My recent and near future research will focus on obtaining climatic records in Cenozoic basin sediments and loess sequences from the southern side of the Himalayas for the onset and evolutoin of the Indian monsoon and from northern and western sides of the Tibetan Plateau for drying of the Asian inland, with respect to the uplift of the Himalaya-Tibeatn Plateau and global climatic change. Graduate students from countries surrouding the Himalaya-Tibeatn Plateau will be welcome and preferred.

Research Areas

1) How were the northeastern and southwestern Tectonic Plateau uplifted?

2) How were the East Asian monsoon and Indian monsoon formed and evolved with respect to the Himalaya-Tibet uplift?

3) How is the Asian inland dried? What kinds of factors drive it?


Ph.D.        1992, Physical Geography, jointly at University of Leicester (U.K.) and Lanzhou  University (China)

M. Sc.      1987, Physical Geography, Lanzhou University

B. Sc.       1983, Geology, Lanzhou University


Oversea visiting history

Mar. to Sep. 1996         Visiting Professor at the Dept. of Geological Sciences, Univ. of Michigan (with Prof. Rob van der Voo) and Institute for Rock Magnetism, Univ. of Minnesota (with Prof. Subir Banerjee).

Jan. 1997 to Jan. 1998  Visiting Professor of JSPS (Japanese Society for Promotion of Science) at Graduate School of Environmental Earth Science, Hokkaido Univ. (with Prof. Yugo Ono), Dept. of Geography at Tokyo Metropolitan Univ. (with Prof. Hitoshi Fukusawa) and Dept. of Earth and Planetary at Kyoto Univ. (with Prof. Masayuki Torii).

Nov. 2001 to Jan. 2002 Visiting Professor at the Dept. of Geological Sciences, Univ. of Michigan (with Prof. Rob van der Voo), with chances visiting Prof. D. Burbank and Prof. Yin An at Dept. of Geol. Sci. at Univ. of California respectively at Santa Barbara and at Las Angeles,  Prof. J. Kirschvink at California Institute of Technology, Prof. A. Berger at Reno Univ., and Prof. P. Molnar at Dept. of Geol. Sci. of Univ. of Colorado.

Work Experience

Research Assistant:    Jul. 1983 - Dec. 1987, Dept. of Geography and Geology, Lanzhou  Univ.

Lecturer:                    Jan. 1988 - Feb. 1993, in which from Sep. 1988 to Feb.1990, as a part-time Ph. D. student in physical geography under the supervision of Prof. Li Jijun at the Dept. of Geography, Lanzhou Univ., and from Mar.1990 - Sep.1992, as Joint Ph. D. student in physical geography at the Dept. of Geography, Univ. of Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK (co-supervised by Prof. Edward Derbyshire and Prof. Li Jijun), including special training in soil micromorphology by Prof. E.A. FitzPatrick at the Dept. of Plant and Soil Science, Univ. of Aberdeen; Degree was issued in Dec. 1992

Associate Professor:                 Mar.1993 - Nov.1995, Dept. of Geography, Lanzhou  Univ.

Professor:                   Dec.1995 - Dec. 2004, Dept. of Geography, Lanzhou  Univ.

Also as a Joint Professor and Vice Director in 2000 – 2004 in state Key Laboratory of Loess and Quaternary Geology, Institute of Earth Environment, CAS, Xi’an

Professor:                    Jan. 2005 - Now, Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, CAS;

                                     Also as a Joint Professor and Head of the Institute of Quaternary Geology, Lanzhou Univ.



Dean assistant:           Feb. 1998 - April 1999, Resources and Environment School, Lanzhou Univ.

Vice Dean-in-General:  1999 – 2004, Academy of Development of West China, Lanzhou Univ.

                    Also as Director of Quaternary Glaciers and Environment Research Center of China, MOE (Ministry of Education of China), Lanzhou Univ.

Vice Director, then Director:              2000 - 2001, then 2002 – 2005.5, MOE National Laboratory of Western China’s Environmental Systems, Lanzhou  Univ.

Vice Dean:                  2003-2004, Resources and Environment School, Lanzhou Univ.

Assistant to Head of the Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research:      2008.12-now

Vice Director: 2009-now, CAS Key Lab of Continental Collision and Plateau Uplift

Teaching Experience

Courses at Lanzhou University taught for undergraduates: Principles of Physical Geography, Physical Geography of China, Quaternary Geology and Neotectonics, Geomorphology and Global Changes, Basins and uplift of Tibetan Plateau.

Courses at Lanzhou University taught for graduates: Paleomagnetism, Environmental Rock Magnetism, Neotectonics and Quaternary Geology, Environmental Change, Global Change, Soil Micromorphology, and Modern Geologic Progresses.

Courses at CAS University taught for graduates: Earth Surface Processes and Geomorphology; Uplift of Tibetan Plateau and Its Impacts; Physical Geography (English course for foreign graduates).



Peer-reviewed English papers

(104 Chinese papers are not listed here)

* corresponding author when not as first author



168. Fang,X.M., Li, M.H., Wang, Z.R., Wang, J.Y., Li, J., Liu, X.M. and Zan, J.B., 2016. Oscillation of mineral compositions in Core SG-1b, western Qaidam Basin, NE Tibetan Plateau. Scientific Reports, DOI: 10.1038.

167. Fang,X.M., Wang, J.Y., Zhang, W.L., Zan, J.B., Song, C.H., Yan, M.D., Appel, E.,. Zhang, T., Wu, F.L., Yang, Y.B. and Lu, Y., 2016. Tectonosedimentary evolution model of an intracontinental flexural (foreland) basin for paleoclimatic research. Global and Planetary Change, 145, 78–97.

166. Fang,X.M., Song, C., Yan, M., Zan, J., Liu, C., Sha, J., Zhang, W., Zeng, Y., Wu, S. and Zhang, D., 2016. Mesozoic litho- and magneto-stratigraphic evidence from the central Tibetan Plateau for megamonsoon evolution and potential evaporites. Gondwana Research, 37, 110–129.

165. Zan,J.B., Fang,X.M. *, Zhang, W.L., Yan, M.D. and Zhang, T., 2016. Palaeoenvironmental and chronological constraints on the Early Pleistocene mammal fauna from loess deposits in the Linxia Basin, NE Tibetan Plateau. Quaternary Science Reviews, 148, 234-242.

164. Zhang, T., Han, W.X., Fang, X.M.*, Zhang, W.L., Song, C.H. and Yan, M.D., 2016. Intensified tectonic deformation and uplift of the Altyn Tagh range recorded by rock magnetism and growth strata studies of the western Qaidam Basin, NE Tibetan Plateau. Global and Planetary Change, 137, 54–68.

163. Zhang, Z.G., Nie, J.S. and Fang, X.M.*, 2016. Provenance analysis reveals mountain uplift in the midsection of the Altyn Tagh Fault during the Middle Miocene. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences. DIO:10.1139/cjes-2016-0090.

162. Ye, C.C., Yang, Y.B., Fang, X.M., Zhang, W.L., 2016. Late Eocene clay boron-derived paleosalinity in the Qaidam Basin and its implications for regional tectonics and climate. Sedimentary Geology, 346, 49–59.

161. Miao, Y.F., Wu, F.L., Chang, H., Fang, X.M., Deng, T., Sun, J.M. and Jin, C.S., 2016. A Late-Eocene palynological record from the Hoh Xil Basin, northern Tibetan Plateau, and its implications for stratigraphic age, paleoclimate and paleoelevation. Gondwana Research, 31, 241–252.

