Journal publications

(* student as first author)

(Google ScholarResearch Gate)

  1. *Hu, J. L. Liu, M. Faccenda, Q. Zhou, K. Fischer, S. Marshak & C. Lundstrom (2018), Modification of the Western Gondwana craton by plume-lithosphere interaction, Nature Geosci., 10.1038/s41561-018-0064-1.

  2. Sun, W., L. Liu, Y. Hu, et al. (2018), Post-ridge-acceleration of the Indian plate induced by slab rollback, Solid Earth Sci., 10.1016/j.sesci.2017.12.003.


  3. *Zhou, Q., L. Liu & J. Hu (2017), Western U.S. volcanism due to intruding oceanic mantle driven by ancient Farallon slabs, Nature Geosci.10.1038/s41561-017-0035-y. 1-00035-

  4. *Zhou, Q. & L. Liu (2017), A Hybrid Forward-Adjoint Data Assimilation Approach for Reconstructing the Temporal Evolution of Mantle Dynamics, Geochem. Geophy. Geosys., 10.1002/2017GC007116. Link.

  5. Kalstrom, K.E., L. Liu, Q. Zhou, L.C. Crossey, J. Thacker, R. Crow & L.S. Beard (2017), Mechanisms for post-Bouse (post-5 Ma) deformation in the lower Colorado River region. Desert Symposium, 145-149. 
  6. *Hu, J., M. Faccenda & L. Liu (2017), Subduction-controlled Mantle Flow and Seismic Anisotropy in South America, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 470, 13-24. Link.

  7. Chen, L., F. Capitanio, L. Liu & T. Gerya (2017), Crustal Rheology Controls on the Tibetan Plateau Formation during India-Asia Convergence, Nature Comm., 8, doi:10.1038/ncomms15992. Link.

  8. Liu, L. & D. Hasterok (2016), High-Resolution Lithosphere Viscosity and Dynamics Revealed by Magnetotelluric Imaging, Science, 353, 1515-1519. Link. (Perspective by Boris Kaus)

  9. *Hu, J., & L. Liu (2016), Abnormal Seismogenic and Magmatic Activities in South America Controlled by the Tearing Flat SlabsEarth Planet. Sci. Lett., 450, 40-51. Link.

  10. *Leonard, T., & L. Liu (2016), The Role of a Mantle Plume in the Formation of Yellowstone Volcanism, Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, doi:10.1002/2015GL067131. Link.

  11. *Hu, J., L. Liu, A. Hermosillo, & Q. Zhou (2016), Simulation of Late Cenozoic South American Flat-Slab Subduction Using Geodynamic Models with Data Assimilation, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 438, 1-13. Link.

  12. Heller, P. & L. Liu (2016), Dynamic topography and vertical motion of the U.S. Rocky Mountain Region prior to and during the Laramide Orogeny, GSA Bull., doi:10.1130/B31431.1. Link.

  13. Liu, L. (2015), The Ups and Downs of North America: Evaluating the Role of Mantle Dynamic Topography since the Mesozoic, Rev. Geophys., 53, doi:10.1002/2015RG000489. Link.

  14. Liu, L. & J.S. Zhang (2015), Differential contraction of subducted lithosphere layers generates deep earthquakes, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 421, 98-106. Link.

  15. Liu, L. & Q. Zhou (2015), Deep recycling of oceanic asthenosphere material during subduction, Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, doi:10.1002/2015GL063633. Link

  16. Liu, L. (2014), Constraining Cretaceous subduction polarity in Eastern Pacific from seismic tomography and geodynamic modeling, Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, doi:10.1002/2014GL061988. Link.

  17. Liu, L. (2014), Rejuvenation of Appalachian topography caused by subsidence-induced differential erosion, Nature Geoscience, 7, 518-523. Link.

  18. Kerry Key, S. Constable, L. Liu & A. Pommier (2013), Electrical image of passive mantle upwelling beneath the northern East Pacific Rise, Nature, 495, 499-503. Link.

  19. Liu, L.(2012), Lost sea floor, Nature Geoscience, 5, 165-167. Link.

  20. Shephard, G., L. Liu, D. Muller, M. Gurnis (2012), Dynamic topography and anomalously negative residual depth of the Argentine Basin, Gondwana Research, 22, 658-663. Link.

  21. Liu, L. and D.R. Stegman (2012), Origin of Columbia River flood basalt controlled by propagating rupture of the Farallon slab, Nature, 482, 386-389. Link. (News & Views by Cin-Ty Lee & Stephen Grand)

  22. Liu, L. and D.R. Stegman (2011), Segmentation of Farallon slab, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 311, 1-10. Link.

  23. Liu, S., D. Nummedal and L. Liu (2011), Tracking the Farallon plate migration through the Late Cretaceous Western U.S. Interior Basins, Geology, 39, 555-558. Link.

  24. Liu, L., Y. Tan, D. Sun, M. Chen and D. Helmberger (2011), Tans-Pacific whole mantle structure, J. Geophy. Res., 116, B04306, doi:10.1029/2010JB007907. Link.

  25. Shephard, G.E., R.D. Müller, L. Liu and M. Gurnis (2010), Miocene Amazon River drainage reversal caused by plate-mantle dynamics, Nature Geoscience, 3, 870-875, doi: 10.1038/NGEO1017. Link.

  26. Saleeby, S., Z. Saleeby, L. Liu, G. Mahéo (2010), Mid-Cretaceous regional exhumation of the Sierra Nevada-Great Valley Batholith and a possible tectonic driving mechanismAbstracts with Programs-Geological Society of America, 42 (4), 67.

  27. Liu, L. and M. Gurnis (2010), Dynamic subsidence and uplift of the Colorado Plateau, Geology, 38(7), 663-666, doi: 10.1130/G30624. Link. (Research Focus by Becky Flowers).

  28. Liu, L. and M. Gurnis (2010), Adjoint method and its application in mantle convection, Earth Science Frontiers (INVITED; Chinese with English abstract), 17(3), 139-148. Link.

  29. Liu, L., M. Gurnis, M. Seton, J. Saleeby, R.D. Müller & J. Jackson (2010), The role of oceanic plateau subduction in the Laramide orogeny, Nature Geoscience, 3, 353-357, doi: 10.1038/NGEO829. Link

  30. Liu, L. and P. Olson (2009), Geomagnetic dipole moment collapse by convective mixing in the core, Geophys. Res. Lett. 36, L10305, doi:10.1029/2009GL038130. Link.

  31. Spasojević, S., L. Liu & M. Gurnis (2009), Adjoint Convection Models of North America Incorporating Tomographic, Plate motion and Stratigraphic Constraints, Geochem., Geophy., Geosys. 10, Q05W02, doi:10.1029/2008GC002345. Link

  32. Liu, L., S. Spasojević & M. Gurnis, (2008), Reconstructing Farallon Plate Subduction Beneath North America back to the Late Cretaceous, Science, 322, 934-938, doi: 10.1126/science.1162921. Link. (Perspective by Bernhard Steinberger)

  33. Liu, L. and M. Gurnis (2008), Simultaneous Inversion of Mantle Properties and Initial Conditions Using an Adjoint of Mantle Convection, J. Geophy. Res., 113, B08405, doi:10.1029/2008JB005594. Link.

  34. Spasojević, S., L. Liu, M. Gurnis & R.D. Müller (2008), The case for dynamic subsidence of the United States east coast over the Cenozoic, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L08305,doi:10.1029/2008GL033511. Link.