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Name:JunSheng Nie

Title: National Ten-thousand Talents  Recipient of NSFC Excellent Young Scholar Grant  Professor  Ph.D. advisor 


Graduate College:Univerist of Rhode Island


Academic degree:PhD

On-the-job information:Incumbency

Unit:Geomorphology and Quaternary

Initiation time:2010

Office location:710 Qilian Bld.

Mail box:jnie@lzu.edu.cn

Learning Experience

09/2003-07/2008: PhD, Oceanography, University of Rhode Island

09/2000-07/2003: M.S., Physical geography, Lanzhou university

09/1996-07/2000: B.S., Physical geography, Lanzhou university

Research Direction

Late Cenozoic Environmental Evolution; Environmental magnetism; Provenance analysis

Work Experience

06/2010- present: Professor, Quaternary geology and Physical geography, Lanzhou University.

09/2008.09-05/2010: Postdoctor, Geology, University of Texas at Austin



Part-time Academic Job

International Subcommission on Timescale Calibration, voting member
Frontiers in Earth Science  Associate Editor
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology  Editor board member
Scientific Reports  Editor board member

Research Findings

(1) Separate the precipitation and temperature index from magnetic proxy in Chinese Loess Plateau from Late Miocene

(2) Reconstruct the climate change history of East Asian in Late Cenozoic by magnetic proxy.

Achievement Of Honor

National Ten-thousand Talents 2019
Leading scientist of “Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China" 2018
Liu Tungsheng Prize for Young Earth Scientists 2015
Recipient of NSFC Excellent Young Scholar Grant  2014
Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Youth Science and Technology Award 2013
Prize of Young Scientist of Fu Chengyi 2013
Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University of Ministry of Education of China 2010

In-progress Projects

(1) Effects of Pliocene-Pleistocene climatic changes on evolution of the Limpopo and the Zambezi River, Southern Africa, 41761144063, NSFC, 2018/01-2020/12
(2) Ages, durations,and geomagnetic field behavior during middle Miocene high-frequency excursion period, 41672157, NSFC, 2017/01-2020/12


1. Qingda Su;  Junsheng Nie;  Qingquan Meng;  Richard Heermance;  Lisha Gong;  Zeng Luo;  Zhao Wang;  Rui Zhang;  Carmala Garzione, Central Asian Drying at 3.3 Ma Linked to Tropical Forcing?  Geophysical Research Letters, 2019.9.6,  https://doi.org/10.1029/2019GL084648
2. Zhao Wang;  Junsheng Nie;  Junping Wang;  Haobo Zhang;  Wenbin Peng;  Eduardo Garzanti;  Xiaofei Hu;  Thomas Stevens;  Katharina Pfaff;  Baotian Pan, Testing Contrasting Models of the Formation of the Upper Yellow River Using Heavy‐Mineral Data From the Yinchuan Basin Drill Cores, Geophysical Research Letters, 2019.8.23,  https://doi.org/10.1029/2019GL084179
3. Qingda Su; Junsheng Nie; Zeng Luo; Mingsong Li; Richard Heermance; Carmala Garzione, Detection of Strong Precession Cycles from the Late Pliocene Sedimentary Records of Northeastern Tibetan Plateau, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 2019.7.24, https://doi.org/10.1029/2019GC008447
4. Xueping Ren; Junsheng Nie ;  Joel E. Saylor ; Hua Li ; Meredith A. Bush ; Brian K. Horton, Provenance Control on Chemical Weathering Index of Fluvio‐Lacustrine Sediments: Evidence From the Qaidam Basin, NE Tibetan Plateau, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 2019.6.18,  https://doi.org/10.1029/2019GC008330
5. Junsheng Nie; Xueping Ren ; Joel E. Saylor ; Qingda Su ; Brian K. Horton ; Meredith A. Bush ; Wenhan Chen ; Katharina Pfaff, Magnetic polarity stratigraphy, provenance, and paleoclimate analysis of Cenozoic strata in the Qaidam Basin, NE Tibetan Plateau,  Geological Society of America Bulletin, 2019.6.12,https://doi.org/10.1130/B35175.1

