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Yue-Gau CHEN ( ³¯¤_°ª )

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Date of birth: Feb. 13, 1961 ; Place of birth: Taipei, Taiwan ; Marital status: married with three children ; Citizenship: Taiwan, Republic of China ; Present Address: Office: Department of Geosciences, National Taiwan University, No. 1, Sec. 4 th , Roosevelt Rd., Taipei 106, Taiwan, R.O.C. (TEL: +886-2-2369-7648; FAX: +886-2-2364-4625; E-mail: ygchen@

Research Interest:

Neotectonics: DEM and Landscape

Quaternary Geochronology: Radiocarbon Dating, Thermoluminescence Dating, and Optical Stimulated Luminescence Dating

Stable Isotope Geochemistry: Organic C, N, and S in Sediments

Quaternary Geology: Paleoclimatic Study on Coral


Ph.D. Geology (Jan., 1993), Department of Geosciences, National Taiwan University

Present Position

Professor , 2003.8-, Department of Geosciences, National Taiwan University


1997.8- Associate Professor , Department of Geosciences, National Taiwan University

2000.1.- Coordinator , Sino-American Colaboration Program on Earth Sciences, National Science Council, R.O.C.

1995.2-1996.1 Visiting Scholar , Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science, Purdue University , U.S.A.

Awards and Honors:

•  Research Awards of National Science Council, R.O.C., 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000.

•  Candidate of Outstanding Research Awards of National Science Council, 2002

•  Outstanding Research Awards of National Science Council, 2003

•  Awards for Young Scientist, College of Science , NTU, 2002

•  Outstanding Teaching Award of Naitonal Taiwan Univ., 1999, 2003.


•  Refereed Papers (in five years)

•  Chen, Y.G.* , Wu, W.S., Chen, C -H., and Liu, T.K. (2001) A date for volcanic eruption inferred from a siltstone xenolith, Quat. Sci. Rev. 20, 869-873. (SCI)

•  Liu, T.K.*, Hsieh, S., Chen, Y.G. , and Chen, W.S. (2001) Thermo-kinematic evolution of Taiwan obliquely collision mountain belt as revealed by zircon fission track dating, EPSL 186, 45-56. (SCI)

•  Ku, H.W., Chen, Y.G.* , Hsieh, C.C., Liu, T.K., Liu, Jack C.L. (2001) Paleoenvironment study at Yihju, southwestern Taiwan : a case on geochemical analysis of sulfur and carbon. Western Pacific Earth Sciences 1(2), 175-186 .

•  Chen, W.S.*, Ridgway, K.D., Chen, Y.G. , Horng, C.S. , Shea, K.S. , and Yeh, M.G. (2001) Stratigraphic framework of the pliocene-pleistocene collisional foreland basin of Taiwan : eustatic and tectonic controls on deposition. Geol. Soc. Am. Bull. 113, 1249-1271. (SCI)

•  Chen, Y.G.* , Chen, W.S, Lee, J.C., Lee, Y.H., Lee, C.T., Chan g, H.C. and Lo, C .H. (2001) Surface rupture of 1999 Chi-chi earthquake yields insights on active tectonics of central Taiwan . Bull. Seismol. Soc. Amer. 91, 977-985 (SCI)

•  Chen, W.S.*, Huang, B.S., Chen, Y.G. , Lee, Y.H., Yang, C.N., Lo, C .H., Chan g, H.C., Sung, Q.C., Huang, N.W., Lin, C.C., Sung, S.H., and Lee, K.J. (2001) 1999 Chi-Chi Earthquake: A case study on the roles of thrust-rump structures for generating earthquakes. Bull. Seismol. Soc. Amer. 91, 986-994. (SCI)

•  Lee, J.C.*, Chen, Y.G. , K. Sieh, Mueller, K., Chen, W.S., Chu, H.T., Chan , Y.C., Rubin, C., and Yeats, R. (2001) A vertical exposure of the 1999 surface rupture of the Chelungpu fault at Wufeng, western Taiwan: Structural and Paleoseismic implications for an active thrust fault. Bull. Seismol. Soc. Amer. 91, 914-929. (SCI)

•  Chen, W.S.*, Chen, Y.G. , and Chan g, H.C. (2001) Paleoseismic study of the Chelungpu fault in the Mingjian area. Western Pacific Earth Sciences 1(3), 351-358.

•  Rubin, C.*, Sieh, K., Chen, Y.G. , Lee, J.C., Chu, H.T., Yeats, R., Mueller, K., and Chan , Y.C. (2001) Post-earthquake response, 1999 Chi-Chi earthquake: evidence for past earthquakes, EOS , Transactions, AGU, 82(47), 565.

