures. Geology, https://doi.org/10.1130/G48932.1. (Nature Index)

• 29. Zhao, Y., Guo, Z. *, Wang, K., &Yang, Y. J. (2021). A large magma reservoir beneath the Tengchong volcano revealed by ambient noise adjoint tomography. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 126, e2021JB022116. https://doi.org/10.1029/2021JB022116. (Nature Index)

• 28. Xu, Q. H., Ge Z X, Feng, Y. G., Wang, G. Z., Guo, Z., Liang, X. F. (2020). Upper mantle anisotropy analysis around the southern Tarim basin. Chinese J. Geophys. (in Chinese), 64(2):471-483, doi:10.6038/cjg2021O0153.


• 27. Bo Xu, Zeng-Qian Hou, William L. Griffin, Yuan-Chuan Zheng, Tao Wang, Guo, Z., Jue Hou, M. Santosh, Suzanne Y. O'Reilly. (2020). Cenozoic lithospheric architecture and metallogenesis in Southeastern Tibet. Earth-Science Reviews. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.earscirev.2020.103472.

• 26. Li, S., Guo, Z.*, Chen, Y. J., Yu, Y., & Morgan, J. P. (2020). Shear wave splitting evidence for keel‐deflected mantle flow at the northern margin of the Ordos block and its implications for the ongoing modification of craton lithosphere. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 125. https://doi.org/ 10.1029/2020JB020485. (Nature Index)

• 25. Fan, X. L., Chen, Q. F., Guo, Z. (2020). High-resolution Rayleigh-wave phase velocity beneath the Changbaishan volcanic field associated with its magmatic system. Acta Petrologica Sinica, 36(7):2081-2091, doi: 10.18654/1000-0569/2020.07.10.

• 24. Wu, X. Y., Guo, Z.*, Liu, L. Bo., Chen, Y. John, Zou, C. Q., Song, X. Q. (2021). Seismic Monitoring of Super High-Rise Building Using Ambient Noise with Dense Seismic Array. Seismological Research Letter. 92 (1): 396–407. doi: 10.1785/0220200119.

• 23. Zhao, Y., Guo, L. H. *, Guo, Z.*, Chen, Y. John, Shi, L., Li, Y. H. (2020). High resolution crustal model of SE Tibet from joint inversion of seismic P-wave travel-times and Bouguer gravity anomalies and its implication for the crustal channel flow. Tectonophysics. https://doi/org/10.1016/j.tecto.2020.228580.

• 22. Zhang C., Guo, Z.*, Y., John Chen. (2020). Lithospheric thickening controls the on-going growth of Northeastern Tibetan Plateau: evidence from P and S receiver functions. Geophysical Research Letters. 47, e2020GL088972. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020GL088972. (Nature Index)

• 21. Chen, J., Y., John Chen, Guo, Z., Ting, Y. (2020). Crustal structure of the Ordos block and adjacent regions along an N-S profile of 107.6°E. Chinese J. Geophys, 63(7): 2592-2604,doi: 10.6038/cjg2020M0659.

• 20. Anqi Zhang, Guo, Z., Juan Carlos Afonson, Yixian Xu, Yingjie Yang, Bo Yang. (2020). The deep thermochemical structure of the Dabie orogenic belt from multiobservable probabilistic inversion. Tectonophysics. 787, (2020): 228478. doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2020.228478.

• 19. Fan, X., Q.-F. Chen, C. P. Legendre, and Guo, Z. (2020). Intraplate volcanism and regional geodynamics in NE Asia revealed by anisotropic Rayleigh-wave tomography, Geophysical Research Letters, 2020, 47(1), doi:10.1029/2019gl085623. (Nature Index)


• 18. Xu, B., W. L. Griffin, Z. Q. Hou, S. Y. O'Reilly, Q. Xiong, Guo, Z., N. J. Pearson, Y. Greau, Z. M. Yang, and Y. C. Zheng (2019), Lithospheric mapping: a pathfinder for hidden terrane and ore systems in southren Lhasa block, Acta Geologica Sinica‐English Edition, 93, 204-204.


• 17. Anqi Zhang, Guo, Z., Yixian Xu, Juan Carlos Afonso, Wencai Yang. (2018). LitMod1D-A Multi-observable Probabilistic Inversion for the Compositional and Thermal Structure of the Lithosphere and Sub lithospheric Upper Mantle. Geological Review, 64(4):993-1004.

