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Yingcai Zheng

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Yingcai Zheng

Curriculum Vitae pdf

Associate Professor of Seismic Imaging

Ph.D. Seismology, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz. 2007.
B.S. Geophysics, Peking University. 2001.

Office: 129-B SR1
Office Hours: F 2:00p-5:00p
Phone: (713) 743-6513
yzheng24@central.uh.edu

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Professional work experiences

  • Assistant Professor at UH (9/2014 - Now)
  • Research Scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)  (2011-2014) 
  • Postdocs at UCSC and MIT Earth Resources Lab (2007-2010)
  • Postdoc + Assistant Researcher UCSC (concurrent in 2010)
  • Consultant on seismic imaging, ConocoPhillips, 2008

Awards and Honors

  • J. Clarence Karcher Award, 2015, from Society of Exploration Geophysicists: In recognition of exceptional research contributions to the science and technology of exploration geophysics See related news
  • University of Houston Provost Faculty Travel Award, 2014
  • Earth Resources Lab Fellowship, MIT, 2010-2011
  • ConocoPhillips SPIRIT Scholar, 2006
  • Waters Award 2005 UCSC for outstanding PhD thesis proposal
  • University of California, Regents Fellowship 2003

Research Interests 

  • Seismic imaging and waveform inversion
  • Reservoir geophysics: seismic characterization of fractures and fluid flow
  • Machine learning geothermal
  • Earthquake seismology and Earth's structures
  • Planetary seismology

 research

Recent Patents in 12 months

  1. Zheng,Y. and H.Hu (2016). "Nonlinear signal comparison and high-resolution measurement of seismic or acoustic wave dispersion", patent pending. 

Accepted/submitted peer-reviewed journal papers 

  • student author; ** postdoc author

2019

  • Li, Luchen, Y.W. Chen, Zheng, H. Hu, Jonny Wu (2019). Seismic Evidence for Plume-Slab Interaction by High-resolution Imaging of the 410-km Discontinuity Under Tonga, Geophysical Research Letters, accepted. 
  • Hu, Hao** and  Zheng(2019). Data-driven dispersive surface-wave prediction and mode separation using high-resolution dispersion estimation, Journal of Applied Geophysics, accepted. 
  • Ding*, Y.S., H.W. Zhou, Zheng, and Y.K.Wo (2019). Synthesis of directional wave packets from shot records, Pure and Applied Geophysicsdoi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00024-019-02208-1
  • Martin van Driel, Savas Ceylan, John Francis Clinton, Domenico Giardini, Hector Alemany, Amir Allam, David Ambrois, Julien Balestra, Bruce Banerdt, Dirk Becker, Maren Böse, Marc S. Boxberg, Nienke Brinkman, Titus Casademont, Jérôme Chèze, Ingrid Daubar, Anne Deschamps, Fabian Dethof, Manuel Ditz, Melanie Drilleau, David Essing, Fabian Euchner, Benjamin Fernando, Raphael Garcia, Thomas Garth, Harriet Godwin, Matthew P. Golombek, Katharina Grunert, Celine Hadziioannou, Claudia Haindl, Conny Hammer, Isabell Hochfeld, Kasra Hosseini, Hao Hu, Sharon Kedar, Balthasar Kenda, Amir Khan, Tabea Kilchling, Brigitte Knapmeyer‐Endrun, Andre Lamert, Jiaxuan Li, Philippe Lognonné, Sarah Mader, Lorenz Marten, Franziska Mehrkens, Diego Mercerat, David Mimoun, Thomas Möller, Naomi Murdoch, Paul Neumann, Robert Neurath, Marcel Paffrath, Mark P. Panning, Fabrice Peix, Ludovic Perrin, Lucie Rolland, Martin Schimmel, Christoph Schröer, Aymeric Spiga, Simon Christian Stähler, René Steinmann, Eleonore Stutzmann, Alexandre Szenicer, Noah Trumpik, Maria Tsekhmistrenko, Cédric Twardzik, Renee Weber, Philipp Werdenbach‐Jarklowski, Shane Zhang, Yingcai Zheng (2019).Preparing for InSight: Evaluation of the Blind Test for Martian Seismicity. Seismological Research Letters doi: https://doi.org/10.1785/0220180379
  • Lin*, R., X. Fang, Y.Gan, andZheng(2019). A damped dynamic finite difference approach for modeling static stress-strain fields, Pure and Applied Geophysics, Volume 176, Issue 9, pp 3851–3865, doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00024-019-02207-2 
  • Li*, J., and  Zheng(2019), Generation of a stochastic binary field that fits a given heterogeneity power spectrum, Geophys. J. Int.217(1), 294-300, doi:10.1093/gji/ggz024. https://doi.org/10.1093/gji/ggz024
  • Hu, H**, M.Senkaya, Y.Zheng (2019). A Novel Measurement of the Surface Wave Dispersion with High and Adjustable Resolution: Multi-Channel Nonlinear Signal Comparison, J. Applied Geophysics, 160, 236-241, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jappgeo.2018.11.015 

