I am a PhD student (2019-present) at Caltech Seismolab working under the advisement of Zhongwen Zhan, Rob Clayton, and Zach Ross. I earned B.S. (2016, School of the Gifted Young) and M.S. (2019) in Geophysics at USTC under the advisement of Huajian Yao.

My research interests are primarily centered on imaging the near surface and studying environmental processes through seismology, with a particular emphasis on leveraging big seismic data with cutting-edge observation and processing technologies including distributed acoustic sensing and machine learning.


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  1. Yan Yang*, Angela F Gao, Kamyar Azizzadenesheli, Robert W Clayton, Zachary E Ross. (2023) IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing Rapid Seismic Waveform Modeling and Inversion with Neural Operators [PDF]

  2. Yan Yang*, Robert W Clayton. (2023) Seismological Research Letters Shallow Seismicity in the Long Beach–Seal Beach, California Area [PDF] SSA News

  3. Jiaqi Fang, Yan Yang, Zhichao Shen, Ettore Biondi, Xin Wang, Ethan F Williams, Matthew W Becker, Dominic Eslamian, Zhongwen Zhan. (2023) Seismological Research Letters Directional Sensitivity of DAS and Its Effect on Rayleigh‐Wave Tomography: A Case Study in Oxnard, California [PDF]

  4. James Atterholt, Zhongwen Zhan, Yan Yang. (2022) Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth Fault Zone Imaging With Distributed Acoustic Sensing: Body‐To‐Surface Wave Scattering [PDF]

  5. Yan Yang*, Zhongwen Zhan, Zhichao Shen, James Atterholt. (2022) Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth Fault zone imaging with distributed acoustic sensing: Surface‐to‐surface wave scattering [PDF]

  6. Yan Yang*, James W Atterholt, Zhichao Shen, Jack B Muir, Ethan F Williams, Zhongwen Zhan. (2022) Geophysical Research Letters Sub‐kilometer correlation between near‐surface structure and ground motion measured with distributed acoustic sensing [PDF] EOS Research Highlight

  7. Yan Yang*, Angela F Gao, Jorge C Castellanos, Zachary E Ross, Kamyar Azizzadenesheli, Robert W Clayton. (2021) The Seismic Record Seismic wave propagation and inversion with neural operators [PDF]

  8. Zefeng Li, Zhichao Shen, Yan Yang, Ethan Williams, Xin Wang, Zhongwen Zhan. (2021) AGU Advances Rapid response to the 2019 Ridgecrest earthquake with distributed acoustic sensing [PDF]

  9. Zhiqi Zhang, Huajian Yao, Yan Yang. (2020) Science China Earth Sciences Shear wave velocity structure of the crust and upper mantle in Southeastern Tibet and its geodynamic implications [PDF]

  10. Yan Yang, Huajian Yao, Hanxiao Wu, Ping Zhang, Maomao Wang. (2020) Geophysical Journal International A new crustal shear-velocity model in Southwest China from joint seismological inversion and its implications for regional crustal dynamics [PDF]

  11. Yan Yang, Huajian Yao, Ping Zhang, Ling Chen. (2018) Science China Earth Sciences Crustal azimuthal anisotropy in the trans-North China orogen and adjacent regions from receiver functions [PDF]

Awards and Scholarship

  • Scripps Institutional Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2024
  • AGU Outstanding Student Presentation Award, 2023
  • GPS Award for Academic Excellence in Research, Caltech, 2023
  • JpGU Outstanding Student Presentation Award, 2023
  • GPS Graduate Fellowship, Caltech, 2019
  • Laurel Scholarship for Graduate Students, USTC, 2018
  • First Class Graduate Academic Scholarship, USTC, 2016, 2017, 2018.
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Graduation Thesis, USTC, 2016.
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Graduates of USTC, USTC, 2016.
  • Competition of Physics Research Experimentation of USTC (First Prize), USTC, 2015.

Invited Talks

  • Geophysics Seminar, University of California Los Angeles, 04/2024
  • IGPP Geophysics Seminar, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, 01/2024
  • Lithospheric Dynamics Seminar, University of Southern California, 01/2024
  • AGU Annual Meeting, 12/2023
  • Geophysics Seminar, Stanford University, 11/2023
  • GMP Guest Seminar, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 06/2023
  • Japan Geoscience Union Meeting, 05/2023

Professional Activities

  • Convener of 2024 SSA Photonic Seismology Session: Exploring the Frontier of Environmental Processes using Fiber-optic Sensing.
  • Organizer of Caltech Seismological Laboratory Seminar, 2021-2022.
  • Journal Reviewer: Science Advances, GRL, JGR Solid Earth, IEEE-TGRS, GJI, SRL, BSSA, Geophysics, etc.


TA for:

  • California Institute of Technology
    • Ge 162 Seismology (Spring 2023)
    • Ge 165 Geophysical Data Analysis and Seismic Imaging (Fall 2021)
    • Ge 1 Earth and Environment (Spring 2021)
  • University of Science and Technology of China
    • Advances in Geophysics (Fall 2017)



    California Institute of Technology
    Seismological Laboratory
    1200 E. California Blvd., MS 252-21
    So. Mudd Building, Rm 361
    Pasadena, CA 91125