160. Miao,Y.F., Song, C.H., Fang, X.M., Meng, Q.Q., Zhang, P., Wu, F.L. and Yan, X.L., 2016. Late Cenozoic genus Fupingopollenites development and its implications for the Asian summer monsoon evolution. Gondwana Research, 29, 320–333.



159. Fang, X.M., Zan, J.B., Appel, E., Lu, Y., Song, C.H., Dai, S. and Tuo, S.B., 2015. An Eocene–Miocene continuous rock magnetic record from the sediments in the Xining Basin, NW China: indication for Cenozoic persistent drying driven by global cooling and Tibetan Plateau uplift. Geophys. J. Int., 201, 78–89.

158. Lu, Y., Fang, X.M.*, Appel, E., Wang, J.Y., Herb, C., Han, W.X., Wu, F.L. and Song, C.H., 2015. A 7.3–1.6 Ma grain size record of interaction between anticline uplift and climate change in the western Qaidam Basin,  NE Tibetan Plateau. Sedentary Geology, 319, 40–51.

157. Zan, J.B., Fang, X.M.*, Yan, M.D., Zhang, W.L. and Lu, Y., 2015. Lithologic and rock magnetic evidence for the Mid-Miocene Climatic Optimum recorded in the sedimentary archive of the Xining Basin, NE Tibetan Plateau. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.04.024.

156. Zan, J.B., Fang, X.M., Yan, M.D., 2015. Bulk particle size distribution and magnetic properties of particle-sized fractions from loess and paleosol samples in Central  Asia. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 16, 101-111.

155. Zan, J.B., Fang, X.M., Yan, M.D., 2015. Magnetic variations in surface soils in the NE Tibetan Plateau indicating the climatic boundary between the Westerly and East Asian summer monsoon regimes in NW China. Global and Planetary Change, 130, 1-6.

154. Zan, J.B., Fang, X.M., Yan, M.D., 2015. Regional variations in magnetic properties of surface sediments in the Qaidam  Basin and their paleoenvironmental implications. Journal of Applied Geophysics, 122, 86-93.

153. Yang, Y.B., Fang, X.M., Li, M.H., Galy, A., Koutsodendris, A., Zhang, W.L., 2015. Paleoenvironmental implications of uraniumconcentrations in lacustrine calcareous clastic-evaporite deposits in the western Qaidam Basin. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 417,422-431.

152. Yang, Y.B., Fang, X.M., Galy, A., 2015. Carbonate composition and its impact on fluvial geochemistry in the NE Tibetan Plateau region. Chemical Geology, 410, 138-148.

151. Bai, Y., Fang, X.M. and Jia, G.D., Sun, J.M., Wen, R. and Ye, Y.Q., 2015. Different altitude effect of leaf wax n-alkane δD values in surface soils along two vapor transport pathways, southeastern Tibetan Plateau. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 170, 94-107.

150. Zhao, Y., Wu, F.L., Fang, X.M., Yang,Y.B., 2015. Topsoil C/N ratios in the Qilian Mountains area: Implications for the use of subaqueous sediment C/N ratios in paleo-environmental reconstructions to indicate organic sources. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 426, 1-9

149. Miao,Y.F., Wu, F.L., Chang, H., Fang, X.M., Deng, T., Sun, J.M., and Jin, C.S., 2015. A Late-Eocene palynological record from the Hoh  Xil Basin, northern Tibetan Plateau, and its implications for stratigraphic age, paleoclimate and paleoelevation. Gondwana Research,

148.  Li, M.H., Yan, M.D., Wang, Z.R., Liu, X.M., Fang, X.M. and Li, J. 2015. The origins of the Mengye potash deposit in the Lanping–Simao Basin, Yunnan Province,Western China. Ore Geology Reviews, 69, 174–186.

147. Herb, C., Appel, E., Voigt, S., Koutsodendris, A., Pross, J., Zhang, W.L. and Fang, X.M., 2015. Orbitally tuned age model for the late Pliocene–Pleistocene lacustrine succession of drill core SG-1 from the western Qaidam Basin (NE Tibetan Plateau). Geophys. J. Int., 200, 35–51.

146. Herb C., Koutsodendris A., Zhang W.L., Appel E., Fang X.M., Voigt S., Pross J., 2015. Late Plio-Pleistocene humidity fluctuations in the western Qaidam Basin (NE Tibetan Plateau) revealed by an integrated magnetic-palynological record from lacustrine sediments SG-1. Quaternary International, 84, 457-466.



145. Li, J.J., Fang, X.M.*, Song, C.H., Pan, B.T., Ma, Y.Z. and Yan, M.D., 2014. Late Miocene–Quaternary rapid stepwise uplift of the NE Tibetan Plateau and its effects on climatic and environmental changes. Quaternary Research, 81, 400-423.

144. Zhang, T., Fang, X.M*., Song, C.H., Appel, E., Wang, Y.D., 2014. Cenozoic tectonic deformation and uplift of the South  Tian Shan: Implications from magnetostratigraphy and balanced cross-section restoration of the Kuqa depression. Tectonophysics, 628, 172–187.

143. Yang,Y., Fang, X.M., Galy, A., Li, M., Appel, E., Liu, X., 2014. Paleoclimatic significance of rare earth element record of the calcareous lacustrine sediments from a long core (SG-1) in the western Qaidam Basin, NE Tibetan Plateau. Journal of Geochemical Exploration, 145, 223-232.

142. Han, W.X., Fang, X.M.*, Ye, C.C., Teng, X.H., Zhang, T., 2014. Tibet forcing Quaternary stepwise enhancement of westerly jet and central Asian aridification: Carbonate isotope records from deep drilling in the Qaidam salt playa, NE Tibet. Global and Planetary Change, 116, 68–75.

141. Zan, J.B., Fang, X.M., Appel, E., Yan, M.D. and Yang, S.L., 2014. New insights into the magnetic variations of aeolian sands in the Tarim  Basin and its paleoclimatic implications. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 229, 82–87.

140. Song, Y.G., Fang, X.M., King, J.W., Li, J.J., Naoto, I. and An, Z.S., 2014. Magnetic parameter variations in the Chaona loess/paleosol sequences in the central Chinese Loess Plateau, and their significance for the middle Pleistocene climate transition. Quaternary Research,

139. Wu,F.L., Herrmann, M. and Fang. X.M., 2014. Early Pliocene paleo-altimetry of the Zanda Basin indicated by a sporopollen record. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 412, 261-268.

138. Bai,Y., Tian, Q., Fang, X.M., Wu, F.L., 2014. The ‘‘inverse altitude effect’’ of leaf wax-derived n-alkane D on the northeastern Tibetan Plateau. Organic Geochemistry 73, 90–100.

137. Song, C.H., Hu, S.H., Han, W.X., Zhang, T., Fang, X.M.*, Gao, J.P. and Wu, F.L., 2014. Middle Miocene to earliest Pliocene sedimentological and geochemical records of climate change in the western Qaidam Basin on the NE Tibetan Plateau. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 395, 67–76.

136. Zhang, W.L., Appel, E., Fang, X.M., Song, C.H., Setzer, F., Herb, C. and Yan, M.D., 2014. Magnetostratigraphy of drill-core SG-1b in the western Qaidam  Basin (NE Tibetan Plateau) and tectonic implications. Geophysical Journal International, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggt439.



135. Fang, X.M.*, Liu, D.L., Song, C.H., Dai, S. and Meng, Q.Q. 2013. Oligocene slow and Miocene-Quaternary rapid deformation and uplift of the Yumu Shan and North Qilian Shan: evidence from high-resolution magnetostratigraphy and tectonosedimentology. Geol. Soc., London, Special Publications, 373, 149-171, doi: 10.1144/SP373.5.

