Professor Dr. Ding Lin


Laboratory of Continental Collision and Plateau Uplift

Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Address: 16th Campus, 3th Building, Lincui Road

Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, P.R. China

Tel: +86-10-84097104

Fax: +86-10-84097079


Research Areas

My expertise lies in continental tectonics, regional geology, continental collision between Eurasia and India and uplift of Tibetan Plateau.


Ph.D. Structure and Tectonic, Institute of Geology, CAS, Graduate School, CAS, Beijing, 1999

Dissertion: Cenozoic collisional deformation and lithosphere tectonic evolution of the Eastern Himalayan Systaxis

B.S. Geology, Institute of Geology, CAS, Graduate School, CAS, Beijing, 1991

Undergraduate : Geology and Geodynamics, University of Beijing, 1988

Laboratory facilities, Grants and Teaching Experience

Laboratory facilities

  1. Ar/Ar and Helium age: Helix Noble Gas Mass Spectrometer with 5 Faraday/Multiplier detectors

  2. U-Pb Dating: MC-LA-ICP-MS, New Wave Laser + Agilent 7500a Mass Spectrometry

  3. EBSD: SEM+EDS+EBSD, Oxford HKL + Zeiss EVO MA10


2016-2020, Collision processes between India and Eurasia and tectonic metallogenic setting.

2015-2019, Deformation processes of the Himalaya syntaxis and mechanism of continental subduction.

2010-2014, Geological background of the polymerization process in southern Tibetan plateau.

2010-2013, Structural deformation and environmental change research on the Pamir plateau.

2009-2011, Paleoelevation estimation of Qinghai-Tibet plateau.

2007-2010, Tectonic evolution of the central Tibetan orogen .

2004-2007, Intracontinental subduction and orogenesis in Tibetan Plateau.

2003-2007,  Rifting and Mineralization in the Southern Tibet Plateau of the collision zone between Asia and India.

1998-2004,  Collision process and Cenozoic deformation between the India and Asian.

2002-2004,  Deformation and accretion in the Northern eastern Tibet.

1998-2002,  Cenozoic collisional deformation and raising process of NW Tibet.

1996-1998,  High-pressure Metamorphism and Raising Process of the Eastern Himalayan Syntaxis, China

1995-1997,  Mechanism of the formation of strike-slip basin: a study on the Tertiary basin in Tengchong area, Western Yunnan, China

1992-1996,  Intercontinental dynamic of Eastern Tibetan Plateau and Western Yunnan, China

1992-1996,  Deformation and Movement of the Paleotethys belt in Western Yunnan, China

1988-1991,  Tectonic evolution of Paleotethys Ocean belt, Western Yunnan, China

Teaching Experience

1. Tibet Plateau uplift Processes and its effects

2.  Earth Surface Processes and Geomorphology

3. Continental collision and mineralization



Ding, L., Muhammad, Q., Ishtiaq, J., Qiang, X., Fulong, C., Houqi, W., Upendra, B., Yahui, Y., Qingzhou, L. The India-Asia Collision in North Pakistan: Sedimentary record from the Tertiary Foreland Basin. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2016,

Cai, F.L., Ding, L., Laskosiki, A.K., Kapp, P., Wang, H., Xu, Q., Zhang, L. Late Triassic paleogeographic reconstruction along the Neo–Tethyan Ocean margins, southern Tibet. Earth and Planetary Sciences Letters, 2016. 435: 105-114.

Li, Z.Y., Ding, L., Lippert, P.C., Song, P.-P., Yue, Y.-H., and van Hinsbergen, D. J. J. Paleomagnetic constraints on the Mesozoic drift of the Lhasa terrane (Tibet) from Gondwana to Eurasia. Geology, 2016, 44:727-730.

Liu X. H., Xu Q., Ding L. Differential surface uplift: Cenozoic paleoelevation history of the Tibetan Plateau. Science ChinaEarth Sciences,  2016, 59: 1–16, doi: 10.1007/s11430-015-5486-y

Wang, C., Ding, L., Zhang, L.Y., Kapp, P., Pullen, A., Yue, Y.H. Petrogenesis of Middle–Late Triassic volcanic rocks from the Gangdese belt, southern Lhasa terrane: Implications for early subduction of Neo-Tethyan oceanic lithosphere. Lithos, 2016, 262:320-333.

Laskowski, A.K., Kapp, P., Ding, L., Campbell, C., and Liu, X., in review, Tectonic evolution of the Yarlung suture zone, Lopu Range region, southern Tibet: Tectonics.

Laskowski, A.K., Kapp, P., Vervoort, J.D., and Ding, L., 2016, High-pressure Tethyan Himalaya rocks along the India-Asia suture zone in southern Tibet: Lithosphere, doi:10.1130/L544.1.


