Professor Li’s research interests are mainly in regional to global tectonics and paleogeography, paleomagnetism, and geodynamics. He is also interested in the relationships between major tectonic events, large mineralisation systems and major environmental/climate changes.
Professor Li received his Bachelor of Science in seismological geology from Peking University in 1982, and a PhD on palaeomagnetism and tectonics from Macquarie University in 1989. After joining The University of Western Australia (UWA) in 1990, he established the UWA Palaeomagnetism Laboratory (now the WA Palaeomagnetic and Rock-magnetic Facility), laying the foundation for the later establishment of the Tectonics Special Research Centre (TSRC, 1997–2006) where he served as a Deputy Director.
Li joined Curtin University in 2007. He was a Co-Leader of the successful IGCP project No. 440: Rodinia Assembly and Break-up, and is currently a Co-Leader of IGCP project No. 648: Supercontinent Cycles and Global Geodynamics (http://geodynamics.curtin.edu.au). He is also a Co-Director of the Australia-China Joint Research Centre for Tectonics and Earth Resources (ACTER; http://tectonics.curtin.edu.au/), and a key member of The Institute for Geoscience Research (TIGeR; http://tiger.curtin.edu.au/; YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNZ4I0kErOY) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems (CCFS; http://www.ccfs.mq.edu.au/Participants/Participants.html).
2007 – present, Curtin University: Professor (John Curtin Distinguished Professor since 2015); Australian Laureate Fellow (2015 – 2020)
1990 – 2006, The University of Western Australia: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Senior Research Fellow, ARC QEII Fellow, Principal Research Fellow, Deputy Director the Tectonics Special Research Centre, Senior Prinicipal Research Fellpw/Professor
1989 – 1990, Manquarie University: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Li's research is directed at understanding global to regional-scale palaeogeography and tectonic histories, and geodynamic processes in general. His most significant work has been in the evolution of supercontinents Rodinia and Gondwanaland, supercontinent-superplume cycles and their possible coupling mechanism, and the tectonic history of East Asia and Australia. Li's research generally involves multidisciplinary collaboration, utilises methodologies such as global to regional tectonostratigraphic analysis, orogenic/basin analysis, palaeomagnetism/rock-magnetism, geochronology/thermochronology, geochemistry, big-data approach, and geodynamic modeling.
For some highlights of Li's research, see his Thomson Scientific ScienceWatch interviews on the Rodinia Superplume (http:/archive.sciencewatch.com/ana/st/zir-dat/08marSTzir-Li/) and on the Rodinia Supercontinent Configuration (http://archive.sciencewatch.com/dr/nhp/2009/09maynhp/09maynhpLi/), his paper with Prof. David Evansof Yale University on a Neoproterozoic 40 degrees intraplate rotation between northern and southern Australia (Geology 39, no. 1, 39–42, 2011. Http://doi.org/10.1130/G31461.1), paper with Professor Shijie Zhong of Colorado University on dynamically coupled supercontinent-superplume cycles (Physics of Earth and Planetary Interiors 176, 143-156, 2009. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.pepi.2009.05.004), paper with Professor Xianhua Li of the Chinese Academy of Sciences on flat-slab subduction and foundering along Mesozoic NW Pacific margin (Geology 35(2), 179-182, 2007. http://doi.org/10.1130/G23193A.1), and with Profesor Xiaodian Jiang of China Ocean University on the growth of the Tibetan Plateau (Nature Communications 5:5453, https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms6453, 2014; Tectonics 38, 176-189, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018TC005272).
More recent ARC Laureate team papers include:
Chemical geodynamics featuring plate tectonics coupled with mantle dynamics and evolution: Distinct formation history for deep-mantle domains reflected in geochemical differences (a two-faced Earth; Nature Geosciences, 2020); Coupled supercontinent–mantle plume events evidenced by oceanic plume record (GEOLOGY, 2020); Global geochemical fingerprinting of plume intensity suggests coupling with the supercontinent cycle (Nature Communications, 2019), Geochemical evidence for a widespread mantle re-enrichment 3.2 billion years ago: implications for global-scale plate tectonics (Scientific Reports, 2020).
