Shunxin Zhang

Current research and/or projects


I have worked on the Lower Paleozoic stratigraphy in the Arctic (Arctic Islands), Cordillera (northeast British Columbia) and Appalachian (western Newfoundland; Anticosti, Quebec) margins, and cratonic basins (southern Ontario and Hudson Bay, Foxe Basin and Ungava Bay), as well as the Ordovician petroleum potential in Hudson Bay, Foxe Basin and Ungava Bay areas. I have also participated in projects to study Early Paleozoic tectonic and sea-level events in Canada, as well as studies of the Triassic stratigraphy in western North America and China.

Research and/or project statements

Current Research Projects:

  • Early Paleozoic biostratigraphy on Arctic islands
  • Early Paleozoic biostratigraphy and petroleum potential in Hudson Bay, Foxe Basin and Ungava Bay areas
  • Industrial mineral (limestone) on Southampton Island
  • Early Paleozoic conodont microfossils

Professional activities / interests

  • Collaboration with colleagues from Geological Survey of Canada, the Government of Nunavut, universities, mining and petroleum industries on variety of scientific projects.

Education and awards


  • B.Sc. Geology, Changchun University of Geosciences, Changchun, China, 1981
  • M.Sc. Stratigraphy and Paleontology, Changchun University of Geosciences, 1984
  • Ph.D. Stratigraphy and Paleontology, China University of Geosciences, Beijing, China, 1988

Key publications

  1. Zhang, S., and Pell, J. 2014: Conodonts recovered from the carbonate xenoliths in the kimberlites confirm the Paleozoic cover on the Hall Peninsula, Nunavut. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 51: 142–155.

  2. Zhang, S. 2013: Ordovician conodont biostratigraphy and redefinition of the age of lithostratigraphic units on northeastern Melville Peninsula, Nunavut. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 50: 808–825.

  3. Zhang, S. 2011: Timing and extent of maximum transgression across Laurentia during Late Ordovician: New evidence from Slave Craton, Canadian Shield. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 306: 196-204.

  4. Zhang, S. 2008: New insights into Ordovician oil shale in Hudson Bay Basin: their number, stratigraphic position, and petroleum potential. Bulletin of Canadian Petroleum Geology, vol. 56, no. 4, p. 300-324.

  5. Zhang, S., and Barnes, C. R., 2002: A new Llandovery (Early Silurian) biozonation and conodonts from the Becscie, Merrimack and Gun River formations, Anticosti Island, Québec. The Paleontological Society Memoir 57 [Journal of Paleontology, 76 (supplement to No. 2)], 46 p.