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Research Assistant Professor


Research Assistant Professor, Department of Ocean and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology. He received his bachelor's degree and master's degree in geophysics from the University of Chile in 2004 and 2006 respectively, and his doctorate degree from the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley in 2017. After that, he did postdoctoral research at the University of California and the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, and worked for several mining companies. His research interests include mantle plumes, the interaction between crust, lithosphere and asthenosphere, continental tectonics of the Tibetan Plateau, large subduction earthquakes, small volcanic earthquakes and inter-earthquake mechanisms. He has served as first or corresponding author in the JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL, Research-Solid EARTH, GEOCHEMISTRY GEOSYSTEMS, GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS and other leading international journals have published their research results. He has presided over multi-directional research projects such as the Scholarship Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences President International Conference for Foreign Scholars.


Educational Background

2011 -- 2017: University of California, Berkeley, Earth and Planetary Sciences, PhD

2003 -- 2006: University of Chile, Geophysics, Master

1998 -- 2004: University of Chile, Geophysics, BA


Professional Experience

2022.10-present: Research Assistant Professor, Department of Marine Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology

2021.8 – 2022.10: Senior Research Scholar, Department of Marine Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology

2019.7 – 2021.7: Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences

2017.9 -- 2018.9: Postdoctoral Fellow, Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California, Berkeley

2010.8 – 2011.7: E-Mining Technology Corporation, geophysical Simulation Engineer

2008.9 – 2010.7: Geodatos Corporation, Geophysical Data Analyst

2008.3 – 2008.7: Geophysical Data Analyst, Electronic Mining Technology Company

2007.9 – 2008.1: Research Scholar, Charles University, Prague



1. Zhou Shuhong, Hu Caibo, Kai-Jun Zhang, Felipe Orellana-Rovirosa, Shi Yaolin. Tectonic evolution of the Liupan Shan fold-and-thrust belt, NE Tibetan Plateau during the late Cenozoic: numerical simulations. Geophysical Journal International[J]. 2022, 231: 1604-1617

2. Chen Q, Hu C, Orellana-Rovirosa F, Zhou L, Zhang H and Shi Y (2022). Numerical Constraints on Folding and Thrusting in Jiudong Basin: Implication for the Northeastward Growth of Qinghai–Tibetan Plateau. Front. Earth Sci. 9:778905. doi: 10.3389/feart.2021.778905

3. Orellana-Rovirosa, F., & Shi, Y. (2021). Understanding the recent and future mechanical evolution of the SongPan Ganzi—Qaidam NE Tibet Moho-offset. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 126, e2021JB022128. https://doi.org/10.1029/2021JB022128

4. Orellana-Rovirosa, F., & Richards, M. (2018). Emergence/subsidence histories along the Carnegie and Cocos Ridges and their bearing upon biological speciation in the Galápagos. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 19. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018GC007608

5. Orellana-Rovirosa, F., and M. Richards (2017), Rough versus smooth topography along oceanic hotspot tracks: Observations and scaling analysis, Geophysical Research Letters, 44, 4074–4081, https://doi:10.1002/2016GL072008

6. Orellana-Rovirosa, F., and M. Richards (2015), Evidence and models for lower crustal flow beneath the Galápagos platform, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 16,https://doi:10.1002/2015GC006136.