•  Chen, W.S.*, Chen, Y.G. , Chan g, H.C., Lee, Y.H., and Lee, J.C. (2001) Paleoseismic study of the Chelungpu fault in the Mingjian area. Western Pacific Earth Sciences 1(4), 499-506.

•  Chen, Y.G.* , Chen, W.S., Wang, Y., Lo, P.W., Lee, J.C. and Liu, T.K. (2002) Geomorphic evidence for prior earthquakes: Lessons from the 1999 Chichi earthquake in central Taiwan . Geology 30(2), 171-174. (SCI)

•  Hsieh, H.L.*, Chen, C .P., Chen, Y.G. , and Yang, H.H. (2002) Diversity of benthic organic matter flows through polychaetes and crabs in a mangrove estuary: 13 C and 34 S signals. Marine Ecology Progress Series 227, 145-155. (SCI)

•  Lee, Y.C.*, Kou, H.H., and Chen, Y.G. (2002) Discrimination and abundance estimation of wild and released abalone. Haliotis diversicolor , using stable carbon and oxygen isotope analysis in northeastern Taiwan . Fisheries Science 68(5), 1020-1028. (SCI)

•  Ota, Y.*, Shyu, J.B.H., Chen, Y.G. , and Hsieh, M.L. (2002) Deformation and age of fluvial terraces south of the Choushui river, central Taiwan and their tectonic implications. Western Pacific Earth Sciences 2(3), 251-260.

•  Chen, W.S.*, Chen, Y.G. , Shih, R.C., Liu, T.K., Huang, N.W., Lin, C.C., Sung, S.H., and Lee, K.J. (2003) Thrust-related river terrace development in relation to the 1999 Chi-Chi earthquake rupture, Western Foothills, central Taiwan. J. Asian Earth Sci. 21, 473-480. (SCI)

•  Lee, J.C.*, Rubin, C.M., Chan , Y.C., Chu, H.T., Chen, Y.G. , Sieh, K., Chen, W.S., and Yeats, R. (2003) Reply to ¡§Comment on ¡¥a vertical exposure of the 1999 surface rupture of the Chelungpu fault at Wufeng, western Taiwan: structural and paleoseismic implications fro and active thrust fault', by Jian-Cheng Lee, Yue-Gau Chen, Kerry Sieh, Karl Mueller, Wen-Shan Chen, Hao-Tsu Chu, Yu- Chan g Chan , Charles Rubin, and Rober Yeats¡¨, by Yuan-His Lee, Shih-Ting Lu, Tung-Sheng shih, and Wei-Yu Wu. Bull. Seismol. Soc. Amer. 93(2), 969-972. (SCI)

•  Chen, Y.G.* , Chen, Y.W., Chen, W.S., Zhang, J.F., Zhao, H., Zhou, L.P., and Li, S.H. (2003) Preliminary results of long-term slip rates of 1999 earthquake fault by luminescence and radiocarbon dating. Quat. Sci. Rev. 22(10-13), 1213-1221. (SCI)

•  Chen, Y.W., Chen, Y.G.* , Murray , A.S., Lai, D.J. (2003) Luminescence dating of neotectonic activity on the southwestern coastal plain, Taiwan . Quat. Sci. Rev. 22(10-13), 1223-1229. (SCI)

•  Wei, K.Y.*, Chiu, T.C., and Chen, Y.G. (2003) Toward establishing a marine proxy record of the East Asian summer monsoons for the late Quaternary. Mar. Geol. 3368, 1-13. (SCI)

•  Chen, M.T.*, Shiau, L.J., Yu, P.S., Chiu, TC, Chen, Y.G. , and Wei, K.Y. (2003) 500,000-Year records of carbonate, organic carbon, and foraminiferal sea-surface temperature from the southeastern South China Sea (near Palawan Island). Paleogeogr. Paleoclimatol. Paleoecol. 197(1/2), 113-131. (SCI)

•  Wei, K.Y.*, Chen, Y.G. , Chen, W.S., Lai, T.H., Chen, L.C., and Fei, L.Y. (2003) Climate change as the dominant control on the last glacial-Holocene d 13C variations of sedimentary organic carbon in the Lan-Yang plain, Northeastern Taiwan. West Pacific Earth Sciences 3(1), 57-68 .