134. Chi Y, X.M. Fang *, C. Song, Y. Miao, X. Teng, W. Han, F. Wu, J. Yang, 2013. Cenozoic organic carbon isotope and pollen records from the Xining Basin, NE Tibetan Plateau, and their palaeoenvironmental significance. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 386, 436–444.

133. Yang Y, X.M. Fang *, A. Galy, M.H. Li,W.L. Zhang, 2013. Quaternary paleolake nutrient evolution and climatic change in the western Qaidam  Basin deduced from phosphorus geochemistry record of deep drilling core SG-1, Quaternary International, 313-314, 156-167.

132. Yang Y, X.M. Fang *, E. Appel, A. Galy, M.H. Li,W.L. Zhang, 2013. Late Pliocene–Quaternary evolution of redox conditions in the western Qaidam paleolake (NE Tibetan Plateau) deduced from Mn geochemistry in the drilling core SG-1, Quaternary Research, 586-595,

131. Li M, X.M. Fang *, Wang J, Song, Y.G., Yang, Y.B., Zhang, W.L. and Liu,X.M., 2013. Evaporite minerals of the lower 538.5 m sediments in a long core from the Western Qaidam Basin, Tibet. Quaternary International, 298, 123-133.

130. Wu F, X.M. Fang *, C. An, M. Herrmann, Y. Zhao, Y. Miao , 2013. Over-representation of Picea pollen induced by water transport in arid regions. Quaternary International, 298, 134-140.

129. Miao, Y.F., X.M. Fang *, Song C.H., Yan, X.L., Xu, L. and Chen, C.F., 2013. Pollen and fossil wood's linkage with Mi-1 Glaciation in northeastern Tibetan Plateau, China. Palaeoworld, 22, 101–108.

128. Miao, Y.F., X.M. Fang *, M. T. Cai, Song C.H., Q. Q. Meng and L. Xu, 2013. Late Cenozoic continuous aridification in the western Qaidam Basin: evidence from sporopollen records. Climate of the Past, 9, 1485-1508.

127. Miao, Y.F., Wu F.L., Herrmann M, Yan, X.L. and Meng, Q.Q., 2013. Late Early Oligocene East Asian Summer Monsoon in the NE Tibetan Plateau: evidence from a palynological record from the Lanzhou Basin, China. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 75, 46-57.

126. Zhang, Z.G., W.X. Han, X.M. Fang*,C.H. Song and X.Y. Li, 2013. Late Miocene-Pleistocene aridification of Asian inland revealed by geochemical records of lacustrine-fan delta sediments from the western Tarim Basin, NW China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 377, 52–61.

125. Han, W.X., Ma, Z.B., Lai, Z.P., Appel, E., Fang, X.M.* and Yu, L.P., 2013. Wind erosion on the north-eastern Tibetan Plateau: constraints from OSL and U-Th dating of playa salt crust in the Qaidam Basin. Earth Surf. Process. Landforms, DOI: 10.1002/esp.3483.

124. Wang, J.Y., X.M. Fang, E. Appel, W.L. Zhang, 2013. Magnetostratigraphic and radiometric constraints on salt formation in the Qaidam Basin, NE Tibetan Plateau, Quaternary Science Reviews, 78, 53-64.

123. Zhang, W.L., X.M. Fang, C.H. Song, E. Appel, M.D. Yan and Y.D. Wang, 2013. Late Neogene magnetostratigraphy in the western Qaidam Basin (NE Tibetan Plateau) and its constraints on active tectonic uplift and progressive evolution of growth strata. Tectonophysics, 559, 107-116.

122. Yan, MD., X.M. Fang, R. Van der Voo, C.H. Song, and J.J. Li, 2013. Neogene rotations in the Jiuquan Basin, Hexi Corridor, China. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 373, 173-189, doi 10.1144/SP373.6.

121. Yan MD, R. Van Der Voo, X.M. Fang and C.H. Song, 2012. Magnetostratigraphy, fence diagrams and basin analysis. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 373, 133-137, doi: 10.1144/SP373.3.

120. Zan, J.B., X.M. Fang, S.L.Yang, M.D. Yan, 2013. Evolution of the arid climate in High Asia since 1 Ma: Evidence from loess deposits on the surface and rims of the Tibetan Plateau. Quaternary International, 313-314, 210-217.

119. Nie, J.S., Y.G. Song, J.King, R. Zhang, X.M. Fang, 2013. Six million years of magnetic grain-size records reveal that temperature and precipitation were decoupled on the Chinese Loess Plateau during~ 4.5–2.6 Ma. Quaternary Research, 79, 465-470.

118. Nie, J.S., M.Jackson, J. King, X.M. Fang, 2013. Characterizing the superparamagnetic grain distribution of Chinese red-clay sequences by thermal fluctuation tomography. Global and Planetary Change,

117. Herb, C., Zhang, W.L., Koutsodendris, A., Appel, E., Fang, X.M. and Pross, J. 2013. Environmental implications of the magnetic record in Pleistocene lacustrine sediments of the Qaidam Basin, NE Tibetan Plateau. Quaternary International, 313-314, 218-229.



116. Han,WX, X.M. Fang*, A. Berger, 2012. Tibet forcing of mid-Pleistocene synchronous enhancement of East Asian winter and summer monsoons revealed by Chinese loess record. Quaternary Research, 78, 174–184.

115. Cai, M.T., X.M. Fang*, F.L. Wu, Y.F. Miao, E. Appel. 2012. Pliocene–Pleistocene stepwise drying of Central Asia: Evidence from paleomagnetism and sporopollen record of the deep borehole SG-3 in the western Qaidam Basin, NE Tibetan Plateau. Global and Planetary Change, 94–95, 72–81.

114. Wang, J.Y., X.M. Fang*, E. Appel and C.H. Song, 2012. Pliocene-Pleistocene climate change at the NE Tibetan Plateau deduced from lithofacies variation in the drill core SG-1, western Qaidam  Basin. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 82, 933–952, DOI: 10.2110/jsr.2012.76.

113. Bai, Y., X.M. Fang*, and Q. Tian (2012), Spatial patterns of soil n-alkane dD values on the Tibetan Plateau: Implications for monsoon boundaries and paleoelevation reconstructions, J. Geophys. Res., 117, D20113, doi:10.1029/2012JD017803.

112. Zhang,W.L., E. Appel, X.M. Fang*, C.H. Song, and O. Cirpka, 2012. Magnetostratigraphy of deep drilling core SG-1 in the western Qaidam Basin (NE Tibetan Plateau) and its tectonic implications. Quaternary Research, 78, 139–148. doi:10.1016/j.yqres.2012.03.011.

111. Zhang,W.L., E. Appel, X.M. Fang, M.D. Yan, C.H. Song and L.W. Cao, 2012. Paleoclimatic implications of magnetic susceptibility in Late Pliocene–Quaternary sediments from deep drilling core SG-1 in the western Qaidam Basin (NE Tibetan Plateau). Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, B06101, doi:10.1029/2011JB008949.

110. Zan,J.B., X.M. Fang, J.S. Nie, S.H. Teng, S.L. Yang, 2012. Rock magnetism in loess from the middle Tian Shan: Implications for paleoenvironmental interpretations of magnetic properties of loess deposits in Central Asia. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 13, Q10Z50, doi:10.1029/2012GC004251.



109. Bai, Y., X.M. Fang*, G. Gleixner and I. Mügler, 2011. Effect of precipitation regime on dD values of soil n-alkanes from elevation gradientsImplications for the study of paleo-elevation. Organic Geochemistry, 42, 838–845.

