Prof. Jiawu Zhang

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Assistant to the Director of MOE Key Laboratory of Western China’s Environmental Systems

Research School of Arid Environment and Climate Change

Lanzhou University

222 South Tianshui Road, Lanzhou

730000, Gansu Province,CHINA

Phone:  +86 138 9322 7016

Fax:       +86 931 891 2330

Email:     jwzhang@lzu.edu.cn


1990.091994.06Bachelor’s Degree in Geography, Department of Geography, Anhui Normal University;

1994.091997.07Master’s Degree in Physical Geography, Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences;

1997.092001.06PhD in Physical Geography, College of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lanzhou University, supervised by Prof Fahu Chen;

1999.102000.03Visiting Scholar in Environmental Change Research Center, University College London (ECRC, UCL), research training on geochemistry of ostracod shells by Prof Jonathan A. Holmes



2001.072002.12Lecturer, Department of Geography, College of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lanzhou University;

2003.012003.12PostDoc, ECRC, UCL, with Prof Jonathan A. Holmes;

2004.01presentAssoc Prof, Institute of Physical Geography and Environmental Change, Research School of Arid Environment and Climate Change Lanzhou University, Lanzhou University;

2004.032004.09Department of Geography, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC),management of research projects;

2005.082005.12Visiting scholar in School of Geography, University of Manchester (supported by China Scholarship Council, CSC), teaching training programme ‘Teaching Science and Engineering in English (TSEE)’.



Lake sediments and environmental change, Holocene climate change, geochemistry of authigenic carbonates (including ostracod shells, stable isotopes and traceelements)



Teaching for undergraduates: Physical Geography, Global Environmental Change;

Teaching for graduates: Methodology in Physical Geography, Professional English;

Supervisor for Msc students



Zhang, J., Chen, F., Holmes, J.A., Wang, J., Li, H., Guo, X., Li, S., Lü, Y., Zhao, Y., Qiang, M., 2011. Holocene monsoon climate documented by oxygen and carbon isotopes from lake sediments and peat bogs in China: a review and synthesis. Quaternary Science Reviews, in review.

Zhang, J. Holmes, J.A., Chen, F., Qiang, M., Zhou, A., Chen, S., 2009. An 850year ostracodshell traceelement record from Sugan Lake on the Northern Tibetan Plateau, China: implications for interpreting the shell chemistry in highMg/Ca waters. Quaternary International 194: 119133.

Holmes, J., Zhang, J., Chen, F., Qiang, M., 2007. Paleoclimatic implications of an 850–year oxygen–isotope record from the northern Tibetan Plateau. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, VOL.34, L23403, doi: 10.1029/2007GL032228, 2007.

Zhang, J., Jin, M., Chen, F., Battarbee, R.W., Henderson, A.C.G., 2003. High–resolution precipitation variations in the Northeast Tibetan Plateau over the last 800 years documented by sediment cores of Qinghai Lake. Chinese Science Bulletin 48(14):1451–1456.

Wang, X., Zhang, C., Zhang, J., Hua, T., Lang, L., Zhang, X., Wang, L., 2010. Nebkha formation: Implications for reconstructing environmental changes over the past several centuries in the Ala Shan Plateau, China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 297: 697–706.

Chen, J.H., Chen, F.H., Zhang, E.L., Brooks, S., Zhou, A., Zhang, J., 2009. A 1000–year chironomid–based salinity reconstruction from varved sediments of Sugan Lake, Qaidam Basin, arid Northwest China, and its palaeoclimatic significance. Chinese Science Bulletin, doi: 10.1007/s11434–009–0201–8.

Zhao, Y., Yu, Z., Chen, F., Zhang, J., Yang, B., 2009. Vegetation response to Holocene climate change in monsooninfluenced region of China. EarthScience Reviews 97: 242256.

Wang, Z.T., Zhang, J.W., Zhang, Q.H., Qiang, M.R., Chen, F.H., Ling, Y.Q., 2008. Barchans of Minqin: Sediment Transport. Geomorphology 96: 233–238.

Qiang, M., Chen, F., Zhang, J., Zu, R., Jin, M., Zhou, A., Xiao, S., 2007. Grain size in sediments from Lake Sugan: a possible linkage to dust storm events at the northern margin of the Qinghai–Tibetan Plateau. Environmental Geology 51: 1229–1238.

Rao, Z., Zhu, Z., Zhang, J., 2007. Different climatic controls of soil δ13Corg in three midlattitude regions of the Northern Hemisphere since the Last Glacial period. Chinese Science Bulletin 52(2):259266.

