XIE Shucheng

Professor of Faculty of Earth Science, China University of Geosciences

Director of State Key Laboratory of Biogeology and Environmental Geology

Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Education and Appointments:

1985.9-1989.7,   B.Sc., Geology, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan)

1989.9-1992.7, M. Sc., Paleontology and Stratigraphy, Geology, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan)

1993.7-1997.6, Ph. D., Paleontology and Stratigraphy, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan)

Professional Experience:

1995~1997, Lecturer, Geology, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), China

1998~1999, Postdoctorate and associated professor, Geography, Institute of Arid and Cold region, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

1999~2000, Academic visitor, Organic Geochemistry, School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, UK

2004~2005, Academic visitor, Organic Geochemistry, School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, UK

2007.1~2007.6, Visitor, Geology, University of Southern California, USA

2010~2011, Academic visitor, Organic Geochemistry, School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, UK

2000 to present, Professor, Geology and geobiology, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), China

Honors and Awards:

National Award for Natural Science, China, 2016

National Award for Innovation, China, 2016

National Award of Excellence of Scientists of China, 2010

National Award for Natural Science, China, 2008

Natural Science Award, the Ministry of Education, China, 2007

Changjiang Scholarship, China, 2007

Outstanding Postdoctorate Award, China, 2005

Current Research Interest:

  1. Lipids indicative of Quaternary vegetation and climate change - Research work conducted covers icecores and snow, loess-paleosol sequences, peat deposits, speleothems and lacustrine sediments.
  2. Molecular fossils related to oceanic conditions and biological mass extinction - Research work has partly been conducted at the Triassic/Permian boundary, Triassic/Jurassic boundary.

Research grants:

  1. Mechanisms of marine carbon storage and coupled carbon, nitrogen and sulfur cycles in response to global change, funded by Ministry of Science and Technology, 2016-2021.
  2. Innovation Team work of geobiology, funded by NSF of China, 2019-2024.
  3. Geolipid records indicative of the evolution of Asian monsoon-driven hydroclimate and temperature in Eastern China since late Miocene, key program funded by NSF of China, 2019-2023.
  4. Microbial functional groups and the major changes of Earth environment during critical periods of geological history, funded by NSF of China, 2023-2027

Selected Publications (* author for correspondence):




Pei H., Yang H., Kuzyakov Y., Dang X., Zang J., Zhao S., Huang M., Wang C., Xie S.*. Archaeal lipids in soils and sediments: Water impact and consequences for microbial carbon sequestration. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 2022, 173: 108801.


Song Y., Tian Y., Algeo T.J., Luo G., Chu D., Xie S.*. Wildfire response to rapid climate change during the Permian-Triassic biotic crisis. Global and Planetary Change, 2022, 215: 103872.


Shen J.*, Yin R., Zhang S., Algeo T.J., Bottjer D.J., Yu J.*, Xu G., Penman D., Wang Y.*, Li L., Shi X., Planavsky N.J., Feng Q., Xie S. Intensified continental chemical weathering and carbon-cycle perturbations linked to volcanism during the Triassic–Jurassic transition. Nature Communications, 2022,13:299.


Zhao L., Fang Q.*, Hong H., Algeo T.J., Lu A., Yin K., Wang C., Liu C., Chen L., Xie S. Pedogenic-weathering evolution and soil discrimination by sensor fusion combined with machine-learning-based spectral modeling. Geoderma, 2022, 409,115648.


Gu Y.*, Li H., Liu H., Liu X., Xie S, Huang J. A millennium ENSO-related droughts and floods occurrences documented by fossil phytoliths in core sediments of Poyang Lake, East China. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 2022, 305, 104731.


Ader M.*, Stueken E., Sansjofre P., Algeo T.J., Xie S. Editorial: Refining the interpretation of nitrogen isotopes in deep time systems. Frontiers in Earth Science, 2022, 10:966090. doi: 10.3389/feart.2022.966090


Shen J., Zhang Y., Yang H., Xie S., Pearson A. Early and late phases of the Permian-Triassic mass extinction marked by different atmospheric CO2 regimes. Nature Geoscience, 2022.