Baral, U., Lin, D., Chamlagain, D.   Detrital zircon U–Pb geochronology of the Siwalik Group of the Nepal Himalaya: implications for provenance analysis       International Journal of Earth Sciences   2015      DOI 10.1007/s00531-015-1198-7

Cai, F.L., Ding, L., Yao, W., Laskosiki, A.K., Xu, Q., Zhang, J., Kyaing Sein. Provenance and tectonic evolution of Lower Paleozoic–Upper Mesozoic strata from Sibumasu terrane, Myanmar. Gondwana Research, 2015, doi/10.1016/

Huang, Q., Shi, R., Liu, D., Zhang, X., Fan, S., Ding, L. / *黄启帅, 史仁灯, 刘德亮, 张晓冉, 樊帅权, 丁林      Os isotopic evidence for a carbonaceous chondritic mantle source for the Nagqu ophiolite from Tibet and its implications/西藏那曲蛇绿岩地幔源区的碳质球粒陨石型 Os 同位素特征及其意义,Chinese Science Bulletin/ 科学通报,201358, 92-98/33,3154-3161

Li, S., Ding, L., Xu, Q., Wang, H., Yue, Y., Baral, U.   The evolution of Yarlung Tsangpo River: Constraints from the age and provenance of the Gangdese Conglomerates, southern Tibet      Gondwana Research   2015

Li, Z., Ding, L., Song, P., Fu, J., Yue, Y.  Paleomagnetic constraints on the paleolatitude of the Lhasa block during the Early Cretaceous: Implications for the onset of India–Asia collision and latitudinal shortening estimates across Tibet and stable Asia      Gondwana Research   2015

Liu, D., Shi, R., Ding, L., Huang, Q., Zhang, X., Yue, Y., Zhang, L.  Zircon U–Pb age and Hf isotopic compositions of Mesozoic granitoids in southern Qiangtang, Tibet: Implications for the subduction of the Bangong–Nujiang Tethyan Ocean     Gondwana Research 2015

Song, P., Ding, L., Li, Z., Lippert, P.C., Yang, T., Zhao, X., Fu, J., Yue, Y.       Late Triassic paleolatitude of the Qiangtang block: Implications for the closure of the Paleo-Tethys Ocean   Earth and Planetary Science Letters 2015      424, 69-83     

Wang, H.-Q., Ding, L., Cai, F.-L., Xu, Q., Li, S., Fu, J.-J., Lai, Q.-Z., Yue, Y.-H., Li, X.      Early Tertiary deformation of the Zhongba–Gyangze Thrust in central southern Tibet       Gondwana Research 2015

Xu, Q., Ding, L., Hetzel, R., Yue, Y., Rades, E. F. Low elevation of the northern Lhasa terrane in the Eocene: Implications for relief development in south Tibet, Terra Nova,   2015,  27, 6: 458-466.

Zhang, L.-Y., Ding, L., Pullen, A., Kapp, P., 2015. Reply to comment by W. Liu and B. Xia on “Age and geochemistry of western Hoh-Xil-Songpan-Ganzi granitoids, northern Tibet: Implications for the Mesozoic closure of the Paleo-Tethys ocean”. Lithos 212–215, 457-461.

付佳俊, 丁林, 许强, 蔡福龙, 岳雅慧, 郭钰       西藏改则洞错地区白垩纪火山岩锆石 U-Pb 年代学, Hf 同位素组成及对班公—怒江洋俯冲闭合的制约 地质科学      2015      50, 182-202


Ding, L., Xu, Q., Yue, Y.H., Wang, H.Q., Cai, F.L., Li, S. 2014. The Andean-type Gangdese Mountains: Paleoelevation record from the PaleoceneEocene Linzhou Basin. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 392: 250-264.

Zhang, L.-Y., Ding, L., Pullen, A., Xu, Q., Liu, D.-L., Cai, F.-L., Yue, Y.-H., Lai, Q.-Z., Shi, R.-D., Ducea, M.N., 2014a. Age and geochemistry of western Hoh-Xil–Songpan-Ganzi granitoids, northern Tibet: Implications for the Mesozoic closure of the Paleo-Tethys ocean. Lithos 190, 328-348.

Zhang, L.-Y., Ducea, M.N., Ding, L., Pullen, A., Kapp, P., Hoffman, D., 2014b. Southern Tibetan Oligocene–Miocene adakites: A record of Indian slab tearing. Lithos 210, 209-223.

Xu, Q., Hoke, G.D., Liu-Zeng, J., Ding, L., Wang, W., Yang, Y., 2014. Stable isotopes of surface water across the Longmenshan margin of the eastern Tibetan Plateau. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 15, 3416-3429.

Zhang, X., Shi, R., Huang, Q., Liu, D., Gong, X., Chen, S., Wu, K., Yi, G., Sun, Y., Ding, L., 2014. Early Jurassic high-pressure metamorphism of the Amdo terrane, Tibet: Constraints from zircon U–Pb geochronology of mafic granulites. Gondwana Research 26, 975-985.

Kornfeld, D., Eckert, S., Appel, E., Ratschbacher, L., Pfänder, J., Liu, D., Ding, L., 2014a. Clockwise rotation of the Baoshan Block due to southeastward tectonic escape of Tibetan crust since the Oligocene. Geophysical Journal International, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggu009.

