Dr. Zhen Li

Image Zhen (Jen) Li
Physical Scientist

Key publications


  • Li, Z., Pospelova, V., Mertens, K.N., Liu, L., Wu, Y., Li, C., Gu, H., 2023. Evaluation of organic-walled dinoflagellate cyst distributions in coastal surface sediments of the China Seas in relation with hydrographic conditions for paleoceanographic reconstruction. Quaternary International 661, 60-75. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2023.03.007
  • Song, B., Li, Z., Mao, L., Saito, Y., Yang, X., Yang, S., 2023. Vegetation succession, climate change and cold events during 9.2–8.0 cal kyr BP in eastern China: High-resolution pollen evidence from the Yangtze delta plain area. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 610, 111335.
  • Gu, H., Mertens, K.N., Derrien, A., Bilien, G., Li, Z., Hess, P., Séchet, V., Krock, B., Amorim, A., Li, Z., Pospelova, V., Smith, K.F., MacKenzie, L., Yoon, J.Y., Kim, H.J., Shin, H.H., 2022. Unraveling the Gonyaulax baltica species complex: cyst–theca relationship of Impagidinium variaseptum, Spiniferites pseudodelicatu sp. nov. and S. ristingensis (Gonyaulacaceae, Dinophyceae), with descriptions of Gonyaulax bohaiensis sp. nov, G. amoyensis sp. nov. and G. portimonensis sp. nov. Journal of Phycology 58 (3), 465-486.
  • Zheng, Z., Ma, T., Roberts, P., Li, Z., Yue, Y., Peng, H., Huang, K., Han, Z., Wan, Q., Zhang, Y., Zhang, X., Zheng, Y., Saito, Y., 2021. Anthropogenic impacts on Late Holocene land-cover change and floristic biodiversity loss in tropical southeastern Asia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) 118 (40). 
  • Li, Z., Pospelova, V., Liu, L., Francois, R., Wu, Y., Mertens, K.N., Saito, Y., Zhou, R., Song, B., Xie, X., 2021. High-resolution reconstructions of Holocene sea-surface conditions from dinoflagellate cyst assemblages in the northern South China Sea. Marine Geology 438, 106528. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.margeo.2021.106528
  • Zuo, X., Lu, H., Li, Z., Song, B., 2021. Phytolith reconstruction of early to mid-Holocene vegetation and climatic changes in the lower Yangtze Valley. Catena 207, 105586. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.catena.2021.105586 
  • Zhang, Y., Meng, X., Xia, P., Zhang, J., Liu, D., Li, Z., Wang, W., 2021. Spatiotemporal variations in the organic carbon accumulation rate in mangrove sediments from the Yingluo Bay, China, since 1900. Acta Oceanologica Sinica 40 (8), 65-77.
  • Gu, H., Huo, K., Krock, B., Bilien, G., Pospelova, V., Li, Z., Carbonell-Moore, C., Morquecho, L., Ninčević, Z., Mertens, K.N., 2021. Cyst-theca relationships of Spiniferites bentorii, S. hyperacanthus, S. ramosus, S. scabratus and molecular phylogenetics of Spiniferites and Tectatodinium (Gonyaulacales, Dinophyceae). Phycologia, 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1080/00318884.2021.1930796
  • Zhang, Y., Meng, X., Xia, P., Li, Z., 2021. Response of Mangrove Development to Air Temperature Variation Over the Past 3000 Years in Qinzhou Bay, Tropical China. Frontiers in Earth Science 9, 397. https://doi.org/10.3389/feart.2021.678189
  • Xia, P., Meng, X., Zhang, Y., Zhang, J., Li, Z., Wang, W., 2021. The Potential of Mangrove-Derived Organic Matter in Sediments for Tracing Mangrove Development During the Holocene. Estuaries and Coasts 44 (4), 1020-103. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12237-020-00826-w.
  • Li, Z., Pospelova, V., Kawamura, H., Luo, C., Mertens, N.K., Hernandez-Almeida, I., Yin, K., Wu, Y., Wu, H., Xiang, R., 2020. Dinoflagellate cyst distribution in surface sediments from the South China Sea in relation to hydrographic conditions and primary productivity. Marine Micropaleontology 159, 101815. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marmicro.2019.101815.