Zhang C., Shi T., Liu J., He Z., Thomas H., Dong H., Rinkevich B., Wang Y., Hyun J.-H., Weinbauer M., López-Abbate C., Tu Q., Xie S., Yamashita Y., Tishchenko P., Chen Q., Zhang R., Jiao N. Eco-engineering approaches for ocean negative carbon emission. Science Bulletin, 2022.


Huang X.*, Zhang H.*, Griffiths M.L., Zhao B., Pausata F.S.R., Tabor C., Shu J., Zhao H., Xie S. Holocene forcing of East Asian hydroclimate recorded in a subtropical peatland from southeastern China. Climate Dynamics, doi: 10.1007/s00382-022-06333-x.





Lu J., Yang H., Griffiths M.L., Burls N.J., Xiao G., Yang J., Wang J.K., Johnson K.R., Xie S.*. Asian monsoon evolution linked to Pacific temperature gradients since the Late Miocene. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2021, 563: 116882


Wang C., Bendle J.A., Yang H., Yang Y., Hardman A., Yamoah A., Thorpe A., Mandel I., Greene A.E., Huang J., Xie S.*. Global calibration of novel 3-hydroxy fatty acid based temperature and pH proxies. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 2021, 302: 101-119.


Yang Y., Bendle J.A., Pancost R.D., Yan Y., Ruan X., Warren B., Lv X., Li X., Yao Y., Huang X., Yang H., Xie S.*. Leaf wax and Sr-Nd isotope evidence for high-latitude dust input to the central South China Sea and its implication for fertilization. Geophysical Research Letters, 2021. 48, e2020GL091853.


Song Y., Gilleaudeau G.J., Algeo T.J., Over D.J., Lyons T.W., Anbar A.D., Xie S.*. Biomarker evidence of algal-microbial community changes linked to redox and salinity variation, Upper Devonian Chattanooga Shale (Tennessee, USA). GSA Bulletin, 2021, 133(1-2): 409-424.


Wu J., Yang H., Pancost R.D., Naafs D.A., Qian S., Dang X., Sun H., Pei H., Wang R., Zhao S., Xie S.*. Variations in dissolved O2 in a Chinese lake drive changes in microbial communities and impact sedimentary GDGT distributions. Chemical Geology, 2021, 579, 120348.


Zhou W., Algeo T.J., Luo G., Ruan X., Chen Z.-Q., Xie S.*. Hydrocarbon compound evidence in marine successions of South China for frequent wildfires during the Permian-Triassic transition. Global and Planetary Change, 2021, 200: 103472


Qin Y.*, Li H., Mazei Y., Kurina I., Swindles G.T., Bobrov A., Tsyganov A.N., Gu Y., Huang X., Xue J., Lamentowicz M., Marcisz K., Roland T., Payne R.J., Mitchell E.A.D., Xie S. Developing a continental-scale testate amoeba hydrological transfer function for Asian peatlands. Quaternary Science Reviews, 2021, 258: 106868.


Pei H., Zhao S., Yang H.*, Xie S. Variation of branched tetraethers with soil depth in relation to non-temperature factors: Implications for paleoclimate reconstruction. Chemical Geology, 2021, 572: 120211


Liu H., Gu Y.*, Qin Y., Yu Z., Huang X., Xie S., Zheng M., Zhang Z., Cheng H. The elemental enrichments at Dajiuhu Peatland in the Middle Yangtze Valley in response to changes in East Asian monsoon and human activity since 20,000 cal yr BP. Science of the Total Environment, 2021, 757: 143990


Qin Y.*, Puppe D., Zhang L., Sun R., Li P., Xie S. How does Sphagnum growing affect testate amoeba communities and corresponding Protozoic Si pools? Results from field analyses in SW China. Microbial Ecology, 2021, 82:459–469


Shen J.*, Chen J.*, Algeo T.J., Feng Q., Yu J., Xu Y., Xu G., Lei Y., Planavsky N.J., Xie S. Mercury fluxes record regional volcanism in the South China craton prior to the end-Permian mass extinction. Geology, 2021, 49: 452-456



Yang Y., Wang C., Bendle J.A., Luo Z., Dang X., Xue J., Xie S. Appraisal of paleoclimate indices based on bacterial 3-hydroxy fatty acids in 20 Chinese alkaline lakes. Organic Geochemistry, 2021, 160, 104277.


