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

Li Qianyu


Qianyu Li  Professor

Office Ocean building 306


Email: qli01@tongji.edu.cn


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


1987.10-1991.04: Imperial College London, Geology, Ph.D

1984.09-1986.10University College London, Micropalaeontology, M.Sc

1975.09-1978.12Zhongshan University, Geology, B.Sc


2019.01-Advanced Research Institute of Tongji University, Research Professor

2004.10-2018.12School of Ocean and Earth Science, Tongji University, Professor

1992.02-2004.09University of Adelaide, Post-doctoral, QEII Researcher

1979.01-1987.09Zhongshan University, Assistant Professor, Lecturer

Research interests

Global change

Cenozoic stratigraphy


Foraminifera evolution



Late Cenozoic foraminiferal paleoceanography of the South China Sea deep basinNo. 41776046),2018.1-2022.12RMB720kCNSF General Project, PI

Microfossils and sediment proxies for tracking tectonic events and deep water changes in the Oligocene northern South China SeaNo. 91228203),2013.1-2016.12RMB2200kCNSF large research plan ”Process Evolution of Deep South China Sea” key project, PI

Monsoon information from glacial isotopic records in the southern South China Sea (No. 41076017), 2011.1-2013.12RMB460kCNSF General Project, PI

Orbital periods of the oceanic carbon cycleNo. 2007CB815902),2007.7-2011.8RMB3772.1kMinistry of Science and Technology 973 project Oceanic carbon cycle and tropical driving climate changePI

Paleoceanography of stepwise formation of the west Pacific warm pool during late MioceneNo. 40576031),2006.1-2008.12RMB390kCNSF General Project, PI



Journal papers:

Ma Z, Li Q, Liu X, et al., 2018. Palaeoenvironmental significance of Miocene larger benthic foraminifera from the Xisha Islands, South China Sea. Palaeoworld 27, 145-157. (corresponding author)

Dong L, Jia G, Li Q, et al., 2018. Intact polar glycosidic GDGTs in sediments settle from water column as evidenced from downcore sediment records. Chemical Geology 501, 12–18.

Li Q, Wu G, Zhang L, Shu Y, Shao L, 2017. Paleogene marine deposition records of rifting and breakup of the South China Sea: An overview. Science China Earth Sciences 60, 2128-2140.

Shao L, Li Q, Zhu W, Zhang D, Qiao P, 2017. Neogene carbonate platform development in the NW South China Sea: Litho-, bio- and chemo-stratigraphic evidence. Marine Geology 385, 233243 (corresponding author)

Shao L, Meng A, Li Q, Qiao P, Cui Y, 2017. Detrital zircon ages and elemental characteristics of the Eocene sequence in IODP Hole U1435A: Implications for rifting and environmental changes before the opening of the South China Sea. Marine Geology 394, 39-51 (corresponding author)

Wang P, Li Q, Tian J, He J, Jian Z, Ma W, Dang H, 2016. Monsoon influence on planktic δ18O records from the South China Sea. Quaternary Science Reviews 142, 26-39.

Li Q, Cheng X, Chen J, Xu J, 2016. Oligocene foraminifers and stable isotopes from IODP Hole U1435A. In Li C-F, Lin J, Kulhanek DK, and the Expedition 349 Scientists, Proceedings of the International Ocean Discovery Program 349, 1-5. doi:10.14379/iodp.proc.349.201.2016

Shao L, Qiao P, Zhao M, Li Q, et al., 2016. Depositional characteristics of the northern South China Sea in response to the evolution of the Pearl River. In Clift PD, Harff J, Wu J, Yan Q (eds) River-Dominated Shelf Sediments of East Asian Seas. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 429, http://doi.org/10.1144/SP429.2.

