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Faculty

Leng, Qin

Qin Leng

Professor, Science and Technology
Faculty Suite J, Room 115
qleng@bryant.edu

Qin Leng, Professor, received her academic training in Life Science and Earth Science. Dr. Leng's research on plant evolution and diversity, as well as paleo-environment and paleo-climate reconstruction has taken her around the globe with collaborations in Austria, China, Japan, Sweden, and United States. She has authored/co-authored over fifty peer reviewed scientific journal articles, books, and book chapters. At Bryant, she is teaching a number of courses in both Biology Program and Environmental Science Program, such as in general biology, botany, environment, and biological imaging. She is the co-PI (principal investigator) of the Laboratory for Terrestrial Environments at Bryant University to carry out research projects in plant science (both neo-botany on living plants and paleo-botany on fossil plants) and environmental science (climate changes and their biological impacts).

Environmental Science, General Biology, Evolution, Plant Science (including Neo-botany on living plants and Paleo-botany on fossil plants), Biological Imaging, etc.

Plant evolution and diversity, climate change and ancient climate reconstruction, and ancient civilization in the context of environmental changes

  • Neogene Climate Evolution in Eurasia
  • International Organisation of Palaeobotany
  • Botanical Society of America
  • Geological Society of America
  • 2017, Merit Award
  • 2017, Media Coverage
  • 2016, Media Coverage
  • 2016, Summer Research Award
  • 2015, Media Coverage
  • 2015, Media Coverage
  • 2015, Summer Research Award
  • 2014, Scholarship of Spring Light Program, 2014
  • 2014, Sabbatical leave (1 August 2014 - July 31 2015)
  • 2013, Merit Award
  • 2013, Summer Research Award
  • 2013, Summer Research Award
  • 2012, Summer Research Award
  • 2011, Merit Award
  • 2010, The Second Prize of Natural Science Award of Jiangsu Province, China
  • 2010, Summer Research Stipend

Witkowski, C., Blais, B., Feng, L., Reid, C., Wang, H., Yang, H., Leng, Q., Decay and early diagenesis of Metasequoia leaves: Implications for three-dimensional preservation and bulk isotope signals in plant fossil lagerstätten, 49th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America (GSA) Abstracts with Programs, 2014.

Blais, B., Gannon, C., Patalano, R., Yang, H., Leng, Q., Bayesian parameter estimation in a 1D model of precipitation and evaporation: comparison of Middle Miocene and modern climates using plant lipid deuterium (δD) measurements, 2013 Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, 2013.

Gannon, C., Blais, B., Patalano, R., Yang, H., Leng, Q., Understanding the Middle Miocene climatic optimum: evaluation of deuterium values D related to precipitation and temperature, 2013 Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, 2012.

Langlois, G., Cournoyer, N., Leng, Q., Phillips, A., A new morphological discovery sheds light on the difficult management of the invasive Cabomba caroliniana (Carolina Fanwort) in New England freshwater ecosystems. Paper number “Sun-PM2-F-3”, Northeast Natural History Conference 2017 (the 17th NENHC), Cromwell, Connecticut, USA, 21-23 April 2017, 2017.

Leng, Q., Gall, A., Newland, D., Howard, K., Yang, H., Phragmites, a troubling invader for some but important resource for others. Paper number “Sun-PM2-F-1”, Northeast Natural History Conference 2017 (the 17th NENHC), Cromwell, Connecticut, USA, 21-23 April 2017, 2017.

Leng, Q., Yang, H., A non-toxic and inexpensive histological microtechnique for biological and paleobiological research, Northeastern Geobiology Symposium 2017 Program and Abstract Book, 2017.

Leng, Q., Yang, H., The Mid-Miocene Clarkia Lake: a terrestrial lake analog for paleolakes on Mars, 2017 GSA Cordilleran Section 113th Annual Meeting, 2017.

Yang, H., Leng, Q., A molecular geobiological approach to study the Miocene Clarkia lacustrine fossil Lagerstätten, Northeastern Geobiology Symposium 2017 Program and Abstract Book, 2017.

Rivas, N., Vickers, J. M., Yang, H., Leng, Q., Quantitative reconstruction of ancient climatic parameters for Miocene Clarkia fossil lagerstätte, 49th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America (GSA) Abstracts with Programs, 2014.

Witkowski, C., Makepeace, C., Zhou, Y., Yang, H., Leng, Q., A new pyrolysis based method to assess molecular preservation of ancient silk products, 49th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America (GSA) Abstracts with Programs, 2014.

Fan, J., Chen, Q., Hou, X., Miller, A. I., Melchin, M. J., Shen, S., Wu, S., Goldman, D., Mitchell, C. E., Yang, Q., Zhang, Y., Zhan, R., Wang, J., Zhang, H., Zhang, L., Leng, Q., Geobiodiversity Database: a comprehensive section-based integration of stratigraphic and paleontological data, Newsletters on Stratigraphy, 2013.