Zhang Y., Naafs B.D.A., Huang X.*, Song Q., Xue J., Wang R., Zhao M., Evershed R.P., Pancost R.D., Xie S. Variations in wetland hydrology drive rapid changes in the microbial community, carbon metabolic activity, and greenhouse gas fluxes. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 2021, 317: 269-285.




Song Y., Algeo T.J., Wu W., Luo G., Li L., Wang Y., Xie S.*. Distribution of pyrolytic PAHs across the Triassic-Jurassic boundary in the Sichuan Basin, southwestern China: Evidence of wildfire outside the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province. Earth-Science Reviews, 2020, 201,102970.


Song Y., Gilleaudeau G.J., Algeo T.J., Over D.J., Lyons T.W., Anbar A.D., Xie S.*. Biomarker evidence of algal-microbial community changes linked to redox and salinity variation, Upper Devonian Chattanooga Shale (Tennessee, USA). GSA Bulletin, 2020,


Chang B., Li C.*, Liu D., Foster I., Tripati A., Lloyd M.K., Maradiaga I., Luo G., An Z., She Z., Xie S., Tong J., Huang J.*, Algeo T.J., Lyons T.W., Immenhauser A. Massive formation of early diagenetic dolomite in the Ediacaran ocean: Constraints on the “dolomite problem”. PNAS, 2020,


Lu J., Algeo T.J., Zhuang G., Yang J., Xiao G., Liu J., Huang J., Xie S.*. The Early Pliocene global expansion of C4 grasslands: A new organic carbonisotopic dataset from the north China plain. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 2020, 538, 109454.


Yang Y., Ruan X., Gao C., Lv X., Yang H., Li X., Yao Y., Pearson A., Xie S.*. Assessing the applicability of the long-chain diol (LDI) temperature proxy in the high-temperature South China Sea. Organic Geochemistry, 2020, 144, 104017.


Lu J., Zang J., Meyers P., Huang X., Qiu P., Yu X., Yang H.*, Xie S. Surface soil n-alkane molecular and dD distributions along a precipitation transect in northeastern China. Organic Geochemistry, 2020, 144, 104015.


Yang Y., Wang C.*, Bendle J.A., Yu X., Gao C., Lv X., Ruan X., Wang R., Xie S. A new sea surface temperature proxy based on bacterial 3-hydroxy fatty Acids. Organic Geochemistry, 2020, 141, 103975.




Wang C., Bendle J.A., Greene S.E., Griffiths M.L., Huang J., Moossen H., Zhang H., Ashley K., Xie S.*. Speleothem biomarker evidence for a negative terrestrial feedback on climate during Holocene warm periods. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2019, 525, 115754


Li J., Pancost R.D., Naafs B.D.A., Yang H., Liu D., Gong L., Qiu X., Xie S.*. Multiple environmental and ecological controls on archaeal ether lipid distributions in saline ponds. Chemical Geology, 2019, 529, 119293


Qian S., Yang H.*, Dong C., Wang Y., Wu J., Pei H., Dang X., Lu J., Zhao S., Xie S. Rapid response of fossil tetraether lipids in lake sediments to seasonal environmental variables in a shallow lake in central China: Implications for the use of tetraether-based proxies. Organic Geochemistry, 2019, 128: 108–121.


Luo G.*, Yang H., Algeo T.J., Hallmann C., Xie S. Lipid biomarkers for the reconstruction of deep-time environmental Conditions. Earth-Science Reviews, 2019, 189: 99–124.


Liu H., Gu Y.*, Huang X., Yu Z., Xie S., Cheng S. 13,000-year peatland palaeohydrological response to the ENSO-related Asian monsoon precipitation changes in the middle Yangtze Valley. Quaternary Science Reviews, 2019, 212: 80-91.