Kornfeld, D., Eckert, S., Appel, E., Ratschbacher, L., Sonntag, B.-L., Pfänder, J.A., Ding, L., Liu, D., 2014b. Cenozoic clockwise rotation of the Tengchong block, southeastern Tibetan Plateau: A paleomagnetic and geochronologic study. Tectonophysics 628, 105-122.

Kornfeld, D., Sonntag, B.-L., Gast, S., Matthes, J., Ratschbacher, L., Pfänder, J.A., Eckert, S., Liu, D., Appel, E., Ding, L., 2014c. Apparent paleomagnetic rotations reveal Pliocene–Holocene internal deformation of the Tengchong Block, southeastern Tibetan Plateau. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 96, 1-16.

Liu, D., Huang, Q., Fan, S., Zhang, L., Shi, R., Ding, L., 2014. Subduction of the Bangong–Nujiang Ocean: constraints from granites in the Bangong Co area, Tibet. Geological Journal 49, 188-206.

Volkmer J.E., Kapp, P., Horton, B.K., Gehrels, G.E., Minervini, J.M., and Ding, L., 2014, Northern Lhasa thrust belt of central Tibet: Evidence of Cretaceous – early Cenozoic shortening within a passive roof thrust system?: in Nie, J.S., Horton, B.K., and Hoke, G.D. eds., Towards an Improved Understanding of Uplift Mechanisms and the Elevation History of the Tibetan Plateau, Geological Society of America Special Paper 507, Boulder, Geological Society of America, doi:10.1130/2014.2507(03).

DeCelles, P.G., Kapp, P., Gehrels, G.E., and Ding, L., 2014, Paleocene-Eocene foreland basin evolution in the Himalaya of southern Tibet and Nepal: implications for the age of initial India-Asia collision: Tectonics, v. 33, p. 824-849, doi:10.1002/2014TC003522.

Sundell, K.E., Taylor, M.H., Styron, R.H., Stockli, D.F., Kapp, P., Hager, C., Liu, D., and Ding, L., 2013, Evidence for constriction and Pliocene acceleration of east-west extension in the North Lunggar rift region of west central Tibet: Tectonics, v. 32, p. 1454-1479, doi:10.1002/tect.20086.


Ding, L., Yang, D., Cai, F.L., Pullen, A., Kapp, P., Gehrels, G.E., Zhang, L.Y., Zhang, Q.H., Lai, Q.Z., Yue, Y.H., and Shi, R.D., 2013, Provenance analysis of the Mesozoic Hoh-Xil-Songpan-Ganzi turbidites in northern Tibet: Implications for the tectonic evolution of the eastern Paleo-Tethys Ocean: Tectonics, doi:10.1002/tect.20013.

Xu, Q., Ding, L., Zhang, L., Cai, F., Lai, Q., Yang, D., Liu-Zeng, J., 2013. Paleogene high elevations in the Qiangtang Terrane, central Tibetan Plateau. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 362, 31-42.

Li, Z.Y.*, Ding, L., Lippert, P.C., Wei, H.H., Paleomagnetic constraints on the Cenozoic kinematic evolution of the Pamir plateau from the Western Kunlun Shan foreland. Tectonophysics, 603, 257-271, 2013.

Huang, Q., Shi, R., Liu, D., Zhang, X., Fan, S., Ding, L., 2013. Os isotopic evidence for a carbonaceous chondritic mantle source for the Nagqu ophiolite from Tibet and its implications. Chinese Science Bulletin 58, 92-98.

Zhang, Q., Willems, H., Ding, L., 2013. Evolution of the Paleocene-Early Eocene larger benthic foraminifera in the Tethyan Himalaya of Tibet, China. International Journal of Earth Sciences 102, 1427-1445.

Hetzel, R., Dunkl, I., Haider, V., Strobl, M., von Eynatten, H., Ding, L., Frei, D., Peneplain formation in southern Tibet predates the India-Asia collision and plateau uplift Reply. Geology, 41, E297-E298, 2013.

Heermance, R.V., Pullen, A., Kapp, P., Ding, L, Garzione, C., and Song, P., 2013, Climatic and tectonic controls on sedimentation and erosion during the Plio-Quaternary in the Qaidam Basin of China: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 125, p. 833-856.

Rades, E.F., Hetzel, R., Xu, Q., Ding, L., 2013. Constraining Holocene lake-level highstands on the Tibetan Plateau by 10Be exposure dating: a case study at Tangra Yumco, southern Tibet. Quaternary Science Reviews 82, 68-77.

Haider, V.L.*, Dunkl, I., von Eynatten, H., Ding, L., Frei, D., Zhang, L.Y., Cretaceous to Cenozoic evolution of the northern Lhasa Terrane and the Early Paleogene development of peneplains at Nam Co, Tibetan Plateau. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 70-71, 79-98, 2013.

Heermance, R.V.*, Pullen, A., Kapp, P., Garzione, C.N., Bogue, S., Ding, L., Song, P.P., Climatic and tectonic controls on sedimentation and erosion during the Pliocene-Quaternary in the Qaidam Basin (China). Geological Society of America Bulletin, 125(5-6), 833-856, 2013.

