Dr. Qi-Bin Zhang
Institute of Botany
Telephone: 86-10-62836957 (Office)
Address: 20 Nanxincun, Xiangshan, Haidian District, Beijing, China 
Postal code: 100093

Research Areas

Dendroecology and Dendroclimatology


Ph.D. 2000, University of Victoria, Canada
M.Sc. 1996, University of Victoria, Canada
B.Sc. 1988, Lanzhou University, China


Work Experience
2004.02 - present: Institute of Botany, CAS
2001.06-2004.02: Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, CAS



1.     Cheng X.H,, Lyu L.X., Buntgen U., Cherubini P., Qiu H.Y., Zhang Q-B., 2019. Increased El Nino-Southern Oscillation sensitivity of tree growth on the southern Tibetan Plateau since the 1970s. International Journal of Climatology, DOI: 10.1002/joc.6032.

2.     Lyu L.X., Zhang Q-B., Pellatt M.G., Buntgen U., Li M.H. and Cherubini P,. 2019. Drought limitation on tree growth at the Northern Hemisphere’s highest tree line. Dendrochronologia, 53: 40-47.

3.     Fang O.Y. and Zhang Q-B.2019. Tree resilience to drought increases in the Tibetan Plateau. Global Change Biology, 25: 245-253.

4.     Fang O.Y., Alfaro R.I. and Zhang Q-B.2018. Tree rings reveal a major episode of forest mortality in the late 18th century on the Tibetan Plateau. Global and Planetary Change, 163: 44-50.

5.     Li Y. and Zhang Q-B. 2017. History of tree growth declines recorded in old trees at two sacred sites in northern China. Frontiers in Plant Science. 8:1779. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.01779.

6.     Lyu L.X., Suvanto S., Nöjd P., Henttonen H.M., Mäkinen H. and Zhang Q-B. 2017. Tree growth and its climate signal along latitudinal and altitudinal gradients: comparison of tree rings between Finland and the Tibetan Plateau. Biogeosciences, 14: 3083–3095.

7.     James H. Speer, Achim Bräuning, Qi-Bin Zhang, Kambiz Pourtahmasi,Narayan P. Gairee, Binod Dawadi, Prabina Rana, Yub Raj Dhakal, Ram Hari Acharya,Dhruba Lochan Adhikari, Shankar Adhikari, Prakash Chandra Aryal, Damodar Bagale,Binod Baniya, Sanjaya Bhandari, Navin Dahal, Suchana Dahal,Narmandakh Ganbaatar, Anjana Giri, D.B Gurung, Yeshey Khandu, Binu Maharjan,Rajan Maharjan, Rayees Ahmad Malik, Cheryl D. Nath, Bikash Nepal, Justine Ngoma,Ramesh Pant, Mitra Lal Pathak, Hari Paudel, Bimal Sharma, Md Sarwar Hossain,Bayarbaatar Soronzonbold, Thida Swe, Ichchha Thapa, Achyut Tiwar. 2017. Pinus roxburghii stand dynamics at a heavily impacted site in Nepal:Research through an educational fieldweek. Dendrochronologia 41: 2–9.

8.     Nie C.Y., Zhang Q-B. and Lyu L.X. 2017. Millennium-long tree-ring chronology reveals megadroughts on the southeastern Tibetan plateau. Tree-Ring Research, 73: 1-10.

9.     Lyu L.X., Zhang Q-B., Deng X. and Makinen H. 2016. Fine-scale distribution of treeline trees and the nurse plant facilitation on the eastern Tibetan Plateau. Ecological Indicators, 66: 251-258.

10.  Lyu L.X., Deng X. and Zhang Q-B.. 2016. Elevation pattern in growth coherency on the southeastern Tibetan Plateau. PLoS ONE, 11(9) e0163201. Doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0163201.

11.  Zhang C. and Zhang Q-B. 2016. Is there a link between the rise and fall of the Tuyuhun tribe (northwestern China) and climatic variations in the 4th-7th centuries AD?. Journal of Arid Environments, 125: 145-150.