Online links to publications
Li's ISI ResearcherID http://www.researcherid.com/rid/B-8827-2008
- Elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), August 2019
- Finalist, Western Australian Premier's Scientist of the Year Award 2016, 2017
- Geological Society of Australia S.W. Carey Medal, 2016
- Thomson Reuters Citation and Innovation Awards 2015
- Thomson Reuters highly cited researcher 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
- Curtin University PVC Lifetime Achievement Award, 2015
- Thomson Scientific Citation Award (Geosciences), Australia 2008
- An elected Fellow of the Geological Society of America in 2001
- Tectonophysics (2016 – present)
Associate Editor of:
- Geological Society of America Bulletin (2007 – 2009; 2012 – present)
Editorial Board Member of:
- Scientific Reports (2019– present)
- Geology (2016 – 2018)
- Journal of Asia Earth Sciences (2006 – 2016)
- Chinese Science Bulletin (2003 – 2004)
- Acta Geoscientica Sinica (2001 – present)
Adjunct Professorships at The University of Western Australia (2007 – 2019), Zhejiang University (2007 – 2012), Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry (2007 – 2011), and China University of Geosciences (1995 – 1997)
Project Co-leader of IGCP 440: Rodinia Assembly and Breakup (2002 – 2004) and Project Secretary (1999-2002)
Project Co-leader of IGCP581: Evolution of Asian River Systems Linking to Cenozoic Tectonics, Climate and Global Geochemical Cycles (2009-2013)
Project Co-leader of IGCP648: Sypercontinent Cycles and Global Geodynamics (2015-2020)
- Postgraduate Research Coordinator (2007 – 2014)
- Tectonics & Dynamic Earth 302 (unit coordinator, 2011 – 2015)
- Tetley, M. G., Z. X. Li, K. J. Matthews, S. E. Williams, and R. D. Müller. 2020. "Decoding earth's plate tectonic history using sparse geochemical data." Geoscience Frontiers 11 (1): 265-276.
- Mitchell, R. N., L. Wu, J. B. Murphy, and Z. X. Li. 2020. "Trial by fire: Testing the paleolongitude of Pangea of competing reference frames with the African LLSVP." Geoscience Frontiers 11 (4): 1253-1256.
- Doucet, L. S., Z. X. Li, R. E. Ernst, U. Kirscher, H. G. E. Dien, and R. N. Mitchell. 2020. "Coupled supercontinent-mantle plume events evidenced by oceanic plume record." Geology 48 (2): 159-163.
- Wang, C., P. Peng, Z. X. Li, S. Pisarevsky, S. Denyszyns, Y. Liu, H. G. El Dien, and X. Su. 2020. "The 1.24-1.21 Ga Licheng Large Igneous Province in the North China Craton: Implications for Paleogeographic Reconstruction." JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SOLID EARTH 125 (4)
- Gamal EL Dien, H., L. S. Doucet, Z. X. Li, G. Cox, and R. Mitchell.. "Author Correction: Global geochemical fingerprinting of plume intensity suggests coupling with the supercontinent cycle (Nature Communications, (2019), 10, 1, (5270), 10.1038/s41467-019-13300-4)." Nature Communications 11 (1). Inpress.
- Volante, S., A. Pourteau, W. J. Collins, E. Blereau, Z. X. Li, M. Smit, N. J. Evans, A. R. Nordsvan, C. J. Spencer, B. J. McDonald, and 2 more contributors. 2020. "Multiple P–T–d–t paths reveal the evolution of the final Nuna assembly in northeast Australia." Journal of Metamorphic Geology 38 (6): 593-627.
- Gamal El Dien, H., L. S. Doucet, J. B. Murphy, and Z. X. Li.. "Geochemical evidence for a widespread mantle re-enrichment 3.2 billion years ago: implications for global-scale plate tectonics." Scientific Reports 10 (1). Inpress.
- Doucet, L. S., Z. X. Li, H. Gamal El Dien, A. Pourteau, J. B. Murphy, W. J. Collins, N. Mattielli, H. K. H. Olierook, C. J. Spencer, and R. N. Mitchell. 2020. "Distinct formation history for deep-mantle domains reflected in geochemical differences." Nature Geoscience 13 (7): 511-515.
- Vernikovskaya, A., V. A. Vernikovsky, N. Matushkin, P. Kadilnikov, D. V. Metelkin, I. Romanova, Z. X. Li, and E. Bogdanov. 2020. "Early ediacaran magmatism in the yenisei ridge and evolution of the southwestern margin of the siberian craton." Minerals 10 (6): 1-23.
