Shih, Hong-Yan / Assistant Research Fellow


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  • PhD in Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017
  • MS in Physics, National Tsing Hua University, 2010
  • BS in Physics, National Tsing Hua University, 2008


Rao, Cindy / 886-2-2789-8916

cindy14 [at]

Research Interest

  • Statistical physics in living systems
  • evolutionary ecology
  • turbulence


(1) 國際學術研究獎項 2019 American Physical Society Dissertation Award-Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
(2) 國際學術研究獎項 2016 L. S. Edelheit Family Fellowship Awarded by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA)
(3) 國內學術研究獎項 2015-2017 教育部留學獎學金
(4) 國際學術研究獎項 2014 Shirley Chan Student Travel Awards Awarded by American Physical Society
(5) 國際學術研究獎項 2012, 2013 University Fellowship Awarded by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA)


  • 2017-2019 Postdoc in the Department of Physics and the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Journal Papers

  • [1]     Xueying Wang, Hong-Yan Shih, Nigel Goldenfeld, 2022, “Stochastic Model for Quasi-One-Dimensional Transitional Turbulence with Streamwise Shear Interactions”, Physical Review Letters, 129, 034501-1-034501-5. (SCIE) (IF: 9.185; SCI ranking: 9.3%)

  • [2]     Hong-Yan Shih and Nigel Goldenfeld, 2021, “Mechanisms of rapid evolution”, Physical Biology, vol 18 (4), 27. (SCIE) (IF: 2.959; SCI ranking: 73.4%,59.7%)


  • [1]     西元年:2016
    研究人員(英):SHIH, HONG-YAN
    研究成果名稱(英):Ecological collapse and the emergence of spatiotemporal intermittency at the onset of turbulence
    簡要記述(英):In this work we combined non-equilibrium statistical physics and an ecological model and explained the century-old puzzle of the laminar-turbulent transition. For the first time we discovered from directed numerical simulations of hydrodynamics equations in pipe flow that at the onset of turbulence there is an emergent large scale zonal flow which interacts with turbulence in the same way as predator-prey dynamics. Based on this discovery, we developed a statistical physics effective theory, and from numerical simulations we found that turbulence has the same transitional behavior as the extinction transition in a predator-prey ecosystem, and therefore we can explain the fundamental physical mechanism behind the complicated behavior in the experiments of transitional turbulence. This surprising result reconceptualized the studies of turbulence which used to focus on traditional methods of fluid dynamics, and applying statistical physics to turbulence has become a vivid research field.

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