Xiaodong Miao

Xiaodong Miao, Ph. D.
Associate Quaternary Geologist
Quaternary and Engineering Geology
217-333-2830 (Fax)

University of Wisconsin, Madison, Ph.D. 2005

Institute of Earth Environment (Xi'an), Chinese Academy of Sciences, M.Sc. 2001

Nanjing University, B.Sc. 1997

Research Interests: 
  • Geomorphology and Quaternary geology
  • Sand and gravel mapping
  • Eolian loess and sand
  • Luminescence Dating
  • Soil and paleosols
  • Paleoclimate and global change
Selected Publications: 

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Miao, X.-D., Hanson, P.R., Wang, H. and Young, A.R., 2010. Timing and origin for sand dunes in the Green River Lowland of Illinois, upper Mississippi River Valley, USA. Quaternary Science Reviews 29, 763-773

Miao, X.-D., Lindsey, D.A., Lai, Z., and Liu,X., 2010. Contingency table analysis of pebble lithology and roundness: A case study of Huangshui River, China and comparison to rivers in the Rocky Mountains, USA. Sedimentary Geology 224, 49-53.

Mason, J.A., Lu, H.Y., Zhou, Y.L. Miao, X.-D., Swinehart, J.B., Liu, Z., Goble, R.J., and Yi, S. 2009. Dune mobility and aridity at the desert margin of northern China at a time of peak monsoon strength. Geology 37:947-950

Miao, X.-D., Lu, H.Y., Li, Z., Cao, G.C., 2008. Paleocurrent and fabric analyses of the imbricated fluvial gravel deposits in Huangshui Valley, the northeastern Tibetan Plateau, China. Geomorphology, 99, 1-4, 433-442.

Zhou, Y.L., Lu, H.Y., Mason, J.A., Miao, X.-D., Swinehart, J., Goble, R.J., 2008. Optically stimulated luminescence dating of aeolian sand in the Otindag dune field and Holocene climate change. Science in China, Series D-Earth Sciences, 51 (6), 837-847.

Mason, J.A., Swinehart, J.B., Lu, H.Y., Miao, X.-D., Cha, P., Zhou, Y.L., 2008. Limited change in dune mobility in response to a large decrease in wind power in semi-arid northern China since the 1970s. Geomorphology, 102, 3-4, 351-362.

Mason, J.A., Miao, X.-D., Hanson, P.R., Johnson, W.C., Jacobs, P.M., and Goble, R.J., 2008. Loess record of the Pleistocene-Holocene transition on the northern and central Great Plains, USA. Quaternary Science Reviews, 27, 1772-1783.

Miao, X.-D., Mason, J.A., J.B. Swinehart, D.B. Loope, Hanson, P.R., Goble, R.J., Liu, X.-D., 2007. A 10,000-year record of dune activity, dust storms, and drought in the central Great Plains. Geology 35, 119-122.

Miao, X.-D., Mason, J.A., Johnson, W.C., Wang, H., 2007. High-resolution proxy record of Holocene climate from a loess section in Southwestern Nebraska, USA. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 245, 368-381.

Lu, H.Y., Vandenberghe, J., Miao, X.-D., Tan, H.B., Ma, H.Z., 2006. Evidence for an abrupt climatic reversal during the Last Interglacial ont he northeast Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Quaternary International, 154-155, 136-140.

Miao, X.-D., Wang, X.L., Mason, J.A., 2006. Isolation of the syndepositional magnetic susceptibility signals from loessic paleosols of China. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences. 27, 684-690.

Wang, X.L. and Miao, X.-D., 2006. Weathering history indicated by the luminescence emissions in Chinese loess and paleosol. Quaternary Science Reviews, 25, 1719-1726

Lu, H.Y., Miao, X.-D., Zhou Y.-L, Mason J.A. Swinehart, J.B., Zhang, J.F., Zhou, L.P., Yi, S.W., 2005. Late Quaternary aeolian activity in the Mu Us and Otindag sand-fields (north China) and lagged response to insolation forcing. Geophysical Research Letters. VOL. 32, L21716, doi:10.1029/2005GL024560

Miao, X.-D., Mason, J.A., Goble, R.J., Hanson, P.R., 2005. Loess record of dry climate and eolian activity in the early to mid-Holocene, central Great Plains, North America. The Holocene, 15, 339-346.

Miao, X.-D., Sun, Y.B., Lu, H.Y., Mason, J.A., 2004. Spatial pattern of grain size in the Late Tertiary 'Red Clay' deposits (North China) indicates transport by low-level northerly winds. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 206, 149-155.

