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Prof. Yan Zhao

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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:  +86 931 891 2329

Fax:       +86 931 891 2330

Email:     yanzhao@lzu.edu.cn

 

vEDUCATION

B.Sc. in Geography, Hubei University (Wuhan, China), 1989

M.Sc. in Ecology, Hubei University, 1995

Ph.D. in Historical Physical Geography, Wuhan University, 1998

Post-Doctoral Fellow, 7/1998-3/2000, Faculty of Earth Sciences, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, China (Paleoecology; Research Sponsor: Prof. Hongfu Yin).

Post-Doctoral Fellow, 4/2000-5/2001, Environmental Change Research Centre (ECRC), University College London, London, UK (Plant macrofossil analysis and vegetation history; Research Sponsor: Dr. Carl Sayer), funded by the Royal Society Royal Fellowship.

Post-Doctoral Fellow, 1/2002-8/2002, National Natural History Museum Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany (Pollen record and Late Holocene Environmental Change; Research Sponsor: Dr. Adam Hoelzer), funded by DAAD K.C.Wong Fellowship.

 

vPROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Professor, 2008-present, Research School of Arid Environment and Climatic Change, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China

Associate Professor, 2003 - 2007, College of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China

Visiting Scientist, 12/2008-1/2009, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, USA.

Visiting Scientist, 11/2007, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Research Unit Potsdam, Germany

Visiting Scientist, 1/2007-6/2007, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, USA.

Visiting Scientist, 12/2005-12/2006, Environmental Change Research Centre (ECRC), University College London, London, UK.

 

vRESEARCH INTERESTS

Paleoclimatology and paleoecology; late glacial and Holocene; pollen and macrofossil analysis of lake and wetland sediments.

 

vTEACHING & SUPERVISION

Undergraduate courses:

Physical Geography

Global Change

Graduate course:

Introduction to Paleoecology

 

vEXTERNAL ACTIVETIES

Vice President (2011-2015), INQUA Human and Biosphere Commission

Project Secretary (2006-2007), RACHAD Project (RApid climate CHanges in central Asia’s Drylands), INQUA Palaeoclimate Commission

General Secretary (2008-2015), Subcommission of Arid Environments, Chinese Quaternary Research Association

Associate Editor (2011-2014), Vegetation History and Archaeobotany

Editor (2012-2014), Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology

 

vSELECTED PUBLICATIONS

1. Zhao, Y., Sayer, D.C., Birks, H.H. Hughes, M., Peglar, S.M., 2006. Spatial representation of aquatic vegetation by macrofossil and pollen remains in a small and shallow lake. Journal of Paleolimnology 35, 335-350.

2. Zhao, Y., Yu, Z.C., Chen, F.H., Ito, E., Zhao, C., 2007. Holocene vegetation and climate history at Hurleg Lake in the Qaidam Basin, northwest China. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 145, 275-288.

3. Zhao, Y., Hoelzer, A., Yu, Z.C., 2007. Late Holocene natural and human-induced environmental change reconstructed from peat records in eastern central China. Radiocarbon 49, 789-798.

4. Zhao, Y., Yu, Z.C., Chen, F.H., Liu, X.J., Ito, E., 2008. Sensitive response of desert vegetation to moisture change based on a near-annual resolution pollen record from Gahai Lake in the Qaidam Basin, northwest China. Global and Planetary Change 62, 107-114.

5. Zhao, Y., Yu, Z.C., Chen, F.H., Li, J.J., 2008. Holocene vegetation and climate change from a lake sediment record in the Tengger Sandy Desert, northwest China. Journal of Arid Environments 72, 2054-2064.

6. Zhao, Y., Yu, Z.C., Chen, F.H., 2009. Spatial and temporal patterns of Holocene vegetation and climate changes in arid and semi-arid China. Quaternary International 194, 6-18.

7. Zhao, Y., Herzschuh, U., 2009. Modern pollen representation of source vegetation in the Qaidam Basin and surrounding mountains, northeastern Tibetan Plateau. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany.18, 245-260.

8. Zhao, Y., Yu, Z.C., Liu, X.J., Zhao, C., Chen, F.H., Zhang, K., 2010. Late Holocene Vegetation and Climate Oscillations in the Qaidam Basin of the Northeastern Tibetan Plateau. Quaternary Research 73, 59-69.

9. Zhao, Y., Xu, Q.H., Huang, X.Z., Guo, X.L., Tao, S.C., 2009. Difference of modern pollen assemblages from lake sediments and surface soils in arid and semi-arid China and their significance for pollen –based quantitative climate reconstruction. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 156, 519-524.

10. Zhao, Y., Sun, Q.F., 2010. Reliability of pollen concentration as the indicator of effective moisture in arid and semi-arid regions of China. Journal of Arid Environments 74, 423-427.

11. Zhao, Y., Yu, Z.C., Chen, F.H., Zhang, J.W., Yang, B., 2009. Vegetation response to Holocene climate change in monsoon-influenced region of China. Earth-Science Reviews 97, 242-256.

12. Zhao, Y., Yu, Z.C., Zhao, C., 2010. Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) declines at 9500 and 5300 cal yr BP caused by Holocene climatic shifts in northeastern North America. The Holocene 20, 877-886.

13. Zhao, Y., Chen, F.H., Zhou, A.F., Yu, Z.C., 2010. Vegetation history, climate change and human activities over the last 6200 years on the Liupan Mountains in the southwestern Loess Plateau in central China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 293, 197-205.

14. Zhao. Y., Yu, Z.C., Zhao, W.W., 2011. Holocene Vegetation And Climate Histories In The Eastern Tibetan Plateau: Controls By Insolation-Driven Temperature Or Monsoon-Derived Precipitation Changes? Quaternary Science Reviews 30, 1173-1184.

15. Zhao, Y., Yu, Z.C., 2012. Vegetation Response to Holocene Climate Change in East Asian Monsoon-Margin Region. Earth-Science Reviews 113, 1-10.

16. Zhao, Y., Liu, H.Y., Li, F.R, Huang, X.Z., Sun, J.H., Zhao, W.W., Herzschuh, U., Tang, Y., 2012. Application and limitation of Artemisia/Chenopodiaceae pollen ratio in arid and semi-arid China. The Holocene, in press.

17. Zhao, Y., Li, F.R., Hou, Y.T., Sun, J.H., Zhao, W.W., Tang, Y., Li, H., 2012. Surface pollen and its relationships with modern vegetation and climate on the Loess Plateau and surrounding deserts. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, in press.