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Dr. Nan Zhang                       

Dept. of Geological Science, Lunar and Planetary Institute
Brown University, Providence, RI 02913
Tel: (401)863-6488
PhD., 2011, University of Colorado, Boulder
M.S., 2006, University of Toronto
B.S., 2001, Peking University

Current and Previous Projects   1) Magma Migration and 2) Evolution of the Moon with Dr. E. Marc Parmentier and Dr. Yan Liang
Mantle Convection Group at CU Boulder
3D Porous Media Flows based on DEALii (Differential Equations Analysis Library)

Research Interests:  Mantle Structures and Plume Activities since the Paleozoic  (Siberia Traps)
                      · The Plate Motion History since the Paleozoic (Scotese Paleomap)
· The Lunar Present-day 3D Structures Combining Geodynamics and Seismology (Specfem 3D) [PDF]
                      · Sea Level Change (GRACE Mapping/modeling, Climate Change, Soft Snow Ball and My Ice Ages)
                      · Rotation Change of the Pacific plate at 43Ma
                      · Enthalpy Scheme for Magma Segregation(Ocean Ridge and Subduction Wedge Diapirs)

                          · Martial Crustal Dichotomy and Thasis Rise (Mars Analysis Group)

· Nan Zhang, Y. Liang, and E.M., Parmentier, The generation of lunar Mare basalts and evolution of Procellarum KREEP Terrane from melts after cumulate mantle overturn, Submitted to PEPI.
· Nan Zhang, E.M., Parmentier, and Y. Liang, 2013, Effects of lunar cumulate mantle overturn and megaregolith on the expansion and contraction history of the Moon, Geophys. Res. Lett. doi:10.1002/grl.50988.
· Nan Zhang, E.M. Parmentier, and Y., Liang, 2013, A 3D numerical study of the thermal evolution of the Moon after cumulate mantle overturn: The importance of rheology and core solidification. J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1029/jgre.20121.
· Nan Zhang, S.J., Zhong, and R.M., Flowers, 2012, Predicting and testing continental vertical motion histories since the Paleozoic, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 317, 426-435.
· Rebecca Flowers, A.K. Ault, S.A. Kelley, N. Zhang, and S.J. Zhong, 2012, Epeirogeny or eustasy? Paleozoic- Mesozoic vertical motion of the North American continental interior from thermochronometry and implications for mantle dynamics. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 317, 436-445.
· Nan Zhang and S. Zhong, 2011. Heat Fluxes at the Earth's Surface and Core-mantle Boundary since the Pangea Formation and Their Implications for the Geomagnetic Superchrons. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., doi:10.1016/j.epsl2011.04.01 [PDF]
·Nan Zhang, S.J. Zhong, W. Leng, and Z.X. Li. 2010, A Model for the Evolution of the Earth's Mantle Structure since the Early Paleozoic. J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1029/2009JB006896.[PDF]
· Nan Zhang, S.J. Zhong, and A. K. McNamara 2009, Supercontinent formation from stochastic collision and mantle convection models, Gondwana Reseach. DOI:10.1002/esp.2036.[PDF]
· Zhong S.J., N. Zhang, Z.X. Li, and J.H. Roberts. 2007. Supercontinent cycles, true polar wander, and very long wave-length mantle convection. Earth and Planet. Sci. Lett. [PDF].
· Nan Zhang and R. Pysklywec, 2006, Role of mantle flow at the North Fiji Basin: Insights from anomalous topography. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystem. 7, doi:10.1029/2006GC001376 [PDF]
· Nan Zhang and S.M. Wang, Dynamical Analysis of the Abrupt Motion Change of the Pacific Plate at 43 Ma.  SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data, 2004AGUSM, T51A [Link]