Mingrui Qiang
Field: Environmental changes; Eolian deposits; Mineral dust variability


Dec. 2002, Ph.D. of Physical Geography, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou
Sep. 1999, M.S. of Physical Geography, Institute of Desert Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou
Sep. 1996, B.S. of Geography Education, Shanxi Normal University, Linfen


July 2018 to present, Professor of Physical geography, School of Geography, South China Normal University
May 2008 to July 2018, Professor of Physical geography, College of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lanzhou University

Sep. 2008 to Sep. 2009, Visiting Scholar at GFZ German Research Center for Geoscience, Potsdam, Germany
Oct. 2005 to May 2008, Associate Professor, College of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lanzhou University
Jul. 2003 to Sep. 2005, Post-doctoral Researcher, College of Resources Science & Technology, Beijing Normal University
Dec. 2002 to July 2003, Research Assistant, Sino-German Center of Arid Environments & Palaeoclimate Research, Lanzhou University


Physical Geography


Qiang M.R.*, Stevens T., Li G.Q., Hu L., Wang X.W., Lang W.Z., Chen J., 2021. Late Quaternary dust, loess and desert dynamics in upwind areas of the Chinese Loess Plateau. Frontiers in Earth Science 9, 661874, doi: 10.3389/feart.2021.661874.
Li Y., Qiang M.R.*, Huang X.Z., Zhao Y.T., Leppänen J.J., Weckström J., Väliranta M., 2021. Lateglacial and Holocene climate change in the NE Tibetan Plateau: Reconciling divergent proxies of Asian summer monsoon variability. Catena 199, 105089.
Chen J., Yang T.B.*, Qiang M.R.*, Matishov G.G., Velichko A.A., Zeng B., Xu M., Shi P.H., 2020. Interpretation of sedimentary subpopulations extracted from grain size distributions in loess deposits at the Sea of Azov, Russia. Aeolian Research 45, 100597.
Chen F.H., Chen S.Q., Zahng X., Chen J.H., Wang X., Gowan E.J., Qiang M.R., Dong G.H., Wang Z.L., Li Y.C., Xu Q.H., Xu Y.Y., Smol J.P., Liu J.B., 2020. Asian dust-storm activity dominated by Chinese dynasty changes since 2000 BP. Nature Communications 11, 992, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-14765-4.
Li Y., Song Y.G., Qiang M.R., Miao Y.F., Zeng M.X., 2019. Atmospheric Dust Variations in the Ili Basin, Northwest China, During the Last Glacial Period as Revealed by a High Mountain Loess‐Paleosol Sequence. Journal of Geophysical Research (Atmosphere) 124, 8449-8446.
Li Y., Qiang M.R.*, Jin Y.X., Liu L., Zhou A.F., Zhang J.W., 2018. Influence of aquatic plant photosynthesis on the reservoir effect of Genggahai Lake, northeastern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Radiocarbon 60, 561-569.
Qiang M.R.*, Song L., Jin Y.X., Li Y., Liu L., Zhang J.W., Zhao Y., Chen F.H., 2017. A 16-ka oxygen-isotope record from Genggahai Lake on the northeastern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau: Hydroclimatic evolution and changes in atmospheric circulation. Quaternary Science Reviews 162, 72-87.
Qiang M.R.*, Jin Y.X., Liu, X.X., Song L., Li H., Li F.S., Chen F.H., 2016. Late Pleistocene and Holocene aeolian sedimentation in Gonghe Basin, northeastern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau: Variability, processes, and climatic implications. Quaternary Science Reviews 132, 57-73.
Li Y., Qiang M.R.*, Zhang J.W., Huang X.Z., Zhou A.F., Chen J.H., Wang G.G., Zhao Y., 2017. Hydroclimatic changes over the past 900 years documented by the sediments of Tiewaike Lake, Altai Mountains, northwestern China. Quaternary International 452, 91-101.
