Shan YE

PhD Student and Research Assistant

Department of Geoscience, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Email: shan.ye@wisc.edu

Phone: 734-548-0205

Address: A456 Weeks Hall, 1215 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53706

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University of Wisconsin-Madison

PhD Student, 2018 - Current

Geoscience (minor in computer science)

1. Geoscience software development;
2. Spatiotemporal data analysis of paleoclimate and data-model comparison (Holocene & Cretaceous).

University of Tulsa

Master of Science, 2016 - 2018


1. Numerical simulation (Finite Element Method) and algorithm in geomechanics/structural geology;
2. Geospatial analytical application on petroleum geology research.

University of Michigan

Bachelor of Science, 2013 - 2015

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Penn State University

Undergraduate, 2011 - 2013



EarthCube Research Assistant

Since 2018

University of Wisconsin-Madison

1. Developing frontend (data submission forms and interactive maps) and backend (data uploading functions, database and API) of the Sparrow - Cosmogenic branch (Sparrow).
2. Validating the Cretaceous age model of Macrostrat database, and creating new polygons to enhance spatial resolution. Testing spatial and temporal queries with dinosaur data from PBDB (
3. Utilizing natural language process and machine learning methods to extract spatiotemporal data regarding ice-rafted debris (IRD) in the past 5 million years from published literature (

Research Intern

2014 Summer and 2015 - 2016

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Research on seismic data processing, visualization and interpretation regarding shale gas reservoirs.

GIS Analyst

2013 - 2014

University of Michigan

1. Created 3D models of Michigan Basin and Lake Michigan in ArcGIS and Petrel based on geological and geospatial data.
2. Conducted spatial analysis in ArcGIS and R, and located hot spots of potential water pollution from hydro-fracking.
3. Built interaction web maps with Leaflet to display mineral/fossil sample locations, data and pictures.


GEOL 4083: GIS

Spring 2018, University of Tulsa

Temporary instructor

Intro GIS class for geology and geophysics majors. Taught when the professor was not available.

UC 270: Social Justice

Fall 2014 and Winter 2015, University of Michigan

CG Facilitator and Course assistant

The social justice course provided by Global Scholars Program at Michigan. Spatial analytical methods in social science.

GEOG 363: GIScience

Fall 2012, Penn State University

Teaching Intern

Core course of GIScience at Penn State University.

IT Skills


Python, JavaScript, R, HTML, CSS, SQL

Class experiences with C++ and Java


​ArcGIS, QGIS, Photoshop, Illustrator, Petrel, ABAQUS, GeoDa, PostGIS

Extra Curricular Activities

Invited lecturer on cartography

2020, ArcGIS Spatial Informatics Developer Summit (online), Esri China

Data science help desk

2020, EGU virtual conference

GIS Day Mapping Contest

2019, Esri China

Won the 1st place

Question setter

2019 Guangzhou Popular Science Knowledge Competition for Primary and Secondary School Students

50 geoscience and geography questions

"Awesome Geology" Outreach Competition

2018, China Geology Survey, China University of Geoscience, China Mining Newspaper

Awarded the 3rd prize

President of AAPG University of Tulsa Chapter

2017 - 2018

Organized outreach events and field trips, and awarded the L. Austin Weeks Grant.

Imperial Barrel Award Competition

2017, AAPG

Member of the University of Tulsa team.

Roles: structural geologist, spatial analyst, report visual designer and cartographer, and reporter

Honor & Award

University Honors

University of Michigan, 2013 - 2015

Recognition of Global Excellence

University of Michigan, 2014

Dean's List

Penn State University, 2012 - 2013

Erickson Fund in Geography

Penn State University, 2013

Summer School Academic Award

Nanjing University, 2012

Presentations Lectures

Invited Talks

Designing and exporting a printed map in ArcGIS

Esri China (GeoScene), 2020 [online lecture]

Finite Element Method simulation on geometries of buckling folds embedded in heterogeneous matrices

AAPG Mid-Continent Section Field Conference, Lincoln, 2018

Famous pieces of rocks in human history

Tulsa Rock & Mineral Society, 2018 [outreach talk]

Spatial assessment of induced earthquakes in North-Central Oklahoma

University of Tulsa, 2018

Review on the visualization of seismic data for reservoir exploration

Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2015

From continental drift to plate tectonics: what scientists have learned about the past of our planet

Huron High School, 2015 [outreach talk]

Cartographic design for social scientists with ArcGIS

University of Michigan, 2015 [workshop instruction]

Cartographic design for social scientists with QGIS

University of Michigan, 2014 [workshop instruction]

Assessment of the MDG-2 and educational resource in Detroit, a spatial perspective

GSP, Detroit, 2014

A GIS system design for open pit coal mine in Inner Mongolia

AAG Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, 2013

©2020 by Shan Ye

​University of Wisconsin-Madison