Yajing Liu

Associate Professor

Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences
3450 University St.
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3A 0E8

Email: yajing.liu [at] mcgill.ca

Tel: 514.398.4085

Research website



EPSC 320 Elementary Earth Physics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

EPSC 520 Earthquake Physics and Geology 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


From the perspectives of theoretical, numerical modeling and observational seismology, my research to date has focused on understanding fault mechanical behavior and strength evolution in relation to a range of lithospheric deformation modes, including earthquakes and episodic aseismic slip events, along major plate boundaries.

Current research projects: (1) source mechanism of episodic slow slip events and non-volcanic tremors in subduction zones and their relation to megathrust earthquakes, (2) pore fluid pressure coupling with frictional strength and slip and application to megathrust ruptures, (3) effects of subducted seamounts on seismic coupling, (4) frictional behavior of oceanic transform faults and earthquake scaling characteristics, (5) dynamic and static stress triggering of shallow fault creep events and earthquakes, and (6) glacier-bedrock sliding process.

Recent Publications

Li, D., McGuire, J.J. , Liu, Y., and Hardebeck, J.L., (2018). Stress rotation across the Cascadia megathrust requires a weak subduction plate boundary at seismogenic depths. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 485, 55-64, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2018.01.002.

Li, G., Liu, Y., Regalla, C., and Morell, K., (2018). Seismicity relocation and fault structure near the Leech River Fault Zone, southern Vancouver Island. J. Geophys. Res.: Solid Earth, 123(4), 2841-2855, doi: 10.1002/2017JB015021.

Li, H., Wei, H., Li, D., Liu, Y., Kim, Y., and Zhou, S., (2018). Segmentation of slow slip events in south central Alaska possibly controlled by a subducted oceanic plateau. J. Geophys. Res.: Solid Earth, 123(1), 418-436, doi: 10.1002/2017JB014911.

Mark, H.F., Behn, M.D., Olive, J.-A., and Liu, Y., (2018). Controls on mid-ocean ridge normal fault seismicity across spreading rates from rate-and-state friction models. J. Geophys. Res.: Solid Earth, 123(8), 6719-6733, doi: 10.1029/2018JB015545.

Wei, M., Kaneko, Y., Shi, P., and Liu, Y., (2018). Numerical modeling of dynamically triggered shallow slow slip events in New Zealand by the 2016 Mw 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake. Geophysical Research Letters, 45(10), 4764-4772, doi: 10.1029/2018GL077879 .

Yu, H., Liu, Y., Yang, H., and Ning, J., (2018). Modeling earthquake sequences along the Manila subduction zone: Effects of three-dimensional fault geometry. Tectonophysics, 733, 73-84, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2018.01.025.

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