Liebke, U.*, Appel, E., Ding, L., Zhang, Q.H., Age constraints on the India-Asia collision derived from secondary remanences of Tethyan Himalayan sediments from the Tingri area. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 62, 329-340, 2013.

Styron, R.H.*, Taylor, M.H., Sundell, K.E., Stockli, D.F., Oalmann, J.A.G., Moeller, A., McCallister, A.T., Liu, D.L., Ding, L., Miocene initiation and acceleration of extension in the South Lunggar rift, western Tibet: Evolution of an active detachment system from structural mapping and (U-Th)/He thermochronology. Tectonics, 32, 880-907, 2013.

Wang, X.G.*, He, J.K., Ding, L., Gao, R.S., A possible mechanism for the initiation of the Yinggehai Basin: A visco-elasto-plastic model. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 74, 25-36, 2013.

Wei, H.H.*, Meng, Q.R., Ding, L., Li, Z.Y., Tertiary evolution of the western Tarim basin, northwest China: A tectono-sedimentary response to northward indentation of the Pamir salient. Tectonics, 32, 558-575, 2013.


Cai, F., Ding, L., Leary, R.J., Wang, H., Xu, Q., Zhang, L., Yue, Y., 2012. Tectonostratigraphy and provenance of an accretionary complex within the Yarlung–Zangpo suture zone, southern Tibet: Insights into subduction–accretion processes in the Neo-Tethys. Tectonophysics 574, 181-192.

Shi, R., Griffin, W.L., O'Reilly, S.Y., Huang, Q., Zhang, X., Liu, D., Zhi, X., Xia, Q., Ding, L., 2012a. Melt/mantle mixing produces podiform chromite deposits in ophiolites: Implications of Re–Os systematics in the Dongqiao Neo-tethyan ophiolite, northern Tibet. Gondwana Research 21, 194-206.

Shi, R., Griffin, W.L., O’Reilly, S.Y., Zhou, M., Zhao, G., Huang, Q., Zhang, X., Ding, B., Ding, L., 2012b. Archean mantle contributes to the genesis of chromitite in the Palaeozoic Sartohay ophiolite, Asiatic Orogenic Belt, northwestern China. Precambrian Research 216, 87-94.

Zhang, L., Ding, L., Yang, D., Xu, Q., Cai, F., Liu, D., 2012. Origin of middle Miocene leucogranites and rhyolites on the Tibetan Plateau: Constraints on the timing of crustal thickening and uplift of its northern boundary. Chinese Science Bulletin 57, 511-524.

Rohrmann, A., Kapp, P., Carrapa, B., Reiners, P.W., Guynn, J., Ding, L., and Heizler, M., 2012 Thermochronologic evidence for plateau formation in central Tibet by 45 Ma: Geology, v. 40, p. 187-190, doi:10.1130/G32530.1.

Guynn, J., Kapp, P., Gehrels, G.E., and Ding, L., 2012, U-Pb geochronology of basement rocks in central Tibet and paleogeographic implications: Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, v. 43, p. 23-50, doi:10.1016/j.jseaes.2011.09.003.

Ader, T., Avouac, J.P., Liu-Zeng, J., Lyon-Caen, H., Bollinger, L., Galetzka, J., Genrich, J., Thomas, M., Chanard, K., Sapkota, S.N., Rajaure, S., Shrestha, P., Ding, L., Flouzat, M., Convergence rate across the Nepal Himalaya and interseismic coupling on the Main Himalayan Thrust: Implications for seismic hazard. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, 117, B04403, 2012.

Liebke, U.*, Appel, E., Neumann, U., Ding, L., Dual polarity directions in basaltic-andesitic dykes - reversal record or self-reversed magnetization? Geophysical Journal International, 190, 887-899, 2012.

Strobl, M.*, Hetzel, R., Niedermann, S., Ding, L., Zhang, L., Landscape evolution of a bedrock peneplain on the southern Tibetan Plateau revealed by in situ-produced cosmogenic Be-10 and Ne-21. Geomorphology, 153, 192-204, 2012.


Cai, F., Ding, L., Yue, Y., 2011. Provenance analysis of upper Cretaceous strata in the Tethys Himalaya, southern Tibet: implications for timing of India–Asia collision. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 305, 195-206.

LiuZeng, J., Wen, L., Oskin, M., Zeng, L., 2011. Focused modern denudation of the Longmen Shan margin, eastern Tibetan Plateau. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 12 doi:10.1029/2011GC003652.

Gehrels, G., Kapp, P., DeCelles, P., Pullen, A, Blakey, R., Weislogel, A., Ding, L., Guynn, J., Martin, A., McQuarrie, N., and Yin, A., 2011: Detrital zircon geochronology of pre-Tertiary strata in the Tibetan-Himalayan orogen: Tectonics, v. 30, TC5016, doi:10.1029/2011TC002868.

Pullen, A., Kapp, P., McCallister, A., Chang, H., Gehrels, G.E., Garzione, C.N., Heermance, R., and Ding, L., 2011. The Qaidam basin and northern Tibetan Plateau as dust sources for the Quaternary Chinese Loess Plateau and paleoclimatic implications: Geology, v. 39, p. 1031-1034, doi:10.1130/G32296.1.

