Bai Yan,Associate Professor, The Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research (ITP), the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) 

Telephone: 01084097054 
Address: No. 16 Lincui Road, Chaoyang District,
Postcode: 100101 

Research Areas

Biogeochemistry on uplift and environmental change of Tibetan Plateau


Education and Appointments

Jul 2009-present, Associate Pro., Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, CAS;

Sep 2006− Jun 2009, Postdoctor, Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, CAS;

Sep 2003− Jun 2006, Ph.D., Key Laboratory of Western China’s Environmental Systems, Ministry of Education ofChina, Lanzhou University;

Sep 1984− Jun 1988, B.S., Dept. of Chemistry, Lanzhou University


Work Experience

1.       2016.1-2019.12: NSFC program: " The altitude effect of Glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraethers (GDGTs) in soils from the typical climate regions on the Tibetan plateau(41571014),

2.       2014.1-2017.12: NSFC program: Soil n-alkane δD values along three moisture channels of the Indian Monsoon: palaeoatimetry of  southern Tibet Plateau(41371022)

3.       2013-2017: the (973) National Basic Research Program of China, Climate-tectonic interactions in the northern Tibetan

Plateau (Grant No. 2013CB956400); 

4.       2013-2017Chinese Academy of Sciences Key ProjectXDB03020100

5.       2011-2014:  Climate-tectonic interactions in the northern Tibetan Plateau (41321061);

6.       Jan 2011–Dec 2013: NSFC (Natural National Science Foundation of China) program: “Uplifting of southern Tibet Plateau: Evidence from sedimentary plant- n-alkanes δD in the Lunpola Basin” (41071003).

2. Jan 2007–Dec 2009: NSFC program: "Lipid biomarkers and n-alkanes δ13C and δD values extracted from surface soils with changing altitude on the presenting monsoon and western wind region of the Tibetan plateau” (40671024).

3. Postdoctoral Science Foundation of China “Lipids of soils on the eastern Tibetan Plateau and their relationships with elevation” (Grant No., 20060400506)

Teaching Experience

Honors & Distinctions



(1) Different altitude effect of leaf wax n-alkane δD in surface soils along two vapor transport pathways from Southeast Tibetan Plateau, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 2015, the first author
(2) The “Inverse Altitude Effect” of Leaf Wax-derived n-alkane δD on the Northeastern Tibetan Plateau., Organic Geochemistry, 2014, the first author

(3) Spatial patterns of soil n-alkane δD values on the Tibetan Plateau— Implications for monsoon boundaries and paleoelevation reconstructions, Journal of Geophysical Research, 2012, , the first author

(4) Effects of precipitation regimes on D values of soil n-alkanes from altitude gradients –implications for palaeoatimetry, Organic Geochemistry, 2011, , the first author

(5)  Northern Tibetan Plateau cooling and aridification linked to Cenozoic global cooling: Evidence from n-alkane distributions of Paleogene sedimentary sequences in the Xining Basin. Chinese Sci Bull, 2011, the fourst author

 (6)Methoxy n-fatty acids in surface soils from the Gongga and Kunlun  Mountain regions: Ecological implications. Chinese Science Bulletin , 2010,, the first author. 

(7) A preliminary reconstruction of the paleoecological and paleoclimatic history of the Chinese Loess Plateau from the application of biomarkers, Palaeogeograph., Palaeoclomat., Palaeoecol, 2009, the first author

(8)Distribution of aliphatic ketones in Chinese soils: Potential environmental implications. Organic Geochemistry, 2006, the first author

(9) Branched alkanes with quaternary carbon atoms in Chinese soils: Potential environmental implications. Chinese Science Bulletin, 2006, the first author

(10) Macrocyclic alkanes in modern soils ofChina. Organic Geochemistry, 2006, the thirdt author

(11)  Distribution of lipids in modern soils from various regions with continuous climate (moisture-heat) change inChinaand their climate significance. Science inChinaSeries D: Earth Sciences, 2007, the thirdt author


Research Interests




Deputy director of The institute of geology, earthquake engineering and seismology, Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tajikistan;

Institute of the State Key Laboratory of Loess and Quaternary Geology, CAS, Xi’an;

State Key Laboratory of Marine Geology, School of Ocean of Earth Sciences, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092, China


master student:Tian Qian; Chen chihao;Guo Haichao;MURODOV   AZAMDZHON