Dr Xiang Zhao

Palaeomagnetism Laboratory Scientific Officer
  • Ph.D. in Geophysics, National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton, Southampton, U.K.
  • Post-graduate study in Geophysics, Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, People’s Republic of China
  • B.Sc. in Geology, Jilin University, Changchun, People’s Republic of China

Research interests

  • Develop a new efficient method for acquiring and analyzing FORC plot
  • Develop an Auto Sample Changer for 2G magnetometer system


  1. L Chang, RJ Harrison, F Zeng, TA Berndt, AP Roberts, D Heslop, X Zhao (2018) Coupled microbial bloom and oxygenation decline recorded by magnetofossils during the Palaeocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum,Nature communications 9 (1), 4007
  2. Yu-Min Chou, ... Xiang Zhao, Chuan-Chou Shen (2018) Multidecadally resolved polarity oscillations during a geomagnetic excursion, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115 (36), 8913-8918
  3. W Lin, W Zhang, X Zhao, AP Roberts, GA Paterson, DA Bazylinski, Y Pan (2018) Genomic expansion of magnetotactic bacteria reveals an early common origin of magnetotaxis with lineage-specific evolution, The ISME journal 12 (6), 1508
  4. AP Roberts, L Tauxe, D Heslop, X Zhao, Z Jiang (2018) A Critical Appraisal of the “Day” Diagram, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 123 (4), 2618-2644
  5. PX Hu, X Zhao, AP Roberts, D Heslop, RA Viscarra Rossel (2018) Magnetic Domain State Diagnosis in Soils, Loess, and Marine Sediments From Multiple First‐Order Reversal Curve‐Type Diagrams, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 123 (2), 998-1017
  6. X Zhao, M Fujii, Y Suganuma, X Zhao, Z Jiang (2018) Applying the Burr Type XII Distribution to Decompose Remanent Magnetization Curves, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth
  7. GA Paterson, X Zhao, M Jackson, D Heslop (2018) Measuring, processing, and analyzing hysteresis data, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems
  8. AP Roberts, X Zhao, RJ Harrison, D Heslop, AR Muxworthy, CJ Rowan (2018) Signatures of reductive magnetic mineral diagenesis from unmixing of first‐order reversal curves, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth
  9. M Li, T Ouyang, AP Roberts, D Heslop, Z Zhu, X Zhao, C Tian, S Peng...(2018) Influence of sea level change and centennial East Asian monsoon variations on northern South China Sea sediments over the past 36 kyr, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems
  10. AP Roberts, TP Almeida, NS Church, RJ Harrison, D Heslop, Y Li, J Li, X Zhao (2017) Resolving the origin of pseudo‐single domain magnetic behavior, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 122 (12), 9534-9558
  11. Z Jiang, Q Liu, MJ Dekkers, X Zhao, AP Roberts, Z Yang, C Jin, J Liu (2017) Remagnetization mechanisms in Triassic red beds from South China, Earth and Planetary Science Letters 479, 219-230
  12. M Shi, H Wu, AP Roberts, S Zhang, X Zhao, H Li, X Su, T Yang, L Chang, ...(2017) Tectonic, climatic, and diagenetic control of magnetic properties of sediments from Kumano Basin, Nankai margin, southwestern Japan, Marine Geology 391, 1-12
  13. X Zhao, AP Roberts, D Heslop, GA Paterson, Y Li, J Li (2017) Magnetic domain state diagnosis using hysteresis reversal curves, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 122 (7), 4767-4789
  14. L Chen, D Heslop, AP Roberts, L Chang, X Zhao, HV McGregor, G Marino, ...(2017) Remanence acquisition efficiency in biogenic and detrital magnetite and recording of geomagnetic paleointensity, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 18 (4), 1435-1450
  15. L Chang, AP Roberts, D Heslop, A Hayashida, J Li, X Zhao, W Tian, ...(2016) Widespread occurrence of silicate‐hosted magnetic mineral inclusions in marine sediments and their contribution to paleomagnetic recording, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 121 (12), 8415-8431
  16. L Chang, CT Bolton, MJ Dekkers, A Hayashida, D Heslop, W Krijgsman, X Zhao (2016) Late Miocene–Pliocene Asian monsoon intensification linked to Antarctic ice-sheet growth, Earth and Planetary Science Letters 444, 75-87
  17. Z Jiang, Q Liu, X Zhao, AP Roberts, D Heslop, V Barrón, J Torrent (2016) Magnetism of Al‐substituted magnetite reduced from Al‐hematite, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 121 (6), 4195-4210
  18. T Ouyang, M Li, X Zhao, Z Zhu, C Tian, Y Qiu, X Peng, Q Hu (2016) Sensitivity of sediment magnetic records to climate change during Holocene for the northern South China Sea, Frontiers in Earth Science 4, 54
  19. X Zhao, D Heslop, AP Roberts (2015) A protocol for variable‐resolution first‐order reversal curve measurements, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 16 (5), 1364-1377
  20. AP Roberts, D Heslop, X Zhao, CR Pike (2014) Understanding fine magnetic particle systems through use of first‐order reversal curve diagrams, Reviews of Geophysics 52 (4), 557-602
  21. CT Bolton, L Chang, SC Clemens, K Kodama, M Ikehara, ...X Zhao (2013) A 500,000 year record of Indian summer monsoon dynamics recorded by eastern equatorial Indian Ocean upper water-column structure, Quaternary Science Reviews 77, 167-180
  22. I Bailey, Q Liu, GEA Swann, Z Jiang, Y Sun, X Zhao, AP Roberts (2011) Iron fertilisation and biogeochemical cycles in the sub-Arctic northwest Pacific during the late Pliocene intensification of northern hemisphere glaciation, Earth and Planetary Science Letters 307 (3), 253-265
  23. AP Roberts, F Florindo, JC Larrasoaña, MA O'Regan, X Zhao (2010) Complex polarity pattern at the former Plio–Pleistocene global stratotype section at Vrica (Italy): Remagnetization by magnetic iron sulphides, Earth and Planetary Science Letters 292 (1-2), 98-111
  24. X Zhao, AP Roberts (2010) How does Chinese loess become magnetized? Earth and Planetary Science Letters 292 (1-2), 112-122
  25. RX Zhu, R Potts, YX Pan, HT Yao, LQ Lü, X Zhao, X Gao, LW Chen, F Gao, ...(2008) Early evidence of the genus Homo in East Asia, Journal of human evolution 55 (6), 1075-1085