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CHEN Daizhao
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  No.19 Beitucheng Xilu, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100029, China

Education and Appointments:
Dr. Daizhao, CHEN, Prof., Sedimentary Geology, Sedimentary Geochemistry
1989 - 1992: Institute of Geology, CAS (Carbonate Sedimentology), Ph.D.
1986 - 1989: Beijing Grad. Schl., China Univ. Mining and Techn. (Siliciclastic Sedimentology), MS
1980 - 1984: Hunan Univ. Sci. and Techn. (Geology and Exploration). BS
Professional Experiences:
March, 2003 - Now: Prof., Institute of Geology & Geophysics, CAS.
March, 2002 - March, 2003: Postdoc., University of Regina, Canada
July, 2000 - March, 2002: Assoc. Prof., Institute of Geology & Geophysics, CAS.
June, 1999 - June, 2000: KC Wong-RoyalSoc. Postdoc Fellow, University of Durham. Nov.,
1998 - June, 1999: Institute of Geology, CAS.
Dec., 1997 - Dec., 1998: Visiting scholar, University of Durham.
Oct., 1992 - Nov., 1997: Assist. Assoc. Prof., Institute of Geology, CAS.
July, 1984 - Aug., 1986: Assistant, Hunan Univ. Sci. and Techn.
Courses Taught:
1. Sequence Stratigraphy for MS graduate students, at University of CAS
2. Sedimentary Geology for Ph D students
Academic Esteem:
Co-conveners of “Carbonates and Evaporites” session, 17th International Sedimentological Congress, Fukuoko, Japan, 2006.
Invited speaker in the Special Symposium on “Boundary Events and Global changes”, 17th International Sedimentological Congress, Fukuoko, Japan, 2006.
Associate Editor of journal Facies
Editorial member of Acta Sedimentologica Sinica.
Guest co-editor for a special issue (Carbonates: physical, chemical and biological processes) of Sedimentary Geology.
Academic Association Affiliated:
International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS);
SEPM of Sedimentary Geology;
Sedimentology and Sed. Geol. Divi., Min. Petrol. Geochem. Soc. Chin. & Geol. Soc. Chin.

Research Interests:
My research interests cover many aspects of “softrock” geology, particularly on carbonate sedimentology, cyclostratigraphy and sequence stratigraphy of carbonates, diagenesis (particularly dolomitization) and their application in reservoir characterization; Basin analysis; Sedimentary geochemistry (isotope and REE geochemistry) and palaeoceanography; deep-time geosystems.
    In the aspects of sequence/cycle stratigraphy studies, my studies aim to delineate the tempo-spatial variations of depositional facies in the chronostratigaphic framework, and carbonate platform evolution in the basin. In the aspect of diagenesis, my study integrates the petrography with geochemistry to investigate diagenesis of carbonate rocks, especially dolomitization, and its implication on reservoir development and mineralization in the sedimentary basins. My recent researches on this aspect focus on the dolomitization and reservoir characterization of the Lower Paleozoic carbonates, Tarim Basin, NW China.
    My other study interests are involved with sedimentary geochemistry, paleoceanography, boundary events and earth system processes, in which my studies integrate detailed sedimento-stratigraphic investigations with geochemical approaches (i.e., isotope geochemistry and REE geochemistry) to characterize the abrupt geological events during several critical transitions of the Earth hishtory and their mechanisms. My current researches in this aspect mainly focus on the Devonian Frasnian-Famennian, Precambrian-Cambrian, and Ordovician-Silurian transitions, involving with their tectonic, paleoceanographic and climatic variations on the global basis. These studies aims to document the interactions of land-ocean-atmosphere-biosphere and the mechanism of marine extreme environments and ecological crisis (or collapse).
