Prof. Guo Zhengtang, Cenozoic geologist and paleoclimatologist, member of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), member of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Vice-President of University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS).
Guo was born in Shanxi in 1964. He received his B.A. from Peking University in 1983, M.S. from University of Bordeaux I, France in 1985, and Ph.D. from University of Pierre-Marie Curie (University of Paris VI), France in 1990. He won the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars in 1997 and was elected member of CAS in 2013.
His research fields cover the Cenozoic Geology, Paleopedology and Paleoclimatology. He has particular expertise in exploring the climate information from the Neogene-Quaternary eolian deposits in northern China across a wide range of time scales, with special emphases to the Asian monsoon and desertification histories, and their relationships with regional tectonics and global climate changes. He and his colleagues extended the eolian records in China from 8 Ma (million years) to 22 Ma.
Guo was a Scientific Steering Committee member of IGBP-PAGES (International Geosphere-Biosphere Program – Past Global Change), vice-president of the Commission on Paleoclimates of INQUA (International Union for Quaternary Research), co-leader of the Australasian Pole-Equator-Pole international project (PEP-II), Director of Institute of Earth Environment (IEE-CAS), associate editor-in-chief of Chinese Science Bulletin. He is also a research professor of Institute of Geology and Geophysics (IGG-CAS), an associate editor-in-chief of SCIENCE CHINA: Earth Sciences, and an editor of Global and Planetary Change.