Chen Tuo


Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, CAS

Donggang West Road 320, Lanzhou, Gansu, China    730000


Research Areas

Environmental Biology,Dendro-Ecology


1989-1993: B. Sc., Ecology,Lanzhou University
1993-1996: M. Sc., Botany,Lanzhou University
1996-2000: Ph. D, Physical Geography,Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute,CAS


Work Experience

2001-2002: Research Assistant, Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, CAS.

2002-2003: Associate Professer,C old and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, CAS.

2004-2016: Professer, Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, CAS,

2016-Present: Professer, Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resource, CAS.



1. Similar potential of foliar d13C and silicon levels for inferring local climate information in the Tibetan Plateau region, Science of the Total Environment, 2020, Correspondinng Author.

2. Streptomyces dangxiongensis sp. nov., isolated from soil of Qinghai-Tibet PlateauInternational, Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, 2019, Correspondinng Author.

3. Variation in Actinobacterial Community Composition and Potential Function in Different Soil Ecosystems Belonging to the Arid Heihe River Basin of Northwest China, Frontiers in microbiology, 2019, Correspondinng Author.

4. Microbial mercury methylation profile in terminus of a high-elevation glacier on the northern boundary of the Tibetan Plateau, Science of the Total Environment, 2019, Correspondinng Author.

5. Characterization of the genome of a Nocardia, strain isolated from soils in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau that specifically degrades crude oil and of this biodegradation, Genomics, 2019, Correspondinng Author.

6. Degradation of crude oil by mixed cultures of bacteria isolated from the Qinghai-Tibet plateau and comparative analysis of metabolic mechanisms, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 2019, Correspondinng Author.

7. Effects of Bone Marrow-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells on Hypoxia and the Transforming Growth Factor beta 1 (TGFb-1) and SMADs Pathway in a Mouse Model of Cirrhosis, Medical science monitor, 2019, Correspondinng Author.

8. Leaf Age Compared to Tree Age Plays a Dominant Role in Leaf 13C and 15N of Qinghai Spruce (Picea crassifolia Kom.), Forests, 2019, Correspondinng Author.

9. Streptomyces qaidamensis sp. nov., isolated from sand in the Qaidam Basin, China, The Journal of Antibiotics, 2018, Correspondinng Author.

10. The complete genomic sequence of a novel cold-adapted bacterium, Planococcus maritimus Y42, isolated from crude oil-contaminated soil, Standards in Genomic Sciences, 2018, Correspondinng Author.

11. Nocardia mangyaensis sp. nov., a novel actinomycete 1 isolated from the crude-oil contaminated soilInternational, Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, 2018, Correspondinng Author.

12. Anthropogenic-management could mitigate declines in growth and survival of Qinghai spruce (Picea crassifolia) in the east Qilian Mountains, northeast Tibetan Plateau, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 2018, Correspondinng Author.

13. Reconstructed Inter-Annual Variation in September–October Precipitation for the Upper Reaches of the Heihe River and Its Implications for Regional Drought Conditions, Forests, 2017, Correspondinng Author.

14. Reconstructed annual mean temperatures for the northeastern margin of the Tibetan Plateau: Associations with the East Asian monsoons and volcanic events, International Journal of Climatology, 2017, Correspondinng Author.

15. Diversity of crude oil degrading bacteria and alkane hydroxylase (alkB) genes from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 2017, Correspondinng Author.

16. Leaf elemental stoichiometry of Tamarix Lour. species in relation to geographic, climatic, soil, and genetic components in China, Ecological Engineering, 2017, Correspondinng Author.

17. Streptomyces lacrimifluminis sp. nov., a novel actinobacterium that produces antibacterial compounds isolated from soil, International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, 2016, Correspondinng Author

18. The complete genome sequence of the cold adapted crude-oil degrader: Pedobacter steynii DX4. Standards in Genomic Sciences, 2016, Correspondinng Author.

19. Temporal and spatial variations in the stable carbon isotope composition and carbon and nitrogen contents in current-season twigs of Tamarix chinensis Lour. and their relationships to environmental factors in the Laizhou Bay wetland in China, Ecological Engineering, 2016, Correspondinng Author.

