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Jonny Wu

Jonny Wu

Jonny Wu

Curriculum Vitae

Assistant Professor, Structural Geology, Tectonics and Mantle Structure
Ph.D., Geology, Royal Holloway University of London, UK

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Office: SR1 233
Phone: (713) 743-9624

Research Interests

  • Global plate tectonics, subduction zones and mantle structure
  • Asia tectonics
  • 4D structural reconstructions
  • Analog sandbox modeling of fault systems
  • Basin analysis & petroleum geoscience


  • GEOL7332 Tectonic Interpretation of Seismic Tomography
  • GEOL3340 Geological Field Methods
  • GEOL4386 Petroleum Geoscience for Petroleum Engineers
  • GEOL1330 Physical Geology

Selected Publications

(* = advised graduate student)

  • Lin, Y.A.*, Colli, L., Wu, J., Schubert, B., accepted. Where are the proto-South China Sea slabs? SE Asian plate tectonics and mantle flow history from global mantle convection modeling, Journal of Geophysical Research Solid Earth.
  • Fuston, S.*, Wu, J., in press, Raising the Resurrection plate from an unfolded-slab plate tectonic reconstruction of northwestern North America since early Cenozoic time, GSA Bulletin,
  • Wu, J., McClay, K.R., De Vera, J. 2020. Growth of triangle zone fold-thrusts within the NW Borneo deepwater fold belt, offshore Sabah, southern South China Sea. Geosphere,
  • Li, L. and Chen, Y-W.*, Zheng, Y., Hu, H., Wu, J., 2019.  Seismic Evidence for Plume-Slab Interaction by High-resolution Imaging of the 410-km Discontinuity Under Tonga, Geophysical Research Letters, 46, 13687-13694.
  • Wu, J.T-S.*,  Wu, J., 2019. Izanagi-Pacific ridge subduction revealed by a 56 to 46 Ma magmatic gap along the NE Asian margin, Geology, 47, 10, 953-957.
  • Amonpantang, P.*, Bedle, H.,  Wu, J., 2019, Multi-attribute analysis for channel element discrimination in the Taranaki basin, New Zealand, SEG Interpretation, 7, 2 SBi-T563. doi:  1190/int-2018-0174.1.
  • Chen, Y.-W.*,  Wu, J., Suppe, J., 2019, Southward propagation of Nazca subduction along the Andes, Nature, 565, 441-447, doi:  1038/s41586-018-0860-1
  • Wu, J., Suppe, J., 2018, Proto-South China Sea plate tectonics using subducted slab constraints from tomography, Journal of Earth Science, 29, 6, 1304-1318, doi:  1007/s12583-017-0813-x.
  • Wu, J.E., Suppe, J., Lu, R.Q., Kanda, R.V.S., 2016, Philippine Sea and East Asian plate tectonics since 52 Ma constrained by new subducted slab reconstruction methods, Journal of Geophysical Research, Solid Earth, 121, 6, 4670-4741, doi:  1002/2016JB012923.
  • Wu, J.E., McClay, K.R., Frankowicz, E., 2015, Niger Delta gravity-driven deformation above the relict Chain and Charcot oceanic fracture zones, Gulf of Guinea: insights from analogue models, Marine and Petroleum Geology, 65, 43-62, doi:  1016/j.marpetgeo.2015.03.008.