Education and Appointments:

2018- Associate Professor, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan

2017-2018– Researcher Assistant, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan

2011-2016 - PhD, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan

2007-2011, BSc, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan

Current Research Interest:

My research interests are focused on the use of geochemical tracers preserved in cave stalagmites, to reconstruct past environmental/climate evolution. Specifically, we conduct a series of cave monitoring work and model simulations to confirm the mechanism between speleothem ’proxies’ changes and regional climate indexes (temperature, precipitation, pH and pCO2). After that, we establish records of past environmental change over numerous time scales (seasonal to glacial-interglacial scale), ranging from the last two centuries to the 1 million years ago, using various isotope systems and elemental tracers encoded in these natural archives. My work also involves atmosphere-ocean climate models to elucidate the mechanisms for the changes observed in the proxies.

ZHANG Hongbin

Position: Associate Professor

Office: Science and Education 3, B410, Future City Campus

Phone: +8618086400672


Department: State Key Laboratory of Biogeology and Environmental Geology

Research grants:

  1. High resolution stalagmite records of hydroclimate changes during Heinrich Event 4 in the middle Yangtze River [PI: Zhang Hongbin], Chinese National Science Foundation (41902188), ¥26,0000, 2020/01-2022/12
  2. The paleohydrology and its driving mechanism in the Middler Yangtze River during last deglaciation as recorded by cave stalagmite [PI: Zhang Hongbin], Science Foundation of Hubei Province (2018CFB398), ¥3,0000, 2018/01-2019/12
  3. Methane cycle driven by cave microorganisms in karst groundwater system and its ecological effects [PI: Wang Hongmei], Chinese National Science Foundation (91951208), ¥305,0000, 2020/01-2023/12
  4. Links between sub-stage climate variability during MIS 11 and interhemispheric climate processes as revealed by high-resolution stalagmite records in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River [PI: Huang Junhua], Chinese National Science Foundation (41773135), ¥69,0000, 2018/01-2021/12

Selected Publications (* author for correspondence):


Zhang, H., Griffiths, M., Chiang, J., Kong, W., Wu, S., Atwood, A., Huang, J., Cheng, H., Ning, Y., Xie, S.,2018. East Asian hydroclimate modulated by the position of the westerlies during Termination I. Science 362, 580-583.


Zhang, H., Griffiths, M.L., Huang, J., Cai, Y., Wang, C., Zhang, F., Cheng, H., Ning, Y., Hu, C., Xie, S., 2016. Antarctic link with East Asian summer monsoon variability during the Heinrich Stadial–Bølling interstadial transition. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 453, 243-251.


Zhang, H., Griffiths, M., Wu, S., Kong, W., Chiang, J., Atwood, A., Cheng, H., Huang, J., Xie, S., 2017. Dry or wet in East Asia during North Atlantic cooling? New perspectives from multiproxy climate records and coupled model simulations, AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts.


Wang, C., Bendle, J.A., Zhang, H., Yang, Y., Liu, D., Huang, J., Cui, J., Xie, S., 2018. Holocene temperature and hydrological changes reconstructed by bacterial 3-hydroxy fatty acids in a stalagmite from central China. Quaternary Science Reviews 192, 97-105.


Canfa Wang, James A Bendle, Sarah E Greene, Michael L Griffiths, Junhua Huang, Heiko Moossen, Hongbin Zhang, Kate Ashley, Shucheng Xie, Speleothem biomarker evidence for a negative terrestrial feedback on climate during Holocene warm periods, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2019, 525: 115754.


Yang, Y., Wang, C., Zhang, H., Huang, J., Xie, S., 2016. Influence of extraction methods on the distribution pattern and concentration of fatty acids and hydroxy fatty acids in soil samples: Acid digestion versus saponification. Geochemical Journal 50, 439-443.


Wang, C., Zhang, H., Huang, X., Huang, J., Xie, S., 2012. Optimization of acid digestion conditions on the extraction of fatty acids from stalagmites. Frontiers of Earth Science 6, 109-114.