Curriculum Vitae

Professional Appointments:

2018 Assistant Professor
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Toronto

2017 Adjunct Associate Research Scientist 
MOE Key Laboratory of Orogenic Belt and Crustal Evolution, Peking University, Beijing, China

2016–2017 Postdoctoral Research Associate - Department of Earth Science
Rice University, Houston Texas, USA

2015–2016 Visiting Lecturer - Department of Earth Science
S.U.N.Y. Fredonia, Fredonia New York, USA


2015Ph.D. - Geology and Geophysics
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Thesis research: Metamorphic phase equilibria and diffusion kinetics, and applications to the Taconic-Acadian orogenic belts in New England.

2011M.Phil. - Geology and Geophysics 
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
2009B.S. - Geology
Peking University, Beijing, China
Senior research: petrology of aegerine-augite elcogite from Southwestern Tianshan, China

Professional Society Membership

  • Geological Society of American
  • Mineralogical Society of America
  • Geochemical Society
  • Geological Society of Connecticut

Honors and Awards

  • Philip M. Orville Price in recognition of outstanding research in the Earth Science, Yale University, 2016
  • GSA Annual Meeting Student Travel Award, Geological Society of America, 2013
  • William E. Ford Prize to distinguished graduate student in Mineralogy, Yale University, 2012.
  • Frederick C. Stanley Fellowship in Mineralogy, Yale University, 2011-2012.
  • Excellence Award for Graduation, Peking University, 2009.
  • First-Grade Prize for Undergraduate Research, Peking University, 2009.
  • Leo KoGuan Scholarship, the Leo KoGuan Foundation, 2008.
  • POSCO Asia Fellowship, POSCO TJ Park Foundation, 2006.


  • Instrumental Analysis
    • SIMS (CAMECA IMS-1270 at UCLA)
    • Electron microprobe (JOEL JXA-8520F at Yale)
    • LA-ICP-MS (Agilent 7500ce at Peking Univ.)
    • Oxygen isotope composition measurement using laser fluorination technique (Yale)
    • Raman spectroscopy 
  • Numerical and Statistical modeling
    • Modeling for reactive transport in porous media.
    • MATLAB code set of phase diagram calculation (similar to thermocalc).
    • Bayesian statistics and Markov-Chain Monte Carlo approach.
    • Garnet diffusion modeling, coupled with garnet growth/resorption and phase equilibria.
    • Olivine rheology and shear stress in lithosphere; grain-growth modeling based on the damage equation.
    • Working knowledge of numerical methods and parallel computation on computer clusters.

Teaching Experience

  • Lecturer, SUNY Fredonia (2015-2016)

    GEO 480 Geochemistry Today, Spring 2016

    GEO 431 Geochemistry, Spring 2016

    GEO 421 Petrology, Spring 2016

    GEO 165 Geology I: Planet Earth, Spring 2016

    GEO 215 Minerals and Rocks, Fall 2015

    GEO 411 Mineralogy, Fall 2015

  • Lecturer in course sessions, Yale University

    Mineralogy and Petrology, in: Intro to Concepts in G&G (Prof. Pagani), Spring 2013

    Thermodynamics, in: Intro to Concepts in G&G (Prof. Ague), Spring 2015

  • Teaching Fellow, Yale University

    Natural Disasters (Prof. Bercovici), Fall 2009, 2011

    Renewable Energy (Prof. Smith), Spring 2012, 2013

    Natural Resources and Sustainability (Prof. Ague), Spring 2011, 2014

  • Lab-session Assistant, Peking University

    Metamorphic Petrology (Prof. Song), Spring 2009

Field Experience

My field experience