Tianran CHEN

Speciality             Coral reef geology and geochemistry

Occupation           Associate research fellow (Associate professor), South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

                               Address              164 West Xingang Road, Guangzhou 510301, China

Ph. 86-20-89023341 (O), 86-13760610734 (Mobile)

Fax: 86-20-89101175


Research Areas

1) Global warming, extreme weather events, human impacts, and the responses of marginal coral communities in the subtropical northern South China Sea (SCS)

2) High-resolution paleoclimatic reconstruction (mean climate & ENSO variability) through coralline geochemical proxies (trace elements, oxygen and carbon isotopes) in the central Pacific

3) History of SCS coral reefs: Development patterns and controlling factors----explored through ecological surveys, seismic profiles, reef core drilling, reef facies analyses, high-precision U/Th dating, and geochemical proxy analyses


Bachelor of Science in environment sciences, Chang’an University, Xi’an, 09/2000 to 07/2004

Master of Science & Doctor of Philosophy in Marine geology, South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou, 09/2004 to 07/2009


Research assistant, South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 07/2009 to 10/2011

Associate research fellow, South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 11/2011 to present

Visiting Scholar, Kim Cobb’s lab, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA, 09/2014 to 09/2015

Work Experience

1)      Coral species identification (skeletal micro-structures observing under microscope)

2)      Coral skeleton parameters (linear extension, density, and calcification) analyses

3)      Coralline Sr/Ca, Mg/Ca, Ba/Ca, Na/Ca and P/Ca analyses by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES)

4)      Coralline δ18O and δ13C analyses by Thermo MAT 253 and Thermo Delta V Plus stable isotope ratio mass spectrometers

5)      Coral U/Th dating


1)      Tianran Chen*, Kefu Yu, Jianxin Zhao, Hongqiang Yan, Yinxian Song, Yuexing Feng, Tegu Chen, 2015. Testing coral paleothermometers (B/Ca, Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca, U/Ca and δ18O) under impacts of large riverine runoff. Acta Oceanol. Sin., 34, 20-26

2)      Tianran Chen*, Kefu Yu, Tegu Chen, 2013. Sr/Ca - Sea surface temperature calibration in the coral Porites lutea from subtropical northern South China Sea. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 392, 98-104

3)      Tianran Chen*, Shu Li, Kefu Yu, 2013. Macrobioerosion in Porites corals in subtropical northern South China Sea: a limiting factor for high-latitude reef framework development. Coral Reefs 32, 101-108

4)      Tianran Chen*, Shu Li, Kefu Yu, Zhaoyong Zheng, Lirong Wang, Tegu Chen, 2013. Increasing temperature anomalies reduce coral growth in the Weizhou Island, northern South China Sea. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 130, 121-126

5)      Meixia Zhao, Kefu Yu, Qi Shi, Tianran Chen, Huiling Zhang, Tegu Chen, 2013. Coral communities of the remote atoll reefs in the Nansha Islands, southern South China Sea. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 185, 7381-7392

6)      Tianran Chen*. Macrobioerosion in Porites corals from the northern South China Sea. Proceedings of the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, Cairns, Australia, 2012

7)      Qi Shi, Kefu Yu, Tianran Chen, Huiling Zhang, Meixia Zhao, Hongqiang Yan, 2012. Two centuries-long records of skeletal calcification in massive Porites colonies from Meiji Reef in the southern South China Sea and its responses to atmospheric CO2 and seawater temperature. Science China (Earth Sciences) 55, 1-12

8)      Tianran Chen*, Kefu Yu, Shu Li, Tegu Chen, Qi Shi, 2011. Anomalous Ba/Ca signals associated with low temperature stresses in Porites corals from Daya Bay, northern South China Sea. Journal of Environmental Sciences 23, 1452-1459

9)      Tianran Chen*, Kefu Yu, 2011. P/Ca in coral skeleton as a geochemical proxy for seawater phosphorus variation in Daya Bay, northern South China Sea. Marine Pollution Bulletin 62, 2114-2121

10)   Shu Li, Kefu Yu, Tianran Chen, Qi Shi, Huiling Zhang, 2011. Assessment of coral bleaching using symbiotic zooxanthellae density and satellite remote sensing data in the Nansha Islands, South China Sea. Chinese Science Bulletin 56, 1031-1037

11)   Hongqiang Yan, Kefu Yu, Qi Shi, Yehui Tan, Huiling Zhang, Meixia Zhao, Shu Li, Tianran Chen, Lingying Huang, Pinxian Wang, 2011. Coral reef ecosystems in the South China Sea as a source of atmospheric CO2 in summer. Chinese Science Bulletin 56, 676-684

12)   Tianran Chen*, Kefu Yu, Shu Li, Gilbert J. Price, Qi Shi, Gangjian Wei, 2010. Heavy metal pollution recorded in Porites corals from Daya Bay, northern South China Sea. Marine Environmental Research 70, 318-326

13)   Tianran Chen, Kefu Yu, Qi Shi, Shu Li, Gilbert J. Price, Rong Wang, Meixia Zhao, Tegu Chen, Jianxin Zhao, 2009. Twenty-five years of change in scleractinian coral communities of Daya Bay (northern South China Sea) and its response to the 2008 AD extreme cold climate event. Chinese Science Bulletin 54, 2107-2117

14)   Qi Shi, Meixia Zhao, Qiaomin Zhang, Kefu Yu, Tianran Chen, Shu Li, Hankui Wang, 2009. Estimate of carbonate production by scleractinian corals at Luhuitou fringing reef, Sanya, China. Chinese Science Bulletin 54, 696-705

15)   Shu Li, Kefu Yu, Qi Shi, Tianran Chen, Meixia Zhao, Jianxin Zhao, 2008. Interspecies and spatial diversity in the symbiotic zooxanthellae density in corals from northern South China Sea and its relationship to coral reef bleaching. Chinese Science Bulletin 53, 295-303