The Academicians
Associate Professor
Special-Term Associate Professor
Professor of Engineering
Associate Senior Title
Location: home > Staff
Details of the Faculty or Staff
Zhang Chunxia
Highest Education  
Subject Categories  
  Quaternary Geology, Environmental magnetism
Zip Code  
  No.19 Beitucheng West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100029, China

Education and Appointments:
Education Experiences:
1997.09- 2001.07 B.Sc.of Geology Engineering, Shandong University of Science and Technology
2001.09-2004.07 M.Sc.of Mineral Resource Prospecting and Exploration, Shandong University of Science and Technology
2004.09-2007.07 Ph.D.of Geophysics, Institute of Geology and Geophysics,CAS
2007.07-2011.01 PostDoc.of Geology, Institute of Geology and Geophysics,CAS
2011.01-2017.12  Associate Professor, Institute of Geology and Geophysics,CAS
2018.01-  Professor, Institute of Geology and Geophysics,CAS

Research Interests:
  1. Clay minerals and Paleoclimate 
  2. Environmental Magnetism
Public Services:


Supported Projects:
  1. NSFC Program (Grants No. 41172159 ) “Clay minerals and environmental magnetic characters of Oligocene to Miocene integrated sedimentary record in Xining Basin and their implications for paleoclimate” 2012-2015 
  2. CAS Program (Grants No. XDB03020504 ) “The relationship between the uplift of the Tibetan plateau and Asian Monsoon” 2012-2017 
  3. BNSFC Program (Grants No. 8131004 ) “Assessment of PM2.5 in Beijing using environmental magnetic methods” 2013.1-2016.6



33. Liu, Q.S., Zhang, C.X., J. Torrent, V. Barrón, P.X. Hu, Z.X. Jiang and Z.Q. Duan. Factors controlling magnetism of reddish brown soil profiles from calcarenites in Southern Spain: dust input or In-situ pedogenesis? Frontiers in Earth Science, 2016, 4, article51:1-12, doi: 10.3389/feart.2016.00051.  

32. Chen, Z.L., Z.L. Ding, S.L. Yang, Zhao C.X., and X. Wang. Increased precipitation and weathering across the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum in cental China. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 2016, 17, doi:10.1002/2016GC006333.   

31. Qiao Q.Q., B.C. HuangJ.D.A. Piper, A.J. Biggin, and Zhang C.X. The characteristics of environmental particulate matter in the urban area of Beijing, China, during the 2008 Olympic Games. Atmospheric Pollution Research, 2016,  

30. Hu B., Zhang C.X.*, Z.T. Guo. A new methord of clay mineral extraction from gypsum layer and its application in Paleoclimate reconstruction. Quaternary Sciences, 2016, 36(4): 926-93 

29. Zhang C.X., Z.T. Guo, C.L. Deng, X.P. Ji, H.B. Wu, G.A. Paterson, L. Chang, Q. Li, B.L. Wu, and R.X. Zhu. Clay mineralogy indicates a mildly warm and humid living environment for the Miocene hominoid from the Zhaotong Basin, Yunnan, China. Scientific Reports, 2016,6:20012.  


28. Zhao X.L.,Zhang C.X., Wu H.B., Ren X.B., Chang L. and Z.T. Guo. Significance of Eocene-Oligocene transition pollen record from Xining Basin, Quaternary Sciences, 2015,35(6):1489-1499

27. Chang, L.,Z.T. Guo, C.L. Deng, H.B. Wu, X.P. Ji, Y. Zhao, Zhang C.X, J.Y. Ge, B.L. Wu, L. Sun, and R.X. Zhu. Pollen evidence of the palaeoenvironments of Lufengpithecus lufengensis in the Zhaotong Basin, southeastern margin of the Tibetan Plateau. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 2015,435:95-104.

26. Zhang C.X., G.Q.Xiao,Z.T. Guo, H.B.Wu and Q.Z.Hao. Evidence of late early Miocene aridification intensification in the Xining Basin caused by the northeastern Tibetan Plateau uplift. Global and Planetary Change, 2015,128:31-46. 


25. Guoqiao Xiao,Zhang C.X., and Z.T. Guo. Initiation of East Asian monsoon system related to Tibetan Plateau uplift from the latest Oligocene to the earliest Miocene. Chinese Journal of Nature, 2014, 36(3):165-169

24. Qingqing Qiao, B.C. Huang and Zhang C.X., Magnetic properties and pollution sources in dusfall and topsoil of North China. Chin. Sci. Bull., 2014, 59:1748-1760

23. Zhang C.X. and Z.T. Guo. Clay mineral changes across the Eocene-Oligocene transition in the sedimentary sequence at Xining occurred prior to global cooling. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 2014,411:18-29. 

22. Zhang Y., Z.T.Guo, C.L. Deng, S.Q. Zhang, H.B. WU, Zhang C.X. J.Y. Ge, D.A. Zhao, Q.Li, Y.Song and R.X. Zhu.The use of fire at Zhoukoudian: Evidence from magnetic susceptibility and color measurements.Chin. Sci. Bull.,2014,59, doi:10.1007/s11434-013-0111-7. 


21. Qiao Q. Q.,B.HuangZhang C.X., J.D.A. Piper and Y. Sun ,  Assessment of heavy metal contamination of dustfall in northern China from integrated chemical and magnetic investigation. Atomspheric Environment, 2013,74:182-193. 

