Dr. Dazhi Jiang
Laboratory for Structural Geology & Tectonics
Ph.D. University of New Brunswick, 1996
Office: BGS 0176
Lab: BGS 1055
Phone: (519) 661-2111 x.83192
Fax: (519) 661-3198
Dr. Jiang integrates fieldwork, laboratory analysis, and numerical modeling to understand the deformation and tectonic evolution of orogenic belts. To address the fundamental issue of heterogeneous lithospheric deformation and the accompanying multiscale fabric development, he has developed a self-consistent MultiOrder Power Law Approach (MOPLA) based on continuum micromechanics of nonlinear viscous materials. The approach provides a rigorous link between small-scale observations and large-scale processes (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, under the Grand Recruitment of Global Expert Program of Shaanxi Province. In this capacity, he also leads a research group and supervises graduate students at Northwest.
- Xiang, B., Jiang, D. accepted, Small-scale ductile shear zones as transposed rheologically weak domains: a numerical modeling investigation and practical application. Journal of Structural Geology
- Jiang, D. 2013, Deformation of ellipsoids in power-law viscous materials: a micromechanical approach toward flow partitioning in Earth’s lithosphere. Journal of Structural Geology. doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2012.06.011.
- Jiang, D. 2012. A general approach for modeling the motion of rigid and deformable ellipsoids in ductile flows. Computers & Geosciences, 38, 52-61. doi:10.1016/j.cageo.2011.05.002.
- Jiang, D. & Bentley, C. 2012. A micromechanical approach for simulating multiscale fabrics in large-scale high-strain zones: theory and application. Journal of Geophysical Research (Solid Earth), 117, B12201, Doi:10.1029/2012JB009327.
- Zhang, B., Zhu, G., Jiang, D., Li, C., and Chen, Y., 2012. Evolution of the Yiwulushan metamorphic core complex from distributed to localized deformation and its tectonic implications. Tectonics. 31, TC4018, doi:10.1029/2012TC003104.
- Kuiper, Y. D. Lin, S., Jiang, D. 2011. Deformation partitioning in transpressional shear zones with an along-strike stretch component: an example from the Superior Boundary Zone, Manitoba, Canada. Journal of Structural Geology, 33, 192-202.
- Li, C. Jiang, D. 2011, A critique of vorticity analysis using rigid clasts. Journal of Structural Geology 33, 203-219.
- Wang, Y.S., Xiang, B.W., Zhu, G., Jiang, D. 2011, Structural and geological evidence for post-orogenic extension driven by lower crustal flow along the Northern Dabie orogenic belt, eastern China. Journal of Structural Geology, 33, 362-380.
- Zhu, G., Jiang, D., Zhang, B., Chen, Y. 2011. Destruction of the eastern North China Craton by backarc extension: evidence from crustal deformation kinematics. Gondwana Research 22(1), 86-103, doi: 10.1016/j.gr.2011.08.005.
- Jiang, D. 2010, Flow and finite deformation of surface elements in three dimensional homogeneous progressive deformations. Tectonophysics, 487, 85-99.
- Kuiper, Y., Jiang, D. 2010, Kinematics of deformation constructed from deformed planar and linear elements: the method and its application. Tectonophysics 492. 174-191.
- Jiang, D. 2007c, Sustainable Transpression: An examination of strain and kinematics of deforming zones with migrating boundaries. Journal of Structural Geology, 29(12), 1984-2005, doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2007.09.007.
- Jiang, D. 2007b, Numerical modeling of the motion of deformable ellipsoidal objects in slow viscous flows. Journal of Structural Geology, 29, 435-452.
- Jiang, D. 2007a, Numerical modeling of the motion of rigid ellipsoidal objects in slow viscous flows: a new approach. Journal of Structural Geology, 29(2), 189-200, doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2006.09.010.
- Lin, S., Jiang, D. and Williams, P.F. 2007, The importance of differentiating ductile slickenside striations from stretching lineations and variation of shear direction across a high-strain zone. Journal of Structural Geology, 29, 850-862. doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2006.12.006.
- Kuiper, Y. D., Jiang, D., and Lin, S. 2007, Relationship between non-cylindrical fold geometry and the shear direction in monoclinic and triclinic shear zones. Journal of Structural Geology, 29, 1022-1033. doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2007.01.009.
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)
Geology 100 (Physical Geology), 341 (Structural Geology), 471/789C (Tectonics), 789R (Flow of Rocks)
Mengmeng Qu, (PhD, current): Tectonic evolution of the Shangdan belt in Qinling orogen, China
Weiyin Chen (PhD, current): Multiscale fabrics in natural high-strain zones: a numerical modeling investigation
Yin Chen (PhD, current, co-supervised with Prof. Zhu, G., Hefei University of Technology): Kinematics of the Mengyin belt in the North China Craton
Qi Wu (PhD, current, co-supervised with Prof. M. Niu, Hefei Univ of Technology)
Bahareh Kasmai (MSc, current): Quartz c-axis fabric from a few natural shear zones and VPSC modeling
Laurisha Bynoe (MSc current, co-supervised with R. Linnen): Origin and emplacement of the Whabouchi pegmatite.
Changcheng Li, (PhD, 2012): An investigation of deformation structures and their tectonic significance across the Grenville front tectonic zone in the vicinity of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Zhenyu Zhong (MSc, 2012): Applicability of the Eshelby formalism for power-law viscous materials.
Ruikun Liu, (MSc, 2009): Deformation of the clast-matrix system in natural mylonites.
Tianhuan Dai, (M.Sc. 2004, University of Maryland, College Park), Kinematics and deformation history of the Cross Lake greenstone belts.
Callan Bentley (M.Sc. 2004, University of Maryland, College Park), Rock fabric analysis of the Sierra Crest shear zone system, California: implications for crustal-scale transpressional shear zones
Dr. Jiang is currently looking for PhD students to work on projects in the Central Orogenic belt of China. The projects will include large-scale field structural analysis in targeted areas, laboratory geochronological and microstructural analysis, and if necessary numerical modeling. Interested students please contact Dr. Jiang for more information.