Basic Information

​​​​​​​                         Lijuan Sha

             Assistant Professor


Xi’an Jiaotong University

School of Human Settlements and Civil Engineering

Department of Earth and Environmental Science

Institute of Global Environmental Change

Research field: Catalytic chemistry, Isotope geochemistry, Paleoclimate Change, Quaternary Geology


2017.09-2017.10 Hebrew University of Jerusalem  International Communication

2017.07-2017.08 The University of Minnesota  International Communication

2017.09-2020.07 Xi’an Jiaotong University  Earth and Built Environment Science and Engineering (PhD)

2013.03-2013.05 The University of Minnesota  International Communication

2012.02-2012.08 The University of Minnesota  International Communication

2011.09-2014.07 Xi’an Jiaotong University  Environmental Science (Master of Science)

2007.09-2011.07 Xi’an Jiaotong University  Applied Chemistry (Bachelor of Science)


Address: Western China Science And Technology Innovation Harbour, Fengxi City, Xi Xian New Area, Shaanxi Province




Scientific Research

Experimental Platform

Recent developments in the technique of high-precision triple oxygen isotope measurement in the Isotope Lab., Xi’an Jiaotong University have made it possible to acquire high-precision 17O anomaly (Δ17O) data from carbonate and water samples, which are sufficient to detect their natural variations. The Δ17O data of carbonate samples can reflect changes in moisture source and evolution of rainfall, and thus can provide novel insights into the hydroclimate dynamics.

Research Interests

1. Developing the high-precision triple oxygen isotope analysis method;

2. To characterize the moisture source variation and recycle history based on the triple oxygen isotope data (such as speleothem, soil carbonates, foraminifera);

3. Used triple oxygen isotope data for understanding hydroclimate dynamics in some important climate systems;

4. Analysis of triple oxygen isotope in water samples.


National Natural Science Foundation of ChinaStudy of the temporal and spatial variations of Asian monsoon and westerly by using triple oxygen isotope in speleothems (PI)

National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC-ISF)Triple oxygen isotope composition as a new tool for studying speleothem records (Participate)

National Natural Science Foundation of ChinaSpatial and temporal variations in three oxygen isotopes of meteoric waters in eastern China (Participate)

National Natural Science Foundation of ChinaHolocene climate change in northern Africa and it’s interactions with North Atlantic climate (Participate)

SISAL (Speleothem Isotopes Synthesis and AnaLysis) dada analysis (Participate)

Project of U.S. GEOTRACES Pacific Section (Participate)


Lijuan sha, Yassine Ait Brahim, Jasper A. Wassenburg, Jianjun Yin, Jiayu Lu, Francisco W. Cruz, Yanjun Cai, R. Lawrence Edwards, Hai Cheng. The “Hockey Stick” Imprint in Northwest African Speleothems. Geophysical Research Letters, 2021, 48 (17):  e2021GL094232. DOI:10.1029/2021GL094232

Lijuan Sha, Sasadhar Mahata, Pengzhen Duan, Baoyun Zong, Youfeng Ning, Pu Zhang, Jian Wang, Yanjun Cai, Hai Cheng.  Preparation of high-precision CO2 with known triple oxygen isotope for oxygen isotope analysis. Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies, 2021, 57 (5): 443-456. DOI:10.1080/10256016.2021.1962321

Lijuan Sha, Sasadhar Mahata, Pengzhen Duan, Boaz Luz, Pu Zhang, Jonathan Baker, Baoyun Zong, Youfeng Ning, Yassine Ait Brahim, Haiwei Zhang, R. Lawrence Edwards, Hai Cheng. A novel application of triple oxygen isotope ratios of speleothems. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 2020, 270: 360-378. DOI:10.1016/j.gca.2019.12.003

Lijuan Sha, Yassine Ait Brahim, Jasper A. Wassenburg, Jianjun Yin, Matthew Peros, Francisco W. Cruz, Yanjun Cai, Hanying Li, Wenjing Du, Haiwei Zhang, R. Lawrence Edwards, Hai Cheng. How far north did the African Monsoon fringe expand during the African Humid Period? - Insights from Southwest Moroccan speleothems. Geophysical Research Letters, 2019, 46: 14093–14102. DOI:10.1029/2019GL084879

Haiwei Zhang, Hai Cheng, Ashish Sinha, Christoph Spötl, Yanjun Cai, Bin Liu, Gayatri Kathayat, Hanying Li, Ye Tian, Youwei Li, Jingyao Zhao, Lijuan Sha, Jiayu Lu, Binglin Meng, Xiaowen Niu, Xiyu Dong, Zeyuan Liang, Baoyun Zong, Youfeng Ning, Jianghu Lan, R. Lawrence Edwards. Collapse of the Liangzhu and other Neolithic cultures in the lower Yangtze region in response to climate change. Science Advances, 2021, 7 (48), eabi9275. DOI:10.1126/sciadv.abi9275