- Meert, J. G., A. F. Pivarunas, D. A. D. Evans, S. A. Pisarevsky, L. J. Pesonen, Z. X. Li, S. Elming, S. R. Miller, S. Zhang, and J. M. Salminen.. "The magnificent seven: A proposal for modest revision of the Van der Voo (1990) quality index." Tectonophysics 790 Inpress.
- Gan, B., Z. Li, Z. Song, and J. Li.. "Middle Cambrian granites in the Dunhuang Block (NW China) mark the early subduction of the southernmost Paleo-Asian Ocean." Lithos 372-373 Inpress.
- Li, T., L. Zhao, B. Wan, Z. X. Li, T. Bodin, K. Wang, and H. Yuan. 2020. "New Crustal Vs Model Along an Array in South-East China: Seismic Characters and Paleo-Tethys Continental Amalgamation." Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 21 (7)
- Fan, H. P., W. G. Zhu, and Z. X. Li.. "Paleo- to Mesoproterozoic magmatic and tectonic evolution of the southwestern Yangtze Block, south China: New constraints from ca. 1.7–1.5 Ga mafic rocks in the Huili-Dongchuan area." Gondwana Research 87 Inpress.
- Pourteau, A., L. S. Doucet, E. R. Blereau, S. Volante, T. E. Johnson, W. J. Collins, Z. X. Li, and D. C. Champion.. "TTG generation by fluid-fluxed crustal melting: Direct evidence from the Proterozoic Georgetown Inlier, NE Australia." Earth and Planetary Science Letters 550 Inpress.
- Tong, L., Z. Liu, Z. X. Li, X. Liu, and X. Zhou. 2019. "Poly-phase metamorphism of garnet-bearing mafic granulite from the Larsemann Hills, East Antarctica: P-T path, U-Pb ages and tectonic implications." Precambrian Research 326: 385-398.
- Yao, W., and Z. X. Li. 2019. "Tectonostratigraphy and provenance analysis to define the edge and evolution of the eastern Wuyi-Yunkai orogen, South China." Geological Magazine 156 (1): 83-98.
- Jiang, X., Z. X. Li, C. Li, and W. Gong. 2019. "A Gravity Study of the Longmenshan Fault Zone: New Insights Into the Nature and Evolution of the Fault Zone and Extrusion-Style Growth of the Tibetan Plateau Since 40 Ma." Tectonics 38 (1): 176-189.
- Li, Z. X., R. N. Mitchell, C. J. Spencer, R. Ernst, S. Pisarevsky, U. Kirscher, and J. B. Murphy. 2019. "Decoding Earth's rhythms: Modulation of supercontinent cycles by longer superocean episodes." Precambrian Research 323: 1-5.
- Kirscher, U., Y. Liu, Z. X. Li, R. N. Mitchell, S. A. Pisarevsky, S. W. Denyszyn, and A. Nordsvan. 2019. "Paleomagnetism of the Hart Dolerite (Kimberley, Western Australia) – A two-stage assembly of the supercontinent Nuna?." Precambrian Research 329: 170-181.
- Wang, C., Z. X. Li, P. Peng, S. Pisarevsky, Y. Liu, U. Kirscher, and A. Nordsvan. 2019. "Long-lived connection between the North China and North Australian cratons in supercontinent Nuna: paleomagnetic and geological constraints." Science Bulletin 64 (13): 873-876.
- Gamal El Dien, H., Z. X. Li, Y. Kil, and T. Abu-Alam. 2019. "Origin of arc magmatic signature: A temperature-dependent process for trace element (re)-mobilization in subduction zones." Scientific Reports 9 (1)
- Mitchell, R. N., T. M. Gernon, A. Nordsvan, G. M. Cox, Z. X. Li, and P. F. Hoffman. 2019. "Hit or miss: Glacial incisions of snowball Earth." Terra Nova 31 (4): 381-389.
- Tao, N., Z. X. Li, M. Danišík, N. J. Evans, R. X. Li, C. J. Pang, W. X. Li, F. Jourdan, Q. Yu, L. P. Liu, and 2 more contributors. 2019. "Post-250 Ma thermal evolution of the central Cathaysia Block (SE China) in response to flat-slab subduction at the proto-Western Pacific margin." Gondwana Research 75: 1-15.