108. Han,W.X., X.M. Fang*, A. Berger and Q.Z. Yin, 2011. An astronomically tuned 8.1 Ma eolian record from the Chinese Loess Plateau and its implication on the evolution of Asian monsoon. Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, doi:10.1029/2011JD016237.

107. Wang,Y.L., X.M. Fang*, T.G. Zhang, Y.M. Li, Y.Q. Wu, D.X. He, Y.X.Wang, 2011. Distribution of Biomarkers in Lacustrine Sediments of the Linxia Basin, NE Tibetan Plateau, NW China: Significance for Climate Change. Sedimentary Geology, doi: 10.1016/j.sedgeo.2011.10.006.

106. Wu, F., Fang, X.M.*, Herrmann, M., Mosbrugger, V. and Miao, Y.F., 2011. Extended drought in the interior of Central  Asia since the Pliocene reconstructed from sporopollen records, Glob. Planet. Change, 76, 16-21. doi:10.1016/j.gloplacha.2010.11.007.

105. Zan, J.B., Fang X.M.*, Nie J.S., Yang, S.L., Song, C.H. and Dai, S., 2011. Magnetic properties of surface soils across the southern Tarim  Basin and their relationship with climate and source materials. Chinese Sci Bull, 56, 290−296.

104. Long, L.Q., Fang, X.M.*, Miao, Y.F., Bai, Y. and Wang, Y.L. 2011. 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, 56, 1569–1578.

103. Miao, Y.F., Fang, X.M.*, Herrmann, M., Wu, F.L., Zhang, Y.Z. and Liu, D.L., 2011. Miocene pollen record of KC-1 core in the Qaidam Basin, NE Tibetan Plateau and implications for evolution of the East Asian monsoon. Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclimatol. Palaeoecol., 299, 30–38.

102. Miao Y.F., Meng Q.Q., Fang X.M., Yan X.L., Wu F.L., Song C.H., 2011. Origin and development of Artemisia (Asteraceae) in Asia and its implications for the uplift history of the Tibetan Plateau: A review. Quaternary International, 236, 3-12.

101. Liu, D.L., M.D. Yan, X.M. Fang, H.B. Li, C.H. Song, S. Dai, 2011. Magnetostratigraphy of sediments from the Yumu Shan, Hexi Corridor and its implications regarding the Late Cenozoic uplift of the NE Tibetan Plateau. Quaternary International, 236, 13-20.



100. Zan, J., Fang, X.M.*Yang, S.L., Nie, J.S. and Li, X.Y. 2010. A rock magnetic study of loess from the West Kunlun Mountains. J. Geophys. Res., 115, B10101, doi:10.1029/2009JB007184.

99. Han, W.X., Fang, X.M.*, Yang, S.L. and King, J., 2010. Differences between East Asian and Indian Monsoon climate records during MIS3 attributed to differences in their driving mechanisms: evidence from the loess record in the Sichuan basin, southwestern China and other continental and marine climate records. Quat. Int., 218, 94–103.

98. Bai, R., Fang, X.M.*, Nie, J.S., Meng, Q.X. and Chi, Y.P., 2010. Methoxy n-fatty acids in surface soils from the Gongga and Kunlun  Mountains: Ecological implications. Chinese Sci Bull., 55, 2258–2267.

97. Wang, Y.L., Fang, X.M.*, Zhang, T.W., Li, Y.M., Wu, Y.Q., He, D.X., and Wang, Y.X., 2010. Predominance of even carbon-numbered n-alkanes from lacustrine sediments in Linxia Basin,  NE Tibetan Plateau: Implications for climate change. Appl. Geochem., doi:10.1016/j.apgeochem.2010.07.002.

96. Wu, F.L Fang, X.M., Miao, Y.F., Dong, M. 2010. Environmental indicators from comparison of sporopollen in early Pleistocene lacustrine sediments from different climatic zones. Chin. Sci. Bull., 55, 2981−2988.

95. Li, M.H., Fang, X.M., Yi, C.L., Gao, S.P., Zhang, W.L. and Galy, A. 2010. Evaporite minerals and geochemistry of the upper 400 m sediments in a core from the Western Qaidam Basin, Tibet. Quat. Int., doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2009.12.013.

94. Liu, D.L., Fang, X.M., Song, C.H., Dai, S., Zhang, T., Zhang, W.L., Miao, Y.F., Liu, Y.Q. and Wang, J.Y., 2010. Stratigraphic and paleomagnetic evidence of mid-Pleistocene rapid deformation and uplift of the NE Tibetan Plateau. Tectonophys., 486, 108–119.

93. Yang, S.L., Fang, X.M., Shi, Z.T., Lehmkuhl, F. Song, C.H., Han, Y.X. and Han, W.X., 2010. Timing and provenance of loess in the Sichuan Basin, southwestern China. Palaeogeogr., Palaeoclimat., Palaeoecol., 292, 144–154.

92. Yang, S.L., Fang, X.M., Yan, M.D., Shi, Z.T., Song, C.H. and Han, Y.X., 2010. Grain size profiles in the Chengdu Clay, eastern margin of the Tibetan Plateau: Implications for significant drying of Asia since ~500 ka B.P., J. Asian Earth Sciences, 38, 57–64.



91. Wang, S.F., Fang, X.M., Zheng, D.W., Wang, E., 2009. Initiation of slip along the Xianshuihe fault zone, eastern Tibet, constrained by K/Ar and fission-track ages. Int. Geol. Rev., DOI: 10.1080/00206810902945132.

90. Wang, S.F., Fang, X.M., Lai, Q.Z., Zheng, D.W., Wang, Y.B., 2009. New radiometric dating constrains the time for initiation of the Karakorum fault zone (KFZ), SW Tibet. Tectonophys., 475, 503–513.

89.  Liu, D.L., Fang, X.M.*, Gao, J.P., Wang, Y.D., Zhang, W.L., Miao, Y.F., Liu, Y.Q., Zhang, Y.Z., 2009. Cenozoic stratigraphy deformation history in the central and eastern of Qaidam Basin by the balance section restoration and its implication. Acta Geol. Sin. (English Ed.), 83(2), 801–840.

88. Bai, Y, Fang, XM*, Nie, JS, Wang, YL and Wu, FL. 2009. A preliminary reconstruction of the paleoecological and paleoclimatic history of the Chinese Loess Plateau from the application of biomarkers. Palaeogeogr., Palaeoclimat., Palaeoec., 271, 161169.



87. Han, Y.X., Fang, X.M., Zhao, T.L., Bai, H.Z., Kang, S.C., Song, L.C,. 2008. Suppression of precipitation by dust particles originated in the Tibetan Plateau, Atm. Environ., 42, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2008.10.018.

86. Han, Y.X., Fang, X.M., Kang, S.C., Wang, H.J., Kang, F. Q., 2008. Shifts of dust source regions over central Asia and the Tibetan Plateau: Connections with the Arctic oscillation and the westerly jet. Atm. Environ., 42, 23582368.

85. Han, Y.X., Fang, X.M., Zhao, T.L. and Kang, S.C., 2008. Long range trans-Pacific transport and deposition of Asian dust aerosols. J. Environ. Sci.,  20, 1-5.

84. Han, Y. X., Dai, X., Fang, X.M., Chen, Y., Kang, F., 2008. Dust aerosols: A possible accelerant for an increasingly arid climate in North China. J. Arid Environ., 72, 1476-1489.  