1. Junsheng Nie, The Plio-Pleistocene 405-kyr climate cycles, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 2018.12.1, 510: 26~30      
2. Zeng Luo; Qingda Su; Zhao Wang; Richard V. Heermance; Carmala Garzione; Man Li; Xueping Ren; Yougui Song; Junsheng Nie, Orbital forcing of Plio-Pleistocene climate variation in a Qaidam Basin lake based on paleomagnetic and evaporite mineralogic analysis, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 2018.12.1, 510: 31~39      
3. Junsheng Nie; Gregory Ruetenik; Kerry Gallagher; Gregory Hoke; Carmala N. Garzione; Weitao Wang; Daniel Stockli; Xiaofei Hu; Zhao Wang; Ying Wang; Thomas Stevens; Martin Danišík; Shanpin Liu, Rapid incision of the Mekong River in the middle Miocene linked to monsoonal precipitation, Nature Geoscience, 2018.10.15, 11: 944~948.  
4. Richard V. Heermance ; Jozi Pearson; Marius Vilkas; Annelisa Moe; Langtao Liu; Jianhong Xu; Jie Chen; Fabiana Richter; Carmala Garzione; Junsheng Nie; Scott Bogue, Erg deposition and development of the ancestral Taklimakan Desert (western China) between 12.2 and 7.0 Ma, Geology, 2018.9.11, 46: 919~922      
5. Shunchuan Ji; Junsheng Nie; Alex Lechler; Katharine W. Huntington; Emma O. Heitmann; Daniel O. Breecker, A symmetrical CO2 peak and asymmetrical climate change during the middle Miocene, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2018.7.30, 499: 134~144      
6. Wenbin Peng; Junsheng Nie; Zhao Wang; Xiaoke Qiang; Eduardo Garzanti; Katharina Pfaf; Yougui Song; Thomas Stevens, A major change in precipitation gradient on the Chinese Loess Plateau at the Pliocene-Quaternary boundary, Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 2018.4.15, 155: 134~138      
7. Benhong Guo; Shanpin Liu; Tingjiang Peng; Zhenhua Ma; Zhantao Feng; Meng Li; Xiaomiao Li; Jijun Li; Chunhui Song; Zhijun Zhao; Baotian Pan; Daniel F. Stockli; Junsheng Nie, Late Pliocene establishment of exorheic drainage in the northeastern Tibetan Plateau as evidenced by the Wuquan Formation in the Lanzhou Basin, Geomorphology, 2018.2.15, 303: 271~283     、
8. Junsheng Nie; Alex Pullen; Carmala N. Garzione; Wenbin Peng; Zhao Wang, Pre-Quaternary decoupling between Asian aridification and high dust accumulation rates, Science Advances, 2018.2.14, 4: ea6977.   
1. Rui Zhang; Junsheng Nie, Goethite Concentration Variations in the Red Clay Sequence on the Chinese Loess Plateau, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 2017.11.8, 18: 1~8      
2. Emma O. Heitmann; Shunchuan Ji; Junsheng Nie; Daniel O. Breecker, Orbitally-paced variations of water availability in the SE Asian Monsoon region following the Miocene Climate Transition, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2017.9.15, 474: 272~282        
3. Shunchuan Ji; Junsheng Nie; Daniel O. Breecker; Zeng Luo; Yougui Song, Intensified aridity in northern China during the middle Piacenzian warm period, Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 2017.7.14, 147: 222~225      
4. Zhiguo Zhang; Junsheng Nie; Xiaomin Fang, Provenance analysis reveals mountain uplift in the midsection of the Altyn Tagh Fault during the Middle Miocene, Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 2017.03, 54(3): 278~289      
5. Junsheng Nie; Carmala Garzione; Qingda Su; Qingsong Liu; Rui Zhang; David Heslop; Cristian Necula; Shihong Zhang; Yougui Song; Zeng Luo, Dominant 100,000-year precipitation cyclicity in a late Miocene lake from northeast Tibet, Science Advances, 2017.3.29, 3: e1600762.

