Brief Curriculum Vitae
Department of Earth and
Environmental Sciences, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Phone: (610) 758-6751; Fax: (610) 758-3677;
and paleoecology; late glacial and Holocene; pollen, stomatal
and macrofossil analysis of lake and wetland sediments; paleoclimatic
applications of stable isotopes and trace elements (from marl and ostracode/mollusk shells); peatland carbon cycle dynamics
and climatic connection; global peatland synthesis; field studies on
peatlands and peat banks in Alaska, Kamchatka, western Canada, the Tibetan
Plateau, Patagonia, Antarctic Peninsula; and tepuis
in northern tropical South America (Venezuela).
in Physical Geography, Peking University
in Environmental Geosciences, Peking University
in Botany (Paleoecology & paleohydrology),
University of Toronto
in Botany (Paleoecology & paleoclimatology), University
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Stable isotope geochemistry and paleoclimatology,
Limnological Research Center,
University of Minnesota, 7/1997 - 7/98
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Peatland dynamics modeling and
Holocene climate change, University of Alberta, Edmonton, 8/1998 - 6/2000
Full Professor, September
2013 – present, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lehigh
University, Bethlehem, PA
Associate Professor, September
2007 – August 2013, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences,
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
Professor, August 2001 – August
2007, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
July 1988 – July 1991, Department of Geography, Peking University,
1. Yu, Z.C.,
J. McAndrews, and U. Eicher.
1997. Middle Holocene dry climate caused by change in atmospheric circulation
patterns: Evidence from lake levels and stable isotopes. Geology, 25:
2. Yu, Z.C. and U. Eicher.
1998. Abrupt climate oscillations during the last deglaciation
in central North America.
Science, 282: 2235-2238.
3. Yu, Z.C. and E. Ito. 1999. Possible
solar forcing of century-scale drought frequency in the northern Great Plains. Geology, 27:
4. Yu, Z.C. 2000. Ecosystem responses to late-glacial
and early-Holocene climate oscillations in the Great Lakes region of North America.
Quaternary Science Reviews, 19: 1723-1747.
5. Yu, Z.C. and H.E. Wright, Jr. 2001.
Response of interior North America to abrupt climate oscillations in the North Atlantic region during the last deglaciation. Earth-Science
Reviews, 52: 333-369.
6. Yu, Z.C., M.R. Turetsky,
I.D. Campbell and D.H. Vitt. 2001. Modelling long-term peatland dynamics. II. Processes and rates
as inferred from litter and peat-core data. Ecological Modelling,
Z.C., E. Ito, D.R. Engstrom, and S.C. Fritz.
2002. A 2100-year trace-element and stable-isotope
record at decadal resolution from Rice Lake in the northern Great Plains, USA. The Holocene 12:
8. Yu, Z.C. 2003. Late Quaternary
dynamics of tundra and forest vegetation of the southern Niagara Escarpment, Canada. New Phytologist.
9. Yu, Z.C., Vitt,
D.H., Campbell, I.D. and Apps, M.J. 2003. Understanding
Holocene peat accumulation pattern of continental fens in western Canada. Canadian Journal of Botany,
Z.C. 2006. Power laws governing hydrology and carbon cycle dynamics in
northern peatlands. Global and
Planetary Change 53: 169-175.
M.C.* and Yu, Z.C. 2010. Rapid deglacial and
early Holocene expansion of peatlands in Alaska. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences USA 107: 7347-7352.
12. Yu, Z.C., Loisel,
J.*, Brosseau, D.P., Beilman, D.W. and Hunt, S.J.* 2010. Global peatland
dynamics since the Last Glacial Maximum. Geophysical
Research Letters 37: L13402 doi:10.1029/2010GL043584.
13. Zhao, C.*, Z.C. Yu, L. Li*, and G. Bebout. 2010. Major shifts in multidecadal
moisture variability in the mid-Atlantic region during the last 240 years. Geophysical Research Letters, 37, L09702, doi:10.1029/2010GL043133.
14. Yu, Z.C. 2011. Holocene carbon flux
histories of the world’s peatlands: Global carbon-cycle implications. The Holocene 21: 761-774.
15. Yu, Z.C. 2012. Northern peatland carbon stocks and dynamics: a review. Biogeosciences 9:
16. Spahni, R. F. Joos,
B. D. Stocker, M. Steinacher1, and Z.C. Yu. 2013. Transient
simulations of the carbon and nitrogen dynamics in northern peatlands: from
the Last Glacial Maximum to the 21st century. Climate of the Past, 9: 1287-1308.
17. Loisel, J*. and Z.C. Yu.
2013. Holocene peatland carbon dynamics in Patagonia. Quaternary Science Reviews 69:
Z.C., J. Loisel*, M. Turetsky,
S. Cai*, Y. Zhao, S. Frolking,
G. MacDonald and J. Bubier. 2013. Evidence for
elevated emissions from high-latitude wetlands contributing to high
atmospheric CH4 concentration in the early Holocene. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 27: 131-140.
19. Yu, Z.C., J. Loisel,
D.J. Charman, D.W. Beilman
and P. Camill. 2014. Holocene peatland carbon
dynamics in the circum-Arctic region: An
introduction. The Holocene 24: 1021-1027.
20. Loisel, J.*, Z.C. Yu,
D.W. Beilman, P. Camill,
J. Alm, D. Anderson, S. Andersson,
B. Fiałkiewicz-Kozieł, K. Barber, L.R. Belyea, J. Bunbury, F.M.
Chambers, D.J. Charman, F.De
Vleeschouwer, S.A. Finkelstein, M. Garneau,
D. Hammarlund, J. Holmquist,
P. Hughes, M.C. Jones, E.S. Klein, U. Kokfelt, A. Korhola, P. Kuhry, A. Lamarre, M. Lamentowicz, D.
Large, M. Lavoie, G. MacDonald, G. Magnan, M. Gałka, P. Mathijssen, D. Mauquoy, J. McCarroll, T.R.
Moore, J. Nichols, B. O’Reilly, P. Oksanen, D. Peteet, P.J.H. Richard, S. Robinson, T. Ronkanien, M. Rundgren, B. Sannel, T. Thom, E.-S. Tuittila,
M. Turetsky, M. Väliranta,
M. van der Linden, B. van Geel, S. van Bellen, D. Vitt, Y. Zhao, and
W.J. Zhou. 2014. A database and synthesis of northern peatland soil
properties and Holocene carbon and nitrogen accumulation. The Holocene 24: 1028-1042.
Associate Editor of the following
journals: The Holocene (2008- ), Science China–Earth
Scientists (2012-), Chinese
Science Bulletin (2005-2012), Wetlands (2002-2004);
Editorial Board Member (2005-2007)
Guest Editor (2007) of Proceedings
of the National Academy of Sciences USA (PNAS);
Editor of the following Special Issue: Quaternary Science Reviews (2008;
on INTIMATE project), and The Holocene
(2014; on circum-Arctic peatlands project).
Leader of PAGES
C-PEAT (Carbon in Peat on Earth through Time) Working Group (2014-2017);
co-Leader of PAGES Antarctica2k Project (coastal terrestrial records) (2014-
Leader of INQUA Project “Holocene Global Peatland Carbon Dynamics: Community-Wide Data
Synthesis and Modeling Initiatives” (2013-2015).
Group member for PAGES Arctic 2k
Secretary and Co-Leader of INTIMATE (INtegration of Ice-core, MArine and TErrestrial records
of the North Atlantic) Project
(INQUA – Palaeoclimate Commission)