- Mitchell, R. N., C. J. Spencer, U. Kirscher, X. F. He, J. B. Murphy, Z. X. Li, and W. J. Collins. 2019. "Harmonic hierarchy of mantle and lithospheric convective cycles: Time series analysis of hafnium isotopes of zircon." Gondwana Research 75: 239-248.
- Gamal El Dien, H., S. Arai, L. S. Doucet, Z. X. Li, Y. Kil, D. Fougerouse, S. M. Reddy, D. W. Saxey, and M. Hamdy. 2019. "Cr-spinel records metasomatism not petrogenesis of mantle rocks." Nature Communications 10 (1)
- Huang, C., N. Zhang, Z. X. Li, M. Ding, Z. Dang, A. Pourteau, and S. Zhong. 2019. "Modeling the Inception of Supercontinent Breakup: Stress State and the Importance of Orogens." Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 20 (11): 4830-4848.
- Gamal EL Dien, H., L. S. Doucet, and Z. X. Li. 2019. "Global geochemical fingerprinting of plume intensity suggests coupling with the supercontinent cycle." Nature Communications 10 (1)
- Vernikovskaya, A. E., V. A. Vernikovsky, N. Y. Matushkin, P. I. Kadilnikov, D. V. Metelkin, Z. X. Li, S. A. Wilde, I. V. Romanova, and E. A. Bogdanov. 2019. "Dike Magmatism in the Evolution of the Transform Active Continental Margin of the Siberian Craton in the Ediacaran." Doklady Earth Sciences 489 (1): 1285-1288.
- Stark, J. C., X. C. Wang, S. W. Denyszyn, Z. X. Li, B. Rasmussen, J. W. Zi, S. Sheppard, and Y. Liu.. "Newly identified 1.89 Ga mafic dyke swarm in the Archean Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia suggests a connection with India." Precambrian Research - Inpress.
- Zhang, N., Z. Dang, C. Huang, and Z. X. Li. 2018. "The dominant driving force for supercontinent breakup: Plume push or subduction retreat?." Geoscience Frontiers 9 (4): 997-1007.
- Stark, J. C., X. C. Wang, Z. X. Li, B. Rasmussen, S. Sheppard, J. W. Zi, C. Clark, M. Hand, and W. X. Li. 2018. "In situ U-Pb geochronology and geochemistry of a 1.13 Ga mafic dyke suite at Bunger Hills, East Antarctica: The end of the Albany-Fraser Orogeny." Precambrian Research 310: 76-92.
- Liu, Y., Z. X. Li, S. Pisarevsky, U. Kirscher, R. N. Mitchell, and J. C. Stark.. "Palaeomagnetism of the 1.89 Ga Boonadgin dykes of the Yilgarn Craton: Possible connection with India." Precambrian Research - Inpress.
- Yao, W., Z. X. Li, C. J. Spencer, and E. L. Martin. 2018. "Indian-derived sediments deposited in Australia during Gondwana assembly." Precambrian Research 312: 23-37.
- Roda, M., M. Zucali, Z. X. Li, M. I. Spalla, and W. Yao. 2018. "Pre-Alpine contrasting tectono-metamorphic evolutions within the Southern Steep Belt, Central Alps." Lithos 310-311: 31-49.
- Nordsvan, A. R., W. J. Collins, Z. X. Li, C. J. Spencer, A. Pourteau, I. W. Withnall, P. G. Betts, and S. Volante. 2018. "Laurentian crust in northeast Australia: Implications for the assembly of the supercontinent Nuna." Geology 46: 521-524.
- Wang, K., Z. X. Li, S. Dong, J. Cui, B. Han, T. Zheng, and Y. Xu. 2018. "Early crustal evolution of the Yangtze Craton, South China: New constraints from zircon U-Pb-Hf isotopes and geochemistry of ca. 2.9–2.6 Ga granitic rocks in the Zhongxiang Complex." Precambrian Research 314: 325-352.
- Zhang, N., and Z. Li.. "Formation of mantle “lone plumes” in the global downwelling zone — A multiscale modelling of subduction-controlled plume generation beneath the South China Sea." Tectonophysics 723
- Stark, J. C., X. C. Wang, Z. X. Li, S. W. Denyszyn, B. Rasmussen, and J. W. Zi. 2018. "1.39 Ga mafic dyke swarm in southwestern Yilgarn Craton marks Nuna to Rodinia transition in the West Australian Craton." Precambrian Research 316: 291-304.