1. Joel E. Saylor; Lokin Casturi; Timothy M. Shanahan; Junsheng Nie; Crystal Saadeh, Tectonic and climate controls on Neogene environmental change in the Zhada Basin, southwestern Tibetan Plateau, Geology, 2016.11.1, 44: 919~922      
2. Hujun Gong; Junsheng Nie; Zhao Wang; Wenbin Peng; Rui Zhang; Yunxiang Zhang, A comparison of zircon U-Pb age results of the Red Clay sequence on the central Chinese Loess Plateau, Scientific Reports, 2016.8.19, 6: 1~6      
3. Rui Zhang; Cristian Necula; David Heslop; Junsheng Nie, Unmixing hysteresis loops of the late Miocene-early Pleistocene loess-red clay sequence, Scientific Reports, 2016.07.8, 6: 0~29515           
4. Wenbin Peng; Zhao Wang; Yougui Song; Katharina Pfaff; Zeng Luo; Junsheng Nie; Wenhan Chen, A comparison of heavy mineral assemblage between the loess and the Red Clay sequences on the Chinese Loess Plateau, Aeolian Research, 2016.6.1, 21: 87~91      
5. Junsheng Nie, Yougui Song; John W.King, A Review of Recent Advances in Red-Clay Environmental Magnetism and Paleoclimate History on the Chinese Loess Plateau, Forontiers in Earth Science, 2016.3.15, 4: 1~13      
6. Meredith A. Bush; Joel E. Saylor; Brian K. Horton; Junsheng Nie, Growth of the Qaidam Basin during Cenozoic exhumation in the northern Tibetan Plateau: Inferences from depositional patterns and multi-proxy detrital provenance signatures, Lithosphere, 2016.2.1, 8: 58~82    

1. Brian K. Horton; Veronica J. Anderson; Victor Caballero; Joel E. Saylor; Junsheng Nie; Mauricio Parra; Mora, Andrés, Application of detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology to surface and subsurface correlations of provenance, paleodrainage, and tectonics of the Middle Magdalena Valley Basin of Colombia, Geosphere, 2015.12.1, 11: 1790~1811            
2. Junsheng Nie; Thomas Stevens; Martin Rittner; Daniel Stockli; Eduardo Garzanti; Mara Limonta; Anna Bird; Sergio Ando; Pieter Vermeesch; Joel Saylor; Huayu Lu; Daniel Breecker; Xiaofei Hu; Shanpin Liu; Alberto Resentini; Giovanni Vezzoli; Wenbin Peng; Andrew Carter; Shunchuan Ji; Baotian Pan, Loess Plateau storage of Northeastern Tibetan Plateau-derived Yellow River sediment, Nature Communications, 2015.11.9, 6: 8511.
3. Anna Brid; Thomas Stevens; Martin Rirrner; Pieter Vermeesch; Andrew Carter; Eduardo Garzanti; Huayu Lu; Junsheng Nie; Lin Zeng; Hanzhi Zhang; Zhiwei Xu, Quaternary dust source variation across the Chinese Loess Plateau, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 2015.10.1, 435: 254~264
4. Shanpin Liu; Jijun Li; Daniel F.Stockli; Chunhui Song; Junsheng Nie; Tingjiang Peng; Xiuxi Wang; Kuang He; Zhengchuang Hui; Jun Zhang, Late Tertiary reorganizations of deformation in northeastern Tibet constrained by stratigraphy and provenance data from eastern Longzhong Basin, Journal of Geophysical Research, 2015.08, 120(8): 5804~5821 

1. Junsheng Nie; Wenbin Peng; Andreas Moller; Yougui Song; Daniel F.Stocklid; Thomas Stevens; Brain K. Horton; Shanpin Liu; Anna Bird; Jeffrey Oalmann; Hujun Gong; Xiaomin Fang, Provenance of the upper Miocene–Pliocene Red Clay deposits of the Chinese loess plateau, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2014.12.1, 407: 35~47      
2. Junsheng Nie; Thomas Stevens; Yougui Song; John W. King; Rui Zhang; Shunchuan Ji; Lisha Gong; Danielle Cares, Pacific freshening drives Pliocene cooling and Asian monsoon intensification, Scientific Reports, 2014.6.27, 4: 1~8      
3. Junsheng Nie; Wenbin Peng, Automated SEM-EDS heavy mineral analysis reveals no provenance shift between glacial loess and interglacial paleosol on the Chinese Loess Plateau, Aeolian Research, 2014.4.18, 13: 71~75      
4. Junsheng Nie; Rui Zhang; Cristian Necula; David Heslop; Qingsong Liu; Lisha Gong; Subir Banerjee, Late Miocene–early Pleistocene paleoclimate history of the Chinese Loess Plateau revealed by remanence unmixing, Geophysical Research Letters, 2014.3.28, 41: 2163~2168.

