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Prof. Zhao's current research interest focuses on applying modern theories and methods of metamorphic petrology, structural geology and geochronology to tackle various geological problems, ranging from microscopic processes of mineral reactions during metamorphism, to macroscopic processes of assembly and breakup of supercontinents in Earth’s history.
Prof. Zhao’s major research findings and outcomes include discoveries of two Paleoproterozoic continent-continent collisional belts (Khondalite Belt and Trans-North China Orogen) in the North China Craton, and the first proposal of global scale 2.0-1.8 billion years old collisional events leading to the assembly of the Paleo-Mesoproterozoic supercontinent Columbia (Nuna).
According to All Databases on the Web of Knowledge from Thomson Reuters, Prof. Zhao’s record in the field of GEOSCIENCES includes 200 papers cited more than 12,000 times (h-index = 68) from January 2000 to February 2013, placing him in the top 1% of scientists in this field. In 2014, Prof. Zhao was recognized as the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014 by Thomson Reuters.
Prof. Guochun Zhao is now the Editor-in-Chief of Precambrian Research, Associate Editor of Gondwana Research and Geoscience Frontiers , and editorial member of Chinese Science Bulletin, Science China (Series D) and Acta Petrologica Sinica. In addition, Prof. Zhao is the principal investigator of project "Paleoproterozoic amalgamation of the North China Craton and the assembly of the Columbia supercontinent" that won The State Natural Science Award (2nd Class Prize) in 2014. Also in 2014, Prof. Zhao was elected to be the Fellow of Geological Society of America (GSA) and the President of the International Association of Gondwana Research (IAGR).
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- Metamorphic petrology (變質岩石學)
- Geochronology (地質年代學)
- Precambrian geology (前寒武紀地質學)