Gupta, N., Yang, H., Cody, G. D., Fogel, M. L., Liu, W., Sun, G., Leng, Q., Molecular preservation and bulk isotopic signals of ancient rice from the Neolithic Tianluoshan site, lower Yangtze River valley, China, Organic Geochemistry, 2013.

Leng, Q., Chinese Translation of “Chapter 4. Systematics”, Science Press, 2013.

Patalano, R., Wang, Z., Yang, H., Liu, W., Zheng, Y., Sun, G., Leng, Q., Molecular isotopic analysis reveals details of climate changes and its impact on the early development of rice domestication in eastern China during the Neolithic period, 2013 Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, 2013.

Witkowski, C., Feng, L., Reid, C., Wang, H., Yang, H., Leng, Q., The role of polysaccharides in preserving three-dimensional cell wall structures in plant fossil lagerstätten, 2013 Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, 2013.

Grímsson, F., Zetter, R., Leng, Q., Diverse fossil Onagraceae pollen from a Miocene palynoflora of north-east China: early steps in resolving the phytogeographic history of the family, Plant Systematics and Evolution, 2012.

Patalano, R., Wang, Z., Yang, H., Liu, W., Zheng, Y., Leng, Q., Molecular carbon and hydrogen isotope profiles from the Neolithic Tianloushan site in China: implications for climate change during rice domestication, 2012 Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, 2012.

Wang, L., Yang, H., Leng, Q., Variations of leaf stomatal frequencies complicate the reconstruction of ancient atmospheric CO2 concentration using Metasequoia fossil leaf cuticles, Abstract # SS14-O10 (273) in the Programs and Abstracts of SS14-The evolutionary history of conifers that are now endemic to Asia at the 13th International Palynological Congress/9th International Organisation of Palaeobotany Conference (IPC XIII / IOPC IX), 2012.

Witkowski, C., Gupta, N., Yang, H., Williams, C. J., Briggs, D. E., Summons, R. E., Leng, Q., Molecular preservation of three-dimensionally preserved Cenozoic fossil conifers at high latitudes, Palaios, 2012.

Yang, H., Liu, W., Gupta, N., Leng, Q., How decay and diagenesis influence stable carbon isotope signals in plant fossils?, Abstract # SS14-O11 (588) in the Programs and Abstracts of SS14-The evolutionary history of conifers that are now endemic to Asia at the 13th International Palynological Congress/9th International Organisation of Palaeobotany Conference (IPC XIII / IOPC IX), 2012.

Fan, J., Zhang, H., Hou, X., Shen, S., Wu, S., Yang, Q., Wang, Y., Luo, H., Zhang, Y., Zhan, R., Chen, Q., Leng, Q., Quantitative research trends in palaeobiology and stratigraphy - construction of the GeoBiodiversity DataBase (GBDB) using escience technology (in Chinese with English abstract), Acta Palaeontologica Sinica , 2011.

Noshiro, S., LePage, B. A., Momohara , A., Nishida, H., Uemura, K., Williams, C. J., Yang, H., Leng, Q., Metasequoia: The Legacy of Dr. Shigeru Miki. Kanagawa: Japanese Association of Historical Botany, Japanese Journal of Historical Botany, 2011.

Wang, L., Leng, Q., A new method to prepare clean cuticular membrane from fossil leaves with thin and fragile cuticles, Science China Earth Sciences, 2011.

Yang, H., Blais, B., Leng, Q., Stable isotope variations from cultivated Metasequoia trees in the United States: A statistical approach to assess isotope signatures as climate signals, Japanese Journal of Historical Botany, 2011.

Yang, H., Liu, W., Hren, M. T., Pagani, M., Leng, Q., Variation in n-alkane δD values from terrestrial plants at high latitude: Implications for paleoclimate reconstruction, Organic Geochemistry, 2011.

Langlois, G., Yang, H., Leng, Q., Early Paleogene Arctic terrestrial ecosystems affected by the change of polar hydrology under global warming: Implications for modern climate change at high latitudes, Science China Earth Science, 2010.

Yang, H., Wang, L., Leng, Q., Research advance on Metasequoia: Applications of new technology, Science Foundation in China, 2010.

Gupta, N., Yang, H., Briggs, D. E., Cody, G. D., Summons, R. E., Leng, Q., Diagenesis of plant biopolymers: A study of decay and macromolecular preservation of Metasequoia, Organic Geochemistry, 2009.

Jiang, Q., Leng, Q., A Miocene flora from Daotaiqiao Formation in Sifangtai Village, Huanan County, Heilongjiang Province, NE China with palaeoclimatical and palaeophytogeological significance, Earth Science Frontiers, 2009.

Jiang, Q., Wang, L., Leng, Q., Anthropocene, the newly proposed geological epoch rooted in environmental research, Journal of Stratigraphy, 2009.

Wang, L., Leng, Q., