Wenrong Cao



2004-2008 China University of Geosciences (Beijing) (B.S. Geology)
2009-2015 University of Southern California (Ph.D. Geology)

Awards & Honors

Chinese government award for outstanding self-financed students abroad, 2013
GSA student research proposal (outstanding mention), 2013
Awardee of U.S. Geological Survey EDMAP fund for “Field mapping of volcanic and plutonic systems in the Sierra Nevada arc, 2011-2012, $ 39,800
USC Teaching assistant awards for outstanding effort in major classes of GEOL 385 (Research Methods in Geosciences), GEOL 316 (Petrology), GEOL 305 (Engineering Geology)


Magmatism-tectonism-climate interaction, evolutions of continents

Selected Publications

Cao, W., Paterson, S.R., Memeti, V., Mundil. R., Anderson, L. and Schmidt, K. 2015, Tracking paleo-strain field in a continental arc: a study of incremental and finite strain in Mesozoic plutons and host rocks, respectively in central Sierra Nevada, California. Lithosphere. v. 7; no. 3; p. 296–320.

Lee, C.-T., Thurner, S., Paterson, S., Cao, W., 2015, The rise and fall of continental arcs: Interplays between magmatism, uplift, weathering, and climate. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 425, 105–119.

Cao, W., Kaus, J.P.B, Paterson, S.R., 2016, Numerical simulations of the incremental Intrusion of granitic magma into the continental crust facilitated by diking and multiple pulses. Tectonics. doi:10.1002/2015TC004076.

Cao, W., Paterson, S. R., 2016, A mass balance and isostasy model of continental arcs: Exploring the interplay between magmatism, tectonism and surface erosion using central Sierra Nevada as a case study. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 17, doi: 10.1002/2015GC006229.

Cao, W., Paterson, S.R., Saleeby, J., Zalunardo, S., 2016, Bulk arc strain, crustal thickening, magma emplacement, and mass balances in the Mesozoic Sierra Nevada arc. Journal of Structural Geology. v.84, p. 14-30. doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2015.11.002.

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