Lijun Liu

Assistant Professor, Department of Geology

Contact Information
Office: 3038 Natural History Building
1301 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: +1.217.300.0378
Curriculum Vitae



Subduction and mantle convection. Driving forces for continents' vertical motions. Dynamics of tectonic evolution. Quantitative geodynamic calculation and numerical simulation. Inverse and forward modeling of mantle convection.

Research Areas
Geophysics, Geodynamics & Tectonics
Earth Systems Modeling
Rivers, Watersheds, Sedimentary Processes & Landscapes

Ph.D. California Institute of Technology

Selected Publications
  • Liu, L. (2012), Lost sea floor, Nature Geoscience, 5, 165-167.
  • 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, doi:10.1038/nature10749.
  • G. Shephard, L. Liu, D. Muller, M. Gurnis (2012), Dynamic topography and anomalously negative residual depth of the Argentine Basin, Gondwana Research, 22, 658-663.