20. Phylogenetic relationships among species of Tamarix (Tamaricaceae) in China, Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, 2016, Correspondinng Author.

21. The diversity and biogeography of the communities of Actinobacteria in the forelands of glaciers at a continental scale, Environmental Research Letters, 2016, Correspondinng Author.

22. Qinghai spruce (Picea crassifolia) growth–climate response between lower and upper elevation gradient limits: a case study along a consistent slope in the mid-Qilian Mountains region, Environmental Earth Sciences, 2016, Correspondinng Author.

23. Alpine timberline population dynamics under climate change: a comparison between Qilian juniper and Qinghai spruce tree species in the middle Qilian Mountains of northeast Tibetan Plateau, Boreas, 2016, Correspondinng Author.

24. Diversity and succession of Actinobacteria in the forelands of the Tianshan Glacier, China, Geomicrobiology Journal, 2015, Correspondinng Author.

25. Responses of pigmentation and δ13C in Qilian juniper to cold and drought stresses under natural conditions in the Qilian Mountains, China, Acta Physiol Plant, 2014, Correspondinng Author.

26. The effect and implication of human disturbances on altitudinal variation of non-structural carbohydrates in Kobresia pygmaea, Acta Physiol Plant, 2014, Correspondinng Author.

27. Physiological variations in chloroplasts of Rhodiola coccinea along an altitudinal gradient in Tianshan Mountain, Acta Physiol Plant, 2012, First Author.

28. Seasonal changes in non-structural carbohydrates and sucrose metabolism enzymes in two Sabina species, Acta Physiol Plant, 2012, First Author.
29. Potential Linkages between the Moisture Variability in the northeastern Qaidam Basin, China, Since 1800 and the East Asian Summer Monsoon, as Reflected by Tree-ring δ18O,  Journal of Geophysical Research Atmosphere, 2011, Correspondinng Author.

30. Correlations of carbon isotope discrimination with element and ash contents in two Sabina evergreen trees in northwest China: patterns and implications, Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom., 2011, Correspondinng Author.


《Extreme environmental microbiology》,2016,Associate editor in chief,Science Press, in Beijing.

Research Works

1. Natural Science Foundation of China:The study on growth/recruitment-climate response mechanism and climate related growth/recruitment dynamics simulation at Qinghai spruce forests, northeastern Tibetan Plateau, 2017-2020, Principal Investigator

2. National KeyTechnology R&D Program of China:Research and demonstration on the restoration of degraded grassland on Qinghai Tibet Plateau, 2014-2017, Principal Investigator

3. International S&T Cooperation Program of China:Microbial screening for crude oil degradation and construction of cold- tolerance engineering bacteria in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau permafrost, 2012-2014, Principal Investigator

4. The Knowledge Innovation Engineering Projects of Chinese Academy of Sciences: Eco-environment evolution and abrupt oscillation in Hexi Corridor and adjacent desert during past 500 years, 2012-2015, Co-investigator

5. Natural Science Foundation of China:Eco-physiological mechanisms of vegetation pattern formation and their interaction with soil environments in the upper reaches of Shule River, 2011-2013, Principal Investigator


Graduated Students

Zhou Rubao, M.Sc in ecology

Wen longying, Ph. D in Ecology

Xu Guobao, M.Sc in Physical Geography

Wu Guoju, M.Sc in Physical Geography

Pei Huijuan, ecology

Wang Bo, M.Sc in Physical Geography

Zhang Binlin, Ph.D in Ecology

Chang Sijing, Ph.D in Ecology

Wang Bo, Ph.D. in Ecology

Wu Minghui, M.Sc in Ecology

Li Caijuan, M.Sc in Ecology

Students in school

Yang Shuli, Ph. D student in Ecology

Wang Jinxiu, Ph. D student in Ecology

Zhang Liting, Ph. D student in Ecology

Wu Yujie, Ph. D student in ecology

Zhao Yidan, Ph. D student in Ecology

Xu Yeteng, M.Sc student in Ecology

Honors & Distinctions

Ministry of education, Higher school scientific research award for outstanding achievements (Science and Technology), Natural Science Award, second prize, 2016.

Ministry of education, Higher school scientific research award for outstanding achievements (Science and Technology), Natural Science Award, first prize, 2007.