Kapp, P., Pelletier, J.D., Rohrmann, A., Heermance, R., Russell, J., and Ding, L., 2011, Wind erosion in the Qaidam Basin, central Asia: Implications for tectonics, paleoclimate, and the source of the Loess Plateau: GSA Today, v. 21, p. 4-10, doi:10.1130/GSATG99A.1.

Pullen, A., Kapp, P., DeCelles, P.G., Gehrels, G.E., and Ding, L., 2011, Cenozoic anatexis and exhumation of Tethyan Sequence rocks in the Xiao Gurla Range, southwest Tibet: Tectonophysics, v. 501, p. 28-40, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2011.01.008.

Pullen, A., Kapp, P., Gehrels, G.E., Ding, L., and Zhang, Q., 2011, Metamorphic rocks in central Tibet: Lateral variations and implications for crustal structure: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 123, p. 585-600, doi:10.1130/B30154.1.

Hetzel, R., Dunkl, I., Haider, V., Strobl, M., von Eynatten, H., Ding, L., Frei, D., Peneplain formation in southern Tibet predates the India-Asia collision and plateau uplift. Geology, 39, 983-986, 2011.

Wendler, I.*, Willems, H., Grafe, K.U., Ding, L., Luo, H., Upper Cretaceous inter-hemispheric correlation between the Southern Tethys and the Boreal: chemo- and biostratigraphy and paleoclimatic reconstructions from a new section in the Tethys Himalaya, S-Tibet. Newsletters on Stratigraphy, 44, 137-171, 2011.


Xu Q. Ding L. Zhang L. Y. et al Stable isotopes of modern herbivore tooth enamel in the Tibetan Plateau Implications for paleoelevation reconstructions Chinese Science Bulletin 551):45-54, 2010.

Kong, P.*, Ding, L., Lai, Q.Z., Huang, F.X., Cosmogenic Ne-21 concentrations and exposure ages of summit bedrocks in the Grove Mountains, Antarctica. Science China-Earth Sciences, 53, 518-521, 2010a.

Kong, P.*, Huang, F.X., Liu, X.H., Fink, D., Ding, L., Lai, Q.Z., Late Miocene ice sheet elevation in the Grove Mountains, East Antarctica, inferred from cosmogenic Ne-21-Be-10-Al-26. Global and Planetary Change, 72, 50-54, 2010b.

Zhao, J., Pei, S., Liu, H., Ding, L., Gao, X., Xu, Q., & Wang, W., The boundary between the Indian and Asian tectonic plates below Tibet, National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2010, 107(25): 11229-11233

Pullen, A., Kapp, P., Gehrels, G.E., Ding, L., and Zhang, Q.-H., in press, Metamorphic rocks in central Tibet: Lateral variations and tectonic implications: Geological Society of America Bulletin.

FAN Shuai-quan; SHI Ren-deng; DING Lin; LIU De-liang; HUANG Qi-shuai and WANG Hou-qi Geochemical characteristics and zircon U-Pb age of the plagiogranite in Gaize ophiolite of central Tibet and their tectonic significance, Acta Petrologica Et Mineralogica, 29(5): 467-478.

 Antolin, Borja, Appel, Erwin, Gloaguen, Richard, Dunkl, Istvan, Ding, Lin, Montomoli, Chiara, Liebke, Ursina, Xu, Qiang, 2010, Paleomagnetic evidence for clockwise rotation and tilting in the eastern Tethyan Himalaya (SE Tibet): Implications for the Miocene tectonic evolution of the NE Himalaya ,TECTONOPHYSICS, 493(1-2): 172-186.

Liebke, Ursina Appel, Erwin Ding, Lin Neumann, Udo Antolin, Borja Xu, Qiang Position of the Lhasa terrane prior to India-Asia collision derived from palaeomagnetic inclinations of 53 Ma old dykes of the Linzhou Basin: constraints on the age of collision and post-collisional shortening within the Tibetan Plateau, GEOPHYSICAL JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL, 182 (3): 1199-1215.

Kong, Ping Huang, Feixin Liu, Xiaohan Fink, David Ding, Lin Lai, Qingzhou, Late Miocene ice sheet elevation in the Grove Mountains, East Antarctica, inferred from cosmogenic Ne-21-Be-10-Al-26, GLOBAL AND PLANETARY CHANGE , 72(1-2): 50-54.

Sanchez Veronica, Murphy Michael A. , Dupre William R. , Ding Lin, Zhang Ran, 2010, Structural evolution of the Neogene Gar Basin, western Tibet: Implications for releasing bend development and drainage patterns, GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA BULLETIN, 122(5-6): 926-945.

Strobl, M., Hetzel, R., Ding, L., Zhang, L., Hampel, A., Preservation of a large-scale bedrock peneplain suggests long-term landscape stability in southern Tibet. Zeitschrift Fur Geomorphologie, 54, 453-466, 2010.

