Professor Ching-Hua Lo

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       Department of Geosciences, National Taiwan University

         No. 1, Roosevelt Road Section 4, Taipei 106, Taiwan



      Ph.D., Dept. Geological and Geophyscial Sciences, Princeton University


Professor, Department of Geosciences, National Taiwan University, since 1995

Distinguished Professor, Department of Geosciences, National Taiwan University, since 2007

Adjunct Professor, Institute of Astrophysics, National Taiwan University, since 2003

President, National Applied Research Laboratories, 2013-2016

Vice President, National Taiwan University, 2011-2013

Dean, College of Science, National Taiwan University, 2005-2011

Chairman, Department of Geosciences, National Taiwan University, 2002-2005

Panel Convener, Earth Science Subdivision, National Science Council, 2000-2002

Section President, Solid Earth, Asia Oceania Geosciences Society, 2008-2010

President, Chinese Geoscience Union, 2011-2013

President, Geological Society located in Taipei, 2009.-2011


     Outstanding Research Fellow, Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan

     Chair Professorship, National Taiwan University

     Most Downloaded Award, Island Arc, Wiley-Blackwell

     Island Arc Paper Award, Wiley-Blackwell

     Distinguished Research Fellow, National Science Council, Taiwan

     Academic Award in Natural Sciences, Ministry of Education, Taiwan

     National Chair Professor, Ministry of Education, Taiwan

     Fellow, Mineralogical Society of America

     Fellow, Geological Society of America

     Outstanding Researcher Award, National Science Council (3 times)

     Contribution Medal, National Center for Natural Sciences and Technology, Vietnam

     Best Young Scientistˇs Paper Award of the Geological Society of Taiwan


      Application of radiogenic isotope (40Ar-39Ar) geochronology, mass spectrometry,

      and principles of mathematics, physics, and chemistry to fundamental problems in

      geology.  Numerical modeling of diffusion and mass transport in open systems.  

      Mineralogy, crystallography and transmission electron microscopy of

      geochronologically-important minerals.  Application of petrology to problems in

      plate tectonics.


Selected publications:

Lo, C.H. and Onstott, T.C. (1989) 39Ar recoil artifacts in chloritized biotite.  Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 53, 2697-2711.

Lo, C.H. and Onstott, T.C. (1995) Rejuvenation of K-Ar isotope systems for minerals in the Taiwan Mountain Belt. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 131, 71-98.

Yui, T.F., Rumble, D., III, and Lo, C.H. (1995) Unusually low 18O ultra-high-pressure metamorphic rocks from the Sulu Terrain, eastern China. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 59, 2859-2864.

Lo, C.H. and Yui, T.F. (1996) 40Ar/39Ar dating of high-pressure metamorphic rocks in Taiwan. Jour. Geol. Soc. China 39, 13-30.

Chung, S.-L., Lee, T.-Y., Lo, C.H., Wang, P.-L., Chen, C.-Y., Yem, N.T., Hoa, T.T., and Genyao, W. (1997) Intraplate extension prior to continental extrusion along the Ailao Shan-Red River shear zone. Geology 25, 311-314.

Chung, S.L., Lo, C.H, Lee, T.Y., Zhang, Y., Xie, X., Li, X., Wang, K.-L. and Wang, P.-L. (1998) Diachronous uplift of the Tibetan plateau staring 40 Myr ago.  Nature 394, 723-725. 

Wang, P.-L., Lo, C.H., Lee, T.Y., Chung, S.L., Lan, C.Y. and Yem, N.T. (1998) Thermochronological evidence for movement of the Ailao Shan - Red River shear zone: a perspective from Vietnam. Geology 26, 887-890. 

Jahn, B.M., Wu, F., Lo, C.H. and Tsai, C.-H. (1999) Crust-mantle interaction induced by deep subduction of the continental crust: geochemical and Sr-Nd isotopic evidence from post-collisional mafic-ultramafic intrusions of the Northern Dabie Complex, central China.  Chemical Geology 157, 119-146. 

