Dr., Associate Professor
Department of Geology, Norwest University, Xi’an China
229 Taibaibeilu Road, Xi’an Shaanxi Province, China 710069
+86 (29) 8731 6977   ruizhanggeo@gmail.com


PhD, Geophysics                                                            2010
University of Alberta, Edmonton AB, Canda
MS, Quaternary Geology                                                     2004
Northwest University, Xi’an, China
BS, Geology                                                                2001
Northwest University, Xi’an, China


Associate Professor                            February 2012— Present
Department of Geology, Northwest University, Xian China
Assistant Professor                            March 2010—January 2011
Department of Geology, Northwest University, Xian China
Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant        September 2006 —January 2011
Department of Physics, Science Faculty, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB Canada
Research Assistant                                       

Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academic of Sciences, Beijing, China       20042006
Northwest University, Xi’an, China                                                   2001—2004


♦          Interpretation of the prehistoric monsoon routes in Chinese Loess Plateau by using the anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility.

♦          Discovery and Reconstruction of the paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental changes at stratigraphic boundaries in Cenozoic.

♦          Set up the connection between tectonic movements and paleogeomorphic trap at centralAsia.


International Graduate Student Scholarship, University of Alberta,2006

 Alberta’s Graduate Students Award, 2009

American Geophysical Union (AGU) assembly meeting 2009 Student Award,2009

Shaanxi Government Award for Recruitment Program of Global Experts (Hundred Talents program),2011


1.L. Zhang, X. Long,R. Zhang, Y. Dong, C. Yuan, W. Xiao and Y. Wang.Source characteristics and provenance of metasedimentary rocks from the Kangxiwa Group in the western Kunlun Orogenic Belt,NW China:Implications for tectonic setting and crustal growth. Gonwana Research, 2017, 46,43-56.

2.H. Gong,R. Zhang*, Y. Zhang and L. Yue.A new model for correlation between the Marine Benthic Oxygen isotope and Red Clay Magnetic Susceptibility on the Chinese Loess Plateau. Acta Geologica Sinca(English Edition), 2017, 91(3),1163-1164.

3.L. R. Yang, J. X. Li, L. P. Yue, H. L. Wang, H. J. Guo, X. H. Zhu, T. Zhu and R. Zhang.Paleogene-Neogene stratigraphic realm and tectonic-sedimentary evolution of the Qilian Mountains and their surrounding areas. Science China Earth Sciences, 2017, 60(5), 992-1009.

4.Gong, H. Zhao, W. Xie, W. Kang, R. Zhang, L. Yang, Y. Zhang and J. Song.Tectono-thermal events of the North Qilian Orogenic Belt,NW China,Constraints from detrital zicon U-Pb ages of Heihe River sediments. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences,2017, 138,647-656.

5.H. Gong, W. Xie, R. Zhang and Y. Zhang.U-Pb ages of detrital zircon and provenances of Red Clay in the Chinese Loess Plateau.Journal of Asian Sciences,2017, 138, 495-501.

6.H. Gong, W. Xie, J. Wang, R. Zhang, Y. Zhang and L. Yang.Zircon U-Pb ages of Quaternary Loess-Paleosol Sequences from the Luochuan Section:Implication for Sediment Provenance. Acta Geologica Sinica(English Edition),2017.

7.H. Gong, J. Nie, Z. Wang, W. Peng, R. Zhang and Y. Zhang.A comparison of zircon U-Pb age results of the Red Clay sequence on the central Chinese Loess Plateau. Scientific reports,2016, 6, 29642.

8.T. Anwar, V. A. Kravchinsky and R. Zhang.Magneto- and Cyclostratigraphy in the red clay sequence:New age model and paleoclimatic implication for the eastern Chinese Loess Plateau.Journal of Geophysical Research:Soild Earth,2015, 120(10), 6758-6770.

9.H. Gong, R. Zhang*, L. Yue, Y. Zhang and J. Li.Magnetic fabric from Red Clay sediments in the Chinese Loess Plateau.Scientific reports, 2015, 5,9706.

10.J. Li, L. Yue, F. Pan, R. Zhang, L. Guo, R. Xi and L Guo.Intensified aridity of the Asian interior recorded by the magnetism of red clay in Altan Shan,NE Tibetan Plateau. Paleogeography,Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 2014, 411, 30-41.

11. R. Zhang*, V. A. Kravchinsky and L. Yue.Link between global cooling and mammalian transformation across the Eocene-Oligocene boundary in the continental interior of Asia International Journal of Earth Sciences. 2012, 101(8), 2193-2200

12.R. Zhang*,L. Yue,H. Gong,Y. Zhang,J. Li.Anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility of eolian sediments in the Chinese Loess Plateau.Quaternary Research, 32(4): 719-726(in Chinese with English abstract).

13.R. Zhang*.Paleomagnetic and Petromagnetic studies of Chinese Cenozoic sediments:Paleoclimatic ,tectonic and evolutionary implications.2011.

14.R. Zhang*, V. A. Kravchinsky, R. Zhu, and L. Yue. Paleomonsoon route reconstruction along a W–E transect in the Chinese Loess Plateau using the anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility:summer monsoon model. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2010, 299, 436-446.

15. R. Zhang*, L.Yue, J. Wang. Magnetostratigraphic dating of mammalian fossils in Junggar Basin, northwest China. Chinese Science Bulletin, 2007, 52, 1526-1531

16.V. A. Kravchinsky, D. R. Eccles, R. Zhang and M. Cannon. Paleomagnetic dating of the Northern Alberta kimberlites. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 2009, 46, 231–245.

17. R. Zhu, R. Zhang, C. Deng, Y. Pan. Q. Liu, and Y. Sun. Are Chinese loess deposits essentially continuous? Geophysical Research Letters, 2007, 34, L17306, doi:10.1029/2007GL030591.

18.C. Deng, R. Zhu, R. Zhang, H. Ao, Y. Pan. Timing of the Nihewan Formation and faunas. Quaternary Research, 2008, 69, 77–90.

19.C. Deng, Q. Wei, R. Zhu , H. Wang , R. Zhang, H. Ao, L. Chang, Y. Pan. Magnetostratigraphic age of the Xiantai Paleolithic site in the Nihewan Basin and implications for early human colonization of Northeast Asia. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2006, 244, 336–348.

20.R. Zhu, Q. Liu, Y. Pan, C. Deng, R. Zhang, X. Wang. No apparent lock-in depth of the Laschamp geomagnetic excursion: Evidence from the Malan loess. Science in China Series D:Earth Sciences, 2006, 49, 960–967. DOI: 10.1007/s11430-006-0960-x

21.L. Yue, T. Deng, R. Zhang, Z. Zhang, F. Heller, J. Wang, L. Yang. Paleomagnetic chronology and record of Himalayan movements in the Longgugou section of Gyirong-Oma basin in Xizhang (Tibet). Chinese Journal of Geophysics, 2004, 47, 1135-1142.

22.L. Yue, Y. Zhang, G. Qi, F. Heller. J. Wang, L. Yang, R. Zhang. Paleomagnetic age and paleobiological significance of hominoid fossil strata of Yuanmou Basin in Yunnan. Science in China Ser.D. 2004, 47, 405-411

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