Chunqing Sun

Chunqing started to work on the tephrochronology of Lake Bien Ho (Vietnam) in 2019. He finds and separates cryptotephra layers (invisible volcanic ash) from the lake sediments.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Tephrochronology, Volcanology


  • 2020 –            Associate Research Professor, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • 2019 – 2020      Post-doc, Queen’s University of Belfast
  • 2016 – 2019      Post-doc, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.


  • 2011 – 2016      PhD, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • 2007 – 2011 BSc, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan)


  1. National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 42072329, No. 41802253)
  2. Newton International Fellowship (No. NIF\R1\181359)
  3. National Postdoctoral Program for Innovative Talents (No. BX201600160)
  4. Chinese Postdoctoral Science Foundations (No. 2015LH001, No. 2017M620897)

International peer-reviewed publications

  1. Sun, C., Wang, L., Plunkett, G., Zhang, E., Liu, J. An integrated Late Pleistocene to Holocene tephrostratigraphic framework for South-east and East Asia. Geophysical Research Letters: under review
  2. Zhang, B., Liu, J., Chen, W., Zhu, Z., Sun, C. 2020. Late Eocene magmatism of the eastern Qiangtang block (eastern Tibetan Plateau) and its geodynamic implications. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 195: 104329.
  3. Sun, C., Liu, J., et al. 2019. First radiocarbon 14C evidence for the Holocene eruption of the Datong volcanic field, northern China. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 384: 275-279.
  4. Sun, C., Németh, K., et al. 2019. Tephra evidence for the most recent eruption of Laoheishan volcano, Wudalianchi volcanic field, northeast China. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 383: 103-111.
  5. Wu, J., Z. Zhu, C. Sun, et al. 2019. The significance of maar volcanoes for palaeoclimatic studies in China. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 383: 2-15.
  6. Sun, C., L. Wang, et al. 2018. Ash from the Changbaishan Qixiangzhan eruption: A new early Holocene marker horizon across East Asia. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 123(8): 6442-6450.
  7. Liu, J., C. Sun, et al. 2018. An overview of global tephrochronology. Scientia Sinica Terrae 48: 1-29.
  8. Zhang, L., Liu, J., Qin, X., Y Mu, C Jin, Sun, C., J Liu, C Deng. 2018. Magnetostratigraphy and paleoenvironmental events recorded in a late Cenozoic sedimentary succession in Huaibei Plain, East China. Quaternary Science Reviews 200: 52-64.
  9. Sun, C., J. Liu, et al. 2017. Tephrostratigraphy of Changbaishan volcano, northeast China, since the mid-Holocene. Quaternary Science Reviews 177: 104-119.
  10. Sun, C., Q. Liu, et al. 2017. The first tephra evidence for a Late Glacial explosive volcanic eruption in the Arxan-Chaihe volcanic field (ACVF), northeast China. Quaternary Geochronology 40: 109-119.
  11. Németh, K., Wu, J., Sun, C., Liu, J. 2017. Update on the volcanic geoheritage values of the Pliocene to quaternary Arxan–Chaihe volcanic field, Inner Mongolia, China. Geoheritage 9 (3): 279-297.
  12. Gao, J., Liu, J., DR Hilton, F Meng, Z Li, L Zhai, Sun, C., L Zhang. 2017. The chemical and isotopic compositions of volatiles in magmatic hydrothermal fluids beneath the Songliao Basin, northeastern China. Chemical Geology 465: 11-20.
  13. Sun, C., J. Liu, et al. 2016. Clinopyroxene and Fe-Ti oxides for correlating the ash from Changbaishan Millennium eruption. Science China Earth Sciences 59(7): 1454-1462.
  14. Sun, C., You, H., et al., 2016. Differences between whole rock and insitu analysis on tephra: evidence from the 1600 a cal BP eruption of Jinlongdingzi volcano. Earth Science 41(1): 97-104
  15. Zhang, L., Qin, X., Liu, J., Sun, C., et al., 2016. Geochemistry of sediments from the Huaibei Plain (east China): Implications for provenance, weathering, and invasion of the Yellow River into the Huaihe River. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 121: 72-83.
  16. Liu, J., Chen, S., Guo, W., Sun, C., et al., 2015. Research Advances in the Mt. Changbai volcano. Bulletin of Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry 34(4): 710-723.
  17. Sun, C., H. You, et al. 2015. New evidence for the presence of Changbaishan Millennium eruption ash in the Longgang volcanic field, Northeast China. Gondwana Research 28(1): 52-60.
  18. Chen, S., Liu, J., Chen, S., Guo, Z., Sun, C. 2015. Variations in the geochemical structure of the mantle wedge beneath the northeast Asian marginal region from pre-to post-opening of the Japan Sea. Lithos 224: 324-341.
  19. You, H., Sun, C., et al. 2015. Environment instruction significance and character of element geochemistry based on synchrotron radiation techniques from varved lake sediments of Erlongwan Maar Lake. Nuclear Techniques 38 (2): 20101-020101.
  20. Chen, S., Liu, J., Guo, Z., Chen, S., Sun, C. 2015. Geochemical characteristics of volcanic rocks from ODP site 794, Yamato Basin, Implication for deep mantle processes of the Japan Sea. Acta Geologica Sinica 89(4): 1189-1212.
  21. Li, X., Liu, J., Sun, C., et al., 2014. The magma source properties and evolution of Holocene volcanoes in Tengchong, Yunnan Province, SW China. Seismology and Geology 36 (4): 991-1008.
  22. Sun, C., G. Plunkett, et al. 2014. Ash from Changbaishan Millennium eruption recorded in Greenland ice: Implications for determining the eruption’s timing and impact. Geophysical Research Letters 41(2): 694-701.
  23. Sun, C., H. You, et al. 2014. Distribution, geochemistry and age of the Millennium eruptives of Changbaishan volcano, Northeast China — A review. Frontiers of Earth Science 8(2): 216-230.

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