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Ya-Sheng Wu
  (1) Associate Professor of Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences,(2) Professor of University of Chinese Academy of Sciences
Highest Education  
Subject Categories  
  Biopetrology paleomicrobiology, Carbonate Sedimentology, Paleontology, Geobiology, Chemostratigraphy.
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  No.19 Beitucheng West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100029, China

Education and Appointments:

1999-2002: Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, PhD.
1984-1987: Institute of Geology, Chinese Academy of Science, MS.
1980-1984: Nanjing University, BS.
Professional Career: 
2002-2003: Senior Visiting Scholar at Texas A & M University(worked with Prof. Ethan Grossman)
1994-Present: Associate Professor, Institute of Geology & Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Science. 
1987-1994: Assistant Professor, Institute of Geology, Chinese Academy of Science.
Academic Posts:
(1)Editorial board members of the Journal of Palaeogeography and the Journal of Acta Palaeontologica Sinica.
(2)Chairman of the International Biopetrological Association (IBA).
(3)Executive director of the Paleontological Society of China.
(4)Council member of the Lithofacies Palaeogeography Branch of the Chinese Society for Mineralogy Petrology and Geochem

Research Interests:
  1. Microbial carbonates, including experiments on bio-mineralization of cyanobacteria, characterization of microbialites from the Archean, Proterozoic, early Paleozoic, and P-T boundary strata, their formation mechanisms and sedimentary environments.
  2. Reefs, including characterization of the reefs from the Paleozoic strata and the modern reefs in South China Sea, their facies architectures and records of paleoenvironmental changes.
  3. Paleoecology of calcareous algae, calcareous sponges, reef-building corals and stromatoporoids.
  4. Mass extinctions across the P-T boundary, their impacts on biota and triggering factors.
  5. Carbon isotopic chemostratigraphy, their methodology and applications.
Public Services:


Won the "Yinzanxun Prize for the distinguished Stratigraphers and Paleontologists", the highest prize awarded by the China Society of Paleontology in 2009.

Main Achievments:

  1. Finding the great global sea-level fall in the latest Permian.
  2. Finding the cyanobacterial origin of the P-T boundary microbialites.
  3. Description of 249 fossil species from the Permian and Ordovician reefs and carbonates, including calcareous sponges, bryozoans, corals and stromatoporoids, calcareous algae and cyanobacteria.
  4. Establishment of a new global carbon isotope chemostratigraphic system for the Cambrian.

Supported Projects:
Some Research Projects(NNSFC:National Natural Scientific Foundation of China):
  1. Study on Ediacaran and Cambrian microbialites from the Tarim Basin. (from NNSFC, 2020-2023). Leader.
  2. Microfacies of Ordovician reefs and carbonates on the southern and western edges of the Ordos Basin. (from National Science and Technology Major Project, Grant No. 2016ZX05004006, 2017-2019). Leader.
  3. Microbial fossils from the Ediacaran and Cambrian in the Tarim Basin. (from the National Science and Technology Major Project (Grant No. 2016ZX05004-004-005, 2017-2018). Leader.
  4. Sedimentary facies and model of the Permian reefs in South China(from NNSFC, 2014-2018). Leader.
  5. Biostratigraphy and carbon isotopic stratigraphy of the Cambrian in the Tarim Basin. (From China National Petroleum Corp, 2014-2016). Leader.
  6. Communities and microfacies of the Ordovician in Yubei area. (from Sinopec Group of China, 2014-2015). Leader.
  7. Community paleoecology and microfacies of the Ordovician reefs on the southern and western edges of the Ordos Basin. (From China National Petroleum Corp, 2010-2011). Leader.
  8. Identification of bioclasts from the Ordovician in the Tarim Basin and their application in reservoir analysis. (From China National Petroleum Corp, 2010-2011). Leader
  9. Paleoenvironmental changes and biotic evolution across Permian-Triassic boundary in reef-districts of South China.(from NNSFC, No. 40472015, 2005-2007). Leader.
  10. Quantitative determination of amplitudes of global sea-level change in Late Permian Changxingian Stage. (from NNSFC, No. 40172007, 2002-2004).Leader.
  11. Probematic organisms in the Permian reefs in southwestern China (from the NNSFC, No. 49102017, 1992-1994).Leader.
  12. Sedimentary facies of carbonates in South and North China. (from NNSFC, No. 48970112, 1990-1993).Key member.
  13. Triassic reefs in Sichuan and Guizhou Provinces, China. (from NNSFC, No. 4870128, as key member, 1988-1990)
  14. Permian and Triassic reefs in South China. (from NNSFC, No. D84039, 1985-1987).Key member.


