Dr Maoyan Zhu

Professor of Geology 

Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology

Chinese Academy of Sciences

39 East Beijing Road

Nanjing, 210008


Tel: 025 8328 2159

Research Areas

Focusing on research of the Earth-Life System (ELS) evolution during the Neoproterozoic-Paleozoic Transition (NPT) through multidisciplinary approach, covering the stratigraphy, origin and early evolution of animals, palaeoecology, sedimentology, geochemistry, biogeochemical cycling and palaeoenvironmental changes.


1989.9-1992.9: Nanjing Institute of Geology & Palaeontology (CAS); Paleontology;  Ph. D.

1985.8-1988.7: Changchun College of Geology;                                 Paleontology;  M. Sc.

1981.9-1985.7: Changchun College of Geology;                                 Geology;         B. Sc.

Honors & Distinctions

2016:             The F Grade Prize of Sciences and Technology, Guizhou Province

2013-:            International corresponding member of Academy of Science Göttingen

2009:             Yin Zanxun Award for Stratigraphy and Paleontology, Palaeontological Society of China

2007-2011:    The National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars

2003, 2015:   The Second Grade Prize of Sciences and Technology, Guizhou Province

1998-:            The CAS Hundred Talents, Chinese Academy of Sciences

1997:             The Top Grade Prize of Natural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences

1997:             The Group Prize of Brilliant Contribution, Qiu Shi Sciences & Technologies Foundation

 (Hong Kong)

Professional service

2013-present: Chair, International Working Group on Terreneuvian Series and Fortunian Stage, ISCS, ICS, IUGS

2012-present: Voting Member, International Subcommission on Ediacaran Stratigraphy, IUGS

2004-present  Voting Member, International Subcommission on Cambrian Stratigraphy, ICS, IUGS

2008-2012:     Voting Member, International Subcommission on Neoproterozoic Stratigraphy. ICS, IUGS

2005-2008      Chair, International Working Group on Subdivision of the Lower Half of Cambrian. ICS, IUGS

2004-2008:     Voting Member, International Subcommission on Ediacaran Stratigraphy, ICS, IUGS

Editorial service

2014-present:   Journal of Earth Sciences (International)

2014-present:   Palaeoworld (International)

2007-present:   Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology (International)

2007-present:   Acta Palaeontologica Sinica (Chinese)

2006-present:   Palaeontologica Electronica (International)

2003-present:   Journal of Palaeogeography (International)

2008-2014:      Chinese Science Bulletin (Geosciences) (International)

2005-2010:      Progress in Nature Sciences (International)

Quest editor-in-chief: Precambrian Research”, “Bulletin of Geosciences”, “Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology”; “Palaeoworld”; “Progress in Nature Sciences”; “Acta Palaeontologica Sinica”.