2018

  • Li*, J., Y. Zheng, L. Thomsen, T.J.Lapen, and X.Fang (2018). Deep earthquakes in subducting slabs hosted in highly anisotropic rock fabric, Nature Geoscience, doi:10.1038/s41561-018-0188-3. See fulltext.  Also see News&Views: Romanowicz, B. (2018), A deep-earthquake puzzle resolved, Nature Geoscience, doi:10.1038/s41561-018-0197-2.
  • Cormier, V.F., Y.T. Tian, and Y. Zheng (2018). Heterogeneity spectrum of Earth’s upper mantle obtained from the coherence of teleseismic P waves: Evidence for pervasive chemical and phase heterogeneity, Communications in Computational Physics, accepted. 
  • Liu, Y.K. , B.He, H.Y.Lu , Z.Zhang , X.B.Xie, and Y. Zheng (2018). Full intensity waveform inversion. GEOPHYSICS, 83(6), R649-R658. https://doi.org/10.1190/geo2017-0682.1
  • Hu**, H., Y. Zheng,  X.Fang, and M.C. Fehler (2018). 3D Seismic Characterization of Fractures with Random Spacing Using the Double Beams, Geophysics, 83(5), M63-M74. https://doi.org/10.1190/geo2017-0739.1  pdf
  • Eftekhar*, R, H.Hu** and Y.Zheng (2018). Convergence acceleration in scattering series and seismic waveform inversion using nonlinear Shanks transformation,  Geophysical Journal International, ggy228, https://doi.org/10.1093/gji/ggy228   pdf
  • Neese*, J.W., D.R. Jackson, Y. Zheng, and L.A. Thomsen (2018). "TEz/TMz scalar potentials due to an arbitrarily-oriented dipole in 3D space in the presence of an infinite dielectric cylinder", Radio Science, 53, 509–524. https://doi.org/10.1002/2017RS006483    pdf
  • Zheng, Y. (2018). Transient Pressure Surge In a Fluid-Filled Fracture, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 108 (3A): 1481–1488. doi: https://doi.org/10.1785/0120170230   pdf
  • Hu**, H. and Y. Zheng (2018). 3D seismic characterization of fractures in a dipping layer using the double-beam method, Geophysics, V123-V134.    pdf
  • DeSilva, S., V. F. Cormier, and Y. Zheng (2018), Inner core boundary topography explored with reflected and diffracted P waves, Phys. Earth Planet. Inter., 276, 202-214. pdf

2017

  • Yu, C., Y. Zheng, and X. Shang (2017), Crazyseismic: A MATLAB GUI-Based Software Package for Passive Seismic Data Preprocessing, Seismological Research Letters (2017) 88 (2A): 410-415. pdf
  • Zheng, Y. and H.Hu** (2017). Nonlinear signal comparison and high-resolution measurement of surface wave dispersionBull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 107, no.3, 1551-1556. pdf
  • Fang, X., Y. Zheng, and M.C. Fehler (2017). ”Fracture clustering effect on amplitude variation with offset and azimuth analyses.” Geophysics, 82(1), N13-N25. pdf
  • Ding*, Y., Y.Zheng, H.W. Zhou, M.Howell, H.Hu**, and Y.Zhang (2017). "Propagation of Gaussian Wave Packets in complex media and the application to fracture characterization", Geophys. J. Intern., Volume 210, Issue 2, 1 August 2017, Pages 1244–1251. pdf
  •  Liu, Y, X. Liu, A. Osen, Y. Shao, H. Hu**, Y. Zheng (2016). Least-squares reverse time migration using controlled-order multiple reflections, Geophysics, 81(5), S347-S357. pdf  

2016

  •  Kang, P. K., Y. Zheng, X. Fang, R. Wojcik, D. McLaughlin, S. Brown, M. C. Fehler, D. R. Burns, and R. Juanes (2016), Sequential approach to joint flow-seismic inversion for improved characterization of fractured media, Water Resour. Res., 52, 903–919, doi:10.1002/2015WR017412.  pdf
  • Hu**,H., Y.K. Liu, Y. Zheng, X.J. Liu, H.Y. Lu (2016). Least-squares Gaussian beam migration, Geophysics, 81(3), S87-S100. doi: 10.1190/geo2015-0328.1  pdf
  •  Zheng, Y., A.H. Malallah, M.C. Fehler, and H.Hu** (2016). ”2D full-waveform modeling of seismic waves in layered karstic media.” Geophysics, 81(2), T25-T34.  pdf 

