People Directory : Yang Liao

Yang Liao

Yang Liao

Assistant Scientist

Geology & Geophysics

Office Phone: +1 508 289 2442

WHOI Mailing Address:

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

266 Woods Hole Rd.

MS# 24

Woods Hole, MA 02543-1050


B.S., Zhejiang University, 2010, Physics

Ph.D., Yale University, 2015, Mechanical Engineering & Material Sciences (Thesis: 2D turbulent flows )

Research Interests

Physical processes in volcanic conduits and crustal igneous system

Hydrothermal circulation and coupling between fluid motion & chemical reactions

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, turbulent flows, and various instability problems

Experimental fluid dynamics

Research Statement

I'm generally interested in applying the principles of continuum mechanics and quantitative tools to understand geophysical systems. Following my doctoral study in turbulence, the realm of my research has expanded to the common grounds between solid earth science and fluid dynamics. During my postdoctoral experiences, I have become fascinated by volcanoes, and developed an interest in natural hazards in general. Trained as a fluid dynamisist, I also have keen interests in hydrothermal circulations and multi-phase flows in porous media, as well as nonlinear mixing and transport phenomenon in geophysical fluid systems.