Naafs B.D.A.*, Inglis G.N., Blewett J., McClymont E.L., Lauretano V., Xie S., Evershed R.P., Pancost R.D. The potential of biomarker proxies to trace climate, vegetation, and biogeochemical processes in peat: A review. Global and Planetary Change, 2019, 179: 57–79.


Pei H., Wang C., Wang Y., Yang H.*, Xie S. Distribution of microbial lipids at an acid mine drainage site in China: Insights into microbial adaptation to extremely low pH conditions. Organic Geochemistry, 2019, 134: 77-91.




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


Huang X., Pancost R.D., Xue J., Gu Y., Evershed R.P., Xie S.*. Response of carbon cycle to drier conditions in the mid-Holocene in central China. Nature Communications, 2018, 9: 1369. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-03804-w


Xie S.*. The shift of biogeochemical cycles indicative of the progressive marine ecosystem collapse across the Permian-Triassic boundary: An analog to modern oceans. Science China Earth Sciences, 2018, 61, 1379-1383


Luo G.*, Junium C. K., Izon G., Ono S., Beukes N.J., Algeo T.J., Cui Y., Xie S., Summons R.E.*. Nitrogen fixation sustained productivity in the wake of the Palaeoproterozoic Great Oxygenation Event. Nature Communications, 2018, 9: 978. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018- 03361-2


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


Luo G.*, Richoz S., van de Schootbrugge B., Algeo T. J., Xie S., Ono S., Summons R.E. Multiple sulfur-isotopic evidence for a shallowly stratified ocean following the Triassic-Jurassic boundary mass extinction. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 2018, 231: 73-87.


Dang X.#, Ding W.#, Yang H., Pancost R.D., Naafs B.D.A., Xue J., Lin X., Lu J., Xie S.*. Different temperature dependence of the bacterial brGDGT isomers in 35 Chinese lake sediments compared to that in soils. Organic Geochemistry, 2018, 119: 72-79.


Yang Y., Gao C., Dang X., Ruan X., Lv X., Xie S., Li X., Yao Y., Yang H.*. Assessing hydroxylated isoprenoid GDGTs as a paleothermometer for the tropical South China Sea. Organic Geochemistry, 2018, 115: 156-165.


Liu J., Algeo T.J., Yang H.*, Pan J., Tang C., Huang J., Xie S. Changes in vegetation type on the Chinese Loess Plateau since 75ka related to East Asian Summer Monsoon variation. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 2018, 510: 124-139


Zhang C., Lin J., Li S., Dong H., Wang F., Xie S. Tectonomicrobiology: A new paradigm for geobiological research. Science China Earth Sciences, 2018, 61(4): 494-498.



Xie S.*, Algeo T. J., Zhou W., Ruan X., Luo G., Huang J., Yan J. 2017. Contrasting microbial community changes during mass extinctions at the Middle/Late Permian and Permian/Triassic boundaries. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2017, 460: 180-191.


Tang C., Yang H., Pancost R. D., Griffiths M. L., Xiao G., Dang X., Xie S.*. Tropical and high latitude forcing of enhanced megadroughts in Northern China during the last four terminations. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2017, 479: 98–107.


Zhou W., Algeo T. J., Ruan X., Luo G., Chen Z.-Q., Xie S.*. Expansion of photic-zone euxinia during the Permian–Triassic biotic crisis and its causes: Microbial biomarker records. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 2017, 474: 140-151.


Xie S.*, Chen J., Wang F., Xun L., Tang K., Zhai W., Liu J., Ma W. Mechanisms of carbon storage and the coupled carbon, nitrogen and sulfur cycles in regional seas in response to global change. Science China: Earth Sciences, 2017, 61: 1010-1014.


Li J., Naafs B. D. A., Pancost R. D., Yang H., Liu D., Xie S.*. Distribution of branched tetraether lipids in ponds from Inner Mongolia, NE China: Insight into the source of brGDGTs. Organic Geochemistry, 2017, 112, 127-136.