Veronica I. Sanchez1, Michael A. Murphy, William R. Dupré, Lin Ding, and Ran Zhang Structural evolution of the Neogene Gar Basinwestern Tibet Implications for releasing bend development and drainage patterns GSA Bulletin20101225/6):926-945


Ding Lin, Xu Qiang, Zhang Liyun, 2009, Regional variation of river water oxygenic isotope and empirical elevation prediction models in Tibet Plateau, Quat. Sci. 29:1-12.

Xu Qiang, Ding Lin, Zhang Liyun, Yang Di, Cai Fulong, Lai Qingzhou, Liu Jing, Shi Rendeng, 2009, Stable isotopes of mdern herbivore tooth enamel in the Tibetan Plateau: Implication for paleoelevation reconstructions. Chinese Science Bulletin, 55(1):45-54.

Liu-Zeng, J.*, Zhang, Z., Wen, L., Tapponnier, P., Sun, J., Xing, X., Hu, G., Xu, Q., Zeng, L., Ding, L., Ji, C., Hudnut, K.W., van der Woerd, J., Co-seismic ruptures of the 12 May 2008, M-s 8.0 Wenchuan earthquake, Sichuan: East-west crustal shortening on oblique, parallel thrusts along the eastern edge of Tibet. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 286, 355-370, 2009.

Saylor, J.E., Quade, J., Dettman, D., DeCelles, P.G., Kapp, P.A., and Ding, L., 2009, The Late Miocene through present paleoelevation history of southwestern Tibet: American Journal of Science, v. 309, p. 1-42, doi:10.2475/01.2009.01.

Murphy, Michael A. Saylor, Joel E. Ding, Lin 2009, Late Miocene topographic inversion in southwest Tibet based on integrated paleoelevation reconstructions and structural history, EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCE LETTERS, 282(1-4):1-9.



LIU Jing; ZHANG Zhihui; WEN Li; SUN Jie; XING Xiucheng; HU Guyue; XU Qiang; Paul TAPPONNIER; ZENG Lingsen; DING Lin; LIU Yanle, 2008, The M_S 8.0 Wenchuan Earthquake Co-seismic Rupture and Its Tectonic Implications——An Out-of-sequence Thrusting Event with Slip Partitioned on Multiple Faults, Acta Geologica Sinica, 82(12): 1707-1721.

Liu-Zeng, J., P. Tapponnier, Y. Gaudemer, and L. Ding (2008), Quantifying landscape differences across the Tibetan plateau: Implications for topographic relief evolution, J. Geophys. Res., 113, F04018, doi:10.1029/2007JF000897.

CAI FuLong, DING Lin, ZHANG QingHai, XU XiaoXia, YUE YaHui, ZHANG LiYun, XU Qiang, 2008, Provenance and tectonic evolution of the Yalu- Zangbo peripheral foreland basin, Acta Petrologica Sinica, 24(3):430-446.

JIANG DongHui, LIU JiaQi, DING Lin, 2008, Geochemistry and petrogenesis of Cenozoic potassic volcanic rocks in the Hoh Xil area, northern Tibet plateau. Acta Petrologica Sinica, 24(2):279-290

Pullen, A., Kapp, P., Gehrels, G.E., DeCelles, P.G., Brown, E., Fabijanic, J.M., and Ding, L., 2008, Gangdese retroarc thrust belt and foreland basin deposits in the Damxung area, southern Tibet: Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, v. 33, p. 323-336, doi:10.1016/j.jseaes.2008.01.005.

Pullen, A., Kapp, P., Gehrels, G.E., Vervoort, J.D., and Ding, L., 2008, Triassic continental subduction in central Tibet and Mediterranean-style closure of the Paleo-Tethys Ocean: Geology, v. 36, p. 351-354, doi:10.1130/G24435A.1.

Kapp, P., Taylor, M., Stockli, D., and Ding, L., 2008, Development of active low-angle normal fault systems during orogenic collapse: Insight from Tibet: Geology, v. 36, p. 7-10, doi:10.1130/G24054A.1.



Ding, L., Kapp, P., Yue, Y., and Lai, Q., 2007, Postcollisional calc-alkaline lavas and xenoliths from the southern Qiangtang terrane, central Tibet, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 254, p. 28-38.

Kapp, P., DeCelles, P.G., Gehrels, G.E., Heizler, M., and Ding, L., 2007, Geological records of the Cretaceous Lhasa-Qiangtang and Indo-Asian collisions in the Nima basin area,central Tibet, Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 119, p. 917-932, doi:10.1130/B26033.

He, S., Kapp, P., DeCelles, P.G., Gehrels, G.E., Heizler, M., and Ding, L., 2007, Cretaceous – Tertiary geology of the Gangdese Arc in the Linzhou area, southern Tibet: Tectonophysics, v. 433, p. 15-37.

Kapp, P., DeCelles, P.G., Leier, A.L., Fabijanic, J.M., He, S., Pullen, A., Gehrels, G.E., and Ding, L., 2007, The Gangdese retroarc thrust belt revealed: GSA Today, v. 17, no. 7, p. 4-9, doi: 10.1130/GSAT01707A.1.

DeCelles, P.G., Kapp, P., Ding, L., and Gehrels, G.E., 2007, Late Cretaceous to mid-Tertiary basin evolution in the central Tibetan plateau: Changing environments in response to tectonic partitioning, aridification, and regional elevation gain, Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 119, p. 654-580, doi:10.1130/B26074.1.