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Supported Projects:
Recent Research Projects:
1. Major controlling factors and distribution of deep-buried dolomite reservoirs in Tarim Basin (Nat. Spec. Sci.-Techn. Prog. Subtask, PI, 2008-2010);
2. Favourable Paleozoic source rocks in Mid-Upper Yangtze region: Geo-biospheric synergistic processes (NSFC principal project 40839907, PI, 2009-2012);
3. Mechanism of dolomitization in central Tarim Basin (Sinopec Res. Inst., Co-PI, 2007-2009);
4. Tectono-Sedimentary settings for the marine source rocks in Yangtze block (Nat. Basic Res. Prog.-973, 2005CB422101, Subtask, PI, 2005-2010);
5. Applications of magnetic susceptbility on ancient rocks (IGCP 580, Co-leader, 2009-2014).

Selected Publication:
  1. Liu, M., Chen, D.Z*., Zhou, X.Q., Yuan, W., Jiang, M.S., Liu, L.J., 2019. Climatic and oceanic changes during the Middle-late Ordovician transition in the Tarim Basin, NW China and implications for the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event. Palaeogeogr. Paleoclimat. Palaeoecol., 514: 522-535.
  2. Ding, Y., Chen, D.Z*., Zhou, X.Q., Huang, T.Y., Guo, C., Yeasmin, R., 2018. Paired d13Ccarb-d13Corg evolution of the Dengying Formation from the northeastern Guizhou and implications for stratigraphic correlation and Late Ediacaran carbon cycle. J. Earth Sci., doi: 10.1007/s12583-018-0886-1.
  3. Zou, C.N., Qiu, Z., Poulton, S.W., Dong, D.Z., Wang, H.Y., Chen, D.Z., Liu, B., Shi, Z.S., Tao, H.F., 2018. Ocean euxinia and climate change “double whammy” drove the Late Ordovician mass extinction. Geology, 46 (6): 635-538.
  4. Wang, X., Liu, S.A., Wang, Z.R., Chen, D.Z., Zhang, L.Y., 2018. Zinc and strontium isotope evidence for climate cooling and constraints on the Frasnian-Famennian (~372 Ma) mass extinction. Palaeogeogr. Paleoclimat. Palaeoecol., 498: 68-82.
  5. Dong, S.F., You, D.H., Guo, Z.H., Guo, C., Chen, D.Z*., 2018. Intense silicification of Ordovician carbonates in the Tarim Basin: Constraints from fluid inclusion Rb-Sr isotope dating and geochemistry of quartz. Terra Nova, 30: 406-413; doi: 10.1111/ter.12356.
  6. Guo, C., Chen, D.Z*., Zhou, X.Q., Ding, Y., Wei, W.W., Zhang, G.J., 2018. Depositional facies and cyclic patterns in a subtidal-dominated ramp during the Early-Middle Ordovician in the western Tarim Basin (NW China). Facies, 64:16; doi: 10.1007/s10347-018-0529-0.
  7. Guo, C., Chen D.Z*., Song, Y.F., Zhou, X.Q., Ding, Y., Zhang, G.J., Depositional environments and cyclicity of the Early Ordovician carbonate ramp in the western Tarim Basin (NW China). J. Asian Earth Sci., 158: 29-48.
  8. De Vleeschouwer, D., da Silva, A.-C., Sinnesael, M., Chen, D.Z., Day, J., Whalen, M., Guo, Z.H., and Claeys, P. 2017. Timing and pacing of the Late Devonian mass extinction event regulated by eccentricity and obliquity. Nature Communications, 8:226; doi: 10.1038/s41467-017-02407-1.
  9. Guo, C., Chen, D.Z*., Dong, S.F., Qian, Y.X., Liu, C.G., 2017. Early dolomitisation of the Lower-Middle Ordovician cyclic carbonates in northern Tarim Basin, NW China, Sci. China Earth Sci., 60 (7), 1283-1298; doi: 1007/s11430-017-9056-1.
  10. Wei, W.W., Chen, D.Z*., Qing, H.R., Qian, Y.X., 2017. Hydrothermal dissolution of deeply buried Cambrian dolomite rocks and porosity generation: integrated with geological studies and reactive transport modeling in the Tarim Basin, China. Geofluids, 12, 1-19; doi: 10.1155/2017/9562507.
