Yu Ren

Dynamics of the Ocean Floor | Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

Phone: +49 431 600-2279

Email: yren(at)geomar.de


GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

Wischhofstrasse 1-3, Geb.8/B, Raum 201

D-24148 Kiel, Germany


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Since 09/2019            PhD study ''Marine Geophysics'' at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany
09/2016 - 06/2019      Master study ''Geological Engineering'' at South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
08/2012 - 06/2016      Bachelor study ''Geo-exploration Technology and Engineering'' at Ocean University of China, China


I use three primary tools in investigating marine tectonics: geomorphology, seismology, and numerical modelling. My Ph.D. project, which started in September 2019, is on the structural and tectonic characterization of oceanic transform faults. 

Seagoing Experience

01/2021    R/V Meteor, M170 TRANSFORMER (Oceanographer & Hayes transforms)
07/2016    R/V Shiyan 2, Northern South China Sea
06/2015    R/V Dong Fang Hong 2, China Jiaozhou Bay

Awards & Honors

2022 Beacon Prize, Zhihu Incorporation, 2023/03. ¥ 1,000,000

CSC fellowship (48 months), State Scholarship Fund, China, 2019/06. 64,800 €

Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award, Ocean University of China, 2016/07.


Sibiao Liu, Zhikui Guo, Lars H. Rüpke, et al., 2023. Sensitivity of gravity anomalies to mantle rheology at mid-ocean ridge-transform fault systems. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 622, 118420. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2023.118420 

Yu Ren, Dietrich Lange, & Ingo Grevemeyer, 2023. Seismotectonics of the Blanco transform fault system, northeast Pacific: Evidence for an immature plate boundary. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 128, e2022JB026045. https://doi.org/10.1029/2022JB026045

Zhikui Guo, Sibiao Liu, Lars Rüpke, et al., 2023. Disparate crustal thicknesses beneath oceanic transform faults and adjacent fracture zones revealed by gravity anomalies. Geology, 51(3): 300–304. https://doi.org/10.1130/G50429.1

Yu Ren, Jacob Geersen, & Ingo Grevemeyer, 2022. Impact of spreading rate and age-offset on oceanic transform fault morphology. Geophysical Research Letters, 49, e2021GL096170. https://doi.org/10.1029/2021GL096170

Yu Ren, Minghui Zhao, Jiazheng Zhang, et al., 2020. Constraint on the shape of the Manila subduction slab from earthquake relocation using long-term ocean bottom seismometer data. Chinese Journal of Geophysics (in Chinese), 63(5), 1927–1937. https://doi.org/10.6038/cjg2020N0014

Xinming Pang, Minghui Zhao, Siqing Liu, et al., 2019. Seismic phases identification in OBS seismic record sections across the complex geological structure. Chinese Journal of Geophysics (in Chinese), 62(9), 3482–3491. https://doi.org/10.6038/cjg2019M0452

Wei Luo, Minghui Zhao, Jiazheng Zhang, et al., 2017. Relocation of two earthquakes in the Southwest Indian Ridge area combining land seismic stations’ with OBSs’ data. Marine Geophysical Research, 38, 27–37. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11001-016-9289-9


May 2022, "The Oceanographer transform fault revisited - preliminary results from a micro-seismicity survey reveals extensional tectonics at ridge-transform intersections", EGU General Assembly. Vienna, Austria (highlight). 

May 2022, "Extensional tectonics at oceanic transform plate boundaries: evidence from seafloor morphology", EGU General Assembly. Vienna, Austria.

Feb. 2022, "Extensional tectonics at oceanic transform plate boundaries: evidence from seafloor morphology", Marine Geoscience seminar at Key Laboratory of Ocean and Marginal Sea Geology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Guangzhou, China (invited).

Professional societies & Activities

Member, FYORD-Program

Member, European Geosciences Union

Peer reviewer, Tectonics