83. Miao, Y.F., Fang, X.M., Song, Z.C., Wu, F.L. and Han, W.X., 2008. Late Eocene pollen records and palaeoenvironmental changes in northern Tibetan Plateau. Sci. in China, 51(8),1089-1098.

82.  Nie, J.S., J.W. King & X.M. Fang, 2008. Correlation between the magnetic susceptibility record of the Chinese aeolian sequences and the marine benthic oxygen isotope record. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 9, Q12026, doi:10.1029/2008GC002243.

81. Nie, J.S., J.W. King & X.M. Fang, 2008. Late Pliocene-early Pleistocene 100-ka problem. Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L21606, doi:10.1029/2008GL035265.

80. Nie, J.S., J.W. King & X.M. Fang, 2008. Link between benthic oxygen isotopes and magnetic susceptibility in the red-clay sequence on the Chinese Loess Plateau. Geophs. Res. Lett., 35, L03703, doi:10.1029/2007GL032817.

79. Nie, J.S., J.W. King & X.M. Fang, 2008. Tibetan uplift intensified the 400 kyr signal in paleoclimate records at 4 Ma. Geol. Soc. Am. Bull., doi: 10.1130/B26349.1.

78. Nie , J.S.,  J. King, Z. Liu, S. Clemens, W. Prell, X. Fang, 2008. Surface-water freshening: A cause for the onset of North Pacific stratification from 2.75 Ma onward? Global and Planetary Change, doi:10.1016/j.gloplacha.2008.08.003.

77. Wang,S.F., Zhang, W.L.,Fang, X.M.* and Dai, S., 2008. Magnetostratigraphy of the Zhada Basin in Southwestern Tibet and its tectonic implication. Sci. in China (D), 51, 1393-1400.

77. Wang, S.F., E. Wang, X.M. Fang and B.H. Fu2008. Late Cenozoic systematic left-lateral stream deflection along the Ganzi-Yushu fault, the Xianshuihe fault system, eastern Tibet. Int. Geol. Rev., 50, doi: 10.2747/0020-6814.50.4.1.

76. Wang, S.F., P. Blisniuk,O. Kempf, X.M. Fang, C. Fan and E.C. Wang, 2008. The Basin-Range System along the South Segment of the Karakorum Fault Zone, Tibet. Int. Geol. Rev., 50(2), 121-134.

75.  Dupont-Nivet,G., S. Dai, X.M. Fang, W. Krijgsman,V. Erens, M. Reitsma, C. Langereis, 2008. Timing and distribution of tectonic rotations in the northeastern Tibetan Plateau. Geol. Soc. Am., Special Paper 444, 73-87.




74. Fang, X.M., Zhang, W.L., Meng, Q.Q., Gao, J.P., Wang, X.M., King, J., Song, C.H., Dai, S. Miao, Y.F., 2006. High resolution magnetostratigraphy of the Neogene Huaitoutala section in the eastern Qaidam  Basin on the NE Tibetan Plateau, Qinghai Province, China and its implication on tectonic uplift of the NE Tibetan Plateau. Earth Plant. Sci. Lett., 258, 293306.

73. Wu, F.L., Fang, X.M., Ma, Y.Z., Mosbrugger, V., and Li, J.J., 2007. Plio-Quaternary stepwise drying of Asia: Evidence from a 3-Ma sporopollen record from the Chinese Loess Plateau. Earth Plant. Sci. Lett., 257, 160-169

72. Song, Y.G., Fang, X.M., Torii, M., Ishikawa, N., Li, J.J. and An, Z.S., 2007. Late Neogene rock magnetic record of climatic variation from Chinese eolian sediments related to uplift of the Tibetan Plateau. J. Asian Earth Sci., 30, 324–332.

71. Chen, X.L., Fang, X.M., An ,Z.S., Han, W.X., Wang, X. & Bai, Y., 2007.  An 8.1Ma calcite record of Asian summer monsoon evolution on the Chinese central Loess Plateau. Sci. in China, 50(3), 321 - 330.

70. Wang, Y.L., Fang, X.M., Bai, Y., Xi, X.X., Zhang, X.Z. and Wang, Y.X., 2007. Change of lipoids in Chinese modern soils from a wide spectrum of climatic zones. Sci. in China, 50(4), 600-612.

69. Fan, M.J., Dettman, D.L., Song, C.H. and Fang, X.M., 2007. Late Miocene - Early Pliocene Environmental and Climatic Variation in the Linxia  Basin, NE Tibetan Plateau. Submitted to:  Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclimatol. Palaeoecol., 247, 313-328.

68. Dupont-Nivet, G., Krijgsman, W., Langereis, C.G., Abels, H.A., Dai S. & Fang, X.M., 2007. Tibetan Plateau aridification linked to global cooling at the Eocene-Oligocene transition. Nature, 445, 635-638.

67. Wang, X.M., Z.D. Qiu, Q. Li, B.Y. Wang, Z.X. Qiu, W.R. Downs, G.P. Xie, J.Y. Xie, T. Deng, G.T. Takeuchi, Z.J. Tseng, M.M. Chang, J. Liu, Y. Wang, D. Biasatti, Z.C. Sun, X.M.  Fang, and Q.Q. Meng, 2007. Vertebrate paleontology, biostratigraphy, geochronology, and paleoenvironment of Qaidam Basin in northern Tibetan Plateau. Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclimatol. Palaeoecol., 254, 363-385.



66. Dai, S. Fang, X.M., Dupont-Nivet, G., Song, C.H., Gao, J.P. and Langereis, C., 2006. High resolution magnetostratigraphy of Cenozoic sediments in Xining Basin and its implication on tectonic deformation and uplift of the northeastern Tibetan Plateau. J. Geophys. Res., 111, B11102, doi:10.1029/2005JB004187.

65. Wang, Y.L., Fang, X.M., Bai, Y., Xi, X.X., Yang, S.L. and Wang, Y.X., 2006. Macrocyclic alkanes in modern soils of China. Organic Geochemistry, 37, 146151.

63. Han, Y.X., Fang, X.M., Xi, X.X., Song, L.C. and Yang, S.L., 2006. The dust storm in Asia continent and its bio-environmental effects in the North Pacific: A case study of the strongest dust event in April, 2001 in central Asia. Chin. Sci. Bull., 51(6), 723-730.

62. Bai, Y., Fang, X.M., Wang, Y.L., Kenig, F., Wang, Y.X., 2006. Branched alkanes with quaternary carbon atoms in Chinese soils: Potential environmental significance. Chin. Sci. Bull., 51(9), 1115 - 1122.

61. Bai, Y., Fang, X.M., Wang, Y.L. and Kenig, F., 2006. Features of aliphatic ketones and their environmental significance in modern soils of various climate regions. Organic Geochemistry, in press.

60.  Fan, M.J., Song, C.H., Dettman, D.L. and Fang, X.M., 2006. Late Miocene and Pliocene Asian Atmospheric Circulation Recorded in grain-size profiles from the Linxia Basin, northeastern Tibetan Plateau. Earth Plant. Sci. Lett., 248, 171-182.

59. Yan, M.D., Van der Voo, R., Fang, X.M., Parés, J.M., and Rea, D. K., 2006. Paleomagnetic evidence for a mid - Miocene clockwise rotation of about 25° of the Guide Basin area in NE  Tibet. Earth Plant. Sci. Lett., 241, 234-247.




58. Fang, X. M., Yan, M.D., Van der Voo, R., Rea, D. K., Song, C.H., Pares, J. M, Nie, J.S., Gao, J.P. and Dai, S., 2005. Late Cenozoic deformation and uplift of the NE Tibetan plateau: evidence from high-resolution magnetostratigraphy of the Guide Basin, Qinghai Province, China. Geol. Soc. Am. Bull., 117, 1208–1225.