  11. Dong, S.F., Chen, D.Z*., Zhou, X.Q., Qing, H.Q., 2017. Tectonically driven dolomitization of Cambrian to Lower Ordovician carbonates of the Quruqtagh area, north-eastern flank of Tarim Basin, north-western China. Sedimentology, 64, 1079-1106.
  12. Yeasmin, R., Chen D.Z*., Fu, Y., Guo, C., 2017. Climatic forcing on the organic accumulation across the shelf during the Early Cambrian (Age 2 through 3) in the mid-upper Yangtze Block, NE Guizhou, South China. J. Asian Earth Sci., 134, 365-386.
  13. Chen, D.Z., Guo, Z.H., Jiang, M.S., Guo, C., Ding, Y., 2016. Dynamics of cyclic carbonate deposition and biotic recovery on platforms during the Famennian of Late Devonian in Guangxi, South China: Constraints from high-resolution cycle and sequence stratigraphy. Palaeogeogr. Paleoclimat. Palaeoecol., 448, 245-265, doi 10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.11.043.
  14. Ma, X.P., Gong, Y.M., Chen, D.Z., Racki, G., Chen, X.Q., Liao, W.H., 2016. The Late Devonian Frasnian-Famennian Event in South China – Patterns and causes of extinctions, sea level changes, and isotope variations. Palaeogeogr. Paleoclimat. Palaeoecol., 448, 224-244, doi 10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.10.047.
  15. Guo, C., Chen, D.Z.*, Qing, H.R., Dong, S.F., Li, G.R., Wang, D., Qian, Y.X., Liu, C.G., 2016. Multiple dolomitization and later hydrothermal alteration on the Upper Cambrian-Lower Ordovician carbonates in the northern Tarim Basin. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 72, 295-316.
  16. Chen Daizhao, Zhou Xiqiang, Fu Yong, Wang Jianguo, Yan Detian, 2015. New U-Pb zircon ages of the Ediacaran-Cambrian boundary strata in South China. Terra Nova, 27 (1), 62-68.
  17. Da Silva, A.C., Whalen, M., Hladil, J., Chadimova, L., Chen, D., Spassov, S., Boulvain, F., Devleeschouwer, X., 2015 (Eds.). Magnetic Susceptibility Application: A window onto Ancient Environments and Climatic Variations. Geological Society (London) Special Publication 414, pp. 283.
  18. Zhang Yanqiu, Chen Daizhao*, Zhou Xiqiang, Guo Zenghui, Wei Wenwen, Mutti, M., 2015. Depositional facies and stratal cyclicity of dolomites in the Lower Qiulitag Group (Upper Cambrian) in northwestern Tarim Basin, NW China. Facies, 617, 417. doi 10.1007/s10347-014-0417-1.
  19. Zhou Xiqiang, Chen Daizhao*, Tang Dongjie, Dong Shaofeng, Guo chuan, Guo Zenghui, Zhang Yanqiu, 2015. Biogenic iron-rich filaments in the quartz veins in the uppermost Ediacaran Qigebulake Formation, Aksu area, northwestern Tarim Basin, China: Implications for iron oxidizers in subseafloor hydrothermal systems. Astrobiology, 15 (7), 523-537.
  20. Zhou Xiqiang, Chen Daizhao*, Dong Shaofeng, Zhang Yanqiu, Guo Zenghui, 2015. Diagenetic barite deposits in the Yurtus Formation in Tarim Basin, NW China: Implications fro barium and sulfur cycling in the earliest Cambrian. Precambrian Research, 263, 79-87.
  21. Zhou Xiqiang, Chen Daizhao*, Qing Hairuo, Qian Yixiong, Wang Dan, 2014. Submarine silica-rich hydrothermal activity during the earliest Cambrian in the Tarim Basin, Northwest China. International Geology Review, 56 (15), 1906-1918.
  22. Ji Congwei, Qing Hairuo, Chen Daizhao, Luo Ping, Jin Zhijun, Shao Longyi, 2013. Characteristics and dolomitization of Upper Cambrian to Lower Ordovician dolomite from the outcrop in Keping Uplift, western Tarim Basin, Northwest China. Acta Geologica Sinica-English Edition, 87 (4), 1005-1018.
