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Yang Shen
Professor of Oceanography
Room 203, Horn Lab
Phone: 401-874-6848

Educational Background

Ph.D. Geophysics
M.Sc. Geophysics
B.Sc. Geophysics
Brown University
Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Nanjing University

Areas of Specialization


Yang Shen's research interests include earthquake hazards and structure of the crust and upper mantle. His recent projects include (1) mantle discontinuities beneath Iceland, Hawaii, and southern Africa, (2) earthquake activities at mid-ocean ridges, (3) finite-frequency tomography (4) simulations of seismic wave propagation in 3D heterogeneous earth, (5) seismic calibration for nuclear explosion monitoring, and (6) meteorological tsunamis.


Yang Shen co-teaches the graduate course Marine Geophysics (OCG552). He also teaches graduate courses on Inverse Methods and other special topics.


Jennifer Georgen
Ting Yang
Elizabeth Kusel
Xiaofeng Liang
Wei Zhang
Yong Ren
Meng Gong
Zhigang Zhang
Haiying Gao
Ashton Flinders
Christina King
Jiahang Li
Liping Fan
Kira Homola
Postdoctoral Associate
Postdoctoral Associate
Visiting Ph.D Student
Postdoctoral Associate
Postdoctoral Associate
Visiting M.Sc Student
Postdoctoral Associate
Ph.D Candidate
Ph.D Candidate
Ph.D Candidate
Visiting Ph.D student
Ph.D Candidate
2001-2003 (currently a faculty memer at Old Dominion Univ.)
2005 (currently a faculty member at Tongji Univ.)
2008 (now a Researcher at Chinese Academy of Sciences)
2007-2010 (now a faculty member at China Univ. of Sci. Tech.)
2007-2009 (now a Research Geophysicist at ION Geophysical)
2010 (now a postdoct at Los Alamos National Lab)
2011-2013 (currently a faculty member at UMass Amherst)
2011 -present
2012 -present
2012 - 2013
2013 -present


See http://seismolab.gso.uri.edu/ for a complete list of publications.

Li, L., A. Li, Y. Shen, E.A Sandvol, D. Shi, H. Li, and X. Li, Shear wave structure in the northeastern Tibetan plateau from Rayleigh wave tomography, J. Geophys. Res.: Solid Earth, 118, 1-14, doi:10.1002/jgrb.50292, 2013.

Gao, H., and Y. Shen, Validation of shear-wave velocity models of the Pacific Northwest, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 102 (6), 2611-2621, doi:10.1785/0120110336, 2012.

Bao, X., E. Sandvol, Y.J. Chen, J. Ni, T. Hearn, and Y. Shen, Azimuthal anisotropy of Lg attenuation in eastern Tibetan plateau, J. Geophys. Res., 117, B10309, doi:10.1029/2012JB009255, 2012.

Ren, Y., G.W. Stuart, G.A. Houseman, B. Dando, C. Ionescu, E. Hegedus, S. Radovanovic, and Y. Shen, Upper mantle structures beneath the Carpathian-Pannonian region: Implications for the geodynamics of continental collision, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 349-350, 139-152, 2012.

Shen, Y., Y. Ren, H. Gao, and B. Savage, An Improved Method to Extract Very Broadband Empirical Green's Functions From Ambient Seismic Noise, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 102 (4), 1872-1877, 2012.

Liang, X., E. Sandvol, Y. J. Chen, T. Hearn, J. Ni, S. Klemperer, Y. Shen, and F. Tilmann, A complex Tibetan upper mantle: A fragmented Indian slab and no south-verging subduction, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 333-334,101-111, 2012.

Zhang, W., Y. Shen, L. Zhao, Three-dimensional anisotropic seismic wave modeling in spherical coordinate by a collocated-grid finite difference method, Geophys. J. Inter., 188, 1359-1381, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2011.05331.x, 2012.

Bao X., Sandvol E., Ni J., Hearn T., Chen J., and Shen Y., High resolution regional seismic attenuation tomography in eastern Tibetan Plateau and adjacent areas, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L16304, doi:10.1029/2011GL048012, 2011.

Liang, X., Y. Shen, J.Y. Chen, Y. Ren, Seismic velocity models of southern Tibet from finite frequency tomography, J. Geophys. Res., 116 (B02408), doi:10.1029/2009JB007159, 2011.

Zhang, W., and Y. Shen, Unsplit complex frequency shifted PML implementation using auxiliary differential equation for seismic wave modeling, Geophys. 75 (4), 141-154, 2010.

Shi, D., Y. Shen, W. Zhao, A. Li, Seismic evidence for a Moho offset and south-directed thrust at the easternmost Qaidam-Kunlun boundary in the Northeast Tibetan plateau, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 288, 329-334, 2009.

Zhang, W., Y. Shen, X. Chen, Numerical simulation of strong ground motion for the Ms 8.0 Wenchuan earthquake of 12 May 2008, Science in China Series D: Earth Sciences, vol.51, no. 12, 1673-1682, 2008.

Zhang, Z., Y. Shen, Cross-dependence of finite-frequency compressional waveforms to shear seismic wave-speeds, Geophys. J. Int., 174, 941-948, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2008.03840.x, 2008.

Ren, Y., Y. Shen, Finite-frequency tomography in southeastern Tibet: Evidence for the causal relation between mantle lithopshere delamination and the north-south-trending rifts, J. Geophys. Res., 113, B10316, doi:10.1029/2008JB005615, 2008.

Shen, Y., Z. Zhang, L. Zhao, Component-dependent Frechet sensitivity kernels and utility of three-component seismic records, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 98 (5), 2517-2525, doi: 10.1785/0120070283, 2008.


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