Bio


David Zhen Yin is the Research Scientist at Stanford Center for Earth Resources Forecasting. He develops data scientific approaches for prediction, uncertainty quantification and decision making in earth resources exploration and developments (including critical minerals, groundwater, and oil and gas).

David developed broad experiences in working with complex projects involving the academia and industry as well as broad knowledge about the fields. His research delivered several key technologies that have been transferred as in-house technologies in Chevron, Equinor, and KoBold. His research developments have been implemented to a broad spectrum of subjects, from Antarctica bed topography modeling, to critical mineral explorations in Canada/China/US, to North Sea and Gulf of Mexico projects.

Prior to joining Stanford, David was a Research Associate (Reservoir Geophysics) at Edinburgh Time-Lapse Project at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland, leading a research project in collaboration with Equinor from 2016 to 2018. He was also a Technology Consultant at Equinor's Research Center in Bergen, Norway. He was then a Chevron CoRE Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford from 2018 to 2021.

David received his PhD in Geosciences from Heriot-Watt University, UK, in 2016, and B.Eng from China University of Petroleum in 2011. His research interests include data science for geosciences, geological uncertainty quantification, and decision making under uncertainty. He has authored tens of articles in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences on these topics.

Academic Appointments


Administrative Appointments


  • Research Scientist, Stanford University (2022 - Present)
  • Chevron CoRE Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University (2018 - 2021)
  • Research Associate, Heriot-Watt University (2016 - 2018)

Honors & Awards


  • Chevron CoRE (Center of Research Excellence) Fellowship, Chevron (2018)
  • Frans and Alice Hammons Award, SEG (2014)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Co-chair, Stanford Earth Postdoc Advisory Council (2019 - 2022)

All Publications


  • Mapping high-resolution basal topography of West Antarctica from radar data using non-stationary multiple-point geostatistics (MPS-BedMappingV1) GEOSCIENTIFIC MODEL DEVELOPMENT Yin, Z., Zuo, C., MacKie, E. J., Caers, J. 2022; 15 (4): 1477-1497
  • Stochastic modeling of subglacial topography exposes uncertainty in water routing at Jakobshavn Glacier JOURNAL OF GLACIOLOGY MacKie, E. J., Schroeder, D. M., Zuo, C., Yin, Z., Caers, J. 2021; 67 (261): 75–83
  • A Monte Carlo-based framework for risk-return analysis in mineral prospectivity mapping GEOSCIENCE FRONTIERS Wang, Z., Yin, Z., Caers, J., Zuo, R. 2020; 11 (6): 2297–2308
  • Automated Monte Carlo-based quantification and updating of geological uncertainty with borehole data (AutoBEL v1.0) GEOSCIENTIFIC MODEL DEVELOPMENT Yin, Z., Strebelle, S., Caers, J. 2020; 13 (2): 651–72
  • A Tree-Based Direct Sampling Method for Stochastic Surface and Subsurface Hydrological Modeling WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH Zuo, C., Yin, Z., Pan, Z., MacKie, E. J., Caers, J. 2020; 56 (2)
  • A workflow for building surface-based reservoir models using NURBS curves, coons patches, unstructured tetrahedral meshes and open-source libraries Computers & Geosciences Zhang, Z., Yin, Z., Yan, X. 2018; 121: 11
  • Improving 4D Seismic Interpretation and Seismic History Matching Using the Well2seis Technique First EAGE Workshop on Practical Reservoir Monitoring Yin, Z., Ayzenberg, M., MacBeth, C. 2017
  • Evaluation of inter-well connectivity using well fluctuations and 4D seismic data JOURNAL OF PETROLEUM SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING Yin, Z., MacBeth, C., Chassagne, R., Vazquez, O. 2016; 145: 533–47
  • Enhancement of dynamic reservoir interpretation by correlating multiple 4D seismic monitors to well behavior Interpretation-A Journal of Subsurface Characterization Yin, Z., Ayzenberg, M., MacBeth, C., Feng, T., Chassagne, R. 2015; 3 (2): SP35–SP52
  • Joint interpretation of interwell connectivity by integrating 4D seismic with injection and production fluctuations SPE EUROPEC Yin, Z., MacBeth, C., Chassagne, R. 2015

    View details for DOI 10.2118/174365-MS

  • A method to update fault transmissibility multipliers in the flow simulation model directly from 4D seismic JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICS AND ENGINEERING Benguigui, A., Yin, Z., MacBeth, C. 2014; 11 (2)