Junle Jiang is a geophysicist whose research is driven by his curiosity about the ever-changing, dynamic processes of the Earth, and a keen interest in understanding the societal impacts of natural hazards. He studies the deformation and seismicity in the Earth’s crust that are associated with human activities or tectonic processes, which include microseismicity, fault creep, major earthquakes, ground uplift and subsidence, and their potential interactions in geothermal fields, crustal faults, and subduction zones.
Dr. Jiang’s research utilizes analyses of high-resolution geodetic data—primarily from the Global Positioning System (GPS) and Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR)—and seismicity catalogs, along with physics-based computational modeling. He uses the combination of these tools to study geophysical processes over multiple time scales (from seconds to centuries and longer) and their behavior under transient or steady environmental forcing. A unique advantage of this data-driven, computation-intensive approach is the capability to bridge insights from laboratory-scale rock mechanics experiments and field observations from seismology, geodesy, and geology. Through such interdisciplinary efforts, Jiang hopes to better understand the multiscale complexity of crustal dynamics and improve the assessment of natural hazards, as well as the monitoring and mitigation of induced hazards during geo-energy explorations such as hydraulic fracturing and geothermal energy production.
Dr. Jiang received his B.Sc. in Physics at the Peking University in Beijing, China, and Ph.D. in Geophysics and a Ph.D. minor in Computational Science and Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, followed by postdoctoral work at the University of California San Diego and Cornell University. With a multicultural educational background and as a first-generation college student in the past, he is appreciative of different experiences and perspectives, and committed to teaching and mentoring students of diverse backgrounds and career aspirations and promoting inclusion and equity in Earth Science.
Dr. Jiang will be joining the School of Geosciences as an Assistant Professor in geophysics in Fall 2020. His personal website can be viewed here: https://jjle.github.io/