Xiaoqing Liu


  • Paleoclimatology
  • Paleoceanography
  • Marine geochemistry


Research Experiences

Paleoclimate of the western Pacific warm pool since the late Miocene 2017-present

  • reconstruct the evolution of sea surface temperatures of the western Pacific warm pool over the past 10 million years, compare them with the extratropical temperature records in the Pacific and evaluate high latitude amplification factor

Carbonate chemistry of the northern South China Sea during the late Quaternary  2013-2016

  • reconstruct deep-sea carbonate dissolution history of the northern South China Sea during the late Quaternary using carbonate content and benthic foraminiferal B/Ca values

Astronomical cycles 2012-2013

  • Analyze the response of the oceanic sediment record across the Eocene-Oligocene Transition to orbital forcing using sedimental lightness (L*) at the Hole 1218A

Selected Publications

Zhang, Y.G., Pearson, A., Benthien, A., Dong, L., Huybers, P., Liu, X. and Pagani, M., 2019: Refining the alkenone-pCO2 method I: Lessons from the Quaternary glacial cyclesGeochimi. Cosmochimi. Acta, 260, 177-191.

Zhang, Y.G., and Liu, X., 2018,: Export depth of the TEX86 signalPaleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, 33, 666-671.


M.S.  Tongji University, 2016

B.S.  China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), 2013


2019-2020   James Sharp Graduate Scholarship

2018-2019   James Sharp Graduate Scholarship

2017-2018     Rayburn, Ralph '69 Scholarship

2017-2018     Sharp, James Grad Scholarship

2016-2017     Robert O. Reid Oceanography Fellowship

2014              The Academic Scholarship for Graduate Students

2013              Excellent BS Degree Paper of Hubei Province, China

2010              China National Scholarship

Additional Information

Advisor: Dr. Yige Zhang


Research Grants

2018-2019      Grants-In-Aid of Graduate Research Program, Texas Sea Grant “Earth system climate sensitivity assessed by Neogene ocean temperature from the Pacific warm pool”

Conferences and Presentations

Liu X., Huber M., Foster G.L., Leckie R.M. and Zhang Y.G.. Persistent polar amplification over the past 10 million years, IODP Exp 363 post-cruise meeting, Qingdao, China, 2019 (Presenter: Zhang Y.G.)

Liu X., and Zhang Y.G.: Sea surface temperature of the Western Pacific Warm Pool since the late Miocene, the 9th International Conference on Asian Marine Geology, Shanghai, China, 2018

Zhang Y. G., Henderiks J., Pearson A., Liu X, and Dong L.: Resolving the physiological parameter ‘b’ for the alkenone-based pCO2 reconstructions, V.M. Goldschmidt Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 2018

Cruise Experience

June 2014:  sampling of the living planktonic foraminifera with multi-net biological trawl in the South China Sea


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