Qiang M.R.*, Liu Y.Y., Jin Y.X., Song L., Huang X.T., Chen F.H., 2014. Holocene record of eolian activity from Genggahai Lake, northeastern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, China. Geophysical Research Letters 41, 589-595.
Qiang M.R.*, Chen F.H., Song L., Liu X.X., Li M.Z., Wang Q., 2013. Late Quaternary aeolian activity in Gonghe Basin, northeastern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, China. Quaternary Research 79, 403-412.
Qiang M.R.*, Song L., Chen F.H., Li M.Z., Liu X.X., Wang Q., 2013. A 16-ka lake-level record inferred from macrofossils in a sediment core from Genggahai Lake, northeastern Qinghai–Tibetan Plateau (China). Journal of Paleolimnology 49, 575-590.
Song L.*, Qiang M.R.*, Lang L.L., Liu X.X., Wang Q., Li M.Z., 2012. Changes in palaeoproductivity of Genggahai Lake over the past 16 ka in the Gonghe Basin, northeastern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Chinese Science Bulletin 57, 2595-2605.
Qiang M.R.*, Chen F.H., Wang Z.T., Niu G.M., Song L., 2010. Aeolian deposits at the southeastern margin of the Tengger Desert (China): Implications for surface wind strength in the Asian dust source area over the past 20,000 years. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 286, 66-80.
Qiang M.*, Lang L., Wang Z., 2010. Do fine-grained components of loess indicate westerlies: Insights from observations of dust storm deposits at Lenghu (Qaidam Basin, China). Journal of Arid Environments 74, 1232-1239.
Qiang M.R.*, Chen F.H., Zhang J.W., Zu R.P., Jin M., Zhou A.F., Xiao S., 2007. Grain size in sediments from Lake Sugan: a possible linkage to dust storm events at the northern margin of the Qinghai–Tibetan Plateau. Environmental Geology 51(7), 1229-1238.
Qiang M.R.*, Chen F.H., Zhou A.F., Xiao S., Zhang J.W., Wang Z.T., 2007. Impacts of wind velocity on sand and dust deposition during dust storm as inferred from a series of observations in the northeastern Qinghai–Tibetan Plateau, China. Powder Technology 175, 82-89.
Qiang M.R.*, Chen F.H.*, Zhang J.W., Gao S.Y., Zhou A.F., 2005. Climatic changes documented by stable isotopes of sedimentary carbonate in Lake Sugan, northeastern Tibetan Plateau of China, since 2 ka BP. Chinese Science Bulletin, 50(17), 1930-1939.
Qiang M.R.*, Li S., Gao S.Y., 2004. Evidence for abrupt climatic changes on the northwestern margin of the East Asian monsoon during the last Deglaciation. Chinese Geographical Science 14(2), 117-121.
Chen F.H., Qiang M.R., Zhou A.F., Xiao S., Chen J.H., Sun D.H., 2013. A 2000-year dust storm record from Lake Sugan in the dust source area of arid China. Journal of Geophysical Research (Atmospheres) 118, 2149-2160.
Rao Z.G., Qiang M.R., Jia G.D., Li Y.X., Dan D., Chen F.H., 2016. A 15 ka lake water delta D record from Genggahai Lake, northeastern Tibetan Plateau, and its paleoclimatic significance. Organic Geochemistry 97, 5-16.
Zhang J.W., Ma X.Y., Qiang M.R., Huang X.Z., Li S., Guo X.Y., Henderson A.C.G., Holmes J.A., Chen F.H., 2016. Developing inorganic carbon-based radiocarbon chronologies for Holocene lake sediments in arid NW China. Quaternary Science Reviews 144, 66-82.
Rao Z.G., Jia G.D., Qiang M.R., Zhao Y., 2014. Assessment of the difference between mid- and long chain compound specific delta Dn-alkanes values in lacustrine sediments as a paleoclimatic indicator. Organic Geochemistry 76, 104-117.
Chen F.H., Qiang M.R., Feng Z.D., Wang H.B., Bloemendal J., 2003. Stable East Asian monsoon climate during the last interglacial (Eemian) indicated by paleosol S1 in the western part of the Chinese Loess Plateau. Global and Planetary Change 36(3), 171-179.
Gao S.Y., Lu R.J., Qiang M.R., Hasi E., Zhang D.S., Chen Y., Xia H., 2005. Reconstruction of precipitation in the last 140 years from tree ring at south margin of the Tengger Desert, China. Chinese Science Bulletin 50(21), 2487-2492