  • Zuo, X., Lu, H., Li, Z., Song, B., Xu, D., Dai, J., 2020. Phytolith records of flourishing early Holocene Pooideae linked to an 8.2 ka cold event in subtropical China. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene 8 (1). https://doi.org/10.1525/elementa.077
  • Mertens, K.N., Gu, H., Gurdebeke, P.R., Takano, Y., Clarke, D., Aydin, H., Li, Z., Pospelova, V., Matsuoka, K., Head, M.J., 2019. A review of rare or not well-known extant marine organic-walled dinoflagellate cyst taxa of the orders Gymnodiniales and Peridiniales from the Northern Hemisphere. Marine Micropaleontology 159, 101773. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marmicro.2019.101773
  • Xia, P., Meng, X., Zhang, Y., Zhang, J., Li, Z., Wang, W., 2020. The potential of mangrove-derived organic matter in sediments for tracing mangrove development during the Holocene. Estuaries and Coasts, 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13131-019-1359-9.
  • Gurdebeke, P.R., Mertens, K.N., Pospelova, V., Matsuoka, K., Li, Z., Gribble, K.E., Gu, H., Bogus, K., Vrielinck, H., Louwye, S., 2019. Taxonomic revision, phylogeny, and cyst wall composition of the dinoflagellate cyst genus Votadinium Reid (Dinophyceae, Peridiniales, Protoperidiniaceae) Palynology 44, 310-335. https://doi.org/10.1080/01916122.2019.1580627.
  • Nageswara Rao, K., Saito, Y., Naga Kumar, K.Ch.V., Kubo, S., Pandey, S., Li, Z., Demudu, G., and Rajawat, A.S., 2020. Holocene evolution and Anthropocene destruction of the Krishna Delta on the east coast of India: Delta lobe shifts, human impacts, and sea-level history. Marine Geology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.margeo.2020.106229.
  • Wang, W., Meng, X., Wang, X., Li, Z., 2019. The sub-fossils of leaf fragments in sediments as an indicator of mangrove development in the Yingluo Bay, Guangxi, Southwest China over the last 130 years. Acta Oceanol. Sin. 38, 27–34.
  • Xia, P., Meng, X., Li, Z., Zhi, P., Zhao, M., Wang, E., 2019. Late Holocene mangrove development and response to sea level change in the northwestern South China Sea. Acta Oceanol. Sin. 38, 111–120. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13131-019-1359-9.
  • Li, Z., Pospelova, V., Lin, H.-L., Liu, L., Song, B., 2018. Seasonal dinoflagellate cyst production and terrestrial palynomorph deposition in the monsoon influenced South China Sea: A sediment trap study from the Southwest Taiwan waters. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 257, 117–139.
  • Song, B., Yi, S., Jia, H., Nahm, W.H., Kim, J.C., Lim, J., Lee, J.Y., Sha, L., Mao, L., Yang, Z., Nakanishi, T., Hong, W., Li, Z., 2018. Pollen record of the mid- to late-Holocene centennial climate change on the east coast of South Korea and its influential factors. Journal of Asian Earth Science 115, 240–249. 
  • Li, Z., Pospelova, V., Liu, L., Zhou, R., Song, B., 2017. High-resolution palynological record of Holocene climatic and oceanographic changes in the northern South China Sea. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 483, 94–124.
  • Meng, X., Xia, P., Li, Z., Meng, D., 2017. Mangrove development and its response to Asian Monsoon in the Yingluo Bay (SW China) over the last 2000 years. Estuaries and Coasts 40, 540–552. 
  • Song, B., Li, Z., Lu, H., Mao, L., Saito, Y., Yi, S., Lim, J., Li, Z., Lu, A., Sha, L., Zhou, R., Zuo, X., Pospelova, V., 2017. Pollen record of the centennial climate changes during 9–7 cal ka BP in the Changjiang (Yangtze) River Delta plain, China. Quaternary Research 87, 275–287.
  • Xia, P., Meng, X., Li, Z., Feng, A., 2017. Organic carbon isotope and pollen evidence for mangrove development and response to human activity in Guangxi (Southwest China) over the last 140 years. Acta Oceanologica Sinica 36 (2), 11–21.
  • Meng, X., Xia, P., Li, Z., Meng, D., 2016. Mangrove degradation and response to anthropogenic disturbance in Maowei Sea (SW China) since 1926 AD: Mangrove-derived OM and pollen. Organic Geochemistry 98, 166–175. 
  • Nguyen, T.T.H., Zhang, W., Li, Z., Li, J., Ge, C., Liu, J., Bai, X., Feng, H., Yu, L., 2016. Assessment of heavy metal pollution in Red River surface sediments, Vietnam. Marine Pollution Bulletin 113, 513–519.
  • Nguyen, T.T.H., Zhang, W., Li, Z., Li, J., Ge, C., Liu, J., Bai, X., Feng, H., Yu, L., 2016. Magnetic properties of sediments of the Red River: Effect of sorting on the source-to-sink pathway and its implications for environmental reconstruction. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 17, 270–281. 
