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

Zhao Xixi


Xixi Zhao Professor

Office Lingang campus, Ocean building 218


Email: xzhao@tongji.edu.cn


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


1989.06-1991.07, Texas A&M University, Paleomagnetism and Marin Science (Postdoctoral Fellowship)

1988-1989, University of California, Santa Cruz, Paleomagnetism (Postdoctoral Fellowship)

1981/9 -1987/7University of California, Santa CruzGeophysics and Earh Sciences PhD student, advisor: Robert S Coe)

1979/9 - 1981/7Graduate School, University of Science and Technology of China, Beijing, Stratigraphy (Master student, Advisor: Zanxun Yi)

1975/9 - 1979/1, University of Science and Technology of China, Beijing, Solid State Physics, (BS student, Advisor Taiyong Zhang).



Distinguished Researcher, College of Marine and Earth Science, Tongji University, 9/2013-present

Recalled-Research Geophysicist, Center for Studies of Imaging and Dynamics of the Earth (CSIDE), Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP), UC Santa Cruz, 3/2017 - present

Full Research Geophysicist, Center for Studies of Imaging and Dynamics of the Earth (CSIDE), Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP), UC Santa Cruz, 3/2004 - 2016

Visiting Research Professor, Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics (IAG), University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, 7/2012-7/2013

Lecturer/PhD student supervisor, Earth and Planetary Sciences Department, UC Santa Cruz, 3/2004-present

Guest Professor, China University of Geosciences (Beijing), 3/2004 – 2/2013

Guest Professor, China University of Geosciences (Beijing), 5/2004 – 5/2007

Concurrent Professor of Geology, Nanjing University, P.R. China 10/2003 – 9/2006

Foreign Visiting Scientist, Ocean Research Institute, University of Tokyo, December 2006

Professor Assosier, University of Montpelier, France, 10/2005-10/2006

Research interests

Rock magnetism and paleomagnetism applied to tectonics

Magnetostratigraphy and marine geology

Paleointensity determination



During the past 15 years, Xixi Zhao has led 22 research projects funded by the National Science Foundation of China, Tongji University, US National Science Foundation, the International Ocean Drilling Program, US Scientific Support Program, France-Berkeley Fund, and the United States - Mexico Fund.


Xixi Zhao is the author or co-author of 159 scientific articles on tectonics, marine sciences, geophysics, geology, and paleomagnetism and rock magnetism. Some of his papers on tectonics of China have been cited over 200 times. As a researcher of marine geology and geophysics, Xixi Zhao is a veteran of 15 scientific ocean drilling expeditions, and has nearly 60 peer-reviewed publications related to scientific ocean drilling.



Paleomagnetism(postgraduate course)


current students

MasterWei Zhang

former students

MasterLisa Hawkins , John Lions, Miguel Cervantes Solano

PhDDavid Finn, Guangsheng Zhuang , Peter Lippert , Gina Frost , Stuart Gilder

Postdoc: U. Draeger (Germany); P. Riisager, and J. Riisager (Denmark); G. Plenier (France); Qingsong Liu (USA), Chris Pluhar (USA), Maodu Yan (USA), Yong-Hee Park (South Korea)



?University of Minnesota, Visiting Fellowship 2008, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2001, 2000, 1998, 1995

?UC MEXUS, Fellowship for Academic Exchange to Mexico, 2003, 2002

?University of California, Santa Cruz: IGPP/CSIDE Mini-research funds (2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001); Tectonic Award (1999), Fellowship of Nonlinear Sciences Institute (1990), Chancellor's Special Fund (1989), Graduate Travel's Fund (1985), Chancellor's Patent Fund (1983), Tuition Fellowship (1981-87), Regent's Fellowship (1981-83).

?Union Geofisica Mexicana, A.C., Travel grant to attend Mexican Geophysical Meeting, Puerto Vallarta, 2001

?K.C. Wong Foundation of Hong Kong, Science Award, 1996, 2000


Serving on academic journal

1. Associated Editor for The Geological Society of America Bulletin

2.Associated Editor for China Science-Earth Science


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