• 16.Guo, Z.*, Wang, K., Yang, Y., Tang, Y. John Chen, Y., & Hung, S.-H. (2018). Theorigin and mantle dynamics ofquaternary intraplate volcanism inNortheast China from joint inversion ofsurface wave and body wave. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 123.Doi:10.1002/2017JB014948.(Nature Index)

• 15. Li, S., Guo, Z.*, Chen, Y. J., Yang, Y., &Huang, Q. (2018). Lithospheric structureof the northern Ordos from ambientnoise and teleseismic surface wavetomography. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 123. https://doi.org/10.1029/2017JB015256.(Nature Index)


• 14.Xu Bo, Hou Zengqian, Zheng Yuanchuan, Zhuo Ye, Limin Zhou, Yu Yang, Yanwei Han,Guo, Z., Changda Wu. Jurassic Hornblende Gabbros in Dongga, Eastern Gangdese, Tibet: Partial Melting of Mantle Wedge and Implications for Crustal Growth (2017). Acta Geologica Sinica (English Edition), 91(2): 545-564.

• 13.Shilin Li, Guo, Z.*, Y. John Chen (2017). Complicated 3D mantle flow beneath Northeast China from shear wave splitting and its implication for the Cenozoic intraplate volcanism. Tectonophysics 709,1-8

• 12.Guo, Z., Y. John Chen (2017). Mountain building at northeastern boundary of Tibetan Plateau and craton reworking at Ordos block from joint inversion of ambient noise tomography and receiver functions. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 463:232-242.(Nature Index)

• 11.Bo Xu, W. L., Griffin, Qing Xiong, Zengqian Hou, S. Y. O’Reilly, Guo, Z., N. J., Pearson, Y., Greau and Zhiming Yang (2017). Ultrapotassic rock and xenoliths in South Tibet reveal two contrasting interaction between lithospheric mantle and asthenosphere during continental collision. Geology. doi:10.1130/G38466.1.(Nature Index)


• 10.Huiqian Zhang, Qinghua Huang, Guoze Zhao, Guo, Z., Y. John Chen (2016). Three-dimensional conductivity model of crust and uppermost mantle at the northern Trans North China Orogen: evidence for a mantle source of Datong volcanoes. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2016.08.025.(Nature Index)

• 9. Guo, Z., Y. John Chen (2016). Crustal structure of the eastern Qinling orogenic belt and implication for reactivation since the Cretaceous. Tectonophysics 683, 1-11. doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2016.06.007

• 8. Guo, Z., Juan Carlos Afonso, M. Tork Qashqai, Yingjie Yang, Y. John Chen (2016). Thermochemical structure of the North China Craton from multi-observable probabilistic inversion: extent and causes of cratonic lithosphere modification. Gondwana Research. doi:10.1016/j.gr.2016.07.002

• 7. Guo, Z., Yingjie Yang, Y. John Chen. (2016). Crustal radial anisotropy in Northeast China and its implication for the tectonic extension. Geophysical Journal International.doi:10.1093/gji/ggw261

• 6. Guoliang Li, Haichao Chen, Fenglin Niu, Guo, Z., Yingjie Yang, Jun Xie. (2016). Measurement of Rayleigh wave ellipticity and its application to the joint inversion of high-resolution S-wave velocity structure beneath northeast China. Journal of Geophysical Research 121, 864-880. DOI: 10.1002/2015JB012459.(Nature Index)

• 5.Guo, Z., Y.John Chen, Jieyuan Ning, Yingjie Yang, Juan Carlos Afonso. (2016). Seismic evidence of on-going sublithosphere upper mantle convection for intra-plate volcanism in Northeast China. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 433, 31-43. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2015.09.035(Web Of Science,highly cited paper in 2016,top 1%) 


• 4. Guo, Z., Chen, Y. J., Ning, J., Feng, Y., Grand, S. P., Niu, F., Hitoshi Kawakatsu, Satoru Tanaka, Masayuki Obayashi, Ni, J. (2015). High resolution 3-D crustal structure beneath NE China from joint inversion of ambient noise and receiver functions using NECESSArray data. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 416(0), 1-11. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2015.01.044. (Nature Index)

• 3. Guo, Z., Chen, Y. J., Yin W W. (2015). Three-dimensional crustal model of Shanxi graben from 3D joint inversion of ambient noise surface wave and Bouguer gravity anomalies. Chinese J. Geophys. 58(3):821-831.


• 2. Guo, Z., Cao, Y., Wang, X., John Chen, Y., Ning, J., He, W., Y., Tang, Feng, Y. (2014). Crust and upper mantle structures beneath Northeast China from receiver function studies. Earthquake Science, 27(3), 265-275.


• 1. Guo, Z., Tang Y C, Chen Y S, et al. A study on crustal and upper mantle structures in east part of North China Craton using receiver functions. (2012). Chinese J. Geophys, 55(11).