- Stark, J. C., S. A. Wilde, U. Söderlund, Z. X. Li, B. Rasmussen, and J. W. Zi. 2018. "First evidence of Archean mafic dykes at 2.62 Ga in the Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia: Links to cratonisation and the Zimbabwe Craton." Precambrian Research 317: 1-13.
- Wang, K., S. Dong, Z. X. Li, and B. Han. 2018. "Age and chemical composition of Archean metapelites in the Zhongxiang Complex and implications for early crustal evolution of the Yangtze Craton." Lithos 320-321: 280-301.
- Liu, Y., Z. X. Li, S. A. Pisarevsky, U. Kirscher, R. N. Mitchell, J. C. Stark, C. Clark, and M. Hand. 2018. "First Precambrian palaeomagnetic data from the Mawson Craton (East Antarctica) and tectonic implications." Scientific Reports 8 (1)
- Pourteau, A., M. A. Smit, Z. X. Li, W. J. Collins, A. R. Nordsvan, S. Volante, and J. Li. 2018. "1.6 Ga crustal thickening along the final Nuna suture." Geology 46 (11): 959-962.
- Zhu, K. Y., Z. X. Li, Q. K. Xia, X. S. Xu, S. A. Wilde, and H. L. Chen. 2017. "Revisiting Mesozoic felsic intrusions in eastern South China: spatial and temporal variations and tectonic significance." Lithos 294-295: 147-163.
- Liu, L. P., Z. X. Li, M. Danišík, S. Li, N. Evans, F. Jourdan, and N. Tao. 2017. "Thermochronology of the Sulu ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic terrane: Implications for continental collision and lithospheric thinning." Tectonophysics 712-713: 10-29.
- Yao, W., Z. X. Li, W. X. Li, and X. H. Li. 2017. "Proterozoic tectonics of Hainan Island in supercontinent cycles: New insights from geochronological and isotopic results." Precambrian Research 290: 86-100.
- Tao, N., Z. X. Li, M. Danišík, N. J. Evans, G. E. Batt, W. X. Li, C. J. Pang, F. Jourdan, Y. G. Xu, and L. P. Liu. 2017. "Thermochronological record of Middle–Late Jurassic magmatic reheating to Eocene rift-related rapid cooling in the SE South China Block." Gondwana Research 46: 191-203.
- Goddéris, Y., G. Le Hir, M. Macouin, Y. Donnadieu, L. Hubert-Théou, G. Dera, M. Aretz, F. Fluteau, Z. X. Li, and G. P. Halverson. 2017. "Paleogeographic forcing of the strontium isotopic cycle in the Neoproterozoic." Gondwana Research 42: 151-162.
- Ma, L., Q. Wang, Z. X. Li, D. A. Wyman, J. H. Yang, Z. Q. Jiang, Y. S. Liu, G. N. Gou, and H. F. Guo. 2017. "Subduction of Indian continent beneath southern Tibet in the latest Eocene (~ 35 Ma): Insights from the Quguosha gabbros in southern Lhasa block." Gondwana Research 41: 77-92.
- Wang, Q., C. J. Hawkesworth, D. Wyman, S. L. Chung, F. Y. Wu, X. H. Li, Z. X. Li, G. N. Gou, X. Z. Zhang, G. J. Tang, and 3 more contributors. 2016. "Pliocene-Quaternary crustal melting in central and northern Tibet and insights into crustal flow." Nature Communications 7: 1-11.
- Zhu, K. Y., Z. X. Li, X. S. Xu, S. A. Wilde, and H. L. Chen. 2016. "Early Mesozoic ferroan (A-type) and magnesian granitoids in eastern South China: Tracing the influence of flat-slab subduction at the western Pacific margin." Lithos 240-243: 371-381.
- Cox, G. M., G. P. Halverson, R. K. Stevenson, M. Vokaty, A. Poirier, M. Kunzmann, Z. X. Li, S. W. Denyszyn, J. V. Strauss, and F. A. Macdonald. 2016. "Continental flood basalt weathering as a trigger for Neoproterozoic Snowball Earth." Earth and Planetary Science Letters 446: 89-99.
- Pang, C. J., Z. X. Li, Y. G. Xu, S. N. Wen, and B. Krapež. 2016. "Climatic and tectonic controls on Late Triassic to Middle Jurassic sedimentation in northeastern Guangdong Province, South China." Tectonophysics 677-678: 68-87.