Jasper A. Wassenburg, Hubert B. Vonhof, Hai Cheng, Alfredo Martínez-García, Pia-Rebecca Ebner, Xianglei Li, Haiwei Zhang, Lijuan Sha, Ye Tian, R. Lawrence Edwards, Jens Fiebig, Gerald H. Haug, Penultimate deglaciation Asian monsoon response to North Atlantic circulation collapse. Nature Geoscience, 2021, 14(12): 937–941. DOI:10.1038/s41561-021-00851-9

Jiayu Lu, Haiwei Zhang, Hanying Li, Lijuan Sha, Jingyao Zhao, Youwei Li, Jian Wang, Xiyu Dong, R. Lawrence Edwards, Zhi Qian, Hai Cheng. A 120-year seasonally resolved speleothem record of precipitation seasonality from southeastern China. Quaternary Science Reviews, 2021, 264(24):107023. DOI:10.1016/j.quascirev.2021.107023

Xuefeng Wang, Wuhui Duan, Ming Tan, Binggui Cai, Jingyao Zhao, Lijuan sha, Youfeng Ning, Hai Cheng, Lisheng Wang, Zhibang Ma, R. Lawrence Edwards, Jule Xiao. Variability of PDO identified by a last 300-year stalagmite δ18O record in Southwest China. Quaternary Science Reviews, 2021, 261(14):106947. DOI:10.1016/j.quascirev.2021.106947

Yassine Ait Brahim, Jasper A. Wassenburg, Lijuan Sha, Francisco W. Cruz, Michael Deininger, Abdelfettah Sifeddine, Christoph Spötl, R. Lawrence Edwards, Hai Cheng. North Atlantic ice-rafting, ocean and atmospheric circulation during the Holocene: Insights from Western Mediterranean speleothems. Geophysical Research Letters, 2019, 46: 7614-7623. DOI:10.1029/2019GL082405

Wenjing Du, Hai Cheng, Yao Xu, Xunlin Yang, Pingzhong Zhang, Lijuan Sha, Hanying Li, Xiaoyan Zhu, Meiliang Zhang, Nicolás M. Stríkis, Francisco W. Cruz, R. Lawrence Edwards, Haiwei Zhang, Youfeng Ning. Timing and structure of the weak Asian Monsoon event about 73,000 years ago. Quaternary Geochronology, 2019, 53: 101003. DOI:10.1016/j.quageo.2019.05.002

Laia Comas-Bru, Sandy P. Harrison, Martin Werner, Kira Rehfeld, Nick Scroxton, Cristina Veiga-Pires, SISAL working group members. Evaluating model outputs using integrated global speleothem records of climate change since the last glacial. Climate of the Past, 2019, 15: 1557-1579.

Kamolphat Atsawawanunt, Laia Comas-Bru, Sahar Amirnezhad Mozhdehi, Michael Deininger, Sandy P. Harrison, Andy Baker, Meighan Boyd, Nikita Kaushal, Syed Masood Ahmed, Yassine Ait Brahim, Monica Arienzo, Petra Bajo, Kerstin Braun, Yuval Burstyn, Sakonvan Chawchai, Wuhui Duan, István Gábor Hatvani, Jun Hu, Zoltán Kern, Inga Labuhn, Matthew Lachniet, Franziska A. Lechleiter, Andrew Lorrey, Carlos Pérez-Mejías, Robyn Pickering, Nick Scroxton, SISAL Working Group Members. The SISAL database: a global resource to document oxygen and carbon isotope records from speleothems. Earth System Science Data, 2018, 10: 1687-1713.

Yassine Ait Brahim, Hai Cheng, Abdelfettah Sifeddine, Jasper A. Wassenburg, Francisco W. Cruz, Myriam Khodri, Lijuan Sha, Núria Pérez-Zanón, El Hassane Beraaouz, James Apaéstegui, Jean-Loup Guyot, Klaus Peter Jochum, LhoussaineBouchaou. Speleothem records decadal to multidecadal hydroclimate variations in southwest Morocco during the last millennium. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2017, 476: 1–10.

Baoyun Zong, Xianglei Li, Kathayat Gayatri, Wenjing Du, Lijuan Sha, Hanying Li. Asian monsoon variability on multiple timescales in the context of global climate changes. Journal of Earth Environment, 2017, 8: 185-193.

GEOTRACES members, The GEOTRACES Intermediate Data Product 2014, Marine Chemistry, 2016, 177, 1-8.

Tian Feng, Weijian Zhou, Warren Beck, Yajuan Du, Lijuan Sha. Spatiotemporal relationship between temperature and precipitation in inland China from meteorological data and paleoclimatic implications for lacustrine oxygen records, Quaternary International, 2014, 349, 291-299.