1. Junsheng Nie; Mike Jackson; John W. King; Xiaomin Fang, Characterizing the superpara magnetic grain distribution of Chinese red-clay sequences by thermal fluctuation tomography, Global and Planetary Change, 2013.11, 110(Part C): 364~367      
2. Junsheng Nie; Wenbin Peng; Katharina Pfaff; Andreas Moeller; Eduardo Garzanti; Sergio Ando; Thomas Stevens; Anna Bird,; Hong Chang; Yougui Song; Shanpin Liu; Shunchuan Ji, Controlling factors on heavy mineral assemblages in Chinese loess and Red Clay, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 2013.7, 381: 110~118        
3. Junsheng Nie; Yougui Song; John W. King; Rui Zhang; Xiaomin Fang, Six million years of magnetic grain-size records reveal that temperature and precipitation were decoupled on the Chinese Loess Plateau during similar to 4.5-2.6 Ma, Quaternary Research, 2013.5.1, 79(3): 465~470      
4. Joel.E Saylor; Jennifer N. Knowles; Brian K. Horton; Junsheng Nie; Andreas Mora, Mixing of Source Populations Recorded in Detrital Zircon U-Pb Age Spectra of Modern River Sands, Journal of Geology, 2013.1.1, 121(1): 17~33 

1. Jinbo Zan; Xiaomin Fang; Junsheng Nie; Xiaohua Teng; Shengli Yang, Rock magnetism in loess from the middle Tian Shan: Implications for paleoenvironmental interpretations of magnetic properties of loess deposits in Central Asia, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 2012.10.30, 13: 0~Q10Z50      
2. Joel E. Saylor; Daniel F. Stockli; Brian K. Horton; Junsheng Nie; Andrés Mora, Discriminating rapid exhumation from syndepositional volcanism using detrital zircon double dating: Implications for the tectonic history of the Eastern Cordillera, Colombia, Geological Society of America Bulletin, 2012.5.20, 124: 762~779      
3. Li Gao; Junsheng Nie; Steven Clemens; Weiguo Liu; Jimin Sun; Roland Zech; Yongsong Huang, The importance of solar insolation on the temperature variations for the past 110 kyr on the Chinese Loess Plateau, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 2012.2.1, 317-318: 128~133      
4. Junsheng Nie; Horton, Brian K.; Saylor, Joel E.; Mora, Andrés; Mange, Maria; Garzione, Carmala N.; Basu, Asish; Moreno, Christopher J.; Caballero, Victor; Parra, Mauricio, Integrated provenance analysis of a convergent retroarc foreland system: U-Pb ages, heavy minerals, Ndisotopes, and sandstone compositions of the Middle Magdalena Valley basin, northern Andes, Colombia, Earth Science Reviews, 2012.1.1, 110: 111~126      

1. Junsheng Nie, Coupled 100-kyr cycles between 3 and 1 Ma in terrestrial and marine paleoclimatic records, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 2011.10.26, 12(10): 1~10      
2. Joel E. Saylor; Brian K. Horton; Junsheng Nie; Jaime Corredor; Mora Andrés, Evaluating foreland basin partitioning in the northern Andes using Cenozoic fill of the Floresta basin, Eastern Cordillera,Colombia, Basin Research, 2011.8.1, 23: 377~402         
3. Jinbo Zan; Xiaomin Fang; Junsheng Nie; Shengli Yang; Chunhui Song; Shuang Dai, Magnetic properties of surface soils across the southern Tarim Basin and their relationship with climate and source materials, Chinese Science Bulletin, 2011.1.1, 56: 290~296      