Zhou A.F., Chen F.H., Qiang M.R., Yang M.L., Zhang J.W., 2007. The discovery of annually laminated sediments (varves) from shallow Sugan Lake in inland arid China and their paleoclimatic significance. Science in China (D Series) 50(8), 1218-1224.
Zu R.P., Xue X., Qiang M.R., Yang B., Qu J.J., Zhang K.C., 2008. Characteristics of near-surface wind regimes in the Taklimakan Desert, China. Geomorphology 96, 39–47.
Schettler G., Romer R.L., Qiang M.R., Plessen B., Dulski P., 2009. Size-dependent geochemical signatures of Holocene loess deposits from the Hexi Corridor (China). Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 35, 103-136.
Zhang D.J., Dong G.H., Wang H., Ren X.Y., Ha P.P., Qiang M.R.,Chen, F.H., 2016. History and possible mechanisms of prehistoric human migration to the Tibetan Plateau, Science China (Earth Sciences), 59 (9), 1765-1778.
Li G.Q., Rao Z.G., Duan Y.W., Xia D.S., Wang L.B., Madsen D.B., Jia J., Wei H.T., Qiang M.R., Chen J.H., Chen F.H., 2016. Paleoenvironmental changes recorded in a luminescence dated loess/paleosol sequence from the Tianshan Mountains, arid central Asia, since the Penultimate Glaciation, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 448: 1-12.
Lu R.J., Gao S.Y., Wang Y.J., Ma Y.Z., Qiang M.R., Zhang D.S., 2013. Tree-ring based drought reconstruction at the northwestern margin of monsoon region of China since 1862. Quaternary International 283, 93-97.
Zu R.P., Gao Q.Z., Qu J.J., Qiang M.R., 2003. Environmental Changes of oases at south margin of Tarim Basin, China. Environmental Geology 44, 639-644.
Holmes J.A., Zhang J.W., Chen F.C., Qiang M.R., 2007. Paleoclimatic implications of an 850-year oxygen-isotope record from the northern Tibetan Plateau. Geophysical Research Letters 34, L23403, doi:10.1029/2007GL032228.
Wang Z.T., Zhang J.W., Zhang Q.H., Qiang M.R., Chen F.H., Ling Y.Q., 2008. Barchans of Minqin: Sediment transport. Geomorphology 96, 233–238.
Zhang J.W., Holmes J.A., Chen F.H., Qiang M.R., Zhou A.F., Chen S., 2009. An 850-year ostracod-shell trace-element record from Sugan Lake, northern Tibetan Plateau, China: Implications for interpreting the shell chemistry in high-Mg/Ca waters. Quaternary International 194, 119–133.
Zhang J.W., Chen F.H., Holmes J.A., Li H., Guo X.Y, Wang J.L., Li S., Lü Y.B., Zhao Y., Qiang M.R., 2011. Holocene monsoon climate documented by oxygen and carbon isotopes from lake sediments and peat bogs in China: a review and synthesis. Quaternary Science Reviews 30, 1973-1987.
Rao Z.G., Zhu Z.Y., Jia G.D., Chen F.H., Barton L., Zhang J.W., Qiang M.R., 2010. Relationship between climatic conditions and the relative abundance of modern C-3 and C-4 plants in three regions around the North Pacific. Chinese Science Bulletin 55, 1931-1936.
Zhou A.F., Chen F.H., Wang Z.L., Yang M.L., Qiang M.R., Zhang J.W., 2009. Temporal change of radiocarbon reservoir effect in sugan lake, northwest china during the late Holocene, Radiocarbon 51, 529-535.
Wang X.M., Xiao H.L., Li J.C., Qiang M.R., Su Z.Z., 2008. Nebkha development and its relationship to environmental change in the Alaxa Plateau, China. Environmental Geology 56, 359-365.
Rao Z.G., Zhu Z.Y., Wang S.P., Jia G.D., Qiang M.R., Wu Y., 2009. CPI values of terrestrial higher plant-derived long-chain n-alkanes: a potential paleoclimatic proxy. Frontier of Earth Science in China 2009, 3(3), 266-272.
Rashki A., Kaskaoutis D.G., Rautenbach C.J.deW., Eriksson P.G., Qiang M.R., Gupta P., 2012. Dust storms and their horizontal dust loading in the Sistan region, Iran. Aeolian Research 5, 51-62.