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SHI Yanan
Research Assistant Professor


Dr. Shi is currently a Research Associate Professor at the Department of Ocean Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech). Her research interests include evolution of continental lithosphere, geodynamics, numerical modeling, mantle plume and oceanic subduction.


Educational Background

2013.09-2018.07: Ph.D., Key Laboratory of Computational Geodynamics (LCG), Institute of Earth and Planetary Science, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS)

2008.09-2012.07: B.A., School of Resource Environment and Earth Science, Yunnan University  


Professional Experience

2022.11-Present: Research Associate Professor, Department of Ocean Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology

2020.10-2022.10: Postdoc Researcher, Department of Ocean Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology

2019.02-2020.09: Visiting Scholar, Department of Earth Science, Rice University

2018.09-2020.09: Postdoc Researcher, Department of Earth Science, China University of Petroleum-Beijing



National Natural Science Foundation of China Youth Fund: The fate and evolution of the delaminated lithosphere in the mantle: Numerical modeling, Project Leader, 2023.01-2025.12, 300,000 RMB



1. Ya-Nan Shi, Jason P. Morgan, 2022, Plume-lithosphere interaction and delamination at Yellowstone and its implications for the boundary of craton stability. Geophysical Research Letters, 49(2).

2. Ya-Nan Shi, Zhong-Hai Li, Ling Chen, Jason P. Morgan, 2021, Connection between a subcontinental plume and the mid-lithospheric discontinuity leads to fast and intense craton lithospheric thinning. Tectonics, 40(9).

3. Ya-Nan Shi, Fengling Niu, Zhong-Hai Li, Pengpeng Huangfu, 2020, Craton destruction links to the interaction between subduction and mid-lithospheric discontinuity: Implications for the eastern North China Craton. Gondwana Research, 83: 49-62.

4. Ya-Nan Shi, Pengpeng Huangfu, Dongping Wei, Zhong-hai Li, Mengxue Liu, 2019, Dynamics of subduction-induced overriding lithosphere thinning: Numerical modeling. Chinese Journal of Geophysics, 62(1): 63-77.

5. Ya-Nan Shi, Dongping Wei, Zhong-Hai Li, Mingqi Liu, Mengxue Liu, 2017, Subduction mode selection during slab and mantle transition zone interaction: Numerical modeling. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 175(2): 529-548.

6. Qianqian Liu, Ya-Nan Shi, Dongping Wei, Peng Han, Shunyun Chen, Peixun Liu, Liqiang Liu, 2017, Near-surface geothermal gradient observation and geothermal analysis in the Xianshuihe Fault Zone, Eastern Tibetan Plateau. Acta Geological Sinica, English Edition, 91(2): 414-428.

7. Mengxue Liu, Dongping Wei, Ya-Nan Shi, 2018, Effects of plates interface geometry on the evolution of subduction. Chinese Journal of Geophysics, 62(1): 78-87.

8. Menxue Liu, Dongping Wei, Ya-Nan Shi, 2017, Review on the opening and evolution models of the Japan Sea. Progress in Geophysics, 32(6): 2341-2352.