•  Chen, Y.G.* , Shyu, J.B.H., Ota, Y., Chen, W.S., Hu, J.C., Tsai, B.W., and Wang, Y. (2004) Active structures as deduced from geomorphic features: A case in Hsinchu Area, northwestern Taiwan . Quat. Intl. 115/116, 189-199. (SCI)

•  Chen, W.S.*, Lee, K.J., Lee, L.S., Ponti, D.J., Prentice, C., Chen, Y.G. , Chan g, H.C., and Lee, Y.H. (2004) Paleoseismology of the Chelungpu Fault For the Past 1900 Years. Quat. Intl. 115/116, 167-176. (SCI)

•  Lee, J.C.*, Rubin, M.C., Mueller, K., Chen, Y.G. , Chan , Y.C., Sieh, K., Chu, H.T., and Chen, W.S. (2004) Quantitative analysis of movement along an earthquake thrust scarp: a case study of a vertical exposure of the 1999 surface rupture of the Chelungpu fault at Wufeng, Western Taiwan. J. Asian Earth Sci. 23, 263-273. (SCI)

•  Chen, Y.G.* , Liu, J.C., Shieh, Y.N., and Liu, T.K. (2004) Late Pleistocene to Holocene environmental changes as recorded in the sulfur geochemistry of coastal plain sediments, southwestern Taiwan . J. Asian Earth Sci. 24, 213-224. (SCI )

•  Shyu, J.B.H.*, Sieh, K., and Chen, Y.G. (2005) Tandem suturing and parting of the Taiwan orogen revealed by its neotectonic elements. EPSL 233, 167-177 . (SCI)

•  Lin, Y.S., Chen, Z.S., Chen, Y.G.* and Hsieh, M.L. (2005) Heterogeneity of Soil Morphology on the Taoyuan Terrace, Northwestern Taiwan . Geomorphology 69, 138-151. (SCI)

•  Shyu, J. B.H.*, Sieh, K, Chen, Y.G. , and Liu, C.S. (2005) The neotectonic architecture of Taiwan and its implications for future large earthquakes. JGR 110, B08402, doi:10.1029/2004JB003251. (SCI)

•  Shen, C.C.*, Lee, T., Liu, K.K., Hsu, H.H., Edwards, R. L., Wang, C.H., Lee, M.Y. , Chen, Y.G. , Lee, H.J., and Sun, H.T. (2005) An evaluation of quantitative reconstruction of past precipitation records using coral skeletal Sr/Ca and d 18 O data. EPSL 237, 370-386. (SCI)

•  Ota, Y.*, Chen, Y.G. , and Chen. W.S. (2005) Paleoseismological and active fault study in Taiwan ¡X a review. Tectonophysics 408, 63-77. (SCI )

•  Ku, H.W., Chen, Y.G.* , Liu, T.K., and Hsieh, H.L. (2005) Environmental change of southwestern coastal plain of Taiwan: using multiple proxies of sedimentary organic matter. TAO 16(5), 1079-1096. (SCI)

•  Chiang, H.W. and Chen, Y.G.* (2005) Organic carbon inferred environmental fluctuations during late Pleistocene, southwestern Taiwan . TAO 16(5), 1121-1132 . (SCI)

•  Hou, C .S., Hu, J.C., Shen, L.C., Wang, J.S., Chen, C .L., Lai, T.C., Huang, C ., Yang, Y.R., Chen, R.F., Chen, Y.G. , Angelier , J. (2005) Estimation of subsidence using GPS measurements, and related hazard: the Pingtung Plain, southwestern Taiwan. C. R. Geoscience 337, 1184-1193. (SCI)

•  Lai, K .Y., Chen, Y.G.* , Hung, J.H., Chen, Y.W. (2006) Fault-bend related surface deformation: Evidence from geomorphic features and coseismic slips. Quat. Intl. 147, 44-54. (SCI)

•  Wu, Y.M., Chen, Y.G.* , Hu, J.C., Shin, T.C., Kuochen, H., Hou, C .S., Chan g, C.H, Wu, C.F., Teng, T.L. (2006) Coseismic Slip, Rupturing Behavior, and Inferred Fault Segmentation in Depth: A Case of Plate Boundary Fault in Eastern Taiwan. GRL 33, L02312, doi:10.1029/2005GL024711. (SCI)

•  Ota, Y., Lin, Y.N., Chen, Y.G.* , Chan g, H.C., Hung, J.H. (2006) Newly found Tunglo Active Fault System in the fold and thrust belt in northwestern Taiwan deduced from deformed terraces. Tectonophysics 317, 305-323. (SCI)

•  Shyu, J.B.H.*, Chung, L.H., Chen, Y.G. , Lee, J.C., and Sieh, K. (2006) Re-evaluation the surface ruptures of the November 1951 earthquake series in eastern Taiwan, and its neotectonic implications. Submitted to J. Asian Earth Sci. (SCI)

