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image of Prof. TAN Yen Joe
Room 317, 3/F, 
Mong Man Wai Building
(852) 3943 0463

TAN Yen Joe 陳衍佐

Assistant Professor
  • Ph. D., Geophysics, Columbia University, 2019
  • B.S., Geology, Lafayette College, 2014
  • B.A., Anthropology and Sociology, Lafayette College, 2014
Academic Employments:
  • 2020 – present: Assistant Professor, Earth System Science Programme, Faculty of Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • 2019 – 2020: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geophysics, Stanford University
  • 2018 – 2019: Visiting Researcher, ISTerre Université Savoie Mont-Blanc
Research Fields and Current Research Interests:
  • Marine geophysics
  • Volcano seismology
  • Induced and triggered earthquakes
  • Mid-ocean ridges and oceanic hotspots
  • Machine learning applications in geophysics
Honours and Awards:
  • 2022: Croucher Tak Wah Mak Innovation Award
  • 2021: NSFC Excellent Young Scientists Fund 優秀青年科學基金(港澳)
  • 2018: New York Community Trust Edward Prince Goldman Scholarship in Science
  • 2018: President Macron’s “Make Our Planet Great Again” Fellowship
  • 2018: Chateaubriand Fellowship
  • 2018: Los Alamos National Lab Applied Machine Learning Research Fellowship
Professional Activities:
  • Handling Editor: Seismica
  • Early Career Representative: IAVCEI Committee on Submarine Volcanism
  • Advisory Board member: GradMAP Philippines
Selected Recent Publications:
  1. Zhu, G., Yang, H., Tan, Y.J., Jin, M., Li, X., and Yang, W., The cascading foreshock sequence of the Ms 6.4 Yangbi earthquake in Yunnan, China, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 591, 117594.
  2. Barkat, A., Javed, F., Tan, Y.J., Ali, A., Javed, M.T., Ahmad, N., Awais, M., Shah, M.A., and Iqbal, T. (2022), 2019 Mw 5.9 Mirpur, Pakistan earthquake: Insights from integrating geodetic, seismic, and field observations, Seismological Research Letters, doi: 10.1785/0220210322.
  3. Tan, Y.J., Waldhauser, F., Ellsworth, W.L., Zhang, M., Zhu, W., Michele, M., Chiaraluce, L., Beroza, G.C., and Segou, M. (2021), Machine-learning-based high-resolution earthquake catalog reveals how complex fault structures were activated during the 2016-2017 central Italy sequence, The Seismic Record, 1(1), 11-19.
  4. Tan, Y.J. and Marsan, D. (2020), Connecting a broad spectrum of transient slip on the San Andreas fault, Science Advances, 6, eabb2489.
  5. Scholz, C.H., Tan, Y.J., and Albino, F. (2019), The mechanism of tidal triggering of earthquakes at mid-ocean ridges, Nat. Commun., 10(1), 2526.
  6. Yuan, B., Tan, Y.J., Mudunuru, M.K., Marcillo, O.E., Delorey, A.A., Roberts, P.M., Webster, J.D., Gammans, C.N.L., Karra, S., Guthrie, G.D., and Johnson, P.A. (2019), Using machine learning to discern eruption in noisy environments: A case study using CO2-driven cold-water geyser in Chimayó, New Mexico, Seismol. Res. Lett., 90(2A), 591-603.
  7. Tan, Y.J., Waldhauser, F., Tolstoy, M., and Wilcock, W.S.D. (2019), Axial Seamount: Periodic tidal loading reveals stress dependence of the earthquake size distribution (b value), Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 512, 39-45.
  8. Tan, Y.J., Tolstoy, M., Waldhauser, F., and Bohnenstiehl, D.R. (2018), Tidal triggering of microearthquakes over an eruption cycle at 9°50’N East Pacific Rise, Geophys. Res. Lett., 45, 1825-1831.
  9. Tan, Y.J. and Maharjan, R. (2018), What googling trends tell us about public interest in earthquakes, Seismol. Res. Lett., 89(2A), 653-657.
  10. Wilcock, W.S.D., Tolstoy, M., Walhauser, F., Garcia, C., Tan, Y.J., Bohnenstiehl, D.R., Caplan-Auerbach, J., Dziak, R.P., Arnulf, A.F., and Mann, M.E. (2016), Seismic constraints on caldera dynamics from the 2015 Axial Seamount eruption, Science, 354(6318), 1395-1399.
  11. Tan, Y.J., Tolstoy, M., Waldhauser, F., and Wilcock, W.S.D. (2016), Dynamics of a seafloor-spreading episode at the East Pacific Rise, Nature, 540, 261-265.

Please refer to my website or google scholar profile for full publication list
Research grants:
  • Probing Earthquake and Volcanic Processes on the Seafloor, 08/2022 – 08/2027, Croucher Tak Wah Mak Innovation Award, PI
  • Behavior and Properties of Oceanic Transform Faults, 01/2022 - 12/2024, NSFC Excellent Young Scientists Fund, PI
  • Earthquakes and Slow Slips on the Blanco Oceanic Transform Fault, 01/2022 - 12/2024, Hong Kong RGC Early Career Scheme, PI
Open Positions and Opportunities:
I am currently recruiting students and postdocs. Please get in touch to discuss potential research opportunities.