20. Zhang, C.X., E. Appel and Q. Q. Qiao,  Heavy metal pollution in farmland irrigated with river water near a steel plant - magnetic and geochemical signature. Geophysical Journal International, 2013, Vol.192(3),963-974.(PDF) 


19. Zhang, C.X., Q. Q. Qiao, E. Appel and B. C. Huang,  Discriminating sources of anthropogenic heavy metals in urban street dusts using magnetic and chemical methods. Journal of Geochemical Exploration, 2012,119-120:60-75.(PDF) 

18.  Zhang, C.X., G. A. Paterson and Q. S. Liu,  A new magnetic enhancement mechanism of hematite during heating: the role of clay minerals. Studia Geophysica et Geodaetica, 2012, Vol.56, DOI: 10.1007/s11200-011-9018-4 in press.(PDF) 


17.  Liu C. Y., K. P. Ge,  Zhang C.X., Q. S. Liu, C. L. Deng and R. X. Zhu,  Nature of remagnetization of early Triassic red beds in southwestern China. Geophysical Journal International, 2011, 187:1237-1249.(PDF) 

16. Zhang, C.X., Q. Qiao, J.D.A. Piper and B. Huang,  Assessment of heavy metal pollution from a Fe-smelting plant in urban river sediments using environmental magnetic and geochemical methods. Environmental Pollution, 2011, 159:3057-3070.(PDF) 

15. Qiao Q. Q.,  Zhang C.X., B. Huang and J.D.A. Piper ,  Evaluating the environmental quality impact of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games: Magnetic monitoring of street dust in Beijing Olympic Park. Geophysical Journal International, 2011,187:1222-1236.(PDF) 

14. Qiao Q. Q.,  Zhang C.X., J. Li, H. Li and B. Huang .  Magnetic properties and pollution source apportionment of atmospheric dust in Chaoyang, Beijing. Chinese Journal Geophysics (in Chinese), 2011, 54(1):151-162.(PDF). 


13. Li Z.Y. L., Huang B. C. and Zhang C.X. Characteristic of Anisotropy of Magnetic Susceptibility (AMS) and its tectonic significance in typical Cretaceous section from Xixia basin, Central China. Acta Petrologica Sinica, 2010, 26(11):3418-3430.(PDF) 

12. Wu W. F., J. Li,  Zhang C.X. and Y.Pan.  Effects of organic matter on thermal stability of nanometer-sized magnetite. Chinese Journal Geophysics (in Chinese), 2010,53(10):2427-2434. (PDF) 

11. Li Z.Y, Huang B. C. Fang X. S. and Zhang C.X. Magnetostratigraphic study and its geological significance of the dinosaur egg-bearing section in Xixia Basin, Central China.Chinese Journal Geophysics (in Chinese), 2010, 53(4):874-887.(PDF) 

10. Huang, B.C., J. Piper, Q.Qiao, H.Wang, Zhang C.X,. Magnetostratigraphic and rock magnetic study of the Neogene upper Yaha Section, Kuche Depression (Tarim Basin)implications to formation of the Xiyu Conglomerate Formation, NW China. Journal of Geophysical Research, 2010,doi:10.1029/2008JB006175 (PDF) 

9. Zhang, C.X., Q. Liu, B. Huang, and Y. Su.  Magnetic enhancement upon heating of environmentally polluted samples containing hematite and iron. Geophysical Journal International, 2010, 181:1381-1394 (PDF) 


8. Zhang, C.X., B. Huang, and Q.S. Liu.  Magnetic properties of different pollution receptors around steel plants and their environmental significance. Chinese Journal Geophysics (in Chinese), 2009,52(11):2826-2839. (PDF) 


7. Zhang, C.X., B. Huang, J. Piper and R. Luo.  Biomonitoring of atmospheric particulate matter using magnetic properties of Salix matsudana tree ring cores. Science of the Total Environment, 2008,393:177-190. (PDF) 


6. Zhang, C.X., B. Huang, R. Lou, S. Zhang and Z. Li.  Magnetic properties of  tree rings close to a smelting factory and their environmental significance. Quaternary Sciences, 2007,27(6):1092-1104. (PDF) 

5. Huang B.C., Piper J.D.A., Zhang C.X., Li Z.Y., and Zhu R.X. Paleomagnetism of Cretaceous rocks in the Jiaodong Peninsula, eastern China: Insight into block rotations and neotectonic deformation in eastern Asia. Journal of Geophysical Research, 2007, 112: B03106, doi:10.1029/2006JB004462.(PDF) 


4. Zhang, C.X., B. Huang, Z. Li, and H. Liu.  Magnetic properties of highroad-side pine tree leaves in Beijing and their environmental significance. Chinese Sci. Bull., 2006,51(24):3041-3052. (English PDF/Chinese PDF) 

3.  Huang B.C., Piper J.D.A., He H.Y., Zhang C.X., and Zhu RX. Paleomagnetic and geochronological study of the Halaqiaola basalts, southern margin of the Altai Mountains, northern Xinjiang: Constraints on neotectonic convergent patterns north of Tibet. Journal of Geophysical Research, 2006,  111: B01101, doi:10.1029/2005JB003890.(PDF) 


2. Huang B.C., Xu B., Zhang C.X., Li Y.A., and Zhu R.X. Paleomagnetism of the Beiyixi volcanic rocks (ca. 740 Ma) of Tarim, Northwest China: a continental fragment of Neoproterozoic Western Australia? Precambrian Research, 2005, 142(3-4)): 83-92. (PDF) 

1. Zhang, C.X., B. C. Huang.  The application and research progress of environmental magnetism in monitoring urban environment pollution, Progress in Geophysics, 2005, 20(3):705-711(PDF)

No. 19, Beitucheng Xilu, Chaoyang District, 100029, Beijing, PR China
Tel:010-82998001 Fax:010-62010846