•  Chan , Y.C.*, Chen, Y.G. , Shih, T.Y., Huang, C . (2006) Characterizing the Hsincheng active fault in northern Taiwan using airborne LIDAR data: detailed geomorphic features and their structural implication. Submitt ed to J. Asian Earth Sci. (SCI)

•  Huang, S.Y.*, Rubin, C.M., Chen, Y.G., and Liu, H.C. (2006) Prehistoric earthquakes along the Shanchiao Fault, Taipei Basin , northern Taiwan . Submitt ed to J. Asian Earth Sci. (SCI)

•  Chen, W.S.*, Lee, K.J., Lee, L.S., Streig, A.R., Rubin, C.M., Chen, Y.G. , Yang, H.C., Chan g, H.C., and Lin, C.W. (2006) Paleoseismicity of the Chichi earthquake rupture, central Taiwan: Significant sedimentation of coseismic fault-propagation growth-fold. Submitt ed to J. Asian Earth Sci. (SCI)

•  Kuochen, H.*, Wu, Y.M., Chen, Y.G. , and Chen, R.Y. (2006) 2003 Mw6.8 Chengkung earthquake and its associated seismogenic structures. Submit ted by J. Asian Earth Sci. (SCI)

•  Chen, Y.G.* , Hung, J.H., Lai, K .Y., and Chung, K.T. (2006) Terraces developed under interference of two active structure systems in Houli, central Taiwan . Submit ted to J. Asian Earth Sci. (SCI)

•  Lin, Y.S., Wei, K.Y., Lin, I.T., Yu, P.S., Chiang, H.W., Chen,C.Y., Shen, C.C., Mii, H.S., Chen, Y.G. (2006) The Holocene Pulleniatina Minimum Event revisited: geochemical and faunal evidence from the Okinawa Trough and upper reaches of the Kuroshio current . Accepted by Mar. Geol. (SCI)

•  Shyu, J.B.H., Sieh, K., Avouac, J-P., Chen, W.S., Chen, Y.G. (2006) Millennial slip rate of the Longitudinal Valley fault from river terraces: Implications for convergence across the active suture of eastern Taiwan. Accepted by J. Geophys. Res . (SCI)

•  Streig, A., Rubin, C.M.*, Chen, W.S., Chen, Y.G. , Lee, L.S., Lu, S.T., Thompson, S., and Huang, S.Y. (2006) Evidence for prehistoric coseismic folding along the Tsaotun segment of the Chelungpu fault near Nan-Tou , Taiwan : Seismic hazard along active fold scarps. Submitted to J. Geophys. Res . (SCI)

•  Ku, H.W., Chen, Y.G.* , Liu, H.C., and Lin, C.C. (2006) Using Organic Carbon and Nitrogen to Diagnose Paleo-environment: A case of low altitude Taipei Basin in Northern Taiwan . Submitted to Geochem. Jour. (SCI)

•  Shyu, J.B.H., Sieh, K., Chen, Y.G. , Chung, L.H. (2006) Geomorphic analysis of the Central Range fault, the second major active structure of the Longitudinal Valley suture, eastern Taiwan . Submitted to Geol. Soc. Am. Bull. (SCI)

•  Lin, Y.N., Chen, Y.G. *, Wu, Y.M., Yang, K.M., Ota, Y., Hou, C .S., and Wang, Y. (2006) Reactivated normal fault, wedge back thrust and strike-slip fault: A seismogenic structure-complex revealed by the 1935 Hsinchu-Taichung Earthquake, Taiwan. Submitted to J. Geophys. Res . (SCI)

•  Chen, Y.G.* , Chen, Y.M., Chen, W.S., Lee, K.J., Lee, L.S., Lu, S.T., Lee, Y.H., Watanuki, T., Lin, Y.N. (2006) Using OSL method to reconstruct the time frame of sedimentary sequence in a trenching site along 1999 earthquake fault. Submitted to Quat. Rev. (SCI)

•  Chen, Y.G.* , Lai, K .Y., Lee, Y.H., Suppe, J., Chen, W.S., Lin, Y.N., Wang, Y., Hung, J.H. (2006) Coseismic fold scarps and their kinematic behavior in the 1999 Chi-Chi earthquake Taiwan. Submitted to J. Geophys. Res . (SCI)

•  Chen, Y.G.* , Kuo, Y.T., Wu, Y.M., Chen, H.L., Chan g, C.H., Chen, R.Y., Lo, P.W., Ching, K.E., Lee, J.C. (2006) New seismogenic source and deep structures revealed by 1999 Chiayi Earthquake sequence in southwestern Taiwan. Submitted to EPSL . (SCI)


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