Guochun Zhao (赵国春)


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Professor Guochun Zhao (赵国春) 趙國春


Professional Qualifications

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 260 papers cited more than 20,000 times (h-index = 77), ranking No. 9 among 3277 top 1% geoscientists. In 2014 and 2015, Prof. Zhao was recognized as Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson-Reuters.  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 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). In 2016, Prof. Zhao was selected as the laureate of 29th Khwarizmi International Award (First Class).

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.

Honours, Awards & Prizes
AwardeesAward DateHonours / Awards / PrizesCategory
2005-01-01NSFC Young Researcher Award, 国家海外杰出青年基金奖
Research Achievement
Li, SZ
2015-12-01State Natural Science Award (2nd Class; First Awardee): State Council of P.R.China
Research Achievement
2014-08-01Highly Cited Researcher Award: Thomson Reuters
Research Achievement
2014-06-01World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014: Thomson Reuters
Research Achievement
2014-04-01Fellow of Geological Society of America (GSA): Geological Society of America (GSA)
Research Achievement
2016-06-01Highly Cited Researcher Award (2015): Thomson Reuters
Research Achievement
Li, S
2015-01-01State Natural Science Award (2nd Class; First Awardee): State Council of Peoples' Republic of China
Research Achievement
2016-03-0129th Khwarizmi International Award (First Class, Foreign Section): Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST)
Research Achievement
Professional Societies
Term PeriodPositionProfessional Societies
01/2001 - presentMemberGeological Society of Hong Kong
01/2006 - presentMember of Steering CommitteeInternational Association for Gondwana Research
01/2001 - presentMemberAmerican Geophysical Union
10/2005 - presentMemberChina Chapter of International Association for Gondwana Research
01/2000-12/2001MemberAustralian Geological Society
02/2009 - presentMemberGuangdong Provincial Society for Mineralogy Petrology and Gechemistry
01/2007 - presentMemberMineralogical Society of America
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Area of Expertise:
Area of Expertise (EN)Area of Expertise (ZH)
Precambrian geology前寒武紀地質學
Metamorphic petrology變質岩石學
Spoken Languages:
Spoken Language(s) (EN)Spoken Language(s) (ZH)
English, Putonghua英語、普通話
Written Languages:
Written Language(s) (EN)Written Language(s) (ZH)
English, Chinese英文、中文
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