  23. Dong ShaoFeng, Chen DaiZhao, Qing HaiRuo, Jiang MaoSheng, Zhou XiQiang, 2013. In situ stable isotopic constraints on dolomitizing fluids for the hydrothermally-originated saddle dolomites at Keping, Tarim Basin. Chinese Science Bulletin, 58, 2877-2882 [PDF].
  24. Dong Shaofeng, Chen Daizhao, Qing Hairuo, Zhou Xiqiang, Wan Dan, Guo Zenghui, Jiang Maosheng, Qian Yixiong, 2013. Hydrothermal alteration of dolostones in the Lower Ordovician, Tarim Basin, NW China: Multiple constraints from petrology, isotope geochemistry and fluid inclusion microthermometry. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 46, 270-286 [PDF].
  25. Chen Daizhao, Wang Jianguo, Racki, G., Li Hua, Wang Chengyuan, Ma Xueping, Whalen, M., 2013. Large sulphur isotopic perturbations and oceanic changes during the Frasnian-Famennian transition of the Late Devonian. J. Geol. Soci. Lond., 170, 465-476 [PDF].
  26. Qian Yixiong, You Donghua, Chen Daizhao, Qing Hairuo, He Zhiliang, Ma Yuchun, Tian Mian, Xi Binbin, 2012. The petrographic and geochemical signatures and implication of origin of the Middle and Upper Cambrian dolostones in eastern margin Tarim: Comparative studies with the Whirlpool Point of the Western Sedimentary Basin. Acta Petrologica Sinica, 28 (8), 2524-2541.
  27. Wei Hengye, Chen Daizhao, Wang Jianguo, Yu Hao, Tucker, M.E., 2012. Organic accumulation in the lower Chihsia Formation (Middle Permian) of South China: Constraints from pyrite morphology and multiple geochemical proxies. Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclimat. Palaeoecol., 353-355, 73-86 [PDF].
  28. Wei Hengye, Chen Daizhao, Yu Hao, Wang Jianguo, 2012. End-Guadalupian mass extinction and negative carbon isotope excursion at Xiaojiaba, Guangyuan, Sichuan. Sci. China-Earth Sci., 55, 1480-1488[PDF].
  29. Wang Jianguo, Chen Daizhao, Yan Detian, Wei Hengye, Xiang Lei, 2012. Evolution from an anoxic to oxic deep ocean during the Ediacaran-Cambrian transition and implications for bioradiation. Chem. Geol., 306-307, 129-138 [PDF].
  30. Wang Jianguo, Chen Daizhao, Wang Dan, Yan Detian, Zhou Xiqiang, Wang Qingchen, 2012. Petrology and geochemistry of chert on the marginal zone of Yangtze Platform, western Hunan, South China, during the Ediacaran-Cambrian transition. Sedimentology, 59, 809-829 [PDF].
  31. Yan Detian, Chen Daizhao, Wang Qingchen, Wang Jianguo, 2012. Predominance of straitified anoxic Yangtze Sea interrupted by short-term oxygenation during the Ordo-Silurian transition. Chem. Geol., 291, 69-78 [PDF].
  32. Yan Detian, Chen Daizhao, Wang Qingchen, Wang Jianguo, 2010. Large-scale climatic fluctuations in the latest Ordovician on Yangzt block, south China. Geology, 38, 599-602 [PDF].
  33. Iryu Y., Cabioch G., Chen D.Z., Matsuda H., Piller W.E. (Eds.), 2009. Carbonates: Biological, Geochemical and Physical Processes. Sediment. Geol., 214, pp.100 (Special issue).
  34. Chen Daizhao, Wang Jianguo, Qing Hairuo, Yan Detian, Li Renwei, 2009. Hydrothermal venting activities in the Early Cambrian, South China: Petrological, geochronological and stable isotopic constraints. Chem. Geology, 258: 168-181 [PDF].
