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Professor Eric Kirby from Oregon State University taught a short graduate course at our institute

2019/8/21 14:16:23

At the invitation of Researcher Zhang Huiping, Eric Kirby, a professor at Oregon State University and a visiting professor of the State Key Laboratory of Earthquake Dynamics, visited the Institute of Geology from June 24 to June 26, 2019, and conducted a short-term collaborative study. Professor Eric Kirby graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001 and is currently an associate professor at the School of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences of Oregon State University, where he holds the R.S. Yeats chair professorship. He is mainly engaged in research on tectonic geomorphologic evolution, fault system evolution on the millennium to million years scale, the uplift and extension of the Qinghai–Tibet Plateau, river erosion and tectonic uplift. In recent years, he has published more than 50 academic papers in international journals such as Nature Geoscience, Geology, and Tectonics.

During his visit, Professor Kirby offered a short course entitled “Tectonic Geomorphology: linkages between surface processes and geodynamics; topographic adjustment to rock uplift and erosion; and the frontier in tectonic geomorphology” at our institute. The course was divided into six classes and focused on tectonic geomorphology and advanced research. The course attracted many Chinese scientists and students in related fields of research. The course content was easy to understand and absorb, and involved a combination of basic theories and examples. In the question-answering session after class, the professor interacted with the audience and solved the possible problems left over from the course.

Since 2014, cooperation with the University of Oregon has played a significant role in promoting research on tectonic geomorphology, chronology and other related fields both within our institute and more widely in China. Research in related fields has rapidly developed in Peking University, Zhejiang University, Nanjing University, Lanzhou University and the China Earthquake Administration. Fluvial geomorphology and related numerical simulation technology provide new ideas for use of geomorphic research to restore tectonic history and a new method for more accurate quantitative research on tectonic geomorphology.