Dr. Dazhi Jiang
Laboratory for Structural Geology & Tectonics
Ph.D. University of New Brunswick, 1996
Office: BGS 0176
Phone: (519) 661-2111 x.83192
Fax: (519) 661-3198
Dr. Jiang integrates fieldwork, laboratory analysis, and numerical modeling to
understand the deformation and tectonic evolution of orogenic belts. To address the fundamental issue of
heterogeneous lithospheric deformation and the accompanying multiscale fabric
development, he has developed a self-consistent MultiOrder Power Law Approach
(MOPLA) based on continuum micromechanics of nonlinear viscous materials. The
approach provides a rigorous link between small-scale observations and
large-scale processes (structural geology and tectonics). His group currently applies the approach to field
areas in the Canadian Shield, the Central Orogenic Belt of China, and the North
Dr. Jiang is also a Distinguished Professor at Northwest University, China,
under the Grand Recruitment of Global Expert Program of Shaanxi Province. In
this capacity, he also leads a research group and supervises graduate students
- Xiang, B., Jiang, D. accepted, Small-scale ductile shear
zones as transposed rheologically weak domains: a numerical modeling
investigation and practical application. Journal
of Structural Geology
- Jiang, D. 2013, Deformation of ellipsoids in power-law
viscous materials: a micromechanical approach toward flow partitioning in Earth’s
lithosphere. Journal of Structural
Geology. doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2012.06.011.
- Jiang, D. 2012. A
general approach for modeling the motion of rigid and deformable ellipsoids in
ductile flows. Computers & Geosciences,
38, 52-61. doi:10.1016/j.cageo.2011.05.002.
- Jiang, D. & Bentley, C. 2012. A micromechanical
approach for simulating multiscale fabrics in large-scale high-strain zones:
theory and application. Journal of
Geophysical Research (Solid Earth), 117, B12201, Doi:10.1029/2012JB009327.
- Zhang, B., Zhu, G., Jiang, D., Li, C., and Chen, Y., 2012.
Evolution of the Yiwulushan metamorphic core complex from distributed to
localized deformation and its tectonic implications. Tectonics. 31, TC4018, doi:10.1029/2012TC003104.
- Kuiper, Y. D. Lin, S., Jiang, D. 2011. Deformation
partitioning in transpressional shear zones with an along-strike stretch
component: an example from the Superior Boundary Zone, Manitoba, Canada. Journal
of Structural Geology, 33,
- Li, C. Jiang, D. 2011, A critique of
vorticity analysis using rigid clasts. Journal
of Structural Geology 33, 203-219.
- Wang, Y.S., Xiang, B.W., Zhu, G., Jiang, D.
2011, Structural and geological evidence for post-orogenic extension driven by
lower crustal flow along the Northern Dabie orogenic belt, eastern China. Journal of Structural Geology, 33,
- Zhu, G., Jiang, D., Zhang, B., Chen, Y. 2011.
Destruction of the eastern North China Craton
by backarc extension: evidence from crustal deformation kinematics. Gondwana Research 22(1), 86-103, doi:
- Jiang, D. 2010, Flow and finite deformation
of surface elements in three dimensional homogeneous progressive deformations. Tectonophysics, 487, 85-99.
- Kuiper, Y., Jiang, D. 2010, Kinematics
of deformation constructed from deformed planar and linear elements: the method
and its application. Tectonophysics 492. 174-191.
D. 2007c, Sustainable Transpression: An examination of strain and kinematics of
deforming zones with migrating boundaries. Journal
of Structural Geology, 29(12), 1984-2005, doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2007.09.007.
- Jiang, D. 2007b, Numerical modeling of the
motion of deformable ellipsoidal objects in slow viscous flows. Journal of Structural Geology, 29,
- Jiang, D. 2007a, Numerical modeling of the
motion of rigid ellipsoidal objects in slow viscous flows: a new approach. Journal of Structural Geology, 29(2),
S., Jiang, D. and Williams, P.F. 2007, The importance of differentiating
ductile slickenside striations from stretching lineations and variation of
shear direction across a high-strain zone. Journal of Structural Geology,
29, 850-862. doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2006.12.006.
Y. D., Jiang, D., and Lin, S. 2007, Relationship between non-cylindrical fold geometry and
the shear direction in monoclinic and triclinic shear zones. Journal
of Structural Geology, 29, 1022-1033. doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2007.01.009.
ES 2201A/B (Structural Geology)
ES 3350Y (Advanced Field Mapping Techniques)
ES 4490E (Senior Thesis)
GL 9555A/B (Flow of Rocks in Crust and Mantle) Graduate
Geology 100 (Physical Geology), 341 (Structural Geology), 471/789C (Tectonics),
789R (Flow of Rocks)
Mengmeng Qu, (PhD, current): Tectonic evolution of the Shangdan
belt in Qinling orogen, China
Weiyin Chen (PhD, current): Multiscale fabrics in natural
high-strain zones: a numerical modeling investigation
Yin Chen (PhD, current, co-supervised with Prof. Zhu, G.,
Hefei University of Technology): Kinematics of the Mengyin belt in the North
Qi Wu (PhD, current, co-supervised with Prof. M. Niu, Hefei
Univ of Technology)
Bahareh Kasmai (MSc, current): Quartz c-axis fabric from a
few natural shear zones and VPSC modeling
Laurisha Bynoe (MSc current, co-supervised with R. Linnen):
Origin and emplacement of the Whabouchi pegmatite.
Changcheng Li, (PhD, 2012): An investigation of deformation
structures and their tectonic significance across the Grenville front tectonic
zone in the vicinity of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Zhenyu Zhong (MSc, 2012): Applicability of the Eshelby
formalism for power-law viscous materials.
Ruikun Liu, (MSc, 2009): Deformation of the clast-matrix
system in natural mylonites.
(M.Sc. 2004, University of Maryland, College Park), Kinematics and deformation history of the Cross Lake greenstone
Bentley (M.Sc. 2004,
University of Maryland, College Park), Rock
fabric analysis of the Sierra Crest shear zone system, California: implications
for crustal-scale transpressional shear zones
Dr. Jiang is currently looking for PhD students to work on
projects in the Central Orogenic belt of China. The projects will include
large-scale field structural analysis in targeted areas, laboratory
geochronological and microstructural analysis, and if necessary numerical
modeling. Interested students please contact Dr. Jiang for more information.