ZHAO Meixun
Release date: 2019-08-26

Meixun Zhao (Maxzhao)

Key Laboratory of Marine Chemistry Theory and Technology of the Ministry of Education (OUC)
College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Ocean University of China
238 Songling Road, Qingdao 266100, China
Phone and FAX: 86-532-6678-2103
Email address: maxzhao04@yahoo.com, maxzhao@ouc.edu.cn



1991   Ph.D. Oceanography (Organic Geochemistry), Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego

1982    B.S. Chemistry, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, P. R. China


Professional Employment:


Distinguished Professor  and Director, Key Laboratory of Theoretical and Applied Marine  Chemistry (OUC) of the Ministry of EducationOcean University of China, Qingdao, China


Distinguished Professor, College of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringOcean University of China, Qingdao, China


Distinguished Professor, School of Ocean and Earth Sciences, Tongji University, Shanghai, China


Associate Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Dartmouth College


Assistant Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Dartmouth College


Research Environmental Chemist, Environmental Sciences Program, University of Massachusetts-Boston


Postdoctoral  Research Associate, Organic Geochemistry Unit, School of Chemistry and  Biogeochemistry Centre, University of Bristol, UK


Research Assistant, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego


Teaching Assistant, Geochemistry, University of California, San Diego


Research Assistant, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, P. R. China


Research Interests:

Marine organic geochemistry
Recent research topics include (1) marginal sea organic carbon cycles using molecular proxies and compound-specific 
13C and 14C,  (2) climate change and anthropogenic activity influence on late  Holocene environmental and ecological changes of marginal seas, (3)  application of molecular stratigraphy in paleoceanography and  paleoclimatology reconstruction.

Representative Publications and Achievements:

Tao,  Shuqin, Timothy I. Eglinton, Daniel B. Montluçon, Cameron McIntyre,  Meixun Zhao, Diverse origins and pre-depositional histories of organic  matter in contemporary Chinese marginal sea sediments, Geochimica et  Cosmochimica Acta, 2016, 191, 70-88

Bao,  Rui, Cameron McIntyre, Meixun Zhao, Chun Zhu, Shuh-Ji Kao, Timothy I.  Eglinton, Widespread dispersal and aging of organic carbon in shallow  marginal seas, Geology, 2016, doi:10.1130/G37948.1

Xing,  Lei, Meixun Zhao, Ting Zhang, Meng Yu, Shanshan Duan, Rongping Zhang,  Chih-An Huh, Wen-Hsuan Liao, Xuwen Feng, Ecosystem responses to  anthropogenic and natural forcing over the last 100 years in the coastal  areas of the East China Sea, The Holocene, 2016, 26, 669-677.

Wu,  Peng, Rong Bi, Shanshan Duan, Haiyan Jin, Jianfang Chen, Qiang Hao,  Yuming Cai, Xinyan Mao, Meixun Zhao, Spatiotemporal variations of  phytoplankton in the East China Sea and the Yellow Sea revealed by lipid  biomarkers, Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences , 2016,  121, 109-125.

Xing,  Lei, Julian P. Sachs, Hailong Zhang, Li Li, Zhongqiang Ji, Meixun Zhao,  Hydrogen isotopes in palmitic and stearic acids in suspended particles  from the Changjiang River Estuary, SCIENCE CHINA Earth Sciences, 2016  Vol.59 No.5: 981–988.

Xing,  Lei, Julian P. Sachs, Wenxian Gao, Shuqing Tao, Xiaochen Zhao, Li Li,  Yanguang Liu, Meixun Zhao, TEX86 palaeothermometer as indication of  bottom water temperature in the Yellow Sea, Organic Geochemistry, 2015,  86, 19-31.

Tao,  Shuqin, Timothy I. Eglinton, Daniel B. Montluçon, Cameron  McIntyre, Meixun Zhao, Pre-aged soil organic carbon as a major component  of the Yellow River suspended load: Regional significance and global  relevance, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2015, 414, 77-86.

Li,  Dawei, Meixun Zhao, Min-Te Chen, East Asian winter monsoon controlling  phytoplankton productivity and community structure changes in the  southeastern Southern China Sea over the last 185 kyr, Palaeogeography  Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology , 2014, 414, 233-242.

Xing,  Lei, Meixun Zhao, Wenxian Gao, Fei Wang, Hailong Zhang, Li Li, Jian  Liu, Yanguang Liu, Multiple proxy estimates of source and spatial  variation in organic matter in surface sediments from the southern  Yellow Sea, Organic Geochemistry, 2014, 76, 72-81.

Fan,  Ying, Chih-An Huh, Jing Lan, Meixun Zhao, Zongshan Zhao, Guoliang Li,  Jianteng Sun and Guibin Jiang, Major sources of MeO/OH-BDEs in the East  China Sea elucidated from their records and phytoplankton  biomarkers, Environmental Pollution, 2014, 192, 1-8.

Fan,  Ying, Jing Lan, Huijuan Li, Guoliang Li, Yali Cao, Zongshan  Zhao, Meixun Zhao and Guibin Jiang , Spatial distributions of  methoxylated and hydroxylated polybrominated diphenyl ethers in the East  China Sea—A seaward increasing trend, Chemosphere, 2014, 114, 247-254.

Fan,  Ying, Jing Lan, Zongshan Zhao, Meixun Zhao, Sedimentary records of  hydroxylated and methoxylated polybrominated diphenyl ethers in the  southern Yellow Sea, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2014, 84, 366-372.

Fan,  Ying, Jing Lan, Huijuan Li, Yali Cao, Zongshan Zhaoa,  JiaokaiWang, Meixun Zhao, Guibin Jiang, Use of lipid biomarkers for  identification of regional sources and dechlorination characteristics of  polychlorinated biphenyls in the East China Sea, Science of the Total  Environment, 2014, 490, 766-775.