57. Fang, X.M., Zhao, Z.J., Li, J.J., Yan, M.D., Pan, B.T., Song, C.H. and Dai, S., 2005. Magnetostratigraphy of the late Cenozoic Laojunmiao anticline in the northern Qilian Mountains and its implications for the northern Tibetan Plateau uplift. Sci. Chin. (D), 48, 1040-1051.

56. Dai, S., Fang, X.M., Song, C.H., Gao, J.P., Gao, D.L. and Li, J.J., 2005. Early tectonic uplift of the northern Tibetan Plateau. Chin. Sci. Bull., 50, 1642-1652.

55. Song, C.H., Gao, D.L., Fang, X.M., Cui, Z.J., Li, J.J., Yang, S.L., Jin, H.B., Burbank, D. and Kirschvink, J.L., 2005. High-resolution magnetostratigraphy of late Cenozoic sediments from the Kunlun  Shan Pass  Basin and its implications on deformation and uplift of the northern Tibetan Plateau. Chin. Sci. Bull., 50 (17): 1912-1922.

54. Yan, M.D., Van der Voo,R, Tauxe,L, Fang, X.M. and Pares, JM, 2005. Shallow bias in Neogene palaeomagnetic directions from the Guide Basin, NE Tibet, caused by inclination error. Geophys. J. Int., 163, 944–948.

53. Ma, Y.Z.,  Fang, X.M.,  Li, J.J., Wu, F.L., Zhang, J., 2005. The vegetation and climate change during Neocene and Early Quaternary in Jiuxi Basin, China. Sci. Chin. (D), 49, 48, 676-688.

52. Ma, Y.Z., Wu, F.L., Fang, X.M., Li, J.J., An, Z.S. and Wang, W., 2005. Pollen record from red clay sequence in the central Loess Plateau between 8.10 and 2.60 Ma. Chin. Sci. Bull., 50(19), 2234-2242.



51. Fang, X.M., Zhao, Z.J., Li, J.J., Yan, M.D., Pan, B.T., Song, C.H. and Dai, S., 2004. Paleomagnetism of the late Cenozoic stratigraphy in the Jiuxi Basin north of the Qilian Mts. and uplift the Tibetan Plateau. Sci. Chin. (D)., 34(2), 97-106.

50. Fang, X.M., Han, Y.X., Ma, J.H., Song, L.C. and Yang, S.L., 2004. Dust storms and loess Accumulation on the Tibetan Plateau: A Case study of dust event on 4 March 2003 in Lhasa. Chin. Sci. Bull., 49, 953-960.

49. Lü, L.Q., Fang, X.M., Lu, H.Y., Li, J.J., An, Z.S., 2004. Millennial winter monsoon variation on the Tibetan Plateau. Chin. Sci. Bull. 49, 1157-1164.

48. Wu, F.L., Fang, X.M., Ma, Y.Z., An, Z.S. and Li J.J., 2004. A 1.5Ma sporopollen record of paleoecologic environment evolution in the central Chinese Loess Plateau. Chin. Sci. Bull., 49(3), 295-301.



47. Fang, X.M., Garzione, C., Van der Voo, R., Li, J.J. and Fan, M.J., 2003. Flexural subsidence by 29 Ma on the NE edge of Tibet from the magnetostratigraphy of Linxia   Basin, China. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 210(3-4): 545-560.

46. Fang, X.M., Lianqing Lü, Joseph A. Mason, Shengli Yang, Zhisheng An and Jijun Li, 2003. Pedogenic response to millennial summer monsoon enhancements on the Tibetan Plateau. Quat. Internat.106/107, 79-88.

45. Dettman, D.L. Fang, X., Garzione, C.N., Li, J., 2003, Uplift-driven climate change at 12Ma: a long δ18O record from the NE margin of the Tibetan plateau. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 214, 267-277.

44. Song, C.H., Fang, X.M., Gao, J.P., Nie, J.S., Yan, M.D., Xu, X.H. and Sun, D., 2003. Magnetostratigraphy of Late Cenozoic fossil mammals in the northeastern margin of the Tibetan Plateau. Chin. Sci. Bull., 48(2),188-193.

43. Parés, J.M., Van der Voo, R., Downs, R.W., Yan, M. and Fang, X.M., 2003. Northeastward growth and uplift of the Tibetan Plateau: Magnetostratigraphic insights from the Guide  Basin. J. Geophys. Res., 108, 1-11.



42. Fang, X.M., Shi, Z.T., Yang, S.L., Li, J.J., Yan, M.D. and Jiang, P.A., 2002. Loess in the Tien Shan and its implications on the development of the Guerbantonggute  Desert and drying of northern Xinjiang. Chin. Sci. Bull., 47(16), 1381-1387.

41. Fang, X.M., Lü, L.Q., Yang, S.L., Li, J.J., An, Z.S., Jiang, P.A. and  Chen, X.L., 2002. Loess in Kunlun Mountains and its implications on desert development and Tibetan Plateau uplift in West China. Sci. Chin. (D), 45(4), 289-299.



40. Yan, M.D., Fang, X.M., Chen, S.Y., Yang, S.L., Lu, L.Q., Li, J.J. and An, Z.S., 2001. Pleistocene magnetic susceptibility and stratigraphy study in Tibetan loess and the great climatic change events. Sci. Chin. (Series D), 44 Suppl., 227-232.

39. Yang, S.L., Fang, X.M., Li, J.J., An, Z.S., Chen, S.Y. and Fukusawa, H. 2001. Transformation functions of Soil Color and Climate. Sci. Chin. (Series D), 44 Suppl., 218-226.

38. Lü, L.Q., Fang, X.M., Manson, J. A., Li, J.J., An, Z.S., 2001. Coupling and evolution between Asian winter monsoon and high latitude climate Northern hemisphere implicated by Chaona loess-red clay sequence since 8.1Ma. Sci. Chin. (Series D), 44 Suppl., 185-192.

37. Song, Y.G., Fang, X.M., Li, J.J., An, Z.S. and Miao, X.D., 2001. The late Cenozoic uplift process of Liupanshan, China.  Sci. Chin. (Series D), 44 Suppl., 176-184.

35. Yang, D., Fang, X.M., Song, Y.G., Lü, L.Q., Li J.J. and An, Z.S., 2001. Pediment near the western Liupan Mountains and its implication on Quaternary Tibetan uplift. Chin. Sic. Bull., 46 (Suppl.), 11-15.

34. Song, Y.G., Fang, X.M., Torii, M., Ishikawa, N., Li, J.J. & An, Z.S., 2001. Magnetostratigraphy of late Tertiary sediments from the Chinese Loess Plateau and its paleoclimatic significance. Chin. Sic. Bull., 46 (Suppl.), 16-21.

33. Song, C.H., Fang, X.M., Li, J.J., Gao, J.P. and Fan, M.J., 2001. Tectonic uplift and sedimentary evolution of the Jiuxi Basin in the northern margin of the Tibetan Plateau since 13 Ma BP. Sci. Chin. (Series D), 44 Suppl., 192-202.

32. Zhao, Z.J., Fang, X.M., Li, J.J., Pan, B.T., Yan, M.D. and Shi, Z.T.. 2001. Paleomagnetic dating of the Jiuquan Gravel in the Hexi Corridor: implication on the mid-Pleistocene uplift of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Chin. Sci. Bull., 46(23), 2001-2005.

