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

LI Chao


Chao Li  Associate Professor

Office Ocean Building 606


Email: cli@tongji.edu.cn


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

  1. Education

 2009.09-2010.09: University of British Columbia, Ocean Science, visiting Ph.D Student

 2008.09-2011.12: Tongji University, Marine Geology, Ph.D

 2006.10-2007.09: University of Bremen, Geosciences, Sino-German Master Program

 2005.09-2008.09: Ocean University of China, Geochemistry, M.Sc.

 2001.09-2005.09: Ocean University of China, Environmental Science, B.Sc

  1. Employment

 2018.01-present: Tongji University, Associate Professor

 2016.06-2017.12: Tongji University, Assistant Research Fellow

 2015.06-2015.11: Radiogenic Isotope Facility (RIF) at the University of Queensland, Visiting Scholar

 2014.04-2016.06: Tongji University, Post doctoral research

 2012.01-2014. 4: Tongji University, Post doctoral research

  1. Research interests

    Tracing the sediment source-to-sink processes using various geochemical proxies, like U and Li isotopes. In particular, constraining the time scale of the sediment source-to-sink process based on sediment comminution age. How fast are sediments produced, stored and exported? Study of small and large catchments under various climates (temperate East Asia, tropical Southeast Asia).

    Environmental evolution of East China in different time scales, from Late Quaternary to Anthropocene.

  2. Projects

  1. Investigation of sediment residence time in Red River catchment and its comparison with the Changjiang river sediment”, the Research Fund of State Key Laboratory of Marine Geology (Tongji University), No. MG20180204, CNY 400,000, 2018.01-2019.12 (PI)

  2. Improvement of comminution age method application in calculating sediment transport time using U-series isotopes”, the Research Fund of State Key Laboratory of Marine Geology (Tongji University), No. MG20170401, CNY 100,000, 2017.01-2017.12 (PI)

  3. Time scales of sediment ‘source to sink’ processes for marine sediments archives in south Yellow Sea”, the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, No. 10120172016KJ007, CNY 50,000, 2017.1~2018.12 (PI)

  4. Time scales of sediment ‘source to sink’ processes for typical riverine and marine sediments in East China”, National Nature Science Foundation of China, No. 41676035, CNY 640,000, 2017.1~2020.12.

  5. Assessment of comminution age method: Chemical leaching and parameters calculation”, China Post-doctor Science Foundation, No. 2015M570384, CNY 80,000, 2012.7~2014.7 (PI)

  6. Time scale of the sediment source to sink process - estimation of sediment transport time for the Changjiang and Taiwan rivers based on 234U/238U”, National Nature Science Foundation of China, No. 41306040, CNY 270,000, 2014.1~2016.12 (PI)

  7. The chemical species of particulate iron in sediments from the hypoxia zone of the Changjiang estuary and its environmental implication”, China Post-doctor Science Foundation, No. 2012M511129, CNY 50,000, 2012.7~2014.7 (PI)

  8. Distribution of water H/O istotopes in middle-lower Changjiang reaches and its environmental significance”, Foundation of Key Laboratory of Yangtze River Water Environment, Ministry of Education, (Tongji University), No. YRWEF201305, CNY 30,000, 2013.5~2015.5 (PI)

  9. Publications

 1. Yao, J. H., Xiao, L. X., Gou, M. M., Li, C.*, Lian, E. G., Yang, S. Y., 2017. Pacific Decadal Oscillation Impact on East China Precipitation and its Imprint in New Geological Documents, Science China: Earth Sciences, doi: 10.1360/N072016-00380.

 2.Deng, K., Yang, S.*, Li, C., Su, N., Bi, L., Chang, Y.-P., Chang, S.-C., 2016. Detrital zircon geochronology of river sands from Taiwan: implications for sedimentary provenance of Taiwan and its source link with the east China mainland. Earth-Science Reviews, 164: 31-47.

 3.Shao, H., Yang, S.*, Cai, F., Li, C., Liang, J., Li, Q., Hyun, S., Kao, S.-J., Dou, Y., Hu, B., Dong, G., Wang, F., 2016. Sources and burial of organic carbon in the middle Okinawa Trough during late Quaternary paleoenvironmental change. Deep Sea Research Part I: 118: 46-56.

 4.Li, C., Yang, S. *, Lian, E., Wang, Q., Fan, D., Huang, X., 2016. Chemical speciation of iron in sediments from the Changjiang Estuary and East China Sea: iron cycle and paleoenvironmental implications. Quaternary International. 452: 116-128.

 5.Lian, E., Yang, S.*, Wu, H., Yang, C., Li, C., Liu, J.T., 2016. Kuroshio subsurface water feeds the wintertime Taiwan Warm Current on the inner East China Sea shelf. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 121: 4790-4803.

 6.Li, C.*, Yang, S.*, Zhao, J.X., Dosseto, A., Bi, L., Clark, T. R., 2016. The time scale of river sediment source-to-sink processes in East Asia, Chemical Geology, 446: 138-146.

 7.Li, C., Francois, R.*, Yang, S. Y.*, Barling, J., Darfeuil, S., Weis, D., 2016. Climate-related changes in the transport time of lithogenic sediments to the Okinawa Trough (East China Sea). Chemical Geology, 445: 199-207.

