Chia-Hsin (Wendy) Tsai

Chia-Hsin (Wendy) Tsai


I am interested in the topics about Neotectonics, seismic hazards and fault behaviours. My DPhil project is to do the paleoseismological study and to understand the crustal deformation in Dzhungaria and Tien Shan region, Central Asia. I am now investigating the Dzhungarian Fault and the Lepsy Faults, the large right-lateral strike-slip faults bonding the northern tip of the highly deformed Tien Shan. From the topographic analysis, field survey, geochronology and modern satellite-based technology (InSAR), we hope to reveal the rupture processes and the slip-rates of the faults for understanding more about the characteristics of intraplate earthquakes. By examining the behaviours of the faults, we also hope to build a kinematic model of the crustal deformation in Dzhungaria to see how the N-S shortening from India-Asia collision is accommodated in this region.

I am from Taiwan and previously studied at the Department of Geosciences, National Taiwan University. My master project was to study the sedimentary sources in southern Taiwan and the crustal evolution of Luzon Island, the Philippines, from zircon U-Pb dating and Hf isotopic analysis.

Supervisor: Prof. Richard Walker and Dr. Simon Daout

College: University College

Tsai, C. H., Shyu, J. B. H., Chung, S. L., & Lee, H. Y. (2019). Miocene sedimentary provenance and paleogeography of the Hengchun Peninsula, southern Taiwan: Implications for tectonic development of the Taiwan orogen. Journal of  Asian Earth Sciences, 104032. (link)

Tsai, C. H., Shyu, J. B. H., Chung, S. L., Ramos, N. T., & Lee, H. Y. (2019). Detrital zircon record from major rivers of Luzon Island: Implications for Cenozoic continental growth in Southeast Asia. Journal of the Geological Society, jgs2019-003.  (link)

Li, H. C., Zhao, M., Tsai, C. H., Mii, H. S., Chang, Q., & Wei, K. Y. (2015). The first high-resolution stalagmite record from Taiwan: Climate and environmental changes during the past 1300 years. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 114, 574-587. (link)