Zhu Z.*, Feinberg J. M., Xie S., Bourne M., Huang J., Hu C., Cheng H. Holocene ENSO-related cyclic storms recorded by magnetic minerals in speleothems of central China. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 2017, 114(5): 852-857.


Zhang R.*, Jiang T., Tian Y., Xie S., Zhou L., Li Q., Jiao N.*. Volcanic ash stimulates growth of marine autotrophic and heterotrophic microorganisms. Geology, 2017, 45(8), 679-682.


Li C.*, Jin C., Planavsky N.J., Algeo T.J., Cheng M., Yang X., Zhao Y., Xie S. Coupled oceanic oxygenation and metazoan diversification during the early–middle Cambrian? Geology, 2017, 45, 743-746


Li C.*, Hardisty D. S., Luo G., Huang J., Algeo T. J.,  Cheng M., Shi W., An Z., Tong J.,  Xie S., Jiao N.,  Lyons T. W. Uncovering the spatial heterogeneity of Ediacaran carbon cycling. Geobiology, 2017, 45(8), 743-746.


Li F.*, Yan J.*, Burne R. V., Chen Z.-Q., Algeo T.J.*, Zhang W., Tian L., Gan Y., Liu K., Xie S. Paleo-seawater REE compositions and microbial signatures preserved in laminae of Lower Triassic ooids. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 2017, 486, 96–107


Tang C., Yang H.*, Dang X., Xie S. Comparison of paleotemperature reconstructions using microbial tetraether thermometers of the Chinese loess-paleosol sequence for the past 350000 years. Science China-Earth Sciences, 2017, 60(6), 1159-1170 .




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


Dang X., Yang H., Naafs B. D. A., Pancost R. D., Xie S.*. Evidence of moisture control on the methylation of branched glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraethers in semi-arid and arid soils. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 2016, 189: 24-36


Li J., Pancost R.D., Naafs B. D. A., Yang H., Zhao C., Xie S.*. Distribution of glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraether (GDGT) lipids in a hypersaline lake system. Organic Geochemistry, 2016, 99: 113-124.


Wang C., Bendle J., Yang Y., Yang H., Sun H., Huang J., Xie S.*. Impacts of pH and temperature on soil bacterial 3-hydroxy fatty acids: Development of novel terrestrial proxies. Organic Geochemistry, 2016, 94: 21-31


Xie S.*, Liu D.,Qiu X., Huang X., Algeo T.J. Microbial roles equivalent to geological agents of high temperature and pressure in deep Earth. Science China Earth Sciences, 2016, 59(11):2098-2104


Luo G., Algeo T. J., Zhan R., Yan D., Huang J., Liu J., Xie S. Perturbation of the marine nitrogen cycle during the Late Ordovician glaciation and mass extinction. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 2016, 448: 339-348


Dang X., Xue J., Yang H.*, Xie S. Environmental impacts on the distribution of microbial tetraether lipids in Chinese lakes with contrasting pH: Implications for lacustrine paleoenvironmental reconstructions. Science China-Earth Sciences, 2016, 59(5), 939-950.


Jin C., Li C.*, Algeo T. J., Planavsky N. J., Cui H., Yang X., Zhao Y., Zhang X., Xie S. A highly redox-heterogeneous ocean in South China during the early Cambrian (~529–514Ma): Implications for biota-environment co-evolution. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2016, 441: 38–51


Qin Y., Payne R., Yang X., Yao M., Xue J., Gu Y., Xie S. Testate amoebae as indicators of water quality and contamination in shallow lakes of the Middle and Lower Yangtze Plain. Environ Earth Sci, 2016, 75:627


Luo G., Ono S., Beukes N. J., Wang D. T., Xie S., Summons R. E. Rapid oxygenation of Earth’s atmosphere 2.33 billion years ago. Science Advances, 2016, 2(5):e1600134-e1600134. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1600134


Yang Y., Wang C., Zhang H., Xie S. 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, 2016, 50(5), 439-443


Lu J., Yang H., Zheng F., Dang X., Xie S. Contrasting distributions of bacterial branched tetraethers along a soil-river-lake transect in the arid region of Northwestern China. Geochemical Journal, 2016, 50 (3), 249-265.


