Welcome to the School of Ocean and Earth Science, Tongji University



Li Li  Professor                           

Office Ocean building 411A


Email: lilitju@tongji.edu.cn


Mailing AddressSchool of Ocean and Earth Science, Tongji University, 1239 Siping Road, Shanghai 200092, China

  1. Education

 1992.09-1996.07: Shanxi University, Chemistry, B.Sc

 1996.09-1999.07: Institute of Coal Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Organic Chemistry, M.Sc

 1999.09-2003.03: Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Geochemistry, Ph.D

  1. Employment

 2014.12-          Tongji University School of Ocean and Earth Science, Professor

 2014.01- 2014.12:  Brown University, USA, Visiting Scholar

 2008.11- 2009.03:  University of Georgia, USA, Visiting Scholar

 2005.05-2014.12:  Tongji University, School of Ocean and Earth Science, Lector, Associate Professor

 2003.04- 2005.05:  Tongji University, School of Ocean and Earth Science, Post-Doctoral

 2002.05- 2002.12:  Drexel University, USA, Visiting Scholar

  1. Research interests

1. Marine organic geochemistry

2. Paleoceanography and paleoclimate changes study by lipids biomarkers

  1. Projects

  1. Composition and carbon isotopic characteristics of branched tetraethers in the sediments of the South China Sea and its implications for the study of paleo-climate (41673042), 2017.1-2020.12, The National Natural Science Foundation of China, PI;

  2. Integration research of two temperature proxies (Uk'37 and TEX86) by modern ocean investigation and deposition record (41376046), 2011.1-2017.12, The National Natural Science Foundation of China, PI;

  3. The modern and past distribution feature of Archaea in northern South China Sea (12ZZ031), 2012.1-2014.12, Innovation Program of Shanghai Municipal Education Commission, PI;

  4. Study on Archaea: the modern Distribution and paleoenvironmental  significance by the biomarkers2012.3-2014.5, The Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, PI;

  5. Relationship between the phytoplanktons lipids and biomass in South China Sea(40976022)2010.1-2012.12, The National Natural Science Foundation of China, PI;

  6. Studies on the relationship between the marine phytoplankton molecular lipids and communities (08QA14065), 2008.7-2010.7, The Shanghai Rising-Star Program of the Committee of Science and Technology of Shanghai, PI

  7. Response and feedback of marine phytoplanktons to climate changes (TJU-07008), 2007.5-2009.5, Scientific research Fund for Youth teachers of Shanghai College, PI;

  8. Geochemical studies of phytoplanktons in the South China Sea during the past 500,000 years2006KJ055, 2006.12-2008.12,  Youth Talent Fund of Tongji University, PI;

  9.  Organic geochemical records of phytoplankton communities in the glacials cycles(40403012)2005.1-2007.12, The National Natural Science Foundation of China, PI;


  1. Publications

Li G.Y., Li L., Tarozo R., Longo WM., Wang K.J., Dong H.L., Huang Y.S., Microbial production of long-chain n-alkanes: Implication for interpreting sedimentary leaf wax signals. Organic Geochemistry, 115, 24-31, 2018.

He J., Jia G.D., Li L., Wang P.X., Differential timing of C4 plant decline and grassland retreat during the penultimate deglaciation. Global and Planetary Change, 156, 26-33, 2017.

Li L*, Li Q.Y. He J., Wang H., Ruan Y.M., Li J.R., Biomarker-derived phytoplankton community for summer monsoonreconstruction in western South China Sea off mid-Vietnam over the past 450 ka. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 122, 118-130, 2015.

Li L*, Li Q.Y., Li J.R., Wang H., Dong L., Huang Y.S., Wang P.X., A hydroclimate regime shift around 270 ka in the western tropical Pacific inferred from a late Quaternary n-alkane chain-length record.Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, 427, 79-88, 2015.

Dong L., Li L.*, Li Q.Y. *, Liu J., Chen Y.X., He J., Wang H., Basin-wide distribution of phytoplankton lipids in the South China Sea during intermonsoon seasons: Influence by nutrient and physical dynamics. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 122, 52-63, 2015.

