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WENG Chengyu


Chengyu Weng  Professor                     

Office Ocean back building 201


Email: weng@tongji.edu.cn


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



B.Sc. Peking UniversityMajor in Geology Paleontology),Beijing.

M.Sc. Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, Major in Botany

PhD. University of Wyoming, United States, Major in Ecology.



2006-School of Ocean and Earth Science, Tongji University

2003-2006 University of Amsterdam

1999-2003 Florida Institute of Technology


Research interests

1.Quaternary history of vegetation, environments in the surrounding regions of South China Sea, including southern mainland China, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

2.Later Quaternary evolution of vegetation and climate in the region of Nor lop Lake;

3.Formation and Evolution of vegetation in the tropical regions (tropical Asia, Amazon and Andes) in Cenozoic Era.

4. Designing and developing Pollen Database and searching system.


1.Natural dynamics of the terrestrial vegetation surrounding the northern South China Sea during last five glacial-interglacial cycles and the human impacts in the Holocene41877429),2019.1-2022.12610kNSFC

2. Environmental changes of Sunda region during the late Quaternary. 2017.1-2019.12. 2.0m, Fund from State Key Lab of Marine Geology.


Cheng, ZJ, Weng, CY*, Stephan Steinke and Mahyar Mohtadi. 2018.Anthropogenic modification of vegetated landscapes in southern China from 6,000 years ago.Nature Geoscience 11: 939-943.

Connor Nolan, Jonathan T. Overpeck, Judy R. M. Allen, Patricia M. Anderson, Julio L. Betancourt, Heather A. Binney, Simon Brewer, Mark B. Bush, Brian M. Chase, Rachid Cheddadi, Morteza Djamali, John Dodson, Mary E. Edwards, William D. Gosling, Simon Haberle, Sara C. Hotchkiss, Brian Huntley, Sarah J. Ivory, A. Peter Kershaw, Soo-Hyun Kim, Claudio Latorre, Michelle Leydet, Anne-Marie Lézine, Kam-Biu Liu, Yao Liu, A. V. Lozhkin, Matt S. McGlone, Robert A. Marchant, Arata Momohara, Patricio I. Moreno, Stefanie Müller, Bette L. Otto-Bliesner, Caiming Shen, Janelle Stevenson, Hikaru Takahara, Pavel E. Tarasov, John Tipton, Annie Vincens, Chengyu Weng, Qinghai Xu, Zhuo Zheng, Stephen T. Jackson*. 2018. Past and future global transformation of terrestrial ecosystems under climate change. SCIENCE 361(6405) : 920-923.

Cheng, ZJ , Weng, CY*, Guo, JQ, Dai, L, and Zhou, ZZ. 2018. Vegetation responses to late Quaternary climate change in a biodiversity hotspot, the Three Parallel Rivers region in southwestern China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 491: 10-20.

Weng Chengyu2017. The influences of geological historyclimatic variations and the environment changes on the terrestrial biodiversity of Sunda egion Advances in Earth Science32(11): 1163-1 173doi:1011867/jissn1001-81662017111163

Hao Xiu-dongWeng Chengyu*Huang Chi-yueOuyang Xu-hong. 2017. Mid-late Miocene vegetation and environments in Southeast China: insights from a marine palynological record in northwestern TaiwanJournal of Asian Earth Sciences 138306-316

Dai LuWeng Chengyu * . 2015. Marine palynological record for tropical climate variations since the late last glacial maximum in the northern South China SeaDeep-Sea Research II 122153-162

Lu DaiChengyu Weng *Limi Mao2015. Patterns of vegetation and climate change in the northern South China Sea during the last glaciation inferred from marine palynological recordsPalaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology440249-258

Hao, XD, and CY Weng. 2015. The indicative significance of the spores of coprophilous fungi in palaeoecological research. Marine Geology and Quaternary Geology 351):178-184

Lu DaiChengyu Weng*Jun LuLimi Mao2014. Pollen quantitative distribution in marine and fluvial surface sediments from the northern South China Sea: New insights into pollen transportation and deposition mechanisms. Quaternary International325136~149

Dai LuWENG Chengyu2011. A survey on pollen dispersal in the western Pacific Ocean and its paleoclimatological significance as a proxy for variation of the Asian winter monsoonSCIENCE CHINA-Earth Sciences542):249-258.

Weng, CY; Hooghiemstra, H; Duivenvoorden, JF 2007. Response of pollen diversity to the climate-driven altitudinal shift of vegetation in the, Colombian Andes. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-BiologicalSciences 362(1478): 253~262

Weng, CY; Hooghiemstra, H; Duivenvoorden, JF 2006. Challenges in estimating past plant diversity from fossil pollen data: statistical assessment, problems, and possible solutions DIVERSITY AND DISTRIBUTIONS 12(3): 310~318 12(3)

Jackson, ST; Weng, CY. 1999. Late quaternary extinction of a tree species in eastern North America. Proceedings of The National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) 96(24) : 13847~13852.

Bian YP, and CY Weng. 2009. An Overview of Pollen Carbon Stable Isotope Analysis.Marine Geology and Quaternary Geology 29(3):141-148.

Bush, M.B. and Weng. CY. 2007. Introducing a new (freeware) tool for palynology. Journal of Biogeography 34: 377-380.

Weng, Chengyu; Bush, Mark B.; Curtis, Jason H. 2006. Deglaciation and Holocene climate change in the western Peruvian Andes . Quaternary Research 66: 87-96.

Weng, CY; Bush, MB; Chepstow-Lusty, AJ. 2004. Holocene changes of Andean alder (Alnus acuminata) in highland Ecuador and Peru. Journal of Quaternary Science 19: 685-691.

Weng, CY; Bush, MB; Silman, MR. 2004. An analysis of modern pollen rain on an elevational gradient in southern Peru. Journal of Tropical Ecology 20: 113-124

Weng, CY; Bush, MB; Athens, JS 2002. Holocene climate change and hydrarch succession in lowland Amazonian Ecuador. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 120: 73-90.

Weng, CY; Jackson, ST. 2000. Species differentiation of North American spruce (Picea) based on morphological and anatomical characteristics of needles. Canadian Journal of Botany 78: 1367-1383

Weng, CY; Jackson, ST 1999. Late Glacial and Holocene vegetation history and paleoclimate of the Kaibab Plateau, Arizona. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 153: 179-201.



Tourism Geology (undergraduate course)

Marine Biology (undergraduate course)

Palaeo-Ecology and palaeo-vegetation

Introduction to Quaternary Environments (postgraduate course)

Quaternary Environments and (doctoral course)



current students


DoctorZhongjing Cheng, Xuhong Ouyang

former students

MasterZhongjing Cheng, Shenghui Li, Sheng Guo, Mengchi Li

DoctorLu Dai Xiudong Hao









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