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Name   Fang, Xiaomin Home Page     
Highest Education      Ph.D. Office      Building 3,Courtyard 16, Lin Cui Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101P.R. China
Phone      010-8409 7090 Zip Code      100101
Fax      010-8409 7079 Email      fangxm@itpcas.ac.cn

Education and Appointments:
  • Academic position 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. Administration
  • 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 (Ministry of Education of China) (MOE), Lanzhou Univ.
  • Vice Director, then Director: 2000 - 2001, then 2002 – 2005.5, National Laboratory of Western China’s Environmental Systems (MOE), Lanzhou Univ.
  • Director: 2002 – Now, Virtual Cooperation Research Center of Resources and Environment of West China (MOE), Lanzhou Univ.
  • Vice Dean: 2003-2004, Resources and Environment School, Lanzhou Univ.
  • Assitant to Head of Institute: 2008.12-now

Research Interest:

Uplift of Tibetan Plateau and environmental change

Public Services:
  • 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).
  • Comm. member of Quaternary Research Commission of China (1995-1999; 1999-2003; 2004-2007; 2008-2012)
  • Comm. member general of The China Society on Tibet Plateau (2008-2011)
  • Review Comm. member (1997-2000; 2001-2004), then Assessing Group member (2006-2007; 2008-2009) of the NSFC (National Natural Science Foundation of China)
  • Assessing expert of National Prize of Science and Technology of China (2008 - )
  • Editorial board member of Chinese Science Bulletin (2008-2012)
  • Editorial board member of Geologic Science (Chinese) (2008-2012)
  • Editorial board member of Magazine Com. of Marine Geology (2001-)

  1. 1995 Selected by Chinese Government as leadership for the 21st century science.
  2. 1996 Granted Visiting Fellows of Institute for Rock Magnetism, Univ. of Minnesota.
  3. 1996 Granted JSPS Visiting Professor Scholarship.
  4. 1996 Awarded “Outstanding Young Scientist Prize for Studying the Tibetan Plateau”, by China Society for Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.
  5. 1999 Awarded “Excellent Young Researcher Fund of China” by the NSFC and “Hundred Talents Project” of CAS
  6. 1997 Researches on “Paleosols in the NE Tibetan Plateau and Climatic Change” was awarded with the 3rd Class of Prize for Sci-Tech. Progress of Gansu Province.
  7. 1997-2000 Guest Professor of National Key Laboratory of Loess and Quaternary Geology, CAS, Xi’an.
  8. 1998 Researches 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.
  9. 2000 Researches on “High Resolution Loess and Monsoon Climatic Evolution in the Eastern Tibet Plateau and its Adjacent Areas” was awarded with the 1st Class of Prize for Sci-Tech. Progress of Ministry of Education of China. Program executive chief members: Xiaomin Fang, Baotian Pan and Jijin Li.
  10. 2001 Awarded “Excellent Teacher Prize” by Baogang Education Foundation.
  11. 2004 Researches on “Uplift Process of the Tibetan Plateau and Formation of Mega-Geomorphology in Gansu Province, China” was awarded with the 2nd Class of Prize for Sci-Tech. Progress of Gansu Province”.
  12. 2007 Researches 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.
Selected Publications:

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  1. 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. [PDF]
  2. 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. [PDF]
  3. 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. [PDF]
  4. 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. [PDF]
  5. 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. [PDF]
  6. 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. [PDF]
  7. 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., 2007. 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, 293–306. [PDF]
  8. Dai, S., X. Fang*, G. Dupont-Nivet, C. Song, J. Gao, W. Krijgsman, C. Langereis, and W. Zhang, 2006. Magnetostratigraphy of Cenozoic sediments from the Xining Basin: Tectonic implications for the northeastern Tibetan Plateau. J. Geophys. Res., 111, B11102, doi:10.1029/2005JB004187. [PDF]
  9. Fang, X. M., M.D. Yan, R. Van der Voo, D. K. Rea, C.H. Song, J. M Pares, J.S. Nie, J.P. Gao and S. Dai, 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. [PDF]
  10. 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]. [PDF]
  11. 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. [PDF]
  12. 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. [PDF]
  13. 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. [PDF]
  14. Fang, X.M., Shi, Z.T., Yang, S.L., Yan, M.D., Li, J.J. and Jiang, P.A., 2002. Loess in the Tian Shan and its implications for the development of the Gurbantunggut Desert and drying of northern Xinjiang. Chin. Sci. Bull., 47(16), 1381-1387. [PDF]
  15. 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. [PDF]
  16. 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. [PDF]
  17. 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 western Chinese Loess Plateau. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 168, 219-232.. [PDF]
  18. Fang, X.-M., Li, J.-J. and Van der Voo, R., 1999.Rock magnetic and grain size evidence for intensified Asian atmospheric circulation since 800,000 yrs B.P. related to Tibetan uplift. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 165, 129-144. [PDF]
  19. Li, J.-J. and Fang, X.-M., 1999. Uplift of Tibetan Plateau and environmental Changes. Chin. Sci. Bull., 44(23), 2117-2124.[PDF]

Supported Projects:
  • 2008.1 – 2010.12 NDRC (National Development and Reform Commission of China) program: “National Key Specific Program on Development of Big Oil and Gas Fields and Coal-Related Gas”, sub-subprogram “Deformation of Tian Shan and Its Constraints on Reorganization of Oil-Gas Fields in Nearby Basins” (Grant No:2008ZX05008-001-05).
  • 2006.1 – 2010.10 China's Top Projects in China national 11th Five-Year-Plans (Program “973”, National Basic Research Program of China): " Environmental Changes on the Tibetan Plateau and Its Responses to Global Chance and Adaptability ", funded at RMB 25,000,000 (ca. US$ 3,676,000) by the MST (Ministry of Science and Technology of China) (Chief Scientist: Prof. Tandong Yao; Program No. 2005CB422000). I am chairing (as PE) the 1st Sub-Project "The Formation of Modern Geomorphology and Environmental Patterns of the Tibetan Plateau” at RMB 4,000,000 (ca. US$ 588,000; Grant No. 2005CB422001).
  • 2006.11 – 2009.11 CAS (Chinese Academy of Sciences) Knowledge Innovation Program: “Records of Coupling Events of Uplift of the NE Tibetan Plateau and Environmental Change in the Qaidam-Linxia-Liupan Shan region (NE Tibetan Plateau)” (Grant No. kzcx2-yw-104).
  • 2008.1-2010.12 Large Sino-German Cooperative Program on “Deep drilling in western Qaidam Basin: evidence for uplift of the NE Tibetan Plateau and drying of Asian interior”, jointly funded by German BMBF and DFG and Chinese CAS, NSFC and MST.
  • 2008.1 – 2010.12 NSFC (Natural National Science Foundation of China) program: “Paleomagnetic dating of main fossiliferous stratigraphy in Linxia Basin”, funded at RMB 490,000 (ca. 72,000 US$; 1US$=6.8 RMB) (Grant No:40771214).
  • 2006.1 – 2008.12 NSFC program: “Loess in the West Kunlun Shan and Drying of Asian Inlands” (ca. 60,300 US$) (Grant No:40571171).