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  • Ren Xiaolin

Name: Xiaolin REN,

Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Environmental History, 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

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

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

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

 

Geoarchaeology and environmental archaeology; past demography and land use; the relationships between climate dynamics, landscape evolution, and human social change.

 

EDUCATION

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

 

PUBLICATIONS (PEER-REVIEWED)

 

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Xiaolin-Ren

ORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3247-437X

Scopus Author ID: 55962223900

 

2022

Zhang J.N.*, Han J.Y., Xia Z.K., Chen X.L., Ren X.L. et al. Preliminary analysis on the paleoenvironment of the Quanshuigou site, which is located on the oasis area in front of diluvial fan at southern piedmont of Alatao Mountain, Xinjiang. Quaternary Sciences, (1): 206-222, doi: 10.11928/j.issn.1001-7410.2022.01.17 (In Chinese with English abstract).

 

2021

Ren X.L.*, Xu J.J.*, Wang H., Storozum M., Lu P., Mo D.W., Li T.Y., Xiong J.G. Kidder T. R. Holocene fluctuations in vegetation and human population demonstrate social resilience in the prehistory of the Central Plains of China. Environmental Research Letters https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/abdf0a

 

2020

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, doi:10.11928/j.issn.1001-7410.2020.02.23, (In Chinese with English abstract).

 

2019

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

 

2018

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

 

2017

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

 

2016

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).

 

GRANT AND RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT

 

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.

2018-2019  PI, “How did early cities affect the vegetation dynamics”, China Postdoctoral Science Foundation, Grant No. 2017M620896.

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

 

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

 

2022  Member of Youth Innovation Promotion Association CAS

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

 

SELECTED FIELDWORK

 

2021.04  Geoarchaeological survey of Zoumaling site, Hubei Province, China; in collaboration with Prof. Duowen Mo, Peking University and Prof. Longjiang Mao, Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology.

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.

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.

 

SELECTED LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

 

2021  Climate change, landscape evolution and settlement distribution patterns in the Shuangji River valley, Central China since Upper Paleolithic, presented at 9th Developing International Geoarchaeology (DIG) Conference. University of Algarve, Faro (online).

2021  Vegetation dynamics, demographic fluctuations and social resilience in the prehistory of the central plains of China, presented at CROSSDEM 2021, Aarhus – Cologne (online).

2020  Holocene fluctuations in vegetation and human population demonstrate social resilience in the prehistory of the Central Plains of China, presented at the virtual PAGES-INQUA ECR Workshop “Past Socio-Environmental Systems” (invited talk).

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.

 

ADVISORS

 

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

UPDATED: 7 APR. 2022