Department of Earth SciencesWestern Science

Dr. Dazhi Jiang

Laboratory for Structural Geology & Tectonics

Dazhi Jiang

Professor & Undergraduate Chair
Ph.D. University of New Brunswick, 1996
Office: BGS 0176
Lab: BGS 1055
Phone: (519) 661-2111 x.83192
Fax: (519) 661-3198

Research Interests

Dr. Jiang's research interest lies primarily in using structures and fabrics preserved in Earth's crust and mantle, observed on small scales such as in field rock exposures, in hand samples, and under microscopes, to unravel large-scale tectonic deformation processes. He integrates fieldwork, laboratory microstructural and texture analysis, and numerical modeling in his research. He has developed a self-consistent micromechanical approach for modeling muti-scale fabric development during the deformation of the heterogeneous Earth's lithosphere. The approach provides a rigorous link between structural geology and tectonics. His group currently applies the approach to field areas in the Canadian Shield, the Central Orogenic Belt of China, and the North China Craton.

Dr. Jiang is also a Distinguished Professor at Northwest University, China, and supervises graduate students at Northwest. 

Selected Publications

Courses Taught

At Western:
ES 2201A/B (Structural Geology)
ES 3350Y (Advanced Field Mapping Techniques)
ES 4490E (Senior Thesis)
GL 9555A/B (Flow of Rocks in Crust and Mantle)

At Northwest University, China (graduate short course, June 17-26, 2013):
Continuum Micromechanics and Multiscale Modeling

At University of Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing (one-week summer graduate course, 2016, 2017):
Continuum Micromechanics: Application to Multiscale Tectonics


Mengmeng Qu (PhD, current): Tectonic evolution of the Shangdan belt in Qinling orogen, China

Ankit Bhandari (PhD, current): Variation of tectonic pressure in the lithosphere: a micromechanical investigation

Lucy Xi Lu (PhD, current): Dynamics of strain-localization zones: theory and field applications

Rui Yang (PhD, current): Deformation Fabrics in the Qinling Complex and Their Tectonic Significance

Yin Chen (PhD, completed, 2014, co-supervision): Kinematics of the Mengyin belt in the North China Craton

Changcheng Li (PhD, completed, 2012): An investigation of deformation structures and their tectonic significance across the Grenville front tectonic zone in the vicinity of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Kaitlyn Petkau (MSc, current): Deformation and Geochronology of the Grenville Front Tectonic Zone

Weiyin Chen (MSc, completed, 2014): The Development of L-tectonites in High-strain Zone Settings: A Multiscale Modeling Investigaton

Bahareh Kasmai (MSc, completed, 2014; co-supervision): Morphological and Structural Mapping of the Oudemans Impact Crater Layered Central Uplift, Mars

Laurisha Bynoe (MSc, completed, 2014, co-supervised with R. Linnen): Shear zone influence on the emplacement of a giant pegmatite: the Whabouchi lithium pegmatite, Quebec, Canada

Zenyu Zhong (MSc, comleted, 2012): Applicability of the Eshelby formalism for power-law viscous materials

Ruikun Liu (MSc, comleted, 2009): Deformation of the clast-matrix system in natural mylonites

Tiahuan Dai (MSc, completed, 2004, University of Maryland, College Park): Kinematics and deformation history of the Cross Lake greenstone belts

Callan Bentley (MSc, completed, 2004, University of Maryland, College Park): Rock fabric analysis of the Sierra Crest shear zone system, California: implications for crustal-scale transpressional shear zones