Li, S., Jagoutz, E., Lo, C.-H., Chen, Y., Li, Q., and Xiao, Y. (1999) Sm-Nd, Rb-Sr and 40Ar-39Ar Isotopic Systematics of the Ultrahigh Pressure Metamorphic Rocks in the Dabie-Sulu Belt, Central China: A Retrospective View. International Geology Review 41, 1114-1124. 

Lo, C.H., Lee, J.K.W. and Onstott, T.C. (2000) Argon Release Mechanisms of Biotite in vacuo and the role of short-circuit diffusion and recoil. Chemical Geology 165, 135-166.

Lo, C.-H., Chung, S.-L., Lee, T.-Y. and G.-Y. Wu (2002) Age of the Emeishan flood magmatism and relations to Permian-Triassic boundary events. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 198, 449-458.

Lo, C.-H., Howard, K.T., Chung, S.-L. and Meffre, S. (2002) Laser-fusion 40Ar/39Ar ages of Darwin impact glass. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 37, 1555-1562.

Chung, S.-L., Liu, D., Ji, J., Chu, M.-F., Lee, H.-Y., Wen, D.-J., Lo, C.-H., Lee, T.-Y., Qian, Q. and Zhang, Q. (2003) Adakites from continental collision zones: Melting of thickened lower crust beneath southern Tibet.   Geology 11, 1021-1024.

Chung, S.-L., Chu, M.-F., Zhang, T.-Q., Xie, Y.-W., Lo, C.-H., Lee, T.-Y., Lan, C.-Y., Li, X.-H., Zhang, Q., and Wang, Y.-Z. (2005) Tibetan plateau evolution inferred from spatial and temporal variations in post-collisional magmatism. Earth Sci. Rev. 68, 173-196.

Whattam, S.A., Malpas, J., Ali, J., Lo, C.-H. and Smith, I.E.M. (2005) Formation and emplacement of the Northland ophiolite, New Zealand: SW Pacific tectonic implications. Jour. Geol. Soc. London 162, 225-241.

Wu, F.-Y., Yang, J.-H., Lo, C.-H., Wilde, S.A., Su, D.-Y. and Jahn, B.-m. (2007) The Heilongjiang Group: A Jurassic accretionary complex in the Jiamusi Massif at the western Pacific margin of northeastern China.  Island Arc 16, 156-172. [2010 Island Arc Award]

Isik, V., Lo, C.-H., Göncüoğlu, C., Demirel, S. (2008) 39Ar/40Ar ages from the Yozgat Batholith: Preliminary data on the timing of Late Cretaceous extension in the Central Anatolian Crystalline Complex, Turkey. Journal of Geology 116, 510526.

Yeh, M.-W., Lee, T.-Y., Lo, C.-H., Chung, S.-L., Lan, C.-Y. and Anh, T.T (2008) Structural Evolution of the Day Nui Con Voi Metamorphic Complex: Implications on the Development of the Red River Shear zone, Northern Vietnam. Journal of Structural Geology 30, 1540-1553.

Lin, T.-H., Lo, C.-H., Chung, S.-L., Hsu, F.-J., Yeh, M.-W., Lee, T.-Y., Ji, J. and Wang, Y.-Z. (2009) 40Ar/39Ar Dating of Jiali and Gaoligong Shear Zones and Its tectonic Implications to Crustal Deformation around Eastern Himalaya Syntaxis.  Jour. Asian Earth Sciences 34, 674-685.

Lin, T.-H., Lo, C.-H., Chung, S.-L., Yeh, M.-W., Lee, T.-Y., Lan, C.-Y. and Vuong, N.V. (2009) Indosinian Dextral Activity of the Dien Bien Phu Fault, NW Vietnam: Constraints from 40Ar-39Ar geochronology. Journal of Geology 117, 192-199.