DeCelles, P.G., Quade, J., Kapp, P., Fan, M., Dettman, D.L., and Ding, L., 2007, High and dry in central Tibet during the Late Oligocene: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 253, p. 389-401.

Ding, L., Kapp, P., Yue, Y., and Lai, Q., 2007, Postcollisional calc-alkaline lavas and xenoliths from the southern Qiangtang terrane, central Tibet, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 254, p. 28-38.

Leier, A.L., DeCelles, P.G., Kapp, P., and Ding, L., 2007, Takena Formation of the Lhasa terrane, southern Tibet: The record of a Late Cretaceous retroarc foreland basin: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 119, p. 31-48.

ZHANG Hai-jun; WANG Xun-lian; DING Lin; XIA Guo-ying; WANG Lei; WANG Qing-shan, 2007, Carbonate Diagenesis Controlled by Glacioeustatic Sea-Level Changes:A Case Study of the Carboniferous-Permian Boundary Section at Xikou,Zhen'an County,Shaanxi Province,China, Earth Science(Journal of China University of Geosciences), 32 (03), 329-338.



Ding Lin, Yue Yahui, Cai Fulong, Xu Xiaoxia, Zhang Qinghai, Lai Qingzhou, 2006, 40Ar/39Ar Geochronology, geochemical and Sr-Nd-O isotopic characteristics of the high-Mg ultrapotassic rocks in Lhasa block of Tibet: /implications in the onset time and depth of NS-striking rift system, Acta Geologica Sinica, 80(9): 1252-1261.

Yue YH and Ding Lin, 2006, 40Ar/39Ar Geochronology, geochemical characteristics and genesis of the Linzhou basic dikes, Tibet, Acta oetrologica Sinica, 22(4): 855-866.

Guynn, J.H., Kapp, P., Pullen, A., Heizler, M., Gehrels, G., and Ding, L., 2006, Tibetan basement rocks near Amdo reveal "missing" Mesozoic tectonism along the Bangong suture, central Tibet, Geology, v. 34, p. 505-508.

Leier, A.L., DeCelles, P.G., Kapp, P., and Ding, L., 2006, The Takena Formation of the Lhasa terrane, southern Tibet: The record of a Late Cretaceous retroarc foreland basin, Geological Society of America Bulletin, in press.



Ding Lin, Kapp, P., and Wan, X., 2005, Paleocene-Eocene record of ophiolite obduction and initial India-Asia collision, south-central Tibet: Tectonics, v. 24, 1-18, TC3001, doi:10.1029/2004TC001729.

Kapp, P., Yin, A., Harrison, T.M., and Ding Lin, 2005, Cretaceous-Tertiary shortening, basin development, and volcanism in central Tibet: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 117, p. 865-878.

Kapp, J.L.D., Harrison, T.M., Kapp, P., Grove, M., Lovera, O.M., and Ding Lin, 2005, Nyainqentanglha Shan: A window into the tectonic, thermal, and geochemical evolution of the Lhasa block, southern Tibet: Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 110, B08413, doi:10.1029/2004JB003330.


Devendra Lal, Nigel B. W. Harris, Kewal K. Sharma, Zhaoyan Gu, Ding Lin, Tungsheng Liu, Weiquan Dong, Marc W. Caffee and A. J. T. Jull2004Erosion history of the Tibetan Plateau since the last interglacial: constraints from the first studies of cosmogenic 10Be from Tibetan bedrockEarth and Planetary Science Letters, Volume 217, Issues 1-2, 1 January 2004, Pages 33-42


L. Ding, P. Kapp, D. Zhong, W. Deng, 2003, Cenozoic volcanism in Tibet: evidence for a transition from oceanic to continental subduction, Journal of Petrology, v. 44, 1833-1865.

L. Ding, 2003, Paleocene deep-water sediments and radiolarian faunas: implications for evolution of Yarlung-zangbu foreland basin, southern Tibet, Science in China, v. 46, 84-96.

L. Ding, Q. Lai, 2003, New geological evidence of crustal thickening in the Gangdese block prior to the Indo-Asian collision, Chinese Science Bulletin, v. 48, 1604-1610.

Kapp, P., Murphy, M.A., Yin, A., Harrison, T.M., Ding, L., and Guo, J., 2003, Mesozoic and Cenozoic tectonic evolution of the Shiquanhe area of western Tibet: Tectonics, v. 22, 1029, doi:10.1029/2001TC001332.

Kapp, P., Yin, A., Manning, C.E., Harrison, T.M., Taylor, M.H., and Ding, L., 2003, Tectonic evolution of the early Mesozoic blueschist-bearing Qiangtang metamorphic belt, central Tibet: Tectonics, v. 22, 1043, doi: 10.1029/2002TC001383.

Taylor, M., Yin, A., Ryerson, F.J., Kapp, P. Stockli, D., and Ding, L., 2003, Active conjugate strike-slip faulting along the Bangong-Nujiang suture zone accommodates coeval east-west extension and north-south shortening in the interior of the Tibetan Plateau: Tectonics, v. 22, 1044, doi:10.1029/2001TC001362.


