Ding Zhongli, male, Han nationality, is a native of
Zhejiang province. He was born in 1957, graduated
from Zhejiang University, and received a doctorate
from the Institute of Geology of the Chinese Academy
of Sciences. He is presently a professor and the
director of the Institute of Geology and Geophysics of
the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He also serves as
vice-chairman of the Chinese Quaternary Science
Committee. He became vice-president of the Chinese
Academy of Sciences in 2008.
Ding Zhongli has been researching paleoclimatology and the Chinese loess deposits for over twenty years. He and his co-authors systematically investigated the loess stratigraphy of the Loess Plateau, demonstrated the continuity of the loess-soil sequence by correlating the loess sections of the Plateau, and subdivided the loess deposits into 37 pedostratigraphical units in the past 2.6 Ma. He established an orbitally-tuned time scale for the loess sequence on the basis of the Baoji grain-size record, and detected the major Milankovitch climate periodicities from it and identified three climatic shift events that happened at about 2.6, 1.6 and 0.8 Ma BR. By correlating the climate records of the loess with those of the deep-sea sediments, he showed that changes in global ice volume may have been a major factor in driving glacia-interglacial variations of the Asian monsoon system over the past 0.8 Ma. In recent years, he studied the magnetostratigraphy, sedimentology and geochemistry of the red clay deposits underlying the quaternary loess in the Loess Plateau, and provided more evidence for the wind-blown origin of the red clay. He extended the eolian record in the Plateau to about 8 Ma.
Ding Zhongli has published about 150 papers to date, with 65 of them in the academy's journals. His results have been cited 998 times, ranking him as one of the top 1% of citation authors in the global earth science community in the past decade. In 2017 he became Chairman of the Central Committee of the China Democratic League.