Yang H., Pancost R.D., Jia C., Xie S. The response of archaeal tetraether membrane lipids in surface soils to temperature: A potential paleothermometer in paleosols. Geomicrobiology Journal, 2016, 33(2), 98-109.


Lei Y., Yang H.*, Dang X., et al. Absence of a significant bias towards summer temperature in branched tetraether-based paleothermometer at two soil sites with contrasting temperature seasonality. Organic Geochemistry, 2016, 94, 83-94.


Prior to 2016


Xie S., Pancost R. D.*, Yin H., Wang H., Evershed R. P. Two episodes of microbial change coupled with Permo/Triassic faunal mass extinction. Nature, 2005, 434, 494-497.


Xie S.*, Pancost R. P., Huang J., Wignall P. B., Yu J., Tang X., Chen L., Huang X., Lai X. Changes in the global carbon cycle occurred as two episodes during the Permian-Triassic crisis. Geology, 2007, 35(12), 1083-1086


Xie S.*, Pancost R. D., Wang Y., Yang H., Wignall P. B., Luo G., Jia C., Chen L. Cyanobacterial blooms tied to volcanism during the 5 m.y. Permo-Triassic biotic crisis. Geology, 2010, 38(5), 447-450.


Xie S.*, Pancost R. D., Chen L., Evershed R. P., Yang H., Zhang K., Huang J., Xu D. Microbial lipid records of highly alkaline deposits and enhanced aridity associated with significant uplift of Tibetan Plateau in late Miocene. Geology, 2012, 40,291-294


Xie S.*, Evershed R. P., Huang X., Zhu Z., Pancost R. D., Meyers P. A., Gong L., Hu C., Huang J., Zhang S., Gu Y. Concordant monsoon-driven postglacial hydrological changes in peat and stalagmite records and their impacts on prehistoric cultures in central China. Geology, 2013, 41(8): 827-830


Xie S., Nott C.J., Avsejs L.A., Maddy D., Chambers F.M., Evershed R.P.*. Molecular and isotopic stratigraphy in an ombrotrophic mire for paleoclimate reconstruction. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 2004, 68(13): 2849-2862.


Xie S.*, Yao T., Kang S., Xu B., Duan K., Thompson L. G. Geochemical analysis of a Himalayan snowpit profile: implication for atmospheric pollution and climate. Organic Geochemistry, 2000, 31: 15-23.


Xie S., Nott C. J., Avsejs L. A., Volders F., Maddy D., Chambers F. M., Gledhill A., Carter J. F., Evershed R. P.*. Palaeoclimate records in compound-specific δD values of a lipid biomarker in ombrotrophic peat. Organic Geochemistry, 2000,31: 1503-1507.


Xie S.*, Lai X., Yi Y., Gu Y., Liu Y., Wang X., Liu G., Liang B. Molecular fossils in a Pleistocene river terrace in southern China related to paleoclimate variation. Organic Geochemistry, 2003, 34: 789-797.


Xie S.*, Chen F., Wang Z., Wang H., Gu Y., Huang Y. Lipid distributions in loess-paleosol sequences from northwest China. Organic Geochemistry, 2003, 34: 1071-1079.


Xie S.*, Yi Y., Huang J., Hu C., Cai Y., Collins M., Baker A. Lipid distribution in a subtropical southern China stalagmite as a record of soil ecosystem response to paleoclimate change. Quaternary Research, 2003, 60: 340-347.


Xie S.*, Guo J., Huang J., Chen F., Wang H., Farrimond P. Restricted utility of 13C of bulk organic matter as a record of paleovegetation in some loess-paleosol sequences in the Chinese Loess Plateau. Quaternary Research, 2004, 62(1): 86-93.