Zhou, A., Chen, F., Qiang, M., Yang, M., Zhang, J., 2007. The discovery of annually laminated sediments (varves) from shallow Sugan Lake in inland arid China and their paleoclimatic significance. Science in China Series D: Earth Sciences 50(8): 12181224.

Qiang, M., Chen, F., Zhou, A., Xiao, S., Zhang, J., Wang, Z., 2007. Impacts of wind velocity on sand and dust deposition during dust storm as inferred from a series of observations in the northeastern Qinghai–Tibetan Plateau, China. Powder Technology 175: 8289.

Rao, Z., Zhu, Z., Chen, F., Zhang, J., 2006. Does δ13Ccarb of the Chinese loess indicate past C3/C4 abundance? A review of research on stable carbon isotopes of the Chinese loess. Quaternary Science Reviews 25: 22522257.

Chen, F., Huang, X., Zhang J., Holmes, J. A., Chen, J., 2006. Humid Little Ice Age in arid central Asia documented by Bosten Lake, Xinjiang, China. Chinese Science Bulletin 49(12): 12801290.

Chen, F., Rao, Z., Zhang, J., Jin, M., Ma, J., 2006. Variations of organic carbon  isotopic composition and its  environmental significance  during the last glacial on  western Chinese Loess Plateau. Chinese Science Bulletin 51(3): 15931602.

Qiang, M., Chen, F., Zhang, J., Gao, S., Zhou, F., 2005. Climatic changes documented by stable isotopes of sedimentary carbonate in Lake Sugan, northern Tibetan Plateau of China, since 2 ka BP. Chinese Science Bulletin 50(17): 19301939.

Feng, Z.D., Wang, H.B., Olson, C., Pope, G.A., Chen, F.H., Zhang, J.W., An, C.B., 2004. Chronological discord between the last interglacial paleosol (S1) and its parent material in the Chinese Loess Plateau. Quaternary International 117: 1726.

Wang, X., Dong, Z., Yan, P., Zhang, J., Qian, G., 2005. Wind energy environments and dunefield activity in the Chinese deserts. Geomorphology 65: 3348.

Wang, X., Dong, Z., Zhang, J., Liu, L., 2004. Modern dust storms in China: An overview. Journal of Arid Environments 58(4): 559574.

Mischke, S., Herzschuh, U., Kürschner, H., Fuchs, D., Zhang, J., Meng, F., Sun Z., 2003.        Sub–Recent Ostracoda from Qilian Mountains (NW China) and their ecological significance. Limnologica 33: 280292.

Henderson, A.C.G., Holmes, J.A., Zhang, J.W., Leng, M.J., Carvalho, L.R., 2003. A carbon– and oxygen–isotope record of recent environmental change from Qinghai Hu, NE Tibetan Plateau. Chinese Science Bulltein 48(14):1463–1468.

Ma, J., Li, D., Zhang, J., Edmunds, W.M., Prudhomme, C., 2003. Groundwater recharge and climatic change during the last 1000 years from unsaturated zone of SE Badain Jaran Desert. Chinese Science Bulletin 48(14): 14691474.

Wang, X., Dong, Z., Qu, J., Zhang, J., Zhao, A., 2003. Dynamics processes of a simple linear dune in Taklimakan Sand Sea. Geomorphology 52, 233–241.

Wang, X., Dong, Z., Zhang, J., Qu, J., Zhao, A., 2003. Grain size characteristics of dune sands in the central Taklimakan Sand Sea. Sedimentary Geology 161: 1–14.

Wang, X., Dong, Z., Zhang, J., Chen, G., 2002. Geomorphology of sand dunes in the northeast Taklimakan Sand Sea. Geomorphology 42: 183–195.

Wang, X., Dong, Z., Zhang, J., Zhao, A., 2002. Relations between morphology, airflow, sand flux and particle size on transverse dunes, Taklimakan Sand Sea. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 27: 515–526.

Zhu, Y.Chen, F.Cheng, B., Zhang, J., Madsen, D.B., 2002. Pollen Assemblage Features of Modern Water Samples from the Shiyang River Drainage, Arid China. Acta Botanica Sinica 44(3): 367372.

Chen, F.H., Feng, Z.D., Zhang, J.W., 2000. Loess particle size data indicative of stable winter monsoons during the last interglacial in the Western Part of the Chinese Loess Plateau. Catena 39: 233–244.