  35. Yan Detian, Chen Daizhao, Wang Qingcheng, Wang Jianguo, Wang Zhuozhuo, 2009. Carbon and sulfur isotopic anomalies across the Ordovician-Silurian boundary on Yangtze Platform, South China. Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclimat. Palaeoecol., 274: 32-39 [PDF].
  36. Yan Detian, Chen Daizhao, Wang Qingcheng, Wang Jianguo, 2009. Geochemical changes across the Ordovician-Silurian transition on the Yangtze Platform, South China. Sci. China (Ser. D), 52: 38-54 [PDF].
  37. Yan Detian, Chen Daizhao, Wang Qingcheng, Wang Jianguo, Chu Yang, 2008. Environmental redox changes of the Yangtze Sea during the Ordo-Silurian transition. Acta Geologica Sinica-English Edition, 82 (3): 679-689 [PDF].
  38. Jiang Zaixing, Chen Daizhao, Qiu Longwei, Liang Hongbin and Ma Jun, 2007. Source-controlled carbonates in a small Eocene half-graben lake basin (Shulu Sag) in central Hebei Province, North China. Sedimentology, 54, 265-292 [PDF].
  39. Chen Daizhao, Qing Hairuo, Yan Xin, Li He, 2006. Hydrothermal venting and basin evolution (Devonian, South China): Constraints from rare earth element geochemistry of chert. Sediment. Geol., 183, 203-216 [PDF].
  40. Chen Daizhao, Qing Hairuo, Li Renwei, 2005. The Late Devonian Frasnian-Famennian (F/F) biotic crisis: Insights from δ13Ccarb, δ13Corg, 87Sr/86Sr isotopic systematics. Earth Planet. Sci. Letters, 235, 151-166 [PDF].
  41. Chen Daizhao and Tucker, M.E., 2004. Palaeokarst and its implication for the extinction event at the Frasnian-Famennian boundary (Guilin, South China). Jour.Geol. Soci. London, 161, 895–898 [PDF].
  42. Chen Daizhao, Qing Hairuo and Yang Chao, 2004. Multistage hydrothermal dolomites in the Middle Devonian (Givetian) carbonates from the Guilin area, South China. Sedimentology, 51, 1029–1051 [PDF].
  43. Zhu Jingquan, Li Yongtie, Jiang Maosheng and Chen Daizhao, 2004. Carbon isotopic composition and its implication of the Lower Cretaceous Aptian-Albian shallow water carbonates in the Cuoqin Basin, northern Tibet. Science in China (Series D), 47, 247-254.
  44. Chen Daizhao, Tucker, M.E., 2003. Frasnian-Famennian mass extinction: Insights from high-resolution sequence stratigraphy and cyclostratigraphy in South China. Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclimat. Palaeoecol., 193, 87-111 [PDF].
  45. Chen Daizhao, Tucker, M.E., Shen Yanan, Yans, J. and Preat, A., 2002. Carbon isotopic excursions and sea-level change: Implications for the Frasnian-Famennian biotic crisis. Jour. Geol. Soci. London, 159, 63-66 [PDF].
  46. Chen Daizhao, Tucker, M.E., Jingquan Zhu and Maosheng Jiang, 2002. Carbonate platform evolution: from a bioconstructed platform margin to a sand shoal system (Devonian, Guilin, South China). Sedimentology, 49, 737-764 [PDF].
  47. Chen Daizhao, Tucker, M.E., Zhu Jingquan and Jiang Maosheng, 2001. Sedimentation in a starved basin, Middle to Late Devonian, southern Guilin, South China. Basin Res., 13, 141-168 [PDF].
  48. Chen Daizhao, Tucker, M.E., Jiang Maosheng and Zhu Jingquan, 2001. Long-distance correlation between tectonic-controlled, isolated carbonate platforms by cyclostratigraphy and sequence stratigraphy in the Devonian of South China. Sedimentology, 48, 57-78 [PDF].
  49. Jiang Maosheng, Zhu Jingquan, Chen Daizhao, Zhang Renhu and Qiao Guangsheng, 2001. Carbon and strontium isotope variations and responses to sea-level fluctuations in the Ordovician of the Tarim Basin. Science in China (Series D), 144,  816-823. 
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