Xie S., Yin H.*. Progress and perspective on frontiers of geobiology. Science China: Earth Science, 2014, 57(5): 855-868


Liu Y-H.*, Henderson G. M.*, Hu C-Y., Mason A. J., Charnley N., Johnson K. R., Xie S-C. Links between the East Asian monsoon and North Atlantic climate during the 8,200 year event. Nature Geoscience, 2013, 6: 117-120


Luo G., Wang Y., Algeo T. J., Kump L. R., Bai X., Yang H., Yao L., Xie S.*. Enhanced nitrogen fixation in the immediate aftermath of the latest Permian marine mass extinction. Geology, 2011, 39, 647-650.

Shen J., Algeo T. J., Hu Q., Zhang N., Zhou L., Xia W., Xie S., Feng Q. Negative C-isotope excursions at the Permian-Triassic boundary linked to volcanism. Geology, 2012, 40(11): 963-966


Liu D., Dong H., Bishop M. E., Wang H., Abinash A., Tritschler S., Eberl D. D., Xie S. Reduction of structural Fe(III) in nontronite by methanogen Methanosarcina barkeri. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 2011, 57, 1057-1071


Yang H., Pancost R.D., Dang X., Zhou X., Evershed R. P., Xiao G., Tang C., Gao L., Guo Z., Xie S.*. Correlations between microbial tetraether lipids and environmental variables in Chinese soils: Optimizing the paleo-reconstructions in semi-arid and arid regions. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 2014, 126: 49-69.


Luo G., Hallmann C., Xie S., Ruan X., Summons R. E. Comparative microbial diversity and redox environments of black shale and stromatolite facies in the Mesoproterozoic Xiamaling Formation, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 2015, 151, 150-167.


Huang X., Meyers P. A., Xue J., Gong L., Wang X., Xie S. Environmental factors affecting the low temperature isomerization of homohopanes in acidic peat deposits, central China. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 2015, 154: 212–228


Luo G., Junium C. K., Kump L. R., Huang J., Li C., Feng Q., Shi X., Bai X., Xie S.*. Shallow stratification prevailed for ~1700 to ~1300 Ma ocean: Evidence from organic carbon isotopes in the North China Block. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2014, 400: 219-232.


Luo G., Kump L. R., Wang Y., Tong J., Arthur M. A., Yang H., Huang J., Yin H., Xie S.*. Isotopic evidence for an anomalously low oceanic sulphate concentration during end-Permian mass extinction. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2010, 300,101-111


Hu C., Henderson G. M., Huang J., Xie S., Sun Y., Johnson K. R. Quantification of Holocene Asian monsoon rainfall from spatially separated cave records. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2008, 266, 221-232.


Zhou W., Zheng Y., Meyers P. A., Jull A. J. T., Xie S.. Postglacial climate-change record in biomarker lipid compositions of the Hani peat sequence, Northeastern China. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2010, 294(1-2), 37-46


Yin H.*, Xie S., Luo G., Algeo T. J., Zhang K. Two episodes of environmental change at the Permian-Triassic boundary of the GSSP section Meishan. Earth-Science Reviews, 2012, 115: 163-172


Zhou L., Wignall P. B., Su J., Feng Q., Xie S., Zhao L., Huang J. U/Mo ratios and δ95/95Mo as local and global redox proxies during mass extinction events. Chemical Geology, 2012, 324–325, 99–107


Huang X., Xue J., Wang X., Meyers P. A., Huang J., Xie S. Paleoclimate influence on early diagenesis of plant triterpenes in the Dajiuhu peatland, central China. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 2013, 123: 106-119


Li J., Huang J., Ge J., Huang X., Xie S.*. Chemotaxonomic significance of n-alkanes distributions from leaf wax in genus of Sinojackia species (Styracaceae). Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, 2013, 49: 30-36


Luo G., Wang Y., Grice K., Kershaw S., Algeo T. J., Ruan X., Yang H., Jia C., Xie S. Microbial–algal community changes during the latest Permian ecological crisis: Evidence from lipid biomarkers at Cili, South China. Global and Planetary Change, 2013, 105: 36-51