 8.Han, Z.*, Liu, H., Li, C., Li, X., Wang, C., Sun, Y., Liu, B., Zhang, A., 2016. Geochemistry and provenances of core sediments from the Shikoku Basin. Geological Journal, 51: 60-76.

 9.Deng, K., Yang, S.*, Lian, E., Li, C., Yang, C., Wei, H., 2016. Three Gorges Dam alters the Changjiang (Yangtze) river water cycle in the dry seasons: Evidence from H-O isotopes. Science of the Total Environment, 562: 89-97.

 10.Dou, Y., Yang, S.*, Shi, X., Clift, P.D., Liu, S., Liu, J., Li, C., Bi, L., Zhao, Y., 2016. Provenance weathering and erosion records in southern Okinawa Trough sediments since 28 ka: Geochemical and Sr–Nd–Pb isotopic evidences. Chemical Geology, 425: 93-109.

 11.Li, C., Yang, S.*, Lian, E., Yang, C., Deng, K., Liu, Z., 2016. Damming effect on the Changjiang (Yangtze River) river water cycle based on stable hydrogen and oxygen isotopic records. Journal of Geochemical Exploration, 165: 125-133.

 12.Bi, L., Yang, S.*, Li, C., Guo, Y., Wang, Q., Liu, J.T., Yin, P., 2015. Geochemistry of river-borne clays entering the East China Sea indicates two contrasting types of weathering and sediment transport processes. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 16: 3034-3052.

 13.Dou, Y., Yang, S.*, Li, C., Shi, X., Liu, J., Bi, L., 2015. Deepwater redox changes in the southern Okinawa Trough since the last glacial maximum. Progress in Oceanography, 135: 77-90.

 14.Yang, S.*, Bi, L., Li, C., Wang, Z., Dou, Y., 2015. Major sinks of the Changjiang (Yangtze River)-derived sediments in the East China Sea during the late Quaternary. The Geological Society of London (a special publication on River-Dominated Shelf Sediments of East Asian Seas). doi:10.1144/SP429.6

 15.Li, C., Yang, S., Lian, E., Bi, L., Zhang, Z., 2015. A review of comminution age method and its potential application in the East China Sea to constrain the time scale of sediment source-to-sink process. Journal of Ocean University of China, 14: 399-406.

 16.Li, C., Yang, S.Y.*, Zhang, W.G., 2012. Magnetic properties of sediments from major rivers, aeolian dust, loess soil and desert in China. Journal of Asian Earth Science. 45: 190-200.

 17.Shao, J., Yang, S.*, Li, C., 2012. Chemical indices (CIA and WIP) as proxies for integrated chemical weathering in China: Inferences from analysis of fluvial sediments. Sedimentary Geology, 265-266: 110-120.

 18.Li, C., Yang, S.Y.*, 2010. Is Chemical Index of Alteration (CIA) a reliable proxy for chemical weathering in global drainage basins? American Journal of Science, 310: 111-127.

Publications in Chinese with English abstract

 1Chenyu Wang, Ergang Lian, Chengfan Yang, Kai Deng, Chao Li*, Shouye Yang, Ping Yin, River water cycle in small rivers and estuarine regions from Zhejiang and Fujian Provinces: evidences from Hydrogen and Oxygen Isotopes, Marine geology and quaternary geology. Accepted. [王晨羽,连尔刚,杨承帆,邓凯,李超*,杨守业,印萍,2017. 浙闽中小河流及其河口地区水循环的氢氧同位素示踪,海洋地质与第四纪地质,已接收.]

 2Li, C.*, Yang, S. Y., Bi, L., Zhao, Y., 2015. Time Scale of Sediment “Source to Sink” Process-Sediment Transport Time Calculation Based on U-series Isotopes, Marine Geology Frontiers, 31(2), 26-31. [李超*, 杨守业, 毕磊, 赵云, 2015. “从源到汇”的时间尺度——根据U系同位素计算海洋沉积物的搬运时间. 海洋地质前言, 31(2): 26-31.]

 3Li, C.*, Shu, J.S., Xu, F., Yang, S.Y., 2013. The analytical development of low-temperature particulate Fe speciation, Earth Science-Journal of China University of Geosciences, 3, 454-460. [李超*, 舒劲松, 许斐, 杨守业, 2013. 沉积物中铁的化学相态分析进展. 地球科学(中国地质大学学报), 3(38): 454-460.]

 4Li, C.*, Yang, S.Y., 2012, Hematite and Goethite distribution in the Yangtze River sediment by using Diffused Reflectance Spectroscopy, Earth Science-Journal of China University of Geosciences, Suppl. 7, 11-19. [李超*, 杨守业, 2012. 长江沉积物中赤铁矿和针铁矿的漫反射光谱分析. 地球科学(中国地质大学学报), 37 (S1): 11-19.]

  1. Students

 current students

 MasterChenyu Wang (co-supervised with Prof. Shouye Yang)


 former students



  1. Awards

1Excellent post doctoral research fellow, 2016

2Excellent PhD thesis, awarded by Tongji University, 2012

3GUANGHUA scholarship of Tongji University, awarded by Tongji University, 2010.

4Scholarship for Excellent Doctoral Student, awarded by Ministry of Education of the P. R. China, 2010.

5Distinguished PhD student Award, Tongji University, 2009.


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