Jiang-2016-department.jpg Ganqing Jiang

Professor – Department Chair

Sedimentary Geology & Geochemistry
E-mail: Ganqing.Jiang@unlv.edu
Phone: (702) 895-2708
Office: SEB 3241

Ph.D. – Columbia University, 2002

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Research Interests:

My research focuses on plaeoenvironmental changes across critical transitions in Earth’s history. In particular, I utilize an integrated field, petrographic, and geochemical approach to study the origin of carbon isotope anomalies and unusual oceanographic changes at the dawn of animal life and across the major Paleozoic greenhouse−icehouse transitions. Through comparative study of the Neoproterozoic to Paleozoic sedimentary archives in the Great Basin of western U.S. and in other continents such as South China, my research aims at a better understanding of the causal relationship of carbon isotope excursions, ocean redox changes, sea-level changes, and biotic innovations.

Selected Recent Publications: (Full Publication list )

Yao, L., Jiang, G., Mii, H.-S., Lin, Y., Aretz, M., Chen, J., Qi, Y., Lin, W., Wang, Q., and Wang, X., 2022, Global cooling initiated the Middle-Late Mississippian biodiversity crisis: Global and Planetary Change , v. 215, p. 103852

Peng, Y., Bao, H., Jiang, G., Crockford, PPP., Feng, D., Xiao, S., Kaufman, A. J., and wang, J., 2022, A transient peak in marine sulfate after the 635-Ma snowball Earth: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, v. 119, p. e2117341119

Xiao, S., Jiang, G., Ye, Q., Ouyang, Q., Banerjee, D. M., Singh, B. P., Muscente, A. D., Zhou, C., and Hughes, N. C., 2022, Systematic paleontology, acritarch biostratigraphy, and d13C chemostratigraphy of the early Ediacaran Krol A Formation, Lesser Himalaya, northern India: Journal of Paleontology, pp. 1-62.

Xu, D., Wang, X., Zhu, J.-M., Jiang, G., Shi, X., Wang, X., and Sahoo, S. K., 2022, Chromium isotope evidence for oxygenation events in the Ediacaran ocean: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 323, p. 258-275.

Tang, D., Fu, X., Shi, X., Zhou, L., Zheng, W., Li, C., Xu, D., Zhou, X., Xie, B., Zhu, X., and Jiang, G., 2022, Enhanced Weathering Triggered the Transient Oxygenation Event at ~1.57 Ga: Geophysical Research Letters, v. 49, p. e2022GL099018.

Li, H., Zhang, S., Han, J., Zhong, T., Ding, J., Wu, H., Liu, P., Dong, J., Zhang, Z., Yang, T., and Jiang, G., 2022, Astrochronologic calibration of the Shuram carbon isotope excursion with new data from South China: Global and Planetary Change, v. 209, p. 103749.

Graduate Students (Current):

Deborah Morales (PhD student )

Graduate Students (Completed):

Audrey Warren (PhD, 2022 ) | Chin Chai Huan (PhD, 2022 ) | Uday Kara Ali (PhD, 2020 ) | Dev Maharjan (PhD, 2017 ) | Swapan K. Sahoo (PhD, 2015 ) | Robyn A. Howley (PhD, 2010 ) | Patricia (Suzy) Williams (MS, 2015 ) | Leon Taufani (MS, 2012 ) | Robert A. Henry (MS, 2011 ) | Ratna Widiarti (MS, 2011 ) | Adam Zeiza (MS, 2011 ) | Jonathan Baker (MS, 2010 ) | Paul Kosmidis (MS, 2009 )

Courses taught:

Undergraduate Courses

GEOG 103: Physical Geography
GEOL 102: Earth and Life Through Time 
GEOL 362: Principles of Stratigraphy and Sedimentation

Graduate Courses

GEOL 701: Research Methods in Geoscience
GEOL 766: Earth Systems Change
GEOL 781: Carbonate Depositional Systems