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Name: REN Xiaolin

Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History of Science and Technology, IHNS, CAS

Residence: June 2020– present

Departments and Research Group: Department for the History of Science and Technology in Pre-Modern China

E-mail: xlren@ihns.ac.cn



2020.06– present Assistant professor of Archaeological Science, Institute for the History of Natural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IHNS, CAS)

2017.07– 2020.06 Postdoctoral researcher of Quaternary Science, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IGG, CAS)

2018.11– 2019.05 Visiting Scholar in Needham Research Institute, Cambridge, UK



Geoarchaeology, environmental archaeology, and environmental history; farming and urbanization in early China; past demography and land use; the relationships between climate dynamics, landscape evolution, and human social change.



2017 Ph.D. in Geomorphology and Environmental Change, Peking University, Beijing, China

2015 Visiting Scholar in the Department of Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis, USA

2012 M.A. in Environmental History, Nankai University, Tianjin, China

2009 B.A. in History and Archaeology, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China




Li T.Y., Ren X.L., Liao Y.N., Mo D.W., E C.Y., Lu P., Xu J.J., Wu Y.Q., Du S.S. Paleoenvironment analysis of the middle reaches of Yarlung Zangbo River and Changguogou site. Quaternary Sciences, 40(2): 547-555 (In Chinese with English abstract).



Ren X.L.*, Mo D.W., Storozum M.J., Lemoine X., Yu Y.Y., Gu W.F., Lei X.S., Zhang J.Q., Lu? J.Q., Kidder T.R.* Early urban impact on vegetation dynamics: Palaeoecological reconstruction from pollen records at the Dongzhao site, Henan Province, China. Quaternary International, 521: 66-74, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2019.07.012

Storozum M.J.*, Zhang J.N., Wang H., Ren X.L., Qin Z., Li L. Geoarchaeology in China: Historical Trends and Future Prospects. Journal of Archaeological Research, 27(1): 91-129, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10814-018-9119-5

Lu J.Q., Mo D.W.*, Zhuang Y.J., Jiang J.Q., Liao Y.N., Lu P., Ren X.L., Feng J. Holocene geomorphic evolution and settlement distribution patterns in the mid-lower Fen River basins, China. Quaternary International, 521: 16-24, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2019.05.032



Storozum M.J.*, Qin Z., Ren X.L., Li H.M., Cui Y.F., Fu K., Liu H.W. The collapse of the North Song dynasty and the AD 1048–1128 Yellow River floods: Geoarchaeological evidence from northern Henan Province, China, The Holocene, 28(11): 1759-1770, https://doi.org/10.1177/0959683618788682

Xiong J.G.*, Li Y.L., Zheng W.J., Zhang P.Z., Lei J.H., Zhong Y.Z., Hu X., Li Z.G., Gong Z., Li T., Zhang Y.P., Xu B.B., Tian Q.Y., Xin W.L., Ren X.L., Yao Y.F. Climatically driven formation of the Tangxian planation surface in North China: an example from northwestern Zhongtiao Shan of the Shanxi Graben System. Lithosphere, 10(4): 530-544, https://doi.org/10.1130/L720.1



Storozum M.J.*, Mo D.W., Wang H., Ren X.L., Zhang Y.F., Kidder T.R. Anthropogenic origins of a late Holocene, basin-wide, unconformity in the middle reaches of the Yellow River, the Luoyang Basin, Henan Province, China. Quaternary Research, 87: 423-441, https://doi.org/10.1017/qua.2017.10



Ren X.L., Lemoine X, Mo D.W.*, Kidder T.R., Guo Y.Y., Qin Z. and Liu X.Y.* Foothills and intermountain basins: Does China’s Fertile Arc have ‘Hilly Flanks’? Quaternary International, 426(28): 86-96, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2016.04.001

Jiang J.Q., Mo D.W.*, Lü J.Q., Liao Y.N., Lu P., Ren X.L. Geomorphic Evolution in Taiyuan Basin During Holocene and its Implication on Human Settlement Distribution. Journal of Palaeogeography, 18(5):895-904 (In Chinese with English abstract).


Before 2015

Li T.Y. Mo D.W. Hu K. Wang H.B. Zhang Y.F. Ren X.L. (2014) Study on man-land relationship from the Yangshao cultural period to the Eastern Zhou Dynasty in southern Shanxi Province. Journal of Palaeogeography, 16(6):955-962 (In Chinese with English abstract).

