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

TAN Yen Joe 陈衍佐

Assistant Professor
  • Ph. D., Geophysics, Columbia University, 2019
  • B.S., Geology, Lafayette College, 2014
  • B.A., Anthropology and Sociology, Lafayette College, 2014
Academic Employments:
  • Aug 2020: 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:
  • 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:
  • Journal reviewer for EPS, EPSL, GRL, JGR, PAAG, and SRL
Selected Recent Publications:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Tan, Y.J. and Maharjan, R. (2018), What googling trends tell us about public interest in earthquakes, Seismol. Res. Lett., 89(2A), 653-657.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
Open Positions and Opportunities:
I am currently recruiting students and postdocs. Please get in touch to discuss potential research opportunities.