Jiang-2016Ganqing Jiang

Professor of Geology – Department Chair

Sedimentary Geology and Stable Isotope Geochemistry

E-mail: Ganqing.Jiang@unlv.edu
Telephone: (702) 895-2708
Office: Science and Engineering Building (SEB) 3241

Las Vegas Isotope Science Lab (LVIS) link


BA, Xiangtan Mining College, Hunan, China
MS, China University of Geosciences (Beijing)
PhD, Columbia University

Research Interests:

My research focuses on environmental and climate changes across critical transitions in Earth’s history. In particular, I utilize an integrated field, petrographic, and isotope-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 attempts to better understand the causal relationships between carbon isotope excursions, ocean redox changes, sea-level changes and biotic innovations.

Selected Publications: (Full Publication list )

Sahoo, S. K., Planavsky, N. J., Jiang, G., Kendall, B., Owens, J. D., Wang, X., Shi, X., Anbar, A. D., and Lyons, T. W., 2016, Oceanic oxygenation events in the anoxic Ediacaran ocean: Geobiology, v. 14, DOI: 10.1111/gbi.12182

Wang, X., Jiang, G., Shi, X., and Xiao, S., 2016, Paired carbonate and organic carbon isotope variations of the Ediacaran Doushantuo Formation from an upper slope section at Siduping, South China: Precambrian Research, v. 273, p. 53-66.

An, Z., Jiang, G., Tong, J., Tian, L., Ye, Q., Song, H., and Song, H., 2015, Stratigraphic position of the Ediacaran Miaohe biota and its constrains on the age of the upper Doushantuo d13C anomaly in the Yangtze Gorges area, South China:Precambrian Research, v. 271, p. 243-253.

Zhang, S., Li, H., Jiang, G., Evans, D.A.D., Dong, J., Wu, H., Yang, T., Liu, P., and Xiao, Q., 2015, New Paleomagnetic results from the Ediacaran Doushantuo Formation in South China and their paleogeographic implications:Precambrian Research, v. 259, p. 130-142.

Sahoo, S.K., Planavsky, N.J., Kendall, B., Wang, X., Shi, X., Scott, C., Anbar, A.D., Lyons, T.W., and Jiang, G., 2012, Ocean oxygenation in the wake of the Marinoan glaciation: Nature, v. 489, p. 546-549.


Courses taught:


GEOG 103: Physical Geography
GEOL 102: Earth and Life Through Time 
GEOL 462: Principles of Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
GEOL 781: Carbonate Depositional Systems
GEOL 766: Earth Systems Change
* GEOL 783: Sequence and Chemostratigraphy