Murphy, M.A., Yin, A., Kapp, P., Harrison, T.M., Manning, C.E., Ryerson, F.J., Ding, L., and Guo, J., 2002, Structural evolution of the Gurla Mandhata detachment system, southwest Tibet: Implications for the eastward extent of the Karakoram fault system: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 114, 428-447.


L. Ding, D. Zhong, A. Yin, P. Kapp, T.M. Harrison, 2001, Cenozoic structure and metamorphic evolution of the eastern Himalayan syntaxis (Namche Barwa), Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 192, 423-438.

L. Ding, Y. Zhou, J. Zhang, W. Deng, 2000, Geologic relationships and Geochronology of the Cenozoic volcanoes and interbedded weathering crusts of Yulin-shan in Qiangtang, North Tibet, China Science Bulletin, v. 45, 2214-2221.

Kapp, P., A. Yin, C. E. Manning, M. Murphy, T.M. Harrison, M. Spurlin, Din Ling, and Deng Xiguang,Wu Cun-Ming, 2000, Blueschist-bearing metamorphic core complexes in the Qiangtang block reveal deep crustal structure of northern Tibet, Geology, v.28, 19-22.

Murphy, An Yin, P. Kapp, T.M. Harrison, Ding Lin and Guo Jinghui, 2000, Southward propagation of the Karakoram fault system, southwest Tibet: Timing and magnitude of slip, Geology, 2000, v. 28, 451-454.

Zhang Jinjiang, Ding Lin, Zhong Dalai and Zhou Yong, 2000, Orogen-parallel extension in Himalaya: Is it the indicator of collapse or the product in progress of compressive uplift. Chinese Science Bulletin, v. 45, 114-119.

Deng Xiguang, Ding Lin, Liu Xiaohan, Zhou Yong, An Yin, Paul A. Kapp, Michael A.Murphy and Craig E.Manning, 2000, Petrology and 40Ar/39Ar isotopic ages of blueschists in Gangmar, central Qiangtang, Northern Tibet, Chinese Science Bulletin, v. 42, 423-427.

L. Ding, D. Zhong, 1999, Metamorphic characteristics and geotectonic implications of the high-pressure granulites from Namjagbarwa, eastern Tibet, Science in China, v. 42, 491-505.

Yin, A., Kapp, P., M. Murphy, C. E. Manning, T. M. Harrison, Din Ling, Deng Xiguang, and Wu Chunming, 1999, Significant late Neogene east-west extension in north Tibet, Geology, v. 27, 787-790.

L. Ding, D. Zhong, 1996, Characteristics of rare earth elements and cerium anomalies in cherts from the Paleo-Tethys Ocean in Changning-Menglian belt in Western Yunnan, China, Science in China (Series D), v. 39, 35-45.

L. Ding, D. Zhong, Pan Yusheng, Huang Xuan and Wang Qinglong, 1995, Fission-track evidence for Neogene and Quaternary uplift of the Eastern Himalayan syntaxis, Tibet. Chinese Science Bulletin, v. 40, No. 16, 1497-1500.

Zhong Dalai & Ding Lin, 1996, Rising process of the Qinghai-XizangTibet Plateau and its mechanism, Science in China (Series D), v. 39, n. 4, 369-379.

Zhong Dalai & Ding Lin, 1995, The high-pressure granulites from the Nagjarbawa area, Tibet, China. Chinese Science Bulletin, v. 40, n. 14.


Zhong Dalai (IGCAS), Paul Kapp (UA), An Yin (UCLA), Hou Zengqian (Geology Academy, Beijing); Wang erqi (IGCAS); Shi Rendeng (ITPCAS); Zhao Junmeng (ITPCAS); Peter DeCelles (UA), Eric Cowgill (UCD), T. Mark Harrison (UCLA/ANU), Brian Horton (UCLA), Mike Murphy (U. Houston), Daniel Stockli (U. Kansas), Wan Xiaoqiao (U. Geology, Beijing), Liu Jing (ITPCAS), Yang Jingsui (Geology Academy, Beijing), Xu Jifeng (Geochemistry CAS, Guangzhou), Erwin APPEL (Tübingen University, Germany); Helmut WILLEMS (Bremen University, Germany); Istvan DUNKL (Göttingen University, Germany)Simon Klemperer (Stanford); Douwe van Hinsbergen (Utrecht); Alex Pullen (U. Arizona); Jay Quade (U. Arizona); Peter Lippert (U. Utah); Bob Spicer (Open U. UK); Yang Jian (I. Botany CAS); Mihai Ducea (U. Arizona); Guillaume Dupont-Nivet (Rennes); Carmala Garzione (U. Rochester); George Gehrels (U. Arizona); Carl Guilmette (U. Waterloo); Kip Hodges (ASU)

Honors & Distinctions

2010, First Prize of Science and Technology of the Ministry of Land and Resources

2006, Outstanding Youth Scientist Foundation, NSFC

1995, Tibetan Plateau Youth Scientist Award