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Dr. Jian Lin

Scientist Emeritus
Henry Bryant Bigelow Chair for Excellence in Oceanography

Contact Information:
Work: 508-289-2576
Building: Clark 243 A

Mailing Address:
266 Woods Hole Road, MS #22
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Research Interests

Computational geodynamics and marine geophysics; earthquake mechanics and processes; structural and thermal evolution of oceanic lithosphere; oceanic crust accretion; upper mantle thermal regime and melting; oceanic hotspots and mid-ocean ridges; tectonics of rifted margins; fault mechanics.


  • Guo Mo-Ruo Medal for Distinguished Academic Achievements, Univ. Sci-Tech of China, 1982
  • Charles E. Culpeper Young Scientist Award, Culpeper Foundation/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1989
  • Fellowship, NSF Southern California Earthquake Center, 1992
  • Faculty Co-author, Ruth & Paul Fye Best Student Paper Award w/ student G. Ito, MIT/WHOI, 1996
  • Faculty Co-author, Outstanding Student Paper Award w/ student G. Ito, 1995; w/ student M. Behn, 2000; w/ student E. Van Ark, 2002, w/ student Yen Joe Tan, 2013, American Geophysical Union ,2013
  • Scientist Fellowship, French Ministry for Education and Research, 1999, 2009
  • Top Author/Top Paper in Earthquake Research, 1993-2003, ISI Essential Science Indicators, 2003
  • Elected Fellow of Geological Society of America, 2007
  • Elected Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2008
  • Awarded Henry Bryant Bigelow Chair for Excellence in Oceanography, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2009
  • Delivered Distinguished Ocean Sciences Lecture, AOGS-Western Pacific AGU Joint Assembly, Singapore, 2012
  • IODP Ocean Discovery Distinguished Lecturer, 2016-2017
  • Distinguished Scholar Scheme, CUHK, Hong Kong, 2017
  • Elected Fellow of American Geophysical Union, 2020

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Ph.D. Brown University, 1988, Geophysics

M.S. Brown University, 1984, Geophysics

B.S. University of Science & Technology, China, 1982, Geophysics