Feggestad, A.J., Jacobs, P.M., Miao, X.-D., Mason, J.A., 2004. Stable carbon isotope record of Holocene environmental change in the Central Great Plains. Physical Geography, 25, 170-190.

Lu, H.Y., Wang, X.Y., Ma, H.Z., Tan, H.B., Vandenberghe, J., Miao, X.-D., Li, Z., Sun Y.B., An, Z.S. and Cao, G.C. 2004. The Plateau Monsoon variation during the past 130 kyr revealed by loess deposit at northeast Qinghai—Tibet (China). Global and Planetary Change, 41, 207-214.

Lu, H.Y., Wang, X.Y., An, Z.S., Miao, X.-D., Zhu, R.X., Ma, H.Z., Li, Z., Tan, H.B., Wang, X.Y., 2004. Geomorphologic evidence of phased uplift of the northeastern Qinghai-Tibet Plateau since 14 million years ago. Science in China Series D-Earth Sciences. 47, 822-833.

Mason, J.A., Jacobs, P.M., Hanson, P.R., Miao, X.-D., Goble, R.J. Sources and Paleoclimatic Significance of Holocene Bignell Loess, Central Great Plains. Quaternary Research, 2003, 60, 330-339.

Lu, H.Y., Miao, X.-D., Sun, Y.B. 2002. Pretreatment methods and their influences on grain-size measurement of aeolian 'Red Clay' in North China. Paleoceanology and Quaternary Geology. 22(3), 129-135 (In Chinese with English Abstract)

Song, Y.G., Fang, X.M., Li, J.J., An, Z.S., Miao, X.-D., 2001. The Late Cenozoic uplift of the Liupan Shan,China. Science in China, Series D-Earth Sciences, 44 supp, 176-184.

Lai, Z.P., Miao, X.-D., Zhou, J., Zhang, J.Z., 2001. Equivalent dose distribution of aeolian sand from China using single-aliquot regenerative protocol. Nuclear Techniques. 24(12): 89-92. (In Chinese with English Abstract)

Miao, X.-D., Sun, Y.B., Lu, H.Y., 2001. Grain-size spatial distribution of Pliocene Red Clay in Chinese Loess Plateau, Acta of Sedimentologia Sinica. 2001, 19(2):182-185. (In Chinese with English Abstract)

Conference Abstracts and Fieldtrip Guidebook

Miao, X.-D., Mason, J.A., J.B. Swinehart, D.B., Loope, Hanson, P.R., Goble, R.J., Liu, X.-D., 2005. A 10,000-year record of dune activity, dust storms, and drought in the central Great Plains. GSA Annual meeting, Salt Lake City. 37, 7. (Oral Presentation)

Zhou Y.L, Lu, H.Y., Zhang, J.F., Zhou, L.P., Miao, X.-D., Mason J.A. 2005. Optically stimulated luminescence dating sand-loess system in Mu Us and Otindag Deserts in North China. PAGES conference, Beijing.

Mason, J.A., M.R. Joeckel, Miao, X.-D., Hanson, P.R., Jacobs, P.M., 2005, Loess Stratigraphy of Nebraska in a global context. North-Central GSA Section, 39th Annual Meeting. Paper No. 40-7.

Bettis, E.A., III, J.A. Mason, J.B. Swinehart, Miao, X.-D., P.R. Hanson, R.J. Goble, D.B. Loope, P.M. Jacobs, H.M. Roberts. 2003. Cenozoic eolian sedimentary systems of the USA mid-continent. In D. Easterbrook (ed.), Quaternary Geology of the United States. Geological Society of America, Boulder, Colorado, pp. 195-218.

Feggestad, A.J., Jacobs, P.M., Miao, X.-D., Mason, J.A., 2003. Stable C isotopes in Bignell Loess and soils as a proxy indicator of environmental and climatic change on the central Great Plains. North-Central GSA Section, 37th Annual Meeting. Paper No. 19-2.

Mason, J.A., Jacobs, P.M., Hanson, P.R., Miao, X.-D., Goble, R.J., 2002, Bignell Loess Sections in the Central Great Plains: A Continuous Record of Holocene Dune Field Activity and Climatic Change, American Quaternary Association Vol 17, pp. 90.

Miao, X.-D., Mason, J.A., Goble, R.J., 2002. Loess sections document dry climate and eolian activity in the early to mid-Holocene, central Great Plains. GSA abstract with programs. GSA Annual meeting, Denver, Paper No. 123-1. (Poster)