  1. Wu Ya-Sheng, 1991, Organisms and communities of the Permian reef of Xiangbo, China.-calcisponges, hydrozoans, algae, microproblematica. International Academic Publisher. 192p. (in English)
  2. Wu Ya-Sheng, 2005, Conodonts, reef evolution and mass extinction across Permian-Triassic boundary. Geological Publishing House. (in English)
  3. Yang Hai-Jun, Wu Ya-Sheng, Xiao Zhong-Yao et al., 2005. Cyanobacterial, Algal, Bryozoan, Coral and stromatoporoid fossils from the Ordovician of Tarim Basin. Geological Publishing House. (In Chinese). Beijing. 201p.

Selected Publication:

Some Papers(*: correspondence author): 

  1. Li, Y., Jiang, H.X.*, Wu, Y.S.*, Pan, W.Q., Zhang, B.S., Sun, C.H., Yang, G., 2021. Macro- and microfeatures of Early Cambrian dolomitic microbialites from Tarim Basin, China. Journal of Palaeogeography, 10:3,
  2. Wu, Y.S., Jiang, H.X.*, Li, Y., Yu, G.L. 2021. Microfabric features of microbial carbonates: experimental and natural evidence of mold holes and crusts. Journal of Palaeogeography, 10:19.
  3. Ya-Sheng Wu, Wei Wang, Hong-Xia Jiang, Ying Cui, Rui Zhao, Zhi-Bin Huang, Zhi-Lin Yang, Yong-Quan Chen. 2021. Evolution patterns of seawater carbon isotope composition during the Cambrian and their stratigraphic significance. Geological Journal,56:457–474. DOI: 10.1002/gj.3957
  4. Ya-Sheng Wu, Wei Wang, Hong-Xia Jiang, Ying Cui, Rui Zhao, Zhi-Bin Huang, Zhi-Lin Yang, Yong-Quan Chen. 2021. Evolution patterns of seawater carbon isotope composition during the Cambrian and their stratigraphic significance. Geological Journal,56:457–474. DOI: 10.1002/gj.3957
  5. Yue-Yang Zhang, Hong-Xia Jiang, Ya-Sheng Wu*, Wen-Qing Pan, Li-Jing Liu, Bao-Shou Zhang, Liu-Ping Zhang. Palaeoenvironmental distribution of Ordovician dasycladaleans in the Tarim Basin, Xinjiang, China. Geological Journal. 2020;1–17. DOI: 10.1002/gj.3857
  6. Li-Jing Zheng, Hong-Xia Jiang* , Ya-Sheng Wu, Hong-Ping Bao, Yue-Yang Zhang, Jun-Feng Ren and Zheng-Liang Huang. Halysis Hoeg, 1932 — an ancestral tabulate coral from the Ordos Basin, North China. Journal of Palaeogeography (2020) 9:26
  7. LijingLiu, LiyuanLiang, YashengWu, XiqiangZhou, LianqiJia, RobertRiding. Ordovician cyanobacterial calcification: A marine fossil proxy for atmospheric CO2. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 530 (2020) 115950
  8. Chen Y, Zhang Y, Wu Y, Zhou P, Li K, Wang X. 2020. Discovery of SPICE and carbon isotope stratigraphic correlation of the Cambrian Furongian Series in Tarim Craton, NW China. Science China Earth Sciences, 63: 1330–1338,
  9. Lijing Liu,* Yasheng Wu,* Hongping Bao, Hongxia Jiang, Lijing Zheng, and Yanlong Chen. Diversity and systematics of Middle-Late Ordovician calcified cyanobacteria and associated microfossils from Ordos Basin, North China. Journal of Paleontology , 2020, doi: 10.1017/jpa.2020.82
  10. Lijing Zheng, Hongping Bao, Yasheng Wu*, Liuyi Sun, Hongxia Jiang, Junfeng Ren, Zhengliang Huang, Lijing Liu. 2018. Distinguishing coral reef facies from coral-bearing open platform facies: Examples from Ordovician Ordos Basin, Northwest China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 495: 72–86.
  11. Ling Liu, Ya-Sheng Wu*, Yang Li, Qing-Song Liu, Hong-Xia Jiang, Hong Liu. 2018. Microfacies of a Permian calcisponge reef in Lichuan, western Hubei,South China. Palaeoworld, 27: 90–106.
