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

XU Changhai


Changhai XU Professor

Office: Ocean building 515

Tel: 021-65982358



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



2003 to2006,Postdoctoral, UFR Sciences de la Terre, Lille 1 University

1998 to 2002, Ph.D, School of Ocean & Earth Science, Tongji University

1991 to 1998, B.S. & M.S., Faculty of Earth Sciences, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan)

1987 to 1991, TSSP, Zhengzhou Geological School  


2002 to present, School of Ocean & Earth Science, Tongji University

Research interests

Tectonics, basin & resources in South China Sea & West Pacific margin

Fission track thermochronolog


Tectonics, Sedimentation, and hydrocarbon accumulation. CNOOC China Limited-Shanghai. 2018-2019

From Sichuan basin to Xuefengshan belt: tectonothermal constraints from fission-track and U-Th/He thermochronology. SINOPEC Exploration & Production Research Institute, 2015 to 2017

Late-Mesozoic granitoids from the northern South China Sea: new constraints on the active continental margin of SE China. NSFC-China, 2013 to 2016

Late Mesozoic Volcanic-Arc: evidence from borehole granitoids of Pearl River Mouth Basin, SE China. Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, 2011 to 2013

Reconstruction on Jurassic tectonothermal history of Dabie Shan orogen using fission-track and Ar/Ar thermochronology. NSFC-China, 2009 to 2011

Exhumation of the western Qinling since Cretaceous: constraints from apatite Fission-track thermochronology. Science and Technology Research Key Project of Ministry of Education. 2007 to 2008

Paleozoic to Mesozoic tectonic evolution of the Lower Yangtze and Its control on basin formation. SINOPEC, 2007 to 2011


Xu, C.H., Zhang, L., Shi, H.S., Brix, M.R., Huhma, H., Chen, L.H., Zhang, M.Q., Zhou, Z.Y., 2017. Tracing an Early Jurassic magmatic arc from South to East China Seas. Tectonics, 36: 466-492.

Xu, C.H., Shi, H.S., Barnes, C.G., Zhou, Z.Y. Tracing a late Mesozoic magmatic arc along the Southeast Asian margin from the granitoids drilled from the northern South China Sea. International Geology Review, 2016, 58:1, 71–94, DOI: 10.1080/00206814.2015.1056256.

Xu, C.H. Transformation of tectonic regimes in the Dabie orogen: evidence from fission-track and (U-Th)/He thermochronology (in Chinese). In: Zhou Z.Y., eds. Low temperature thermochronology: principles and applications, Beijing, Science Press, 2014, 193–206.

Xu, C.H., Que, X.M., Shi, H.S., Zhou, Z.Y., Ma, C.Q. The Southward Extension of Cathaysia Block: Evidence from Zircon U-Pb Dates of Borehole Volcanics in the Northern South China Sea. Acta Geologica Sinica (English Edition), 2013, 87(5), 1370–1386.

Shi, H.S., Xu C.H (correspnding author), Zhou, Z.Y., Ma, C.Q. Zircon U-Pb dating on granitoids from the Northern South China Sea and its geotectonic relevance. Acta Geologica Sinica (English Edition), 2011, 85(6):1359–1372.

Xu, C.H., Zhou, Z.Y., Chang, Y., Guillot, F. Genesis of Daba arcuate structural belt related to adjacent basement upheavals: constraints from fission-track and (U-Th)/He thermochronology. Science in China (Ser. D earth sciences), 2010, 53(11): 1634–1646.

Wang, D.P., Xu,C.H., et al. Thermotectonic evolution history of the Lower Yangtze area based on detrital zircon fission-track analysis (in Chinese with English abstract). Journal of China University of Mining & Technology, 2011, 40(2): 227-234.

Jiao, R.H., Xu, C.H., et al. Zircon fission-track thermochronology: advances and applications (in Chinese with English abstract). Advances in Earth Science, 2011, 26(2): 171-182.

Chang, Y., Xu, C.H., et al. The exhumation evolution of the Micangshan-Hannan uplift since Cretaceous: evidence from apatite U-Th/He dating (in Chinese with English abstract). Chinese Journal of geophysics, 2010, 53(4): 1-8.

Chang, Y., Xu, C.H., et al. U-Th/He dating method: α-ejection influence and correction (in Chinese with English abstract). Advances in Earth Science, 2010, 25(4): 1-10.

Xu, C.H., Mansy, J.L., Van Den Haute,P., Guillot, F., Zhou,Z.Y., Chen, J., De Grave, J. Late- and Post-Variscan Evolution of the Ardennes in France and Belgium: Constraints from Apatite Fission-track Data. Geological Society Special Publication, 2009, 324, 167–179.

Liu, H.J., Xu, C.H. (correspnding author), et al., The Huangling Doming Upheaval in 165~100Ma: Constrains from Apatite Fission-track Thermochronology. Process In Natural Science, 2009, 19(12): 1326-1332

Han, Y.L., Xu,C.H., et al. Paleomagnetism of Jurassic sandstone from Yangtze fold belt and its implications for the fold belt curvature (in Chinese with English abstract). Chinese Journal of geophysics, 2009, 52(12): 3072-3082.