Yamamoto,  M., H. Sai, M.-T. Chen, and M. Zhao, The East Asian winter monsoon  variability in response to precession during the past 150,000  years, Climate of the Past, 2013, 9, 2777-2788,  doi:10.5194/cp-9-2777-2013

Jiang,  Hui, Mads F. Knudsen, Marit-Solveig Seidenkrantz, Meixun Zhao, Longbin  Sha and Lihua Ran, Diatom-based reconstruction of summer sea-surface  salinity in the South China Sea over the last 15 000 years, Boreas,  2013, DOI 10.1111/bor.12031

Schouten,  S, et al., many co-authors, M. Zhao, An interlaboratory study of TEX86  and BIT analysis of sediments, extracts and standard mixtures, Geochem.  Geophys. Geosyst., 14, 5263–5285, doi:10.1002/2013GC004904.

He,  Juan, Meixun Zhao, Pinxian Wang, Li Li, Qianyua Li, Changes in  phytoplankton productivity and community structure in the northern South  China Sea during the past 260 ka, Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology  Palaeoecology, 2013, 392, 312-323

Yuan,  Zineng, Xing Lei, Li Li, Zhang Hailong, Xiang Rong, Zhao Meixun,  Biomarker Records of Phytoplankton Productivity and Community Structure  Changes of the Last 14000 years from the Mud Area Southwest off Cheju  Island, East China Sea, Journal of Ocean University of China, 2013, 12,  611-618.

Zhao,  Xiaochen, Tao Shuqin, Zhang Rongping, Zhang Hailong, Yang  Zuosheng, Zhao Meixun,  Biomarker records of phytoplankton productivity and community structure changes in the Central Yellow Sea mud area during the Mid-late Holocene, Journal  of Ocean University of China, 2013, 12, 639-646.

FANG  Li, XIANG Rong, ZHAO Meixun, ZHOU Liping, LIU Jianguo, ZHANG Lanlan,  Phase Evolution of Holocene Paleoenvironmental Changes in the Southern  Yellow Sea: Benthic Foraminiferal Evidence from Core C02, Journal of  Ocean University of China, 2013,12, 629-638.

Li, Dawei  , Meixun Zhao, Jun Tian, Li Li, Comparison and implications of  TEX86 and Uk'37 temperature records over the last 356 kyr of ODP Site  1147 from the northern South China Sea, Palaeogeography  Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology , 2013, 213-223DOI:10.1016/j.palaeo.2013.02.031

Tao,  Shuqin, Lei Xing , Xiaofan Luo , Hao Wei , Yanguang Liu , Meixun Zhao,  Alkenone distributions in surface sediments of the Yellow Sea and  implications for the  thermometer, Geo-Marine Letters, 2012, 32,  61-71,  DOI 10.1007/s00367-011-0251-1.

Xing,  Lei, Zhang Rongping, Liu Yanguang, Zhao Xiaochen, Liu Sumei, Shi  xuefa, Zhao Meixun, Biomarker records of phytoplankton productivity and  community structure changes in the Japan Sea over the last 166  kyr. Quaternary Science Reviews,2011, 30,2666-2675.

Xing,  Lei, Hailong Zhang, Zineng Yuan, Yao Sun, Meixun Zhao. Terrestrial and  marine biomarker estimates of organic matter sources and distributions  in surface sediments from the East China Sea shelf. Continental Shelf  Research, 2011, 31, 1106-1115.

Xing,  Lei, Shuqing Tao, Hailong Zhang, Yanguan Liu, Zhigang Yu, Meixun Zhao.  Distributions and origins of lipid biomarkers in surface sediments from  the southern Yellow Sea. Applied Geochemistry, 2011, 26(8):1584-1593.

Zhao,  M., Huang, C.Y., Wang, C.C., Wei, G., A millennial-scale  sea-surface  temperature record from the South China Sea (8oN) over the last 150 kyr:  Monsoon and sea-level influence, Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology  Palaeoecology, 236, 39-55, 2006.

Zhao,  M., Mercer, J., Eglinton, G., Higginson, M., Huang, C.Y., Comparative  molecular biomarker assessment of marine productivity of ODP Site 658  off Cap Blanc, N.W. Africa over the last 160 kyr., Organic Geochemistry,  37, 72-97, 2006.

Zhao,  M., Dupont, L., Eglinton, G., Teece, M., n-Alkane and pollen  reconstruction of terrestrial climate and vegetation for N.W. Africa  over the last 160 kyr., Organic Geochemistry, 34, 131–143, 2003.

Zhao,  M., Eglinton, G., Read, G., Schimmelmann, A., An alkenone quasi-annual  sea surface temperature record (A.D. 1440 to 1940) using varved  sediments from the Santa Barbara Basin, Organic Geochemistry, 31,  903-917, 2000.

Zhao,  M., Eglinton, G., Haslett, S.K., Jordan, R.W., Sarnthein, M., Zhang,  Z., Marine and terrestrial biomarker records for the last 35,000 years  at ODP site 658C off NW Africa, Organic Geochemistry, 31, 919-930, 2000.

Harris,  P.G., Zhao, M., Rosell-Mele, A., Tiedemann, R., Sarnthein, M., Maxwell,  J.R., Chlorin accumulation rate as a proxy for Quaternary marine  primary productivity, Nature, 383, 63-65, 1996.

Zhao,  M., Bada, J.L., Extraterrestrial amino acids in Cretaceous/Tertiary  boundary sediments at Stevns Klint, Denmark. Nature, 339, 463-465, 1989.

Bada, J.L., Zhao, M., Steinberg, S., Ruth, E., Isoleucine stereoisomers on the Earth. Nature, 319, 314-316, 1986.