Huang X., Meyers P.A., Jia C., Zheng M., Xue J., Wang X., Xie S. Paleotemperature variability in central China during the last 13 ka recorded by a novel microbial lipid proxy in the Dajiuhu peat deposit. The Holocene, 23(8), 1123-1129


Schouten S., Hopmans E.C., Rosell-Melé A., Pearson A., Adam P., Bauersachs T., Bard E., Bernasconi S.M.,Bianchi T.S., Brocks J.J., Carlson L.T., Castañeda I.S., Derenne S., Selver A.D., Dutta K., Eglinton T., Fosse C., Galy V., Grice K., Hinrichs K.U., Huang Y., Huguet A., Huguet C.,Hurley S., Ingalls A., Jia G., Keely B., Knappy C., Krishnan S., Lincoln S., Lipp J., Mangelsdorf K., Martínez-García A., van der Meer J., Ménot-Combes G., Mets A., Mollenhauer G.,Ohkouchi N., Ossebaar J., Pagani M., Pancost R.D., Pearson E.J., Peterse F., Reichart G.J., Schaeffer P., Schmitt G., Shah S.R., Smith R.W., Smittenberg R., Takano Y., Talbot H.M., Taylor K.W.R., Tarozo R., van Dongen B.E., van Mooy B.A.S., Warren C., Weijers J.W.H., Werne J.P., Woltering M., Xie S., Yamamoto M., Yang H., Zhang C.L., Zhang Y.G., Zhao M.X., Sinninghe Damsté J.S. An interlaboratory study of TEX86 and BIT analysis of sediments, extracts and standard mixtures Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 2013, 14(12): 5263–5285


Luo G.., Algeo T. J., Huang J., Zhou W., Wang Y., Yang H., Richoz S., Xie S. Vertical δ13Corg gradients record changes in planktonic microbial community composition during the end-Permian mass extinction. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 2014, 396: 119-131.


Lu X., Yang H., Song J., Versteegh G. J. M., Li X., Yuan H., Li N., Yang C., Yang Y., Ding W., Xie S. Sources and distribution of isoprenoid glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraethers (GDGTs) in sediments from the east coastal sea of China: Application of GDGT-based paleothermometry to a shallow marginal sea. Organic Geochemistry, 2014, 75: 24-35


Luo G., Xie S., Liu D., Algeo T. J. Microbial influences on paleoenvironmental changes during the Permian-Triassic boundary crisis. Science China: Earth Science, 2014, 57(5): 965-975

Benton M., Xie S. Defining the discipline of geobiology. National Science Review, 2014, 1(4): 483-485


Serve in journals and academic societies

  1. Member of Board of Directors of Geobiology Society
  2. Co-editor-in-chief of Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
  3. Associated editor of Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
  4. Member of advisory board of Geobiology
  5. Member of editorial board of the following journals including Global and Planetary Change, Science China: Earth Science, Chinese Science Bulletin, National Science Reviews, Paleoworld, Journal of Earth Science
  6. Associate editor-in-chief for the journals including Frontiers of Earth Science, Geological Reviewing

Serve for Conferences

Chair of the academic committee for the 4th International Conference of geobiology, June, 2017, Wuhan, China

Chair of the organizing committee for the 3rd International Conference of geobiology, June, 2014, Wuhan, China

Chair of the organizing committee for the 1st International Conference of geobiology, June, 2010, Wuhan, China

Session co-chair for IPC3(International Palaeontological Congress, June, 2010, London

Session co-chair for Joint Conference of Sino-Germany Paleontology Associations, September, 2013, Gottingen, Germany

Session co-chair for the United Geological Conference, October, 2014, Beijing

Session co-chair for the 2nd Earth System Science Conference, July, 2012, Shanghai

Session co-chair for the 3rd Earth System Science Conference, July, 2014, Shanghai

Session co-chair for the 1st Biogeochemistry and Organic Geochemistry Conference, November, 2012, Guangzhou, China

Session co-chair for the 2nd Biogeochemistry and Organic Geochemistry Conference, November, 2013, Qingdao, China

Session co-chair for the Annual Conference of Chinese Paleontology Association, October, 2011, Shanghai