- Cox, G. M., A. Jarrett, D. Edwards, P. W. Crockford, G. P. Halverson, A. S. Collins, A. Poirier, and Z. X. Li. 2016. "Basin redox and primary productivity within the Mesoproterozoic Roper Seaway." Chemical Geology 440: 101-114.
- Niu, J., Z. X. Li, and W. Zhu. 2016. "Palaeomagnetism and geochronology of mid-neoproterozoic yanbian dykes, South China: Implications for a c. 820-800 Ma true polar wander event and the reconstruction of Rodinia." Geological Society Special Publication 424 (1): 192-211.
- Yao, W. H., and Z. X. Li. 2016. "Tectonostratigraphic history of the Ediacaran-Silurian Nanhua foreland basin in South China." Tectonophysics 674: 31-51.
- Evans, D. A. D., Z. X. Li, and J. B. Murphy. 2016. "Four-dimensional context of Earth's supercontinents." In Supercontinent Cycles Through Earth History Li, Z. X., D. A. D. Evans, and J. B. Murphy., 1-14 United Kingdom: Geological Society.
- Zhang, N., L. I. Zheng-Xiang, and S. Zhong. 2016. "The Long-Wavelength Mantle Structure, and the supercontinent Evolution since the Paleozoic." Acta Geologica Sinica 90: 49-49.
- Zhu, W. G., H. Zhong, Z. X. Li, Z. J. Bai, and Y. J. Yang. 2016. "SIMS zircon U-Pb ages, geochemistry and Nd-Hf isotopes of ca. 1.0 Ga mafic dykes and volcanic rocks in the Huili area, SW China: Origin and tectonic significance." Precambrian Research 273: 67-89.
- Huang, H., X. H. Li, Z. X. Li, and W. X. Li. 2015. "Formation of the Jurassic South China Large Granitic Province: Insights from the genesis of the Jiufeng pluton." Chemical Geology 401: 43-58.
- Li, Z. X. 2015. "Paleogeographic record of Eocene Farallon slab rollback beneath western North America." Geology 43 (4): e362-e362.
- Meng, L., Z. X. Li, H. Chen, X. H. Li, and C. Zhu. 2015. "Detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology, Hf isotopes and geochemistry constraints on crustal growth and Mesozoic tectonics of southeastern China." Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 105: 286-299.
- Yao, W. H., Z. X. Li, and W. X. Li. 2015. "Was there a Cambrian ocean in South China? - Insight from detrital provenance analyses." Geological Magazine 152: 184-191.
- Xu, X., S. Song, L. Su, Z. X. Li, Y. Niu, and M. Allen. 2015. "The 600-580 Ma continental rift basalts in North Qilian Shan, northwest China: Links between the Qilian-Qaidam block and SE Australia, and the reconstruction of East Gondwana." Precambrian Research 257: 47-64.
- Lu, Y. J., T. Campbell McCuaig, Z. X. Li, F. Jourdan, C. J. R. Hart, Z. Q. Hou, and S. H. Tang. 2015. "Paleogene post-collisional lamprophyres in western Yunnan, western Yangtze Craton: Mantle source and tectonic implications." Lithos 233: 139-161.
- Yao, W., Z. X. Li, W. X. Li, L. Su, and J. H. Yang. 2015. "Detrital provenance evolution of the Ediacaran-Silurian Nanhua foreland basin, South China." Gondwana Research 28: 1449-1495.
- Pisarevsky, S. A., S. A. Elming, L. J. Pesonen, and Z. X. Li. 2014. "Mesoproterozoic paleogeography: Supercontinent and beyond." Precambrian Research 244: 207-225.
- Jiang, X. D., and Z. X. Li. 2014. "Seismic reflection data support episodic and simultaneous growth of the Tibetan Plateau since 25 Myr." Nature Communications 5
- Pang, C. J., B. Krapez, Z. X. Li, Y. G. Xu, H. Q. Liu, and J. Cao. 2014. "Stratigraphic evolution of a Late Triassic to Early Jurassic intracontinental basin in southeastern South China: A consequence of flat-slab subduction." Sedimentary Geology 302: 44-63.
