I was born and grow up in the Gansu Province in northwestern China. During my childhood, I lived in cave houses in the rural area of northwestern China for many years. These cave houses are called Yaodong in Chinese, and represent a unique dwelling style on the Chinese Loess Plateau. When I was a kid, I always wondered about the frequent color variations from light yellow to dark brown. Not until I entered Lanzhou University, China, I learned from an introductory geology class that the color variations were caused by climate changes, and loess deposits represent millions of years of aridification in central Asia caused by the uplift of the Tibetan Plateau and global cooling. This initiated my ardent pursuit to geology.
The summer before I entered graduate school in the Lanzhou University, I was very lucky, and involved in an international collaboration project between the Lanzhou University and the University of Arizona. I worked as a field assistant to assist the fieldwork of two US geologists in the northeastern corner of the Tibetan Plateau. I learned from them way more than the help I could provide at that time. This experience further solidified my career path.
I earned my PhD at the University of Arizona in 2009, and worked as a postdoc researcher at the University of Wyoming before I moved to University of Texas at Arlington in the fall of 2011. I am enjoying teaching and research at UTA.
International Committee Chair