Su-Chin Chang (張素菁)
Assistant Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, The University of Hong Kong

was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. As a geologist specializing in chronostratigraphic interpretation of fossil evidence, my research mainly uses the 40Ar/39Ar and U/Pb  methods to constrain the time scale of biological evolution, mass extinction events and global climate change.
Academic Background:
Ph.D.: University of California, Berkeley (2008)
B.Sc.: National Taiwan University (1999)

Professional Positions:
Assistant Professor, The University of Hong Kong, 07/2012- present
Research Assistant Professor, The University of Hong Kong, 03/2011-06/2012
Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Columbia University, 02/2009-12/2010

Research Group Members:
Jun Wang (PhD student, 09/2011- 12/2015; Postdoc, 01/2016- present)
Chongqin Feng (PhD student, 10/2013- 01/2018; Postdoc, 04/2018- 10/2018)
Samuel Wai Pan Ng (Postdoc, 11/2014- 05/2017)
Daran Zheng (PhD student, 10/2015- 09/2018; Postdoc, 11/2018- present)
Joyce Yiu (MPhil student, 09/2016- 11/2018)
Rui Pei (Postdoc, 08/2017-10/2018)

Publications (# refers to student and postdoc in Chang's research group):


59. Wang, J.#Chang, S., Chen, Y., and Yan, S., Early Cretaceous transpressional and transtensional tectonics straddling the Sulu Orogenic Belt, East China. Geoscience Frontiers. (in press)

58. Wang, J.#, Pei, R.#, Chen, J., Zhou, Z., Feng, C.#, and Chang, S., 2019. New age constraints for the Middle Triassic archosaur Lotosaurus: Implications for basal archosaurian appearance and radiation in South China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 521, 30-41.  

57. Zheng, D.#,Shi, G., Hemming, S. R., Zhang, H., Wang, W., Wang, B., Chang, S., 2019. Age constraints on a Neogene tropical rainforest in China and its relation to the Middle Miocene Climatic Optimum. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 518, 82-88.

56. Zheng, D.#Nel, A., Chang, S.Jarzembowski, E. A., Zhang, H., and Wan, B., 2018. A well-preserved true dragonfly (Anisoptera: Gomphides: Burmagomphidae fam. nov.) from Cretaceous Burmese amber. Journal of Systematic palaeontology 16, 881-889.

55. Zheng, D.#, Jiang, T., Nel, A., Jarzembowski, E. A., Chang, S., Zhang, H., and Wang, B., 2018. Paraburmagomphidae fam. nov., a new gomphid dragonfly family (Odonata: Anisoptera) from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber. Cretaceous Research 92, 214-219.

54. Zheng, D.#Chang, S., Wang, H., Fang, Y., Wang, J.#Feng, C.#, Xie, G., Jarzembowski, E. A., Zhang, H., and Wang, B., 2018. Middle-Late Triassic insect radiation revealed by diverse fossils and isotopic ages from China. Science Advances 4, eaat 1380.

53. Zheng, D.#, Chang, S., Perrichot, V., Dutta, S., Rudra, A., Mu, L., Kelly, R. S., Li, S., Zhang, Q, Zhang, Q., Wong, J., Wang, J.#, Wang, H., Fang, Y., Zhang, H., and Wang, B., 2018. A Late Cretaceous amber biota from central Myanmar. Nature Communications 9, 3170. 

52. Feng, C.#, Gao. C., Yin, Q., Jacobsen, B., Renne, P. R., Wang, J.#, and Chang, S., 2018. Tracking physicochemical conditions of evaporite deposition by stable magnesium isotopes: a case study of late Permian langbeinites. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 19, 2615-2630.

51.  Zheng, D.#, Jarzembowski, E. A., Chang, S., Wang, B., and Zhang, H., 2018. New cymatophlebiid dragonflies from the Lower Cretaceous of China and England (Odonata: Anisoptera: Cymatophlebiinae, Valdaeshninae). Cretaceous Research 90, 311-317.

50. Zheng, D.#, Nel, A., Jarzembowski, E. A., Chang, S., Zhou, Z., and Wang, B., 2018. The second mesomegaloprepid damselfly (Odonata: Zygoptera) from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber. Cretaceous Research 90, 131-135.