  12. Shu-Zhong Shen, Jahandar Ramezani, Jun Chen, Chang-Qun Cao, Douglas H. Erwin, Hua Zhang, Lei Xiang, Shane D. Schoepfer, Charles M. Henderson, Quan-Feng Zheng, Samuel A. Bowring, Yue Wang, Xian-Hua Li, Xiang-Dong Wang, Dong-Xun Yuan, Yi-Chun Zhang, Lin Mu, Jun Wang, and Ya-Sheng Wu. 2018. A sudden end-Permian mass extinction in South China. GSA Bulletin,131 (1-2): 205-223.
  13. Ya Sheng Wu*, Gong Liang Yu, Ren Hui Li, Li Rong Song, Hong Xia Jiang, Robert Riding, Li Jing Liu, Dong Yan Liu & Rui Zhao. 2014. Cyanobacterial fossils from 252 Ma old microbialites and their environmental significance. Scientific Reports, 4: 3820.
  14. Cai Xi Yao, Yuan Xiao Hong, Wu Ya Sheng*, 2014. Conodonts from the Upper Ordovician in well Z2 of the central Tarim Basin and the age of conodont-bearing reefal beds. Acta Micropalaeontologica Sinica 31(3): 285-293.
  15. Ya-Sheng Wu*, Xiao-Hong Yuan, Hong-Xia Jiang, Li-Jing Liu,2014. Coevality of the sea-level fall and main mass extinction in the Permian-Triassic transition in Xiushui, Jiangxi Province, southern China. Journal of Palaeogeography, 3(3): 309-322
  16. LIU LiJing, JIANG HongXia, WU YaSheng* & CAI ChunFang. 2014. Community replacement sequences and paleoenvironmental changes in reef areas of South China from Late Permian to Early Triassic exemplified by Panlongdong section in northeastern Sichuan Basin. SCIENCE CHINA Earth Sciences, 57(5): 1093–1108.
  17. Jiang Hong Xia, Wu Ya sheng* 2013, Diagenesis of the microbialites in the Permian-Triassic boundary section at Laolongdong,Chongqing, South China. Journal of Palaeogeography, 2(2): 183-191. 
  18. Jiang Hong Xia*, Bao Hong Ping, Sun Liu Yi, Wu Ya Sheng, 2013, Coral fossils from the Ordovician of the southern margin of the Odors Basin. Acta Paleontologica Sinica, 52(2): 243-255.  
  19. Yang Hai Jun, Jiang Hong Xia*, Xiao Zhong Rao, Wu Ya Sheng, Yang Zhi Lin, Liu Li Jing, 2012, Stromatoporoid fossils from the Ordovician of well TZ in central Tarim Basin of Xin Jiang, China. Acta Micropaleontologica SInica, 29 (4): 370-378. 
  20. Liu Li Jing*, Yang Hai Jun, Pan Wen Qing, Wu Ya Sheng, 2012, Calcareous algae from the Upper Ordovician Lianglitage Formationin the Tarim Basin, Xinjiang, Chian. Acta Micropaleontologica Sinica, 29(1): 18-38. 
  21. Gu Li*, Hu Guang Yi, Luo Wen Sheng, Ni Jun e, Liang Wei, Wu Ya Sheng, Mei Ming Xiang, Lu Yan, 2012, Characteristics and genesis of reservoir spaces in Neocene reef reservoir of Liu hua Oilfield, Pear River Mouth Basin. Earth Science Frontiers, 19(2): 49-58. 
  22. Liu Li Jing*, Yang Zhi Lin, Wu Ya Sheng, 2011, Calcified Cyanobacteria from the Upper Ordovician  Lianglitage Formation, central Tarim Basin, Xinjiang. Acta Palaeontolog ica Sinica, 50( 4) : 492- 510. 
  23. Jiang Hong Xia*, Sun, Liu Yi, Bao Hong Ping, Wu Ya Sheng, 2011, Stromatoporoids from the Ordovician reefs in the southern edge of the Ordos Basin, North China. Acta Micropa laeontologica Sinica, 28( 3) : 301- 308. 
  24. Chang Xin Lin*, Yang Hai Jun, Ding Xuan, Wu Ya Sheng, 2011, Trepostome byrozoans in the cores from the Lianglitage Formation (Upper Ordovician) central Tarim Basin, Xinjiang, China. Acta Micropalaeo nto lo gica Sinica 28( 2) : 204- 220 