Searle, M., Chung, S.L. and Lo, C.H. (2010) Initiation age and geological offsets along the northern Dead Sea fault, Syria. Jour. Geol. Soc. London 167, 1001-1008.

Tegner, C., M. Storey, P.M. Holm, S.B. Thorarinsson, X. Zhao, C.-H. Lo , M.F. Knudsen (2011) Magmatism and Eurekan deformation in the High Arctic Large Igneous Province: 40Ar-39Ar age of Kap Washington Group volcanics, North Greenland.  Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 303 (2011) 203214.

Li, Z.-X., Li, X.H., Chung, S.-L., Lo, C.-H., Xu, X. and Li, W.-X. (2012) Magmatic switch-on and switch-off along the South China continental margin since the Permian: transition from an Andean-type to Western Pacific-type plate boundary.  Tectonophysics 532-535, 271-290.

Zhang R.Y., Liou, J.G., Sobolev, N,V., Shatsky, V.S., IIzuka, Y., Lo, C.-H. and Ogasawara, Y. (2012) Tale of the Kulet eclogite from the Kokchetav Massive, Kazakhstan: Initial tectonic setting and transition from amphibolite to eclogite. Jour. Metamorphic Geology 30, 537-559.

Tapsoba, B., Lo, C.-H., Jahn, B.-m. and Chung, S.-L. (2013) Chemical and Sr-Nd isotopic compositions and zircon U-Pb ages of the Birimian granitoids from NE Burkina Faso, West African Craton: implications on the geodynamic setting and crustal evolution.  Precambrian Research 224, 364-396.

Tapsoba, B., Lo, C.-H., Wenmenga, U., Jahn, B.-m., Chung, S.-L. (2013) 40Ar/39Ar thermochronology of Paleoprotozoic granitoids of northeast Burkina Faso, West African Craton: Implications for Regional Tectonics.  Precambrian Research 235, 208-229.

Zhang, R.Y., Lo, C-H., Chung, S-L., Grove, M., Iizuka, Y., Omori, S., Liou, J.G. & Tri, T. V. (2013) Origin and tectonic implication of ophiolite and eclogite in the Song Ma suture zone between the South China and Indochina blocks. Journal of Metamorphic Geology 31, 49-62.

Zhang, R.Y., Lo, C.-H., Li, X., Chung, S.-L., Anh, T.T. and Tri, T.V. (2014) U-Pb dating and tectonic implication of ophiolite and metabasite from the Song Ma Suture Zone, Northern Vietnam. American Journal of Science 314, 649678.

Chen, C.-T., Chan, Y.-C., Lo, C.-H. and Lu, C.-Y. (2016) Growth of mica porphyroblasts under low-grade metamorphism - a Taiwanese case using in-situ 40Ar/39Ar laser microprobe dating.  Journal of Structural Geology 92, 1-11.

Lee, C.-Y., Chen, M.-L., Ditchfield, P., Lin, H.-M., Lin, L.-H., Lo, C.-H., Pollard, M., Tsai, H.-K. and Wang, P.-L. (2016) Diet and subsistence mode of Neolithic Yuan-Shan people in Taiwan: perspective from carbon and nitrogen isotope analyses of bone collagen.  Archaeological Research in Asia 7, 18-27. July 2016

Zhang, R.Y., Liou, J.G. and Lo, C.-H. (2017) Raman spectra of polycrystalline microdiamond inclusions in zircons, and ultrahigh-pressure metamorphism of a quartzofeldspathic rock from the Erzgebirge terrane, Germany.   International Geological Review 59:5-6, 779-792. Jan. 2017

Lee, C.Y., Chen, M.-L., Ditchfield, P., Pollard, A.M., Lin, L.-H., Wang, P.-L., Lin, H.-M., Lo, C.-H. and Tsai, P.-Y. (2017) Dietary reconstruction of the Iron Age population at Fantzuyuan site, Taiwan, revealed by isotopic analysis on human and faunal bone collagen.   Archaeological Research in Asia 9, 34-43. March 2017