Ding, R.X., Zhou, Z.Y., Xu, C.H., Liu, Y.Z., Cheng, H., Xu, F. Modelling of low-temperature exhumation rate in Dabie Mountains based on (U-Th)/He and fission-track thermochronological data. Science In China (Ser. D), 2006, 49(10): 1009–1019.

Xu, C.H., Mansy, J.L., Van Den Haute, P., Guillot, F., Zhou, Z.Y., De Grave, J., Selen, N. Apatite Fission-track Thermochronology of Paleozoic Rocks in the Ardennes. Schriftenreihe der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften, 2006, 49: 165–166.

Xu, C.H., Zhou Z.Y.,Van Den Haute, P., Donelick,R.A., De Grave,J., Ma,C.Q., Reiners,P.W.Apatite Fission Track Geochronology and its Tectonic Correlation in the Dabieshan Orogen, Central China. Science in China (Ser. D earth sciences), 2005, 48(4): 506–520.

Reiners, P.W., Zhou, Z.Y., Ehlers, T.A., Xu, C.H., Brandon, M.T. Post-orogenic evolution of the Dabie Shan, Eastern China, from (U-Th)/He and fission-track thermochronology.American Journal of Science, 2003, 303(6): 489–518.

Zhou, Z.Y., Xu, C.H., Reiners, P.W., et al. Late Cretaceous-Cenozoic exhumation history of Tiantangzhai region of Dabieshan orogen: constraints from (U-Th)/He and fission track analysis. Chinese Science Bulletin, 2003, 48(11): 1151–1156.

Xu, C.H., Zhou, Z.Y., Ma, C.Q., Reiners, P.W. Geochronological constraints on 140~85 Ma thermal doming extension in the Dabie orogen, central China. Science In China (Ser. D), 2002, 45 (9): 801–817.

Xu, C.H., Zhou, Z.Y., Ma, C.Q., Reiners, P.W. Geochronological constraints on the post-collisional (150–75Ma) thermal extension in the Dabieshan orogen, central China. Gondwana Research, 2001, 4 (4): 829–831.

Ding, S.J., Xu, C.H., Long, W.G., Zhou, Z.Y., Liao, Z.T., 2002. The tectonic attribute and geochronology of metavocanics, Tongchang, Hainan island (in Chinese with English abstract). Acta Petrologica Sinica, 18(1): 83-91.

Zhou, Z.Y., Reiners, P.W., Xu, C.H., Liao, Z.T., et al. Zircon (U-Th)/He Thermochronology Constraints on Cretaceous Thermal Extension of Dabieshan Orogen. Process In Natural Science, 2002, 2 (7): 524–527.

Ma, C.Q., Carl, E., Xu, C.H., Li, Z.C., Yang, K.G. The roots of the Dabieshan ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic terrane: constrains from geochemistry and Nd-Sr isotope systematics. Precambrian Research, 2000, 102 (3~4): 297–301.

Yang, K.G., Ma, C.Q., Xu, C.H., Yang, W.R. Differential uplift between Beihuaiyang and Dabie orogenic belts. Science in China (Ser. D), 2000, 43 (2): 192–199.

Xu, C.H., Zhou, Z.Y., Ma, C.Q. Post-orogenic exhumation process of the Dabie block: evidences from petrology and thermal-chronology study. Gondwana Research, 1999, 10(4): 519–521.

Ma, C.Q., Yang, K.G., Xu, C.H., Li, Z.C., Ehlers, C., 1999. Mesozoic potassic magmatism in the Dabie mountains: implication for exhumation mechanism of ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic terranes (in Chinese with English abstract). Acta Ptrologica Sinica, 15(3): 379-395.

Xu, C.H., Ma, C.Q., Yang, K.G., Liu, G.Y., 1998. Petrogenesis and thermal history of Xi Xiongwen intrusion in the Dabieshan: insight into shaping process of western Dabie thermodynamic dome (in Chinese with English abstract). Geological Journal of China Universities, 4(2): 177-187.

Yang, K.G, Ma, C.Q., Xu, C.H., Yang, W.R., 1998. A study of the Yaohe pluton and its northern ductile shear zone at the northeastern margin of the Dabie Mountain (in Chinese with English abstract). Seismology and Geology, 20(4): 305-311.

Xu, C.H., Ma, C.Q., Yang, K.G., Yan, Y.Q., 1998. Discussion on Mesozoic magmatism and metamorphic transformation in Dabie block (in Chinese with English abstract). Geology and Mineral Resources of South China, 54(2): 16-23.

Ma, C.Q., Yang, K.G., Xu, C.H. Vertical chemical variation of Mesozoic synuplift plutonic rocks in Dabieshan orogen, Central China. Proc. 30th Int'l. Geol. Congr., 1997, 15: 101–108, VSP, the Netherlands.


 Structural Geology (undergraduate course).

Advanced Structural Geology (doctoral course).

Advanced petroleum and gas geology(doctoral course).

Serving on academic organization

State Key Laboratory of Marine Geology, Tongji University

Center for Marine Resources, Tongji University




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