2009 - Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia
University, New York, USA
2003 - M.S. in Physical Geography, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou,
2000 - B.S. in Physical Geography, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou,
Long-term ENSO and monsoon dynamics
Large-scale ocean-atmosphere interaction
Drought variability over continental East Asia
Dendroclimatology and dendroecology
Scientific Work Experience
Postdoctoral Fellow, IPRC, University of Hawaii, 09/2009–12/2012
Postdoctoral Research Scientist, LDEO, Columbia University,
Research Assistant, LDEO, Columbia University, 08/2003–05/2009
Research Assistant, CAEP, Lanzhou University, 05/1999–06/2003
Awards and Honors
September 2003–May 2009, Faculty Fellowship of GSAS, Columbia University
May 2007, Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad
Chinese Science Bulletin, Dendrochronologia, Geophysical Research Letters, Global Change Biology, Global and Planetary Change, IAWA Journal, International Journal of Climatology, Journal of Climate, Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, Science in China
Li, J., S.-P. Xie, E. Cook, M. Morales, D. Christie, N.C. Johnson, F. Chen, R. D'Arrigo, A. Fowler, X. Gou, K. Fang, 2013: El Niño modulations over the past seven centuries. Nature Climate Change, 3, 822-826, doi:10.1038/nclimate1936. IPRC-987.
Fan, Z., A. Bräuning, A. Thomas, J. Li, and K. Cao, 2011: Spatial and temporal temperature trends on the Yunnan Plateau (Southwest China) during 1961–2004. Int. J. Climatol., DOI: 10.1002/joc.2214.
Fang, K., X. Gou, F. Chen, E.R. Cook, J. Li, B. Buckley, and R. D'Arrigo, 2011: Large-scale precipitation variability over northwest China inferred from tree rings. J. Climate, DOI: 10.1175/2011JCLI3911.1.
Li, J., S.-P. Xie, E. R. Cook, G. Huang, R. D’Arrigo, F. Liu, J. Ma, and X.-T. Zheng, 2011: Interdecadal modulation of El Niño amplitude during the past millennium. Nature Climate Change, 1, 114-118.
Zhang, X., X. He, J. Li, N. Davi, Z. Chen, M. Cui, W. Chen, and N. Li, 2011: Temperature reconstruction (1750-2008) from Dahurian larch tree-ring in an area subject to permafrost of Inner Mongolia, Northeast China. Clim. Res., doi: 10.3354/cr00999.
Davi, N., G. Jacoby, K. Fang, J. Li, R. D'Arrigo, and N. Baatarbileg, 2010: Reconstructed drought across Mongolia based on a large-scale tree-ring network: 1520-1993. J. Geophys. Res., 115, D22103, doi:10.1029/2010JD013907.
Fang, K., N. Davi, X. Gou, F. Chen, E.R. Cook, J. Li, and R. D’Arrigo, 2010. Spatial drought reconstruction for central high Asia based on tree rings. Clim. Dyn., 35, 941-951.
Fang, K., X. Gou, F. Chen, R. D'Arrigo, and J. Li, 2010: Tree-ring based drought reconstruction for the Guiqing Mountain (China): Linkages to the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Int. J. Climatol., 30, 1137-1145.
Fang, K., X. Gou, F. Chen, J. Li, R. D'Arrigo, E.R. Cook, T. Yang, and N. Davi, 2010: Reconstructed droughts for the southeastern Tibetan Plateau over the past 568 years and its linkages to the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean climate variability. Clim. Dyn., 35, 577-585.
Fang, K., X. Gou, F. Chen, J. Li, R. D'Arrigo, E.R. Cook, T. Yang, W. Liu, and F. Zhang, 2010: Tree growth and time-varying climate response along altitudinal transects in central China. Eur. J. Forest Res., 129, 1181-1189.
Fang, K., X. Gou, K. Peters, J. Li, and F. Zhang, 2010: Removing biological trends from tree-ring series: testing modified Hugershoff Curves. Tree-ring Res., 66, 51-59.
Li, J., E.R. Cook, F. Chen, X. Gou, R. D'Arrigo, and Y. Yuan, 2010: An extreme drought event in the Tien Shan area in the year 1945. J. Arid Environ., 74, 1225-1231.
Shi, J., E.R. Cook, H. Lu, J. Li, W.E. Wright, and S. Li, 2010: Tree-ring based winter temperature reconstruction for the lower reaches of the Yangtze River in southeast China. Clim. Res., 41, 169-175.
Davi, N., G. Jacoby, R. D'Arrigo, N. Baatarbileg, J. Li, and A. Curtis, 2009: A tree-ring based drought index reconstruction for far western Mongolia: 1565-2004. Int. J. Climatol., 29, 1508-1514.
Fang, K., X. Gou, F. Chen, M. Yang, J. Li, M. He, Y. Zhang, Q. Tian, and J. Peng, 2009: Drought variations in the eastern part of Northwest China over the past two centuries: evidence from tree rings. Clim. Res., 38, 129-135.
Fang, K., X. Gou, F. L. Delphis, J. Li, X. Liu, M. He, Y. Zhang, and J. Peng, 2009: Variations of radial growth patterns in trees along three altitudinal transects in north central China. J. IAWA, 30, 443-457.