49. Zheng, D.#, Nel, A., Chang, S., Wang, B., and Zhang, H., 2018. A new progobiaeshnid dragonfly (Odonata, Aeshnoptera) from the Lower Cretaceous of Liaoning Province, NE China. Cretaceous Research 90, 1-6.

48. Wang, J.#, Ye, Y., Pei, R.#, Tian, Y., Feng, C.#, Zheng, D.#, and Chang, S., 2018. Age of Jurassic basal sauropods in Sichuan, China: A reappraisal of basal sauropod evolution. GSA Bulletin 130, 1493-1500. 

47. Zheng, D.#, Zhang, H., Wang, B., and Chang, S.,  2018. A new species of damsel-dragonfly (Odonata: Stenophlebiidae: Cretastenophlebia) from the Lower Cretaceous of the Jiuquan Basin, northwestern China. Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of The Royal Society of Edinburgh 107, 185-189. 

46. Zheng, D.#, Nel, A., Chang, S., Jarzembowski, E. A., Zhou, D., and Wang, B., 2018. Paracoryphagrionidae fam. nov., a pseudostigmatoid damselfly from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber showing regular series of triangular cells (Odonata: Zygoptera: Coenagrionida). Cretaceous Research 81, 93-97.

45. Chang, S., Gao, K., Zhou, C., and Jourdan, F., 2017. New chronostratigraphic constraints on the Yixian Formation with implications for the Jehol Biota. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 487, 399-406.

44. Su, B., Hu, Y., Teng, F., Xiao, Y., Zhou, X., Sun, Y., Zhou, M., and Chang, S., 2017. Magnesium isotope constraints on subduction contribution to Mesozoic and Cenozoic East Asian continental basalts. Chemical Geology 366, 116-122.

43. Zheng, D.#, Dong, C., Wang, H., Ye, Y., Wang, B., Chang, S., and Zhang, H., 2017. The first damsel-dragonfly (Odonata: Isophlebioidea: Campterophlebiidae) from the Middle Jurassic of Shaanxi Province, northwestern China. Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology 41, 509-513.

42. Zheng, D.#, Nel, A., Wang, H., Wang, B., Jarzembowski, E. A., Chang, S., and Zhang, H., 2017. The first Late Triassic Chinese triadophlebiomorphan (Insecta: Odonatoptera): biogeographic implications. Scientific Reports 7, 1476.

41. Zheng, D.#, Chang, S., Nel, A., Jarzembowski, E. A., Zhuo, D., and Wang, B., 2017. Electrodysagrion lini gen. et sp. nov., the oldest Dysagrionini (Odonata: Zygoptera: Dysagrionidae) from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber. Cretaceous Research 77, 44-48.

40. Zheng, D.#, Chang, S., Wang, B., and Zhang, H., 2017. New Early Cretaceous dragonfly Sinojagoria magna Li et al., 2012 (Odonata, Gomphaeschnidae) emending the Chinese tribe Sinojagorini. Cretaceous Research 74, 192-197.

39. Zheng, D.#, Chang, S., Jarzembowski, E., and Wang. B., 2017. The first aeshnoid dragonfly (Odonata: Anisoptera: Telephlebiidae) from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber. Cretaceous Research 72, 105-109.

38. Ng, W. P. S.#, Whitehouse M. J., Tam, T. P. Y., Jayasingha, P., Wong, J. P. M., Denyszyn, S. W., Yiu, J. S. Y.#, and Chang, S., 2017. Ca. 820-640 Ma SIMS U-Pb age signal in the peripheral Vijayan Complex, Sri Lanka: Identifying magmatic pulses in the assembly of Gondwana. Precambrian Research 294, 244-256

37. Zheng, D.#, Nel, A., Jarzembowski, E., Chang, S., Zhang, H., Xia, F., Liu, H., and Wang, B., 2017. Extreme adaptations for probable visual courtship behaviour in a Cretaceous dancing damselfly. Scientific Reports 7, 44932.

36. Zheng, D.#, Wang, B., and Chang, S., 2017. Palaeodisparoneura cretacica sp. nov., a new damselfly (Odonata: Zygoptera: Platycnemididae) from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber. Comptes Rendus Palevol 16 (3), 235-240. 