- Yao, W. H., Z. X. Li, W. X. Li, X. H. Li, and J. H. Yang. 2014. "FROM RODINIA TO GONDWANALAND: A TALE OF DETRITAL ZIRCON PROVENANCE ANALYSES FROM THE SOUTHERN NANHUA BASIN, SOUTH CHINA." American Journal of Science 314: 278-313.
- Pisarevsky, S. A., M. T. D. Wingate, Z. X. Li, X. C. Wang, E. Tohver, and C. L. Kirkland. 2014. "Age and paleomagnetism of the 1210 Ma Gnowangerup-Fraser dykeswarm, Western Australia, and implications for late Mesoproterozoic paleogeography." Precambrian Research 246: 1-15.
- Zhu, K. Y., Z. X. Li, X. S. Xu, and S. A. Wilde. 2014. "A MESOZOIC ANDEAN-TYPE OROGENIC CYCLE IN SOUTHEASTERN CHINA AS RECORDED BY GRANITOID EVOLUTION." American Journal of Science 314: 187-234.
- Li, Z. X., H. L. Chen, X. H. Li, and F. Q. ZHANG. 2014. "Tectonics of the South China Block." Beijing, China: Science Press.
- Li, Z. X., D. A. D. Evans, and G. P. Halverson. 2013. "Neoproterozoic glaciations in a revised global palaeogeography from the breakup of Rodinia to the assembly of Gondwanaland." Sedimentary Geology 294: 219-232.
- Wang, X. C., Z. X. Li, X. H. Li, J. Li, Y. G. Xu, and X. H. Li. 2013. "Identification of an ancient mantle reservoir and young recycled, materials in the source region of a young mantle plume: Implications for potential linkages between plume and plate tectonics." Earth and Planetary Science Letters 377-378: 248-259.
- Li, X. H., Z. X. Li, W. X. Li, X. C. Wang, and Y. Gao. 2013. "Revisiting the 'C-type adakites' of the Lower Yangtze River Belt, central eastern China: In-situ zircon Hf-O isotope and geochemical constraints." Chemical Geology 345: 1-15.
- Liu, Y., Z. X. Li, C. Laukamp, G. West, and S. Gardoll. 2013. "Quantified spatial relationships between gold mineralisation and key ore genesis controlling factors, and predictive mineralisation mapping, St Ives Goldfield, Western Australia." Ore Geology Reviews 54: 157-166.
- Ma, L., Q. Wang, Z. X. Li, D. A. Wyman, Z. Q. Jiang, J. H. Yang, G. N. Gou, and H. F. Guo. 2013. "The Early Late Cretaceous (ca. 93 Ma) norites and hornblendites in the Milin area, eastern Gangdese: Lithosphere-asthenosphere interaction during slab roll-back and an insight into early Late Cretaceous (ca. 100-80 Ma) magmatic 'flare-up' in southern Lhasa (Tibet)." Lithos 172-173: 17-30.
- Smirnov, A. V., D. A. D. Evans, R. E. Ernst, U. Soderlund, and Z. X. Li. 2013. "Trading partners: Tectonic ancestry of southern Africa and western Australia, in Archean supercratons Vaalbara and Zimgarn." Precambrian Research 224: 11-22.
- Wang, X. C., Z. X. Li, and X. H. Li. 2013. "Early differentiation of the bulk silicate Earth as recorded by the oldest mantle reservoir." Precambrian Research 238: 52-60.
- Zhu, K. Y., Z. X. Li, X. S. Xu, and S. A. Wilde. 2013. "Late Triassic melting of a thickened crust in southeastern China: Evidence for flat-slab subduction of the Paleo-Pacific plate." Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 74: 265-279.
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- Li, Z. X., J. A. Wartho, S. Occhipinti, C. L. Zhang, X. H. Li, J. Wang, and C. Bao. 2007. "Early history of the eastern Sibao Orogen (South China) during the assembly of Rodinia: New mica 40Ar/39Ar dating and SHRIMP U-Pb detrital zircon provenance constraints." Precambrian Research 159: 79-94.
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- Powell, C. M. A., N. H. S. Oliver, Z. X. Li, D. M. B. Martin, and J. Ronaszeki. 1999. "Synorogenic hydrothermal origin for giant Hamersley iron oxide ore bodies." Geology 27 (2): 175-178.
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- Chen, Z., Z. X. Li, and C. M. A. Powell. 1995. "Paleomagnetism of the Upper Devonian reef complexes, Canning Basin, Western Australia." Tectonics 14 (1): 154-167.
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