Li, J., E.R. Cook, F. Chen, N. Davi, R. D'Arrigo, X. Gou, W. E. Wright, K. Fang, L. Jin, J. Shi, and T. Yang, 2009: Summer monsoon moisture variability over China and Mongolia during the past four centuries. Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L22705, doi:10.1029/2009GL041162.
Li, J., E.R. Cook, R. D'Arrigo, F. Chen, and X. Gou, 2009: Moisture variability across China and Mongolia: 1951-2005. Clim. Dyn., 32, 1173-1186.
Gou, X., J. Peng, F. Chen, M. Yang, D.F. Levia, and J. Li, 2008: A dendrochronological analysis of maximum summer half-year temperature variations over the past 700 years on the northeastern Tibetan Plateau. Theor. Appl. Climatol., 93, 195-206.
Li, J., E.R. Cook, R. D'Arrigo, F. Chen, X. Gou, J. Peng, and J. Huang, 2008: Common tree growth anomalies over the northeastern Tibetan Plateau during the last six centuries: Implications for regional moisture change. Global Change Biol., 14, 2096-2107.
Li, J., C. Xu, K.L. Griffin, and WSF Schuster, 2008: Dendrochronological potential of Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii): A case study in the Black Rock Forest, New York. Tree-ring Res., 64, 115-124.
Peng, J., X. Gou, F. Chen, J. Li, P. Liu, and Y. Zhang, 2008: Altitudinal variability of climate-growth of Qilian Juniper (Sabina przewalskii) relationship on a single slope of the Anyemaqen Mountains, northeastern Tibetan Plateau. Dendrochronologia, 26, 87-96.
Peng, J., X. Gou, F. Chen, J. Li, Y. Zhang Y, and K. Fang, 2008: Difference in tree growth responses to climate at the upper treeline: A case study of Qilian Juniper in the Anyemaqen Mountains. J. Integr. Plant Biol., 50, 982-990.
Shi, J., Y. Liu, E.A. Vaganov, J. Li, and Q. Cai, 2008: Statistical and process-based modeling analyses of tree growth response to climate in semi-arid area of north central China: A case study of Pinus tabulaeformis. J. Geophys. Res., 113, G01026, doi: 10.1029/2007JG000547.
Gou, X., F. Chen, G.C. Jacoby, E.R. Cook, M. Yang, J. Peng, and J. Li, 2007: Streamflow variations of the Yellow River over past 593 years in western China reconstructed from tree rings. Water Resour. Res., 43, doi:10.1029/2006WR005705.
Li, J., F. Chen, E.R. Cook, X. Gou, and Y. Zhang, 2007: Drought reconstruction for north central China from tree rings: the value of the Palmer drought severity index. Int. J. Climatol., 27, 903-909.
Wang, J., J. Li, F. Chen, X. Gou, J. Peng, P. Liu, and L. Jin, 2007: Dry/wet variations in east Tianshan Mountains during the last 200 years as recorded by tree ring-width records. J. Glaciology and Geocryology, 29, 209-216. (In Chinese with English abstract)
D'Arrigo, R., R. Wilson, and J. Li, 2006: Increased Eurasian-tropical temperature amplitude difference in recent centuries: Implications for the Asian monsoon. Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, L22706, doi:10.1029/2006GL027507.
Li, J., X. Gou, E.R. Cook, and F. Chen, 2006: Tree-ring based drought reconstruction for the central Tien Shan area in northwest China. Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, L07715, doi:10.1029/2006GL025803.
Peng, J., X. Gou, F. Chen, J. Li, P. Liu, Q. Tian, Y. Zhang, and Y. Zhang, 2006: The response of growth ring width variations of Larix sibirica Ledb to climatic change in eastern Tianshan Mountains. Acta Ecologica Sinica, 26, 2723-2731. (In Chinese with English abstract)
Gou, X., F. Chen, M. Yang, and J. Li, 2005: Climatic response of tree-ring width at different elevations over Qilian Mountains, northwestern China. J. Arid Environ., 61, 513-524.
Peng, J., X. Gou, F. Chen, and J. Li, 2005: Climatic records of tree-ring width in Picea schrenkiana Fisch and Larix sibirica Ledb. Ecology and Environ., 14, 460-465. (In Chinese with English abstract)
Peng, J., J. Li, F. Chen, X. Gou, and P. Liu, 2005: Development of the tree-ring width chronologies in the high-elevation regions in the middle and east Tianshan mountains. Arid Land Geography, 24, 490-496. (In Chinese with English abstract)
Qin, N., X. Shao, L. Jin, Q. Wang, X. Zhu, Z. Wang, and J. Li, 2003: Climate change over southern Qinghai Plateau in the past 500 years recorded in Sabina tibetica tree rings. Chinese Sci. Bull., 48, 2483-2487.
Gou, X., F. Chen, J. Li, and M. Yang, 2002: An analysis of the detailed climatic record of the eastern Qilian mountains, China. J. Lanzhou Univ., 38, 105-110. (In Chinese with English abstract)