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

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]     Hong-Yan Shih and Nigel Goldenfeld, to appear, “Mechanisms of rapid evolution”, Physical Biology. (SCIE) (IF: 2; SCI ranking: 77.1%,67.6%)

  • [2]     Shih Hong-Yan, Mickalide Harry, Fraebel David T, Goldenfeld Nigel, Kuehn Seppe, 2018, “Biophysical constraints determine the selection of phenotypic fluctuations during directed evolution”, Physical Biology, 15(6) 065003. (SCIE) (IF: 2; SCI ranking: 77.1%,67.6%)

  • [3]     Goldenfeld Nigel, Shih Hong-Yan, 2017, “Turbulence as a Problem in Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics”, Journal of Statistical Physics, 167(3-4) 575-594. (SCIE) (IF: 1.243; SCI ranking: 58.2%)

  • [4]     Shih Hong-Yan, Hsieh Tsung-Lin, Goldenfeld Nigel, 2016, “Ecological collapse and the emergence of travelling waves at the onset of shear turbulence”, Nature Physics, 12(3) 245-248. (SCIE) (IF: 19.256; SCI ranking: 3.5%)

  • [5]     Shih Hong-Yan, Goldenfeld Nigel, 2014, “Path-integral calculation for the emergence of rapid evolution from demographic stochasticity”, Physical Review E, 90(5). (SCIE) (IF: 2.296; SCI ranking: 38.2%,16.4%)

  • [6]     Shih Hong-Yan, Huang Wen-Min, Hsu Sze-Bi, Lin Hsiu-Hau, 2010, “Hierarchy of relevant couplings in perturbative renormalization group transformations”, Physical Review B, 81(12). (SCIE) (IF: 3.575; SCI ranking: 33.4%,31.9%,25.2%)


(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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