31. Zhao, Z.J., Fang, X.M., Li, J.J., Yan, M.D., Pan, B.T. and Song, C.H., 2001. Late Cenozoic magnetic polarity stratigraphy in the Jiudong Basin, Northern Qilian  Mountain. Sci. Chin. (Series D), 44 Suppl., 243-250.

30. Shi, Z.T., Ye, Y.G., Zhao, Z.J., Fang, X.M. and Li, J.J., 2001. ESR dating of Late Cenozoic molassic deposits in the Jiuxi Basin. Sci. Chin. (Series D), 44 Suppl., 203-209.

29. Fu, K.-D.,  Gao, J.-P., Fang, X.-M. and Li, J.-J., 2001. Modeling the correlation between sediment grain-size of mid-western segment of the Qilianshan  Range and uplift of plateau. Sci. Chin. (Series D), 44 Suppl., 210-217.

28. Mishima, T., Torii, M., Fukusawa, H., Ono, Y., Fang, X.M., Pan, B.T. and Li, J.J., 2001. Magnetic grain-size distribution of the enhanced component in the loess-paleosol sequences in the western Loess Plateau of China. Geophys. J. Int., 145, 499-504.     



27. Fang, X.M. and Nettleton, D.  (Eds.), 1999. Climatic Change: Pedological and Soil Rock Magnetic Approaches. Chin. Sci. Bull., 44 (Suppl. 1), Sci. in China Press, Beijing, 288pp.

26. Fang, X.-M., Li, J.-J., Banerjee, S. K., Jackson, M.,  Oches, E.  and Van der Voo, R.,  1999. Millennial-scale climatic change during the last interglacial period: Superparamagnetic sediment proxy from paleosol S1, western Chinese Loess Plateau. Geophys. Res. Lett. , 26(16), 2485-2488.

25. Fang, X.-M., Ono, Y., Fukusawa, H., Pan, B.-T., Li, J.-J., Guan, D.-H., Oi, K., Tsukamoto, S., and Torii, T., 1999. Asian summer monsoon instability during the past 60,000 years: magnetic susceptibility and pedogenic evidence from the Chinese western Loess Plateau. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 168, 219-232.

24. Fang, X.-M., Li, J.-J. and Van der Voo, R., 1999. Paleomagnetic / rock-magnetic and grain size evidence for intensified Asian atmospheric circulation since 800 kyrs. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 165, 129-144.

23. Fang, X.M.  and Li, J.J., 1999. Review of millennial-scale monsoonal climatic change from paleosol sequences on the Chinese western Loess Plateau and Tibetan Plateau. Chin. Sci. Bull., 44 (Suppl. 1), 38-52.

22. Fang, X.M., Li, J.J. and Van der Voo, R., 1999. Age and provenance of loess in West Qinling. Chin. Sci. Bull., 44(23), 2288-2291.

21. Fang, X.-M., Pan, B.-T., Guan, D.-H., Li, J.-J., Ono, Y., Fukusawa, H., Oi, K., 1999. A 60,000-year loess-paleosol record of millennial-scale summer monsoon instability from Lanzhou,  China. Chin. Sci. Bull., 44(24), 2264-2266.

20. Fang X.-M., S. K. Banerjee, Li J.-J., Dai X.-R., Guang D.-H., 1999. Environmental and rock magnetic studies of rapid fluctuations of Asian summer monsoon during the last interglacial maximum (MIS 5e). Chin. Sci. Bull., 44(10), 952-954.

19. Li, J.-J. and Fang, X.-M., 1999. Uplift of Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau and Environmental Change. Chin. Sci. Bull., 44(23), 2217-2224.

18. Wang, J.L., Fang, X.M.  and Li, J.J., 1999. Eolian sand deposit during the past 15 Ma in the northeastern Tibetan Plateau and its significance. Chin. Sci. Bull., 44(24), 2250-2255.

17. Yamada, K., Fukusawa, H., Fang, X.M., Pan, B.T. and Li, J.J., 1999. High-resolution multi-proxy records of Asian monsoon activities from terrestrial sediments over the last 75,000 years. Chin. Sci. Bull., 44 (Suppl. 1), 223-229.

16. Mishima, T., Torii, M., Fukusawa, H.,  Oi, K., Sasaki, T.,  Ono, Y., Fang, X.M., Pan, B.T. and Li, J.J., 1999. Contrasting magnetic properties from two loess/paleosol sections in Gansu Province, West China. Chin. Sci. Bull., 44 (Suppl. 1), 181-188


1998 - 1997

15. Li, J.-J., Fang, X.-M., Ma, Y.-Z., 1998. Sedimentological, Geochemical and Pollen-Spore Evidence for a Late Miocene Expansion of Grasslands / Dry Climates in Western China. Proc. 30th Intern. Geol. Congr., Vol. 21, Quat. Geol., 47-60.

14. Fang, X.-M., J.-J. Li, R. Van der Voo, C.M. Niocaill, X.-R. Dai, R. A. Kemp, E. Derbyshire, J.-X. Cao, J.-M. Wang & G. Wang, 1997. A Record of the Blake event during the last interglacial paleosol in the western Loess Plateau of China.  Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 146(1-2), 71-80.

13. Li, J.-J., Fang, X.-M., R. Van der Voo, J.-J. Zhu, C. M. Niocaill, Y. Ono, B.-T. Pan, W. Zhong, J.-L. Wang, S. Toshinori, Y.-T. Zhang, J.-X. Cao, S.-C. Kang and J.-M. Wang, 1997. Magnetostratigraphic Dating of River Terraces: Rapid and Intermittent Incision by the Yellow River of the Northeastern Margin of the Tibetan Plateau During the Quaternary. J. Geophys. Res. (D), 102, 10,121-10,132.

12. Li, J.-J., Fang, X.-M., R. Van der Voo, J.-J. Zhu, C. M. Niocaill, J.-X. Cao, W. Zhong, H.-L. Chen, J.L. Wang, J.-M. Wang & Y.-C. Zhang, 1997. Reconnaissance Late Cenozoic magnetostratigraphy (11 - 0 Ma) of the Wangjiashan section in the Longzhong Basin, western China: evidence for rapid mid-Pliocene uplift of the Tibetan Plateau. Geologie & Mijnbouw, 76, 121-134.


1996 - 1987

11. Li, J.J., Fang, X.M., Ma, H.Z., Zhu, J.J., Pan, B.T., Chen, H.L., 1996. Geomorphological and environmental evolution in the upper reaches of Huang  He during the Late Cenozoic. Sci. China (D), 39(4), 380-390.

10. Li, J.J., Fang, X.M., Zhou, S.J., Pan, B.T., Ma, H.Z., and Zhang, Y.C., 1995. Uplift of Qinghai-Xizang Plateau and Its Impact on Environment, In: Uplift of Qinghai-Xizang (Tibet) Plateau and Global Change. Li Jijun (ed), Lanzhou Univ. Press, Lanzhou, 181-207.

9. Fang, X.M., Li, J.J., Wang, J.L., Zhong, W. and Cao, J.X. et al. 1995. Records of the uplift of the Qinghai-Xizang (Tibetan) Plateau and long-term climate change, In: Uplift of Qinghai-Xizang (Tibet) Plateau and Global Change. Li Jijun (ed), Lanzhou Univ. Press, Lanzhou, 19-83.

8. Fang, X.M., Li, J.J., Derbyshire, E., FitzPatrick, E.A. and Kemp, R.A., 1994. Micromorphology of the Beiyuan loess-paleosol sequence in Gansu Province, China: geomorphological and paleoenvironmental significance. Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclimatol. Palaeoecol. 111, 289-303.