35. Chang, S., Dassanayake, S.#, and Wang, J.#, 2017. Preliminary analysis of detrital zircon U-Pb ages from the fossil-rich Tabbowa beds, Sri Lanka. Palaeoworld 26 (2), 396-402.

34. Ng, W. P. S.#, Whitehouse, M. J., Roselee, M. H., Teschner, C., Murtadha, S., Oliver, G. J. H., Ghani, A. A., and Chang, S., 2017. Late Triassic granites from Bangka, Indonesia: A continuation of the Main Range granite provide of the South-East Asia Tin Belt. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 138, 548-561.

33. Deng, K., Yang, S., Li, C., Su, N., Bi, L., Chang, Y., and Chang, S., 2017. Detrital zircon geochronology of river sands from Taiwan: Implications for sedimentary provenance of Taiwan and its source link with the east China mainland. Earth-Science Reviews 164, 31-47. 

32. Zheng, D.#, Nel., A., Wang, B., Jarzembowski, E., Chang, S., and Zhang, H., 2017. The first Triassic “Protodonatan” (Zygophlebiidae) from China: stratigraphical implications. Geological Magazine 154 (1), 169-174. 

31. Zheng, D.# , Zhang, Q., Nel, A., Jarzembowski, E., Zhou, Z., Chang, S., and Wang, B., 2017. New damselflies (Odonata: Zygoptera: Hemiphlebiidae, Dysagrionidae) from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber. Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology 41 (1), 12-21. 

30. Zheng, D.#, Jarzembowski, E., Chang, S. and Wang. B., 2016. A new true dragonfly (Odonata, Anisoptera, Gomphaeschnaoidini) from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 127 (5), 629-632. 

29. Wang, J.#, Chang, S., Lin, P., Zhu, X., Fu, Y., and Zhang, H., 2016. Evidence of Early Cretaceous transpression in the Sulu orogenic belt, eastern China. Tectonophysics 687, 44-55.

28. Zheng, D.#, Wang, B., Jarzembowski, E., Chang, S., and Nel, A., 2016. Burmadysagrioninae, a new subfamily (Odonata: Zygoptera: Dysagrionidae) from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber. Cretaceous Research 67, 126-132.

27. Zheng, D.#, Wang, H., Jarzembowski, E., Wang, B., Chang, S., and Zhang, H., 2016. New data on Early Cretaceous odonatans (Stenophlebiidae, Aeschnidiidae) from northern China. Cretaceous Research 67, 59-65.

26. Zheng, D. #, Nel, A., Wang, B., Jarzembowski, E., Chang, S., and Zhang, H., 2016. A new damsel-dragonfly from the Lower Jurassic of northwestern China and its palaeobiogeography significance. Journal of Palaeontology 90 (3), 485-490

25.  Zheng, D.#, Xu, H., Wang, J.#, Feng, C.#, Zhang, H., and Chang, S., 2016. Geochronologic age constraints on the Middle Devonian Hujiersite Flora of Xinjiang, NW China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 463, 230-237.

24. Zheng, D.# , Wang, B., Jarzembowski, E., Chang, S., and Nel, A., 2016. The first fossil Perilestidae (Odonata: Zygoptera) from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber. Cretaceous Research 65, 199-205.

23. Zheng, D.# , Zhang, Q., Chang, S., and Wang, B., 2016. A new damselfly (Odonata: Zygoptera: Platystictidae) from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber. Cretaceous Research 63, 142-147. 

22. Zheng, D.# , Nel, A., Wang, B., Jarzembowski, A., Chang, S., and Zhang, H., 2016. The first Early Cretaceous damsel-dragonfly (Odonata: Stenophlebiidae: Stenophlebia) from western Liaoning, China. Cretaceous Research 61, 124-128.

21. Zheng, D.#, Nel, A., Wang, B., Jarzembowski, A., Chang, S., and Zhang, H., 2016. The discovery of the hindwing of the Early Cretaceous dragonfly Sinaktassia tangi Lin, Nel & Huang, 2010 (Odonata, Aktassiidae) in northeastern China. Cretaceous Research 61, 86-90. 

20. Li, S., Zheng, D.#, Zhang, Q., Liao, H., Wang, B., Wang, J.#, Lu, H., Chang, S., and Zhang, H., 2016. Discovery of the Jehol Biota from the Celaomiao region and discussion of the Lower Cretaceous of the Bayingebi Basin, northwestern China. Palaeoworld 25 (1), 76-83. 

