Dr. Dazhi Jiang

Laboratory for Structural Geology & Tectonics

Dazhi Jiang

Ph.D. University of New Brunswick, 1996
Office: BGS 0176
Lab: BGS 1055
Phone: (519) 661-2111 x.83192
Fax: (519) 661-3198
Email: djiang3@uwo.ca

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

  • Jiang, D., Bhandari, A., 2018. Pressure variations among rheologically heterogeneous elements in Earth’s lithosphere: A micromechanics investigation. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 498, 397-407. https://doi.org/doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2018.07.010.
  • Lu, L.X., Jiang, D. 2019. Quartz flow law revisited: the significance of pressure dependence of the activation enthalpy. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 124. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018JB016226.
  • Jiang, D., 2016. Viscous inclusions in anisotropic materials: theoretical development and perspective applications. Tectonophysics, 693, 116-142. doi.org/j.tecto.2016.10.012.
  • Qu, M., Jiang, D., Lu, L.X., 2016. An optimal scheme for numerical evaluation of Eshelby tensors and its implementation in a MATLAB package for simulating the motion of viscous ellipsoids in slow flows. Computers & Geosciences, 96, 98-108. doi:10.1016/j.cageo.2016.08.005.
  • Zhu, G., Chen, Y., Jiang, D., Lin S., 2015. Rapid change from compression to extension in the North China Craton during the Early Cretaceous: Evidence from the Yunmengsham metamorphic core complex. Tectonophysics, 656, 91-110. doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2015.06.009.
  • Jiang, D., 2014. Structrural Geology meets Micromechanics: a self-consistent model for the multiscale deformation and fabric development in Earth's ductile lithosphere. Journal of Strucural Geology 68, 247-272. doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2014.05.020.
  • Chen, Y., Jiang, D. Zhu, G., Xiang, B. 2014. The formation of micafish: a modeling investigation based on micromechanics. Journal of Structural Geology 68, 300-315. doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2013.12.005.
  • Jessup, M.J., Jiang, D., Bailey, C.M. 2014. Introduction to Journal of Structual Geology special issue on "Deformation Processes in Lithospheric High-Strain Zones". Journal of Structural Geology 68, 245-246, doi:10.106/j.jsg.2014.06.001.
  • Chen, Y., Zhu, G., Jiang, D.,Lin, S. 2014. Deformation characteristics and formation mechanism of the Yunmengshan metamorphic core complex. Chinese Science Bulletin. doi:10.1007/s11434-014-0167-z.
  • Xiang, B., Jiang, D. 2013. Small-scale ductile shear zones as transposed rheologically weak domains: A numerical modeling investigation and practical application. Journal of Structural Geology 54:184-198. doi.org/10.1016/j.jsg.2013.06.003.
  • 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 50, 22-34. doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2012.06.011.


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

Future Students

Dr. Dazhi Jiang is currently looking for Ph.D. and M.Sc. students to work on projects in the Canadian Cordillera and East China. The former project aims at better understanding the evolution of microstructures of mylonites, and the latter project strives to better understand the tectonic evolution of East China since late Cretaceous and its relationship with the thinning of the North China Craton. Interested students please contact Dr. Jiang for more information.