7. Fang, X.M., 1994. A preliminary study of the origin and provenance of the Malan loess along the eastern margin of the Qinghai-Xizang (Tibetan) Plateau and its adjacent area. Scientia Sinica. (B), 38(7), 876-887.

6. Fang, X.M. and Zen, S.W., 1994. The history and impetus of the occurrence of debris flows in West China: A brief review. In: Proc. East Asia Symp. and Field Workshop on Landslides and Debris Flows. Seoul, Korea, 89-98.

5. Derbyshire, E., Unwin, D., Fang, X.M. and Michael, L., 1992. Fourier frequency representation of fabric and anisotropy of sediment. Computers. & Geosciences, 18, 63-73.

4. Li, J. J., Zhu, J.J., Kuang, J.C., Chen, F. H., Fang, X. M., Mu, D. F., Cao, J.X., Tang, L. S Y., Zhang, T., and Pan, B. T., 1992. Comparison of Lanzhou loess section of last glacial epoch with Antarctic Vostok ice core.  Scientia Sinica (B), 35, 476-487.

3. Fang, X.M., 1992. Environmental change on the Loess Plateau of China suggested by the micromorphological characteristics of the loesses and their interrelated paleosols. J. Lanzhou  University (Suppl.), 29-42.

2. Fang, X.M., Derbyshire, E. and Shi, Z.T., 1991, A discussion on the fabrics of debris flows and their dynamic processes. In: Proc. Intern. Symp. Debris Flow & Flood Disaster Protect., Vol. A  Debris Flow. China Seismol. Press, Beijing, 258-263.

1.  Ai,  N.S., Fang, X.M. and Miao, T.D., 1987. Stress-induced erosion and its relation to landslide. China-Japan Field Workshop on Landslide, Tok. Pub.,  Japan, 1-4.

Research Interests

My researches are focused on Tibet uplift and Asian monsoon – arid climate changes using information from loess-paleosol-red clay / red bed sequences, basin analysis, geomorphology and neotectonics based firstly on precise dating of the sediments above mainly by paleomagnetism and then on obtaining various organic and inorganic proxy records (e.g., rock magnetism, grain size, pollen-spores, elements, evaporite minerals, organic composition and C and O isotopes). Modern processes related to interpret climatic proxies fall into also my interest and research, for example, dust process and soil formation. My study of the monsoon and arid climates was focused on their high resolution records and rapid changes in the late Quaternary, recently on their evolution since the late Miocene, and at now and near future on their initiation and evolution in the Cenozoic and their relationships with Tibet uplift and global climatic change. 



刘永前  硕士研究生  070904-构造地质学  

李杏茹  博士研究生  070501-自然地理学  

龙利群  博士研究生  070501-自然地理学  

李仕远  硕士研究生  070904-构造地质学  

李香钰  硕士研究生  070501-自然地理学  

陈熠  硕士研究生  070904-构造地质学  

蔡茂堂  博士研究生  070904-构造地质学  

王九一  博士研究生  070904-构造地质学  

杨一博  博士研究生  070501-自然地理学  

胡凯  硕士研究生  070501-自然地理学  

卢银  博士研究生  070904-构造地质学  


张治国  博士研究生  070904-构造地质学  

叶程程  博士研究生  070904-构造地质学  

阮笑白  硕士研究生  070501-自然地理学  

胡凯  博士研究生  070904-构造地质学  

方亚会  博士研究生  070904-构造地质学  

毛子强   硕士研究生  070501-自然地理学  

杨立业  博士研究生  070904-构造地质学  

杨戎生  博士研究生  070904-构造地质学  

Honors & Distinctions

Chairman, Working Group on Paleosol and Paleoclimatic Change, Paleopedology Comm., INQUA / ISSS (1995-1999; 1999-2003; 2003-2007).

Chairman, Working Group on Mountain Building and Climatic Change, Neotectonic Comm., INQUA (1999-2003; 2003-2007).

Core member, Working Group on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, IGBP Chinese Comm. (2000–)


Commission member, Chinese Association for Quaternary Research (CAQR) (1995-now)

Executive commission member, The China Society on Tibet Plateau (2008-2011)

Vice Secretary and Commission member, Sub-Society of Continental Crust and Mantle, Geological Society of China (2009-now)


Assessing expert of National Prize of Science and Technology of China (2008 - )

Editorial board member, Chinese Science Bulletin (2008-now)

Editorial board member, Chinese Journal of Geology (2008-now)

Editorial board member, Magazine Com. of Marine Geology (2001-)

Vice Editor-in-Chief of Geoscience Frontiers (2010-2015)

Comm. member of 4th Editorial Board of Marine Geology and Quaternary Geology (2001-2005)  

2011    Program on “Uplift of the NE Tibetan Plateau and Environmental Change since the Late Miocene”, chaired by me, was awarded with the 2nd Class of Prize for National Natural Science of China.

2007    Program on “Late Quaternary Climatic and Environmental Changes in the Monsoonal Fringe of NW China” was awarded with the 2nd Class of Prize for National Natural Science of China. (I involved as the fourth key member)

2004   Program on “Uplift Process of the Tibetan Plateau and Formation of Mega-Geomorphology in Gansu  Province, China”, chaired by me,  was awarded with the 2nd Class of Prize for Sci-Tech. Progress of Gansu Province”.

2001   Awarded “Excellent Teacher Prize” by Baogang Education Foundation.

2000    Program on “High Resolution Loess and Monsoon Climatic Evolution in the Eastern Tibet Plateau and its Adjacent Areas”, chaired by me, was awarded with the 1st Class of Prize for Sci-Tech. Progress of Ministry of Education of China.

1999        Awarded “Excellent Young Researcher Fund of China” by the NSFC and CAS “Hundred Talents Project” by Chinese Academy of Sciences.

1998    Program on “Uplift Process of the Tibet Plateau and Formation of Natural Environment of China” was awarded with the 3rd Class of Prize for Sci-Tech. Progress of Ministry of Education of China. (I involved as the second key member)

1997    Program on “Paleosols in the NE Tibetan Plateau and Climatic Change”, chaired by me, was awarded with the 3rd Class of Prize for Sci-Tech. Progress of Gansu Province.

1996    Granted Visiting Fellows of Institute for Rock Magnetism, Univ.  of Minnesota.

1996    Granted JSPS Visiting Professor Scholarship by Japanese Society for Promotion of Science.

1996   Awarded “Outstanding Young Scientist Prize for Studying the Tibetan Plateau”, by China Society on Tibet Plateau.

1995    Selected by Chinese Government as leadership for the 21st century science.

1994   Program on “Micromorphology of Debris Flows and Tills and Their Dynamic Processes”, chaired by me, was assessed and awarded with the 2nd Class of Prize for Sci-Tech. Progress of Gansu Education Com.

1991    Granted  ORS (Overseas Research Scholar Award) by British Government.



Guest Professor of the CAS Key Laboratory of Lake Deposition and Environment, Nanjing Institute of Geography and Lake, CAS (2001-2004).

Guest Professor of Lanzhou Arid Meteorological Institute of China Meteorological Bureau (2003-2006).

Guest Professor (1998-2001) and member of Academic Commission of the State Key Laboratory of Loess and Quaternary Geology of China (2000-052006-2010).

Member of Academic Commission of Key Laboratory of Western China’s Environmental System, Ministry of Education of China, Lanzhou University (2005-2016).

Guest Professor of Key Laboratory of Continental Dynamics of Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, Ministry of Land and Resources of China (2007-now)

Guest Professor of China University of Geosciences (Beijing) (2010-now)