12.  Zhang Q-B., Evans M.N. and Lv L.X. 2015. Moisture dipole over the Tibetan Plateau during the past five and a half centuries. Nature Communications. 6:8062 doi: 10.1038/ncomms9062.

13.  Deng X. and Zhang Q-B. 2015. Tree growth and climate sensitivity in open and closed forests of the southeastern Tibetan Plateau. Dendrochronologia, 33: 25-30.

14.  Xing P., Zhang Q-B.and Lv L.X. 2014. Absence of late-summer warming trend over the past two and half centuries on the eastern Tibetan Plateau. Global and Planetary Change, 123: 27-35.

15.  Duan J.P. and Zhang Q-B.. 2014. A 449 year warm season temperature reconstruction in the southeastern Tibetan Plateau and its relation to solar activity. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmosphere, 119: 11578–11592.

16.  Duan J.P., Zhang Q-B.and Lv, L.X. 2013. Increased Variability in Cold-Season Temperature since the 1930s in Subtropical China. Journal of Climate, 26: 4749-4757.

17.  Lv L.X. and Zhang Q-B. 2013. Tree-ring based summer minimum temperature reconstruction for Yadong County at the southern edge of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, China. Climate Research, 56: 91-101.

18.  Zhang Q-B, Li Z.S., Liu P.X. and Xiao S.C. 2012. On the vulnerability of oasis forest to changing environmental conditions: perspectives from tree rings. Landscape Ecology, 27: 343-353.

19.  Duan J.P., Zhang Q-B, Lv L.X. and Zhang C. 2012. Regional-scale winter-spring temperature variability and chilling damage dynamics over the past two centuries in southeastern China. Climate Dynamics, 39: 919-928.

20.  Shi, CM, Daux, V., Zhang, Q.-B., Risi, C., Hou, SG., Stievenard, M., Pierre, M., Li, ZS., and Masson-Delmotte, V. 2012. Reconstruction of southeast Tibetan plateau summer climate using tree ring 18O: moisture variability over the past two centuries. Climate of the Past, 8: 205-213.

21.  Li, ZS, Zhang, Q-B and Ma, KP. 2012. Tree-ring reconstruction of summer temperature for A.D. 1475-2003 in the central Hengduan Mountains, Northwestern Yunnan, China. Climatic Change, 110: 455-467.

22.  Lv, LX and Zhang Q-B. 2012. Asynchronous recruitment history of Abies spectabilis along an altitudinal gradient in the Mr. Everest region. Journal of Plant Ecology, 5 (2): 147-156.

23.  Xing, P., Zhang, Q-B and Baker, PJ. 2012. Age and radial growth pattern of four tree species in a subtropical forest of China. Trees-Structure and Function, 26: 283-290.

24.  Shi, CM, Masson-Delmotte, V., Risi, C., Eglin, T., Stievenard, M., Pierre, M., Wang, XC, Gao, J., Breon, F-M, Zhang, Q.-B.and Daux, V. 2011. Sampling strategy and climatic implications of tree-ring stable isotopes on the southeast Tibetan Plateau. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 301: 307-316.

25.  Wang, X.C. and Zhang, Q.-B. 2011. Evidence of solar signals in tree rings of Smith fir from Sygera Mountain in southeast Tibet. Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, 73: 1959-1966.

26.  Li, Z.S., Shi, C.M., Liu, Y.B., Zhang, J.L., Zhang, Q.-B. and Ma, K.P. 2011. Summer mean temperature variation from 1710-2005 inferred from tree-ring data of the Baimang Snow Mountains, northwestern Yunnan, China. Climate Research, 47: 207-218.

27.  Li, Z.S., Shi, C.M., Liu, Y.B., Zhang, J.L., Zhang, Q.-B. and Ma, K.P. 2011. Winter drought variations based on tree-ring data in Gaoligong Mountain, Northwestern Yunnan, China, A.D. 1795-2004. Pakistan Journal of Botany, 43(5): 2469-2478.