  • Xia, P., Meng, X., Li, Z., Feng, A., 2016. Sedimentary records of mangrove evolution during the past one hundred years based on stable carbon isotope and pollen evidences in Maowei, SW China. Journal of Ocean University of China 15 (3), 447–455.
  • Zuo, X., Lu, H., Li, Z., Song, B., Xu, D., Zou, Y., Wang, C., Huan, X., He, K., 2016. Phytolith and diatom evidence for rice exploitation and environmental changes during the early mid-Holocene in the Yangtze Delta. Quaternary Research 86, 304–315.
  • Nageswara Rao, K., Saito, Y., NagaKumar, K.Ch.V., Demudu, G.,  Rajawat, A.S., Kubo, S., Li, Z., 2015. Palaeogeography and evolution of the Godavari delta, east coast of India during the Holocene: An example of wave-dominated and fan-delta settings. Palaeogeography‚ Palaeoclimatology‚ Palaeoecology 440, 213–233. 
  • Xia, P., Meng, X., Feng, A., Li, Z., 2015. Historical retrospection on mangrove development using stable carbon isotopes and pollen analysis, and its response to climate change and human activity. Acta Oceanologia Sinica 37 (3), 77–85.
  • Xia, P., Meng, X., Li, Z., Feng, A., Yin, P., Zhang, Y., 2015. Mangrove development and its response to environmental change in Yingluo Bay (SW China) during the last 150 years: Stable carbon isotopes and mangrove pollen. Organic Geochemistry 85, 32–41.
  • Song, B., Li, Z., Saito, Y., Okuno, J., Li, Z., Lu, A., Hua, D., Li, J., Li, Y., Nakashima, R., 2013. Initiation of the Changjiang (Yangtze) delta and its response to the mid-Holocene sea level change. Palaeogeography‚ Palaeoclimatology‚ Palaeoecology 388, 81–97.
  • Li, Z., Saito, Y., Li, Z., Tamura, T., Song, B., Lu, A., Sieng, S., Li, J., and Zhang, Y., 2012. Mid-Holocene mangrove succession and its response to sea level change in the upper Mekong delta, Cambodia. Quaternary Research 78, 386–399. 
  • Li, Z., Zhang, Y., Lu, A., Song, B., 2012. High-resolution Holocene climate change recorded in the Gulf of Tonkin (Beibu Bay), Northwestern South China Sea. Japanese Journal of Palynology 58 (suppl), 128–129. 
  • Mao, L., Batten, D.J., Fujiki, T., Li, Z., Dai, L., and Weng, C., 2012. Key to the mangrove pollen and spores of the southern China: an aid to palynological interpretation on Quaternary marine deposits in the South China Sea. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 176–177, 41–67.
  • Li, Z., Zhang, Y., Li, Y., Zhao, J., 2010. Palynological records of Holocene monsoon change from the Gulf of Tonkin (Beibuwan)‚ northwestern of South China Sea. Quaternary Research 74, 8–14.
  • Li, Z.‚ Saito, Y., Dang, X.‚ Matsumoto‚ E., Vu, Q., 2009. Warfare rather than agriculture as a critical influence on fires in the late Holocene‚ inferred from northern Vietnam. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) 106 (28), 11472–11477.
  • Li‚ Z., Song‚ B., Saito‚ Y., Li‚ J., Li‚ Z., Lu, A., 2009. Sedimentary facies and Geochemical Characteristics of Jiangdou Core JD01 from the upper delta plain of Changjiang (Yangtze) Delta‚ China. In: Amorosi‚ A. (Ed.) Proceedings of the 27th IAS meeting of Sedimentologists. Medimond: Bologna (Italy)‚ 55–65.
  • Li, Z., Zhang, Z.‚ Li, J., Li, Z., Liu, L., Fan, H., Li, G., 2008. Pollen distribution in surface sediments of a mangrove system‚ Yingluo Bay, Guangxi‚ China. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 152, 21–31.
  • Li, Z., Saito, Y., Matsumoto‚ E., Wang, Y., Tanabe‚ S., Zang, J., Vu, Q., 2006. Climate change and human impact on the Song Hong (Red River) delta‚ Vietnam‚ during the Holocene. Quaternary International 144, 4–28.
  • Li, Z., Saito‚ Y., Matsumoto‚ E., Wang, Y., Tanabe, S., Vu, Q., 2006. Palynological Record of climate change during the last deglaciation from the Song Hong (Red River) delta‚ Vietnam. Palaeogeography‚ Palaeoclimatology‚ Palaeoecology 235, 406–430.

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