I am an assistant professor in geophysics in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at McGill University. Before joining McGill EPS, I worked as an assistant scientist in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2009-2011, and a Harry Hess postdoc fellow in the Department of Geosciences at Princeton University, 2007-2009. I received my PhD degree in geophysics from Harvard Unversity in 2007, and my BSc degree in geophysics from Peking University, China, in 2001.

My research to date has focused on understanding fault mechanical behavior and strength evolution in relation to a range of lithospheric deformation modes, including earthquakes and episodic aseismic slip events, along major plate boundaries. Current research topics:

  1. Physical mechanism of slow deformation modes along plate boundaries and relation to dynamic earthquakes
  2. Frictional behavior of oceanic transform faults and earthquake scaling characteristics
  3. Earthquake relocation and focal mechanism solutions in eastern Canada (Charlevoix and Western Quebec Seismic Zones)
  4. Effects of seamount subduction on megathrust fault coupling

For details, please refer to Research page and the Publication list.

Graduate study (PhD) and undergraduate project (EPSC396, EPSC 482, or summer research) opportunities are available to work on a variety of earthquake and glacier deformation problems. Contact me for further information.

Earthquake Process Group

Contact information:
339 F.D. Adams Building, 3450 University Street, Montreal, Quebec H3A 2A7, Canada
Tel: 1-514-398-4085, Fax: 1-514-398-4680, E-mail: yajing.liu@mcgill.ca

Last updated November 28, 2014