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

Dong L, Li L, Li Q, Liu J, Chen Y, He J, Wang H, 2015. Basin-wide distribution of phytoplankton lipids in the South China Sea during intermonsoon seasons: influence by nutrient and physical dynamics, Deep Sea Research II, 122: 52-63 (corresponding author)

Dong L., Li L., Li Q., Wang H., Zhang C., 2015. Hydroclimate implications of thermocline variability in the southern South China Sea over the past 180,000 yr. Quaternary Research, 83: 370377 (通信作者)

Dong L., Li Q., Li L., Zhang C., 2015. Glacialinterglacial contrast in MBT/CBT proxies in the South China Sea: Implications for marine production of branched GDGTs and continental Teleconnection. Organic Geochemistry 79: 7482 (corresponding author)

Li L, Li Q, He J, Wang H, Ruan Y, Li J, 2015. Biomarker-derived phytoplankton community for summer monsoon reconstruction in the western South China Sea over the past 450 ka. Deep-Sea Research II, 122: 118130 (corresponding author)

Wang P, Li Q, Tian J, 2014. Pleistocene paleoceanography of the South China Sea: Progress over the past 20 years. Marine Geology, 352: 381-396.

Wang P, Li Q, Tian J, Jian Z, Liu C, Li L, Ma W, 2014. Long-term cycles in the carbon reservoir of the Quaternary ocean: a perspective from the South China Sea. National Science Review, 1: 119–143.

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

Li L, Li Q, Tian J, Wang H, Wang P, 2013. 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. (corresponding author)

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

Li Q, Zheng F, Chen M, et al, 2010. Glacial paleoceanography off the mouth of the Mekong River, southern South China Sea, during the last 500 ka. Quaternary Research 73: 563–572.

Ma W, Tian J, Li Q, 2010. Astronomically modulated late Pliocene equatorial Pacific climate transition and Northern Hemisphere ice sheet expansion. Chinese Science Bulletin, 55:211-220. doi: 10.1007/s11434-009-0310-4.

Tian J, Shevenell A, Wang P, Zhao Q, Li Q, Cheng X., 2009. Reorganization of Pacific Deep Waters linked to middle Miocene Antarctic cryosphere expansion: A perspective from the South China Sea. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 284: 375–382.

Wang P, Li Q, 2009. Monsoons: Pre-Quaternary. In: Gornitz V (ed.) Encyclopedia of Paleoclimatology and Ancient Environments. Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp. 583-589.

Xiang R, Chen M, Li Q, Liu J, Zhang L, Lu J2009.Planktonic foraminiferal records of East Asia monsoon changes in the southern South China Sea during the last 40,000 years. Marine Micropaleontology, 73: 1-13.

Yang F, Yu H, Zhang Q, Li Q, 2009. Correlations between shortening rate, uplift rate, and inversion rate in central inversion zone of Xihu Depression, East China Sea Basin. Journal of Earth Science, 20: 699–708.

Shao L, Qiao P, Pang X, Wei G, Li Q, Miao W, Li A, 2009. Nd isotopic variations and its implications in the recent sediments from the northern South China Sea. Chinese Science Bulletin, 54(2): 311-317.

Tian J, Zhao Q, Wang P, Li Q, Cheng X, 2008. Astronomically modulated Neogene sediment records from the South China Sea. Paleoceanography, 23(3): PA3210, doi:10.1029/2007PA001552.

Li Q, Wang P, Zhao Q, et al, 2008. Paleoceanography of the mid-Pleistocene South China Sea. Quaternary Science Reviews, 27(11-12): 1217-1233.

Chen M, Li Q, Zhang L, et al., 2008. Systematic biotic responses to palaeoenvironmental change in the Late Pleistocene southern South China Sea: a preliminary study. Journal of Quaternary Science, 23(8): 803-815.

Li Q, Zheng F, Cheng X, Xiang R, 2008. Planktonic foraminifer stable isotope results from IODP Hole U1322B. Proceedings of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, 308: 1-6 (online).



Wang, P., Li, Q., Li, C.-F., 2014. Geology of the China Seas. ElsevierAmsterdam,687p. ISBN 978-0-444-59388-7.

Wang, P., Li, Q. (eds.) 2009. The South China Sea: Paleoceanography and Sedimentology. Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 506p. ISBN 978-1-4020-9744-7.

Li, Q., McGowran, B., 2000. Miocene foraminifera from Lakes Entrance Oil Shaft, Gippsland, southeastern Australia. Australasian Association of Palaeonotologists Memoir, vol. 22, 142p.




Global Changes(undergraduate course)

Foraminifera(postgraduate course)


former students

MasterCheng Jingshuang; Ge Huangmin; Zhao Meng

DoctorDong Liang; Ma Wentao


Overseas Outstanding Teacher, Ministry of Education, 2011-2012



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