Li T.Y., Mo D.W.*, Hu K., Wang H.B., Guo Y.Y., Zhang Y.F., Ren X.L. (2013) Analysis on Environmental Proxies of the Holocene Loess Profile near Taosi Site in Linfen Basin, Acta Scientiarum Naturalium Universitatis Pekinensis, 49(4):628-634 (In Chinese with English abstract).

Ren X.L. (2011) Crosby: Crossing the Boundary between the Epidemic and the Environmental History. Chinese Social Sciences Today, January (In Chinese).



2020-2022 PI, “The Effects of Early Cities on the Environment: A Case Study in the Dongzhao site, Zhengzhou, China”. NSFC (National Science Foundation of China), Grant No. 41907374 (CNY 260,000 [~USD 37,000]).

2018-2019 PI, “How did early cities affect the vegetation dynamics”, China Postdoctoral Science Foundation, Grant No. 2017M620896 (CNY 50, 000 [~USD 7,000]).

2018-2020 Collaborator, “Study on biogenic reefs using the NK–1 core and global change”, Grant No. XDA13000000 (CNY 20,000,000 [~USD 2,860,000], PI: Haibin Wu & Zhengtang Guo).

2016-2021 Collaborator, “Quantitative Methods of Reconstructing Paleoclimate Change and Reconstructing Regional Climate of China”, Grant No. 2016YFA0600500 (CNY 6,220, 000 [~USD 889,000], PI: Haibin Wu).

2013-2016 Collaborator, “Holocene Environmental Changes and the Evolution of the Neolithic Cultures in China”. National Key Technology R&D Program of China, Grant No. 2013BAK08B02 (CNY 2,210,000 [~USD 316,000], PI: Duowen Mo).

2012-2020 Collaborator, “Environmental Archaeology and Historic Human-environment Interactions Research”, Major Program of National Social Science Foundation of China, No.11&ZD183 (CNY 800,000 [~USD 114,000], PI: Duowen Mo)



2018 Jing Brand Scholarship, Needham Research Institute, Cambridge

2016 Student Award of Merit, Peking University

2014 May 4th Scholarship, Urban and Environmental Prize, Peking University

2009 Outstanding Graduates, Nanjing University

2007 Jiangsu Provincial Government Fellowship



2017.07-08 Survey to investigate the fluvial landscape evolution and Neolithic sites in Upper and Middle valley of Yalu Zangbu River in Tibetan Plateau; in collaboration with Prof. Duowen Mo, Peking University and Dr. Tuoyu Li, Capital Normal University.

2016.07-08 Geoarchaeological investigation at Sanyangzhuang site and surrounding area in Neihuang County, Henan Province; in collaboration with Prof. Tristram R. Kidder and Dr. Zhen Qin, Washington University in St. Louis.

2015.11 Survey to investigate the fluvial landscape evolution and archaeological sites in Wei and Fen River valley, China; in collaboration with Prof. Duowen Mo, Peking University.

2015.07 Geoarchaeological survey of Luoyang basin, China; in collaboration with Prof. Tristram R. Kidder and Dr. Zhen Qin, Washington University in St. Louis.

2014.11-12 Survey to investigate the landscape evolution and Neolithic sites in Zhengzhou, China; in collaboration with Prof. Duowen Mo, Peking University, Prof. Houyuan Lu, Chinese Academy of Sciences.



2019 Early urban impact on vegetation dynamics: palaeoecological evidence from the Dongzhao site, Henan Province, China, presented at the 20th INQUA Congress, Dublin, Ireland.

2019 Assessing Geographical Models of Early Agriculture in China, presented at lunch time talk in Needham Research Institute, Cambridge, UK.

2018 The relationship between early farming, settlement and environment during terminal Pleistocene- early Holocene period, presented at Annual Meeting of Key Laboratory of Cenozoic Geology and Environment, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing.

2017 Study on the human-landscape relations in Shuangji River valley over the past 40,000 years, presented at 4th Conference of East Asian Environmental History (EAEH), Tianjin, China.

2016 How did early cities affect the environment: Geoarchaeological investigation at the Dongzhao site, Zhengzhou, China, presented at the 33rd International Geographical Congress, Beijing, China.

2015 The geographical background of the origins of agriculture in China, presented at Annual Meeting, Society for Chinese Geomorphology and Quaternary Sciences, Beijing, China.



Zhengtang Guo, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Duowen Mo, College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University

Tristram R. Kidder, Department of Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis

Lihua Wang, College of History, Nankai University