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Jonny Wu

Jonny Wu

Jonny Wu

Curriculum Vitae

Associate 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, geology, geodynamics
  • 4D structural evolution of sedimentary basins and fault systems
  • Petroleum and energy geoscience


  • GEOL7332 Tectonic Interpretation of Seismic Tomography (graduate)
  • GEOL6397 Structural Analog Sandbox Modeling (graduate)
  • GEOL3340 Geological Field Methods
  • GEOL4386 Petroleum Geoscience for Petroleum Engineers
  • GEOL1330 Physical Geology

Selected Publications

(* = advised graduate student)

  • Wu, J., Lin, Y.-A.*, Flament, N., Wu, T.-S.*, Liu, Y, 2022. Northwest Pacific-Izanagi plate tectonics since Cretaceous times from imaged and predicted mantle structure, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 583, 117445.

  • Fuston, S.*, Wu, J., 2021, Raising the Resurrection plate from an unfolded-slab plate tectonic reconstruction of northwestern North America since early Cenozoic time, GSA Bulletin,

  • Hussein, M., Stewart, R., Sacrey, D., Wu, J., Athale, R., 2021. Unsupervised machine learning using 3D seismic data applied to reservoir evaluation and rock type identification, SEG Interpretation, 9(2), T549-T568

  • Lin, Y.A.*, Colli, L., Wu, J., Schubert, B., 2020.  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, 125,12.

  • 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.

    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.E., Suppe, J., Lu, R., 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: 10.1002/2016JB012923

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