  25. Chang Xin Lin*, Yang Hai Jun, Yang Zhi Lin, Ding Xuan, Wu Ya Sheng, 2011, Bryozoans (Cystoporida, Cryptostomida and Fenestrida) from the cores of the Lianglitage Formation (Upper Ordovician) in the central and northern Tarim Basin, Xinjiang, NW China. Acta Micropalaeo nto lo gica Sinica 28( 4) : 411- 428. 
  26. Jiang Hong Xia*, Wu Ya Sheng, Diao Jian Bo, Chen Jian Yang, 2010, A dwarf Euomphalid fauna from the Permian-Triassic boundary in Laolongdong, Beibei, Chongqing: opportunity taxa surviving the disaster event? Acta Geoscientica Sinica, 31(2): 163-169.
  27. Wu Ya Sheng, Jiang Hongxia, Fan Jiasong. 2010. Evidence for sea-level falls in the Permian- Triassic transition in the Ziyun area, South China. Geological Journal, 45: 170–185.
  28. Wu Yasheng and Jiang Hongxia. 2009. Comment on “First record of Hindeodus–Isarcicella population in Lower Triassic of Slovenia” by Tea Kolar-Jurkovcek and Bogdan Jurkovcek in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 252: 72–81. Acta Geologica Sinica, 83( 2): 801–840.
  29. Jiang Hongxia, Wu Ya Sheng, 2008. Filamentous cyanobacteria fossils and their significance in the Permian-Triassic boundary section at Laolongdong, Chongqing. Chinese Science Bulletin, 53(12):1871-1879.
  30. Wu Ya Sheng, Jiang Hong Xia, Yang Wan, Fan Jia Song. 2007. Microbialite of anoxic condition from Permian-Triassic transition in Guizhou, China. Science in China, Series D, 50(1): 1-12.
  31. Wu Ya Sheng, Fan Jia Song, Jiang Hong Xia, Yang Wan. 2007. Extinction pattern of reef ecosystems in latest Permian. Chinese Science Bulletin, 52(4): 512-520.
  32. Wu Ya Sheng, Yang Wan,Jiang Hong Xia, Fan Jia Song, 2006,Petrologic evidence for sea-level drop in the latest Permian in Jiangxi Province, China, and its meanings for mass extinction. Acta Petrologica Sinica, 22(12): 3039-3046.
  33. Wu Ya Sheng, Jiang Hong Xia, Liao Tai Ping. 2006. Sea-level drops in the Permian -Triassic boundary section at Laolongdong, Chongqing, Sichuan Province. Acta Petrologica Sinica, 22(9): 2405-2412.
  34. Wu Ya Sheng, 2006. Lagged mass extinction in conodonts across the Permian-Triassic boundary. Earth & Life (, 1(1): 1-6.
  35. WU Ya Sheng, HE Shun Li, LU Tao, DA Shi Pan, LI Yu Gang, DAI Yong Ding. 2006. Diagenetic patterns and pore systems of the Lower Ordovician Majiagou Formation reservoirs of the central Changqing gas fields. Acta Petrologica Sinica, 22(8): 2171-2181.
  36. Wu Ya Sheng, 2005, Conodont evolution during Permian-Triassic transition in Mid-Low latitudes: a close-up view. Albertiana 33: 93-94.
  37. WU Ya Sheng, FAN Jia Song, 2003, Quantitative evaluation of the sea-level drop at the end-Permian: based on reefs. Acta Geologica Sinica, 77(1): 95-102.
  38. WU Ya Sheng, FAN Jia Song, 2002, Calculating eustatic amplitude of Middle Permian from reefs. Science in China, Series D, 45(3): 221-232.
  39. Wu Ya Sheng, Fan Jia Song, 2002, Permian-Triassic evolution of reefal thalamid sponges. Acta Paleontologica Sinica, 41(2): 163-177.
  40. Wu Ya Sheng, 1994. Community facies of reefs. Acta Petrologica Sinica, 10(2): 218-222.
  41. Wu Ya Sheng, 1993, Diagenetic facies of reefs. Scientia Geologica Sinica, 2(3): 349-355.
  42. Wu Ya Sheng, 1992, Fabric-facies and fabric-rock-types of reefs. Science in China (Series B), 35/12: 1503-1511.
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