19. Wang, J., Chang, S., and Xu, Y., 2016. Best-estimate return period of the Sanchiao earthquake in Taipei: a Bayesian approach. Natural Hazards Review ASCE 17, 06015001. 

18. Wang, J.#, Chang, S., Lu, H., and Zhang, H., 2016. Detrital zircon provenance of the Wangshi and Laiyang groups of the Jiaolai basin: evidence for Early Cretaceous uplift of the Sulu orogen, Eastern China. International Geology Review 58 (6), 719-736. 

17. Wang, J.#, Chang, S., Wang, K., Lu, H., and Zhang, H., 2015. Geochronology and geochemistry of Early Cretaceous igneous units from the central Sulu orogenic belt: evidence for crustal delamination during a shift in the regional tectonic regime. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 112, 49-59.

16. Wang, J., Chang, S., Wu, Y., and Xu, Y., 2015. Bayesian analysis on earthquake magnitude related to an active fault in Taiwan. Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering 75, 18-26. 

15. Wang, J., and Chang, S., 2015. Evidence in support of seismic hazard following Poisson distribution. Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications 424, 207-216.

14. Wang, J.#, Chang, S., Lu, H., and Zhang, H., 2014. Detrital zircon U-Pb age constraints on Cretaceous sedimentary rocks of Lingshan Island and implications for tectonic evolution of Eastern Shandong, North China. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 96, 27-45.

13. Wang, J., Xu, Y. and Chang, S., 2014. A new procedure modeling the probability distribution of earthquake size. Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications 413, 385-393.

12. Chang, S., Hemming, S., Gao, K. and Zhou, C., 2014. 40Ar/39Ar age constraints on Cretaceous fossil-bearing formations near the China-North Korea border. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 396, 93-98.

11. Chang, S., Zhang, H., Hemming, S., Mesko, G. and Fang, F. 2014. 40Ar/39Ar age constraints on the Haifanggou and Lanqi Formations: When did the first flowers bloom? The Geological Society, Special Publications 378 (1), 277-284.

10. Wang, J., Wu, Y., Huang, D. and Chang, S., 2014. A new procedure to best-fit earthquake magnitude probability distributions: Including an example for Taiwan. Natural Hazards 71 (1), 837-850.

9. Wang, J., Huang, D., Chang, S., and Wu. Y., 2014. New evidence and perspective to the Poisson process and earthquake temporal distribution from 55,000 events around Taiwan since 1900. Natural Hazards Review ASCE 15 (1), 38-47.

8. Wang, J., Huang, D., Chang, S., and Brant, L., 2013. On-site earthquake early warning with multiple regression analysis: featuring two user-friendly applications for Excel. Computers and Geosciences 58, 1-7.

7. Wang, J., Huang, D. and Chang, S., 2013. Assessment of seismic hazard associated with the Meishan fault in Central Taiwan. Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment 72 (2), 249-256.

6. Shimabukuro, D., Wakabayashi, J., Alvarez, W. and Chang, S., 2012. Rock record of cold subduction initiation beneath a continental margin, Calabria, southern Italy. Lithosphere 4 (6), 524-532.

5. Wang, J., Chang, S., Wu, Y. and Xu, Y. 2012. PGA distributions and seismic hazard evaluations in three cities in Taiwan. Natural Hazards 64 (2), 1373-1390.

4. Chang, S., Zhang, H., Hemming, S., Mesko, G. and Fang,Y. 2012. Chronological evidence for extension of the Jehol Biota into Southern China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 344-345, 1-5.

3. Chang, S., Zhang, H., Renne, P. R. and Fang, Y., 2009. High-precision 40Ar/39Ar age for the Jehol Biota. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 280 (1), 94-104.

2. Chang, S., Zhang, H., Renne, P. R. and Fang, Y., 2009. High-precision 40Ar/39Ar age constraints on the basal Lanqi Formation and its implications for the origin of angiosperm plants. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 279 (3), 212-221.

1. Lo, C., Chang, S., Chen, W. and Song, S., 2002. Cold basin in coastal range, eastern Taiwan: inferred from argon retention in zeolite altered glass during burial heating. Western Pacific Earth Sciences 2 (2), 221-236.