2015

  • Hu**, H., Y. Liu, A. Osen, and Y. Zheng (2015), Compression of local slant stacks by the estimation of multiple local slopes and the matching pursuit decomposition, Geophysics, 80(6), WD175-WD187.  pdf
  •  Liu, Y., H. Hu**, X.-B. Xie, Y. Zheng, and P. Li (2015), Reverse time migration of internal multiples for subsalt imaging, Geophysics80(5), S175-S185.  pdf
  • Zheng, Y., F. Nimmo, and T. Lay (2015). Seismological implications of a lithospheric low seismic velocity zone in Mars, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 240, 132-141, doi:10.1016/j.pepi.2014.10.004.   pdf 

2014

  • Wu, R.S. and Y. Zheng (2014). Nonlinear partial derivative and its De Wolf approximation for nonlinear seismic inversion, Geophysical Journal International doi:10.1093/gji/ggt496.  pdf 

2013

  • Fang, X.D., M.C.Fehler, Z.Y.Zhu, Y.Zheng and D.R. Burns (2013). Reservoir fracture characterization from seismic scattered waves, Geophysical Journal International, ggt381.  pdf
  • Zheng, Y., X.D. Fang, M.C.Fehler and D.R.Burns (2013). Seismic characterization of fractured reservoirs by focusing Gaussian beams, Geophysics, 78 (4), p1-6.  pdf
  • Zheng, Y. (2013). Scale lengths of heterogeneities under Tibet, Earthq. Sci., 26, 1-6.  pdf 

2012

  • Ge, C., Y. Sun, M. N. Toksöz, Y. Zheng, Y. Zheng, X. Xiong, and D. Yu (2012), Crustal structure of the central Tibetan plateau and geological interpretation, Earthquake Science, 25(5-6), 363-370. pdf 

2011

  • Lü, J., Y. Sun, M. Nafi Toksöz, Y. Zheng, and M. T. Zuber (2011), Seismic effects of the Caloris basin impact, Mercury, Planetary and Space Science, 59(15), 1981-1991. Authors are in a-z order.   pdf
  •  Liu, Y., X. Chang, D. Jin, R. He, H. Sun, and Y. Zheng (2011), Reverse time migration of multiples for subsalt imaging, Geophysics, 76(5), WB209-WB216.   pdf
  • Zheng, Y., Y. He, and M. C. Fehler (2011), Crosscorrelation kernels in acoustic Green's function retrieval by wavefield correlation for point sources on a plane and a sphere, Geophys. J. Int., Volume 184 (2), 853–859. pdf
  •  ZhengY., R.-S. Wu, Y. Liu, and M. C. Fehler (2011), Seismic interferometry using non-far-field sources and removing the spurious arrival, Bull. Seismo. Soc. Am., 101(2). doi: 10.1785/0120100218. pdf 

2010

  •  Zheng, Y. (2010). Retrieving the exact Green's function by wavefield crosscorrelation, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. Express Letters, 127 (3), EL93-EL98, doi: 10.1121/1.3298452. pdf

2009

2008

  • Zheng, Y. and R.S. Wu (2008). Theory of transmission fluctuations in random media with a depth-dependent background velocity structure, chapter 2 in: Earth Heterogeneity and Scattering Effects on Seismic Waves, eds. H. Sato and M. Fehler, pp. 21-41.  pdf 

2007

  • Zheng, Y., T. Lay, M.P. Flanagan, and Q. Williams (2007). Pervasive Seismic Wave Reflectivity and Metasomatism of the Tonga Mantle Wedge, Science, Vol. 316. no. 5826, pp. 855–859, DOI: 10.1126/science.1138074. pdf
  •  Zheng, Y. (2007), Imaging Upper Mantle Discontinuities and Earth's Small-scale Heterogeneities, Ph.D. thesis. University of California, Santa Cruz, pp. 240.
  • Zheng, Y., R.S.Wu and T.Lay (2007), Inverting the power spectrum for a heterogeneous medium, Geophysical Journal International 168 (3), 1005–1010. doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2006.03241.x    pdf 

2006

  • Zheng, Y., and T. Lay (2006). Low Vp/Vs ratios in the crust and upper mantle beneath the Sea of Okhotsk inferred from teleseismic pMPsMP, and sMunderside reflections from the Moho, J. Geophys. Res., 111, B01305, doi:10.1029/2005JB003724.   pdf 

2005

  • Zheng, Y., and R. Wu (2005), Measurement of phase fluctuations for transmitted waves in random media, Geophys. Res. Lett., 32 , L14314, doi:10.1029/2005GL023179.  pdf