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YU Yanyan
  Associate Professor
Highest Education  
Subject Categories  
  Quaternary Environment
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  No.19 Beitucheng West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100029

Education and Appointments:


  • 2006/09-2010/01, Ph.D. Institute of Geology and Geophysics, CAS, Quaternary Geology
  • 2003/09-2006/06, M.S. Institute of Earth Environment, CAS, Quaternary Geology
  • 1999/09-2003/06, B.S. Liaoning Normal University, Geography Science

Employment and Working experience:

  • 2014/01-Present, Associate Professor, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, CAS
  • 2011/09-2012/01, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Department of Geology and Soil Science, Ghent University
  • 2010/09-2011/02, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Department of Geology and Soil Science, Ghent University
  • 2010/03-2014/01, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, CAS

Research Interests:
  1. Holocene human activity
  2. Soil carbon cycle
Public Services:


Supported Projects:
National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grants No. 41102222)

Selected Publication:
  1. Peter A. Finke, Qiuzhen Yin, Nicholas J. Bernardini, and Yanyan Yu. Climate-soil model reveals causes of differences between MIS 5e and MIS 13 paleosoils. Geology. 2017.
  2. Yanyan Yu*, Haibin Wu, Peter A. Finke, Zhengtang Guo, Spatial and temporal changes of prehistoric human land use in the Wei River valley, northern China, The Holocene, 2016, 26(11): 1788-1801.
  3. Qin Li, Haibin Wu, Zhengtang Guo, Yanyan Yu, Junyi Ge, Jianyu Wu, Deai Zhao, Aizhi Sun, Distribution and vegetation reconstruction of the deserts of northern China during the mid-Holocene. Geophysical Research Letters, 2014, 41(14):5184-5191.
  4. Qin Li, HaibinWu, Yanyan Yu, Aizhi Sun, Slobodan B. Markovi?, Zhengtang Guo, Reconstructed moisture evolution of the deserts in northern China since the Last Glacial Maximum and its implications for the East Asian Summer Monsoon. Global and Planetary Change, 2014, 121:101-112.
  5. Emmanuel Opolot, Yanyan Yu, Peter A. Finke, Modeling soil genesis at pedon and landscape scales: Achievements and problems, Quaternary International,, 2014. 
  6. Haibin Wu, Zhengtang Guo, Jo?l Guiot, Christine Hatté, Changhui Peng, Yanyan Yu, Juyi Ge, Qin Li, Aizhi Sun, Deai Zhao, Elevation-induced climate change as a dominant factor causing the late Miocene C4 plant expansion in the Himalayan foreland, Global Change Biology, doi: 10.1111/gcb.12426, 2014. 
  7. Yanyan Yu, Peter A. Finke, Haibin Wu, Zhengtang Guo, Sensitivity analysis and calibration of a soil carbon model (SoilGen2) in two contrasting loess forest soils, Geoscientific Model Development, 6, 29–44, 2013. 
  8. Yanyan Yu, Zhengtang Guo, Haibin Wu, Peter A. Finke, Reconstructing prehistoric land use change from archeological data: Validation and application of a new model in Yiluo valley, northern China. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 156: 99-107, 2012. 
  9. Yanyan Yu, Zhengtang Guo, Haibin Wu, Julia A. Kahmann, Frank Oldfield, Spatial changes in soil organic carbon density and storage of cultivated soils in China from 1980 to 2000. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 2009, doi:10.1029/2008GB003428. 
  10. William F. Ruddiman, Zhengtang Guo, Xin Zhou, Hanbin Wu, Yanyan Yu, Early rice farming and anomalous methane trends, Quaternary Science Reviews, 2008, 27: 1291-1295.
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