Recent publications

  1. Zhu, M.,Zhuravlev, A.Yu., Wood, R.A., Zhao, F., Sukhov, S.S., A deep root for the Cambrian explosion: Implications of new bio- and chemostratigraphy from the Siberian Platform.Geology, 45 (2017), 459-462. doi:10.1130/G38865.1.
  2. Zeng, H., Zhao, F., Yin, Z.,Zhu, M., Morphology of diverse radiodontan head sclerites from the early Cambrian Chengjiang Lagerstätte, south-west China.Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, (2017), doi:10.1080/14772019.2016.1263685.
  3. Yang, B., Steiner, M.,Zhu, M., Li, G., Liu, J., Liu, P., Transitional Ediacaran-Cambrian small skeletal fossil assemblages from South China and Kazakhstan: Implications for chronostratigraphy and metazoan evolution.Precambrian Research, 285 (2016),202-215. doi: 10.1016/j.precamres.2016.09.016.
  4. Yin, Z.,Zhu, M., Bottjer, D.J., Zhao, F., Tafforeau, P., Meroblastic cleavage identifies some Ediacaran Doushantuo (China) embryo-like fossils as metazoans.Geology, 44 (2016), 735-738. doi:10.1130/G38262.1.
  5. Cui, H., Kaufman, A.J., Xiao, S.,Zhu, M., Zhou, C., Liu, X.-M., Redox architecture of an Ediacaran ocean margin: Integrated chemostratigraphic (δ13C–δ34S–87Sr/86Sr–Ce/Ce*) correlation of the Doushantuo Formation, South China.Chemical Geology, 405 (2015), 48-62.
  6. Guilbaud, R., Poulton, S. W., Butterfield, N. J.,Zhu, M., Shields-Zhou, G. A., A global transition to ferruginous conditions in the early Neoproterozoic ocean.Nature Geoscience, 8 (2015), 466-470.
  7. Yin, Z.,Zhu, M.*, Davidson, E. H., Bottjer, D.J., Zhao, F., Tafforeau, P., Sponge grade body fossil with cellular resolution dating 60 Myr before the Cambrian.PNAS, 112 (12) (2015), E1453–E1460.
  8. Boyle, R. A., Dahl, T.W., Dale, A.W., Shields-Zhou, G.,Zhu, M., Brasier, M. D., Canfield, D. E., Lenton, T. M., Stabilization of the coupled oxygen and phosphorus cycles by the evolution of bioturbation.Nature Geoscience, 7 (2014), 671-676.
  9. Lan, Z., Li, X.,Zhu, M., Chen, Z., Zhang, Q., Li, Q., Lu, D., Liu, Y., Tang, G., A rapid and synchronous initiation of the wide spread Cryogenian glaciations.Precambrian Research, 256 (2014), 401-411.
  10. Liu, P., Chen, S.,Zhu, M.*, Li, M., Yin, C., Shang, X., High-resolution biostratigraphic and chemostratigraphic data from the Chenjiayuanzi section of the Doushantuo Formation in the Yangtze Gorges area, South China: Implication for subdivision and global correlation of the Ediacaran System. Precambrian Research, 249 (2014), 199-214.
  11. Wu, W.,Zhu, M. *, Steiner, M., Composition and tiering of the Cambrian sponge communities.Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, 398 (2014), 86-96.
  12. Yin, Z., Liu, P., Li, G., Tafforeau, P.,Zhu. M.*, Biological and taphonomic implications of Ediacaran fossil embryos undergoing cytokinesis.Gondwana Research, 25 (2014), 1019-1026.
  13. Zhao, F., Caron, J.-B., Bottjer, D.J., Hu, S., Yin, Z.,Zhu, M., Diversity and species abundance patterns of the early Cambrian (Series 2, Stage 3) Chengjiang Biota from China.Paleobiology, 40(1) (2014), 50-69.
  14. Zhu, M., Lu, M., Zhang, J., Zhao, F., Li, G., Zhao, X., Zhao, M., Carbon isotope chemostratigraphy and sedimentary facies evolution of the Ediacaran Doushantuo Formation in western Hubei, South China.Precambrian Research, 225 (2013), 7-28.
  15. Yin, Z.,Zhu, M.*, Tafforeau, P., Chen, J., Li, G., Liu, P., Early Embryogenesis of Potential Bilaterian Animals with Polar Lobe Formation from the Ediacaran Weng’an Biota, South China.Precambrian Research, 225 (2013), 44-57.
  16. Lu, M.,Zhu, M.*, Zhang, J., Shields, G.A., Li, G., Zhao, F., Zhao, X., Zhao, M., The DOUNCE event at the top of the Ediacaran Doushantuo Formation of South China: Wide stratigraphic occurrence and non-diagenetic origin.Precambrian Research,225 (2013),86-109.
  17. Zhao, F., Bottjer, D.J., Hu, S., Yin, Z.,Zhu, M.*, Complexity and diversity of eyes in Early Cambrian ecosystems.Scientific Reports, 3 (2013), 2751. doi: 10.1038/srep02751.