Dong L., Li L.*, Li Q.*, Wang, H., Zhang, C.L., Hydroclimate implications of thermocline variability in the southern South China Sea over the past 180,000 yr. Quaternary Research, 83, 370-377, 2015.

Dong L., Li Q.Y.*, Li L*., Zhang, C.L., Glacial-interglacial contrast in MBT/CBT proxies in the South China Sea: Implications for marine production of branched GDGTs and continental teleconnection. Organic Geochemistry, 79, 74-82, 2015.

Li L.*, Liu J., He J., Wang H., Factors affecting the abundance and community structure of the phytoplankton in northern South China Sea in the summer of 2008: a biomarker study. Chinese Science Bulletin, 59 (10): 981-991, doi: 10.1007/s11434-013-0106-4.2014. 

Zhang Y.L., Kaiser K., Li L., Zhang D.N., Ran Y., Benner R., Sources, distributions, and early diagenesis of sedimentary organicmatter in the Pearl River region of the South China Sea. Marine Chemistry, 158, 39-48, 2014.

Li L.*, Li Q.Y.*, Tian J., Wang H., Wang P.X., Low latitude hydro-climatic changes during the Plio-Pleistocene: evidence from high resolution alkane records in the southern South China Sea. Quaternary Science Reviews, 78, 209-224, 2013.

He J.*, Zhao M.X., Wang P., Li L., Qianyu Li QY. Changes in phytoplankton productivity and community structure in the northern South China Sea during the past 260 ka. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 392, 312-323, 2013.

Zhou B.*, Zheng H.B., Yang W.G., Taylor D.;Lu, YH., Wei G.J., Li L., Wang H., Climate and vegetation variations since the LGM recorded by biomarkers from a sediment core in the northern South China Sea. Journal of Quaternary Science, 27, 948-955, 2012.

Li L.*, Li Q.Y.*, Tian J., Wang P.X., Wang H., Liu Z.H., A 4-Ma record of thermal evolution in the tropical western Pacific and its implications on climate change. Earth Planetary Science Letter, 309, 10-20, 2011.

Wei Y.L., Wang J.X., Liu J., Dong L., Li L.*, Wang H., Wang P., ZhaoM.X. and Zhang C.L.*, Spatial Variations in Archaeal Lipids of Surface Water and Core-Top Sediments in the South China Sea and Their Implications for Paleoclimate Studies. Appied Environment Microbiology, 77, 7479-7489, 2011.

Zhang Y.G.*, Zhang C.L.*, Liu X.L., Li L., Hinrichs K-U and Noakes J.E.Methane Index: a tetraether archaeal lipid biomarker indicator for detecting the instability of marine gas hydrates, Earth Planetary Science Letter, 307, 525-534, 2011

Li L.*, Wang H., Li J., Zhao M., Wang P., Changes in sea surface temperature in western South China Sea over the past 450ka, Chinese Science Bulletin, 54, 3335-3343, 2009.

He J.*, Zhao M.X., Li L., Wang P., Ge H.M., Sea surface temperature and terrestrial biomarker records of the last 260 ka of core MD05-2904 from the northern South China SeaChinese Sci. Bulletin, 53, 2376-2384, 2008.

He J., Zhao M.X.*, Li L., Wang H., Wang P.X., Biomarker evidence of relatively stable community structure in the northern South China Sea during the last glacial and Holocene. Terrestrial, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, 19, 377-387, 2008.

Li L., Jia W., Peng P.*, Sheng G., Fu J., Huang W., Compositional and source characterization of base progressively extracted humic acids using pyrolytic gas chromatography mass spectrometry.  Applied Geochemistry, 21, 1455-1468, 2006.

Li L., Zhao Zh., Huang W.*, Peng P., Sheng G., Fu J., Characteristics of Humic Acids Fractionated by Ultrafiltration. Organic. Geochemistry, 35, 1025-1037, 2004.

Li L., Huang W.*, Peng P., Sheng G., Fu J., Chemical and Molecular Heterogeneity of Humic Acids Repetitively Extracted from a Peat. Soil Science Society American Journal, 67, 740-746, 2003.


  1. Teaching


Marine Chemistry(undergraduate course)

Organic Geochemistry(postgraduate course)

Isotope Geochemistry(doctoral course)


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