1. Yadong Wang; Junsheng Nie; Tao Zhang; Guoqiang Sun; Xin Yang; Yuhu Liu; Xingwang Liu, Cenozoic tectonic evolution in the western Qaidam Basin inferred from subsurface data, Geosciences Journal, 2010.12, 14(4): 335~344      
2. Jinbo Zan; Xiaomin Fang; Shengli Yang; Junsheng Nie; Xiangyu Li, A rock magnetic study of loess from the West Kunlun Mountains, Journal of Geophysical Research, 2010.10.13, 115: 1~9      
3. Brian K. Horton; Joel E. Saylor; Junsheng Nie; Andr&eacutes Mora; Mauricio Parra; Andrés Reyes-Harker; Daniel F. Stockli, Linking sedimentation in the northern Andes to basement configuration, Mesozoic extension, and Cenozoic shortening: Evidence from detrital zircon U-Pb ages, Eastern Cordillera, Colombia, Geological Society of America Bulletin, 2010.9.1, 122: 1423~1442      
4. Yougui Song; Zhengtao Shi; Xiaomin Fang; Junsheng Nie; Ishikawa Naoto; Xiaoke Qiang; Xulong Wang, Loess magnetic properties in the Ili Basin and their correlation with the Chinese Loess Plateau, Science China Earth Sciences, 2010, 53(3): 419~431      
5. Yan Bai; Xiaomin Fang; Junsheng Nie; Qiangxiang Meng; Yunping Chi, Methoxy n-fatty acids insurface soils from the Gongga and Kunlun Mountains: Ecological implications, Chinese Science Bulletin, 2010.7.1, 55: 2258~2267      
6. Junsheng Nie ; Brian K. Horton; Andrés Mora; Joel E. Saylor; Housh, Todd B.; Jorge Rubiano; Julian Naranjo, Tracking exhumation of Andean ranges bounding the Middle Magdalena Valley Basin, Colombia, Geology, 2010.5.1, 38: 451~454      
7. Junsheng Nie; Yougui Song; John W. King; Xiaomin Fang; Clifford Heil, HIRM variations in the Chinese red-clay sequence: Insights into pedogenesis in the dust source area, Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 2010.4.25, 38: 96~104      
8. Junsheng Nie; Yougui Song; John W. King; Ramon Egli, Consistent grain size distribution of pedogenic maghemite of surface soils and Miocene loessic soils on the Chinese Loess Plateau, Journal of Quaternary Science, 2010.3.1, 25: 261~266      

1. Joel E. Saylor; Andres Mora; Brian K. Horton; Junsheng Nie, Controls on the isotopic composition of surface water and precipitation in the Northern Andes, Colombian Eastern Cordillera, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 2009.12.1, 73(23): 6999~7018      
2. Yan Bai; Xiaomin Fang; Junsheng Nie; Yongli Wang; Fuli Wu, A preliminary reconstruction of the paleoecological and paleoclimatic history of the Chinese Loess Plateau from the application of biomarkers, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 2009.1.1, 271: 161~169      

1. Junsheng Nie; John W. King; Xiaomin Fang, Correlation between the magnetic susceptibility record of the Chinese aeolian sequences and the marine benthic oxygen isotope record, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 2008.12.23, 9: 1~7      
2. Junsheng Nie; John King; Xiaomin Fang, Late Pliocene-early Pleistocene 100-ka problem, Geophysical Research Letters, 2008.11.12, 35: 1~4      
3. Junsheng Nie; John King; Zhengyu Liu; Steven Clemens; Warren Prell; Xiaomin Fang, Surface-water freshening: A cause for the onset of North Pacific stratification from 2.75 Ma onward?, Global and Planetary Change, 2008.11, 64(1-2): 49~52      
4. Junsheng Nie; John King; Mike Jackson; Xiaomin Fang; Yougui Song, AC magnetic susceptibility studies of Chinese red clay sediments between 4.8 and 4.1 Ma: Paleoceanographic and paleoclimatic implications, Journal of Geophysical Research, 2008.10.25, 113(B10): 1~7      
5. Junsheng Nie; John W. King; Xiaomin Fang, Tibetan uplift intensified the 400 k.y. signal in paleoclimate records at 4 Ma, Geological Society of America Bulletin, 2008.10, 120(9-10): 1338~1344      
6. Junsheng Nie; John W. King,; Xiaomin Fang, Link between benthic oxygen isotopes and magnetic susceptibility in the red-clay sequence on the Chinese Loess Plateau, Geophysical Research Letters, 2008.2.9, 35: 1~5      

1. Junsheng Nie; John W. King; Xiaomin Fang, Enhancement mechanisms of magnetic susceptibility in the Chinese red-clay sequence, Geophysical Research Letters, 2007.10.9, 34(19): 1~5      
1. Xiaomin Fang; Maodu Yan; Rob Van der Voo; David K. Rea; Chunhui Song; Josep M. Pares; Junping Gao; Junsheng Nie; Shuang Dai, Late Cenozoic deformation and uplift of the NE Tibetan Plateau: evidence from high-resolution magnetostratigraphy of the Guide Basin, Qinghai Province, China, Geological Society of America Bulletin, 2005.10.1, 117: 1208~1225      
1. Chunhui Song; Xiaomin Fang; Junping Gao; Junsheng Nie; Maodu Yan; Xianhai Xu; Dong Sun, Magnetostratigraphy of Late Cenozoic fossil mammals in the northeastern margin of the Tibetan Plateau, Chinese Science Bulletin, 2003.1.1, 48: 188~193      

Publishing Works

Towards an Improved Understanding of Uplift Mechanisms and the Elevation History of the Tibetan Plateau