Current Students


Jiashun Hu (Fall 2013 - present), PhD candidate: Subduction dynamics and lithosphere evolution in South America.

Quan Zhou (Fall 2013 - present), PhD candidate: Origin of intraplate volcanism within the western United States.

Ching Chang (Fall 2015 - present), PhD candidate: Coupled mantle-surface evolution modeling

Yaoyi Wang (Fall 2017 - present), The density structure and temporal evolution of cratonic lithosphere

Zebin Cao (Fall 2017 - present), Probing the nature of the lowermost mantle LLSVPs

Diandian Peng (Fall 2017 - present), Western Pacific subduction and lithospheric response


Former Students


Tiffany Leonard (2013-2015), M.S.

Thesis: Testing the hypothesis of slab-plume interaction on the formation of the Yellowstone hotspot system

Armando Hermosillo (2012-2014), M.S.

Thesis: Investigating flat-slab subduction underneath South America using 4D numerical simulations


Prospective students


We always welcome motivated students to join our group! For inquiry, please contact Prof. Liu at:   



(001) 217-300-0378.