School of Geography Science
PhD, Geology, University of Western Australia (1998)
MSc, Quaternary Geology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (1989)
BSc, Geochemistry, Nanjing University (1986)
Research interests fall into three broad areas, with focus on Earth surface processes and past global changes on both regional and global scales.
1) Uplift of Tibetan Plateau and its impact on regional geomorphology and climates
2) Evolutionary history of Asian river system
3) Agriculture development and human adaption in eastern China during Holocene
Extreme climate events, agriculture development and human adaption in eastern China since the last Deglaciation (Key Project of Chinese National Programs for Fundamental Research and Development) (‘973’ Program)，2015-2019, valued 25 million Chinese Yuan;
Multispherical interactions and their effects on the Tibetan Plateau’s earth system (Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2013-2017).
Zheng H, 2015. Birth of the Yangtze River: age and tectonic-geomorphic implications. National Science Review, 2: 438-453.
Zheng H, Xiaochun Wei*, Ryuji Tada, et al., 2015. Late Oligocene–early Miocene birth of the Taklimakan Desert. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences（PNAS）, 112(25):7662-7667.
Zheng, H., Clift, P., Wang, P., Ryuji T., Jia, J., He, M. and Jourdan, F., 2013. Pre-Miocene Birth of the Yangtze River. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences（PNAS）, 110(19)7556-7561.
Zheng H., Xiaochun Wei*, Ryuji Tada, et al., 2015. Reply to Sun et al.: Confirming the evidence for Late Oligocene−Early Miocene birth of the Taklimakan Desert. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences（PNAS）, 112(41):E5558-E5559.
Mengying He, Zheng, H., Peter D. Clift, 2015. Geochemistry of fine-grained sediments in the Yangtze River and the implications for provenance and chemical weathering in East Asia. Progress in Earth and Planetary Science,2-32.
Honors and Awards:
National Natural Science Award (Second), 2010
Young Quaternary Scientist Award (4th ) of China, Quaternary Science Association of China, 2004;
Hou Defeng Young Geochemist Award (10th), Geochemical and Mineralogical Society of China, 2004;
Cheung Kong Professor Award, Ministry of Education of China;
Outstanding Young Scientist Award, National Natural Science Foundation of China, 2001;
Australian Overseas Postgraduate Research Award, 1994-1998;
British Council Scholarship, 1993.
Professor of Physical Geography (Cheung Kong Professor, Ministry of Education of China)
Vice-President, Chinese Association for Quaternary Sciences
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