28.  Liu, YB and Zhang, Q-B. 2010. Effect of climate on the growth of annual rings in the main roots of perennial forbs in Inner Mongolian semi-arid grassland, China. Journal of Vegetation Science, 21: 899-907.

29.  Shi, CM, Masson-Delmotte, V., Daux, V., Li ZS and Q-B Zhang. 2010. An unstable tree-growth response to climate in two 500 year chronologies, North Eastern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Dendrochronologia, 28(4): 225-237.

30.  Pumijumnong, N., Zhang, Q-B, Eckstein, D., Baas, P. 2009. Tree-ring research in Asia (Preface). IAWA Journal, 30: 359.

31.  Guo, G, Li, ZS, Zhang, Q-B, Ma, KP and Mu CL. 2009. Dendroclimatological studies of Picea Likiangensis and Tsuga Dumosa in Lijiang, China. IAWA Journal, 30: 435-441.

32.  Wang, XC, Zhang, Q-B, Ma, K.P. and Xiao SC. 2008. A tree-ring record of 500-year dry-wet changes in northern Tibet, China. The Holocene, 18: 579-588.

33.  Zhang, Q-B and Qiu, HY. 2007. A millennium-long tree-ring chronology of Sabina przewalskii on northeastern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Dendrochronologia. 24(2-3): 91-95.

34.  Huang, JG and Zhang, Q-B 2007. Tree rings and climate for the last 680 years in Wulan area of northeastern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Climatic Change. 80: 369-377.

35.  Zhang, Q-B and Shao, X.M. 2007. Tree Rings and Ecology: The 7th International Conference on Dendrochronology. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, 49: 129-130.

36.  Liu Y.B. and Zhang, Q-B 2007. Growth rings of roots in perennial forbs in Duolun grassland, Inner Mongolia, China. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, 49: 144-149.

37.  Wang, T, Zhang, Q-B, and Ma, KP. 2006. Treeline dynamics in relation to climatic variability in the central Tianshan Mountains, northwestern China. Global Ecology and Biogeography 15(4): 406-415.

38.  Zhang, Q-B, and Hebda, RJ. 2005. Abrupt climate change and variability in the past four millennia of the southern Vancouver Island, Canada. Geophysical Research Letters, 32, L16708, doi:10.1029/2005GL022913.

39.  He, J.S., Zhang, Q.-B., and Bazzaz, F.A. 2005. Differential drought responses between samplings and adult trees in four co-occurring species of New England. Trees-Structure and Function, 19: 442-450.

40.  Zhang, Q.-B., and Hebda, R. 2004. Radial growth patterns of Douglas-fir along an elevational gradient in central coast British Columbia, Canada. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 34:1946-1954.

41.  Zhang, Q.-B., Cheng, G., Yao, T., Kang, X., and Huang, J. 2003. A 2326-year tree-ring record of climate variability on the northeastern Qinghai-Tibetan plateau. Geophysical Research Letters, 30(14), 1739, doi:10.1029/2003GL017425.

42.  Zhang, Q.-B., and Alfaro, R. 2003. Spatial synchrony of the two-year cycle   budworm outbreaks in central British Columbia, Canada. Oikos, 102: 146-154.

43.  Zhang, Q.-B., and Alfaro, R. 2002. Periodicity of two-year cycle budworm outbreaks in central British Columbia, a dendroecological analysis. Forest Science 48: 722-731.

44.  Zhang, Q.-B., Hebda, R., Zhang, Q.-J., and Alfaro, R. 2000. Modeling tree-ring growth responses to climatic variables using artificial neural networks. Forest Science, 46: 229-239.

45.  Zhang, Q.-B., Alfaro, R., and Hebda, R. 1999. Dendroecological studies of tree growth, climate and spruce beetle outreaks in sub-boreal forest of central British Columbia, Canada. Forest Ecology and Management, 121: 215-225.

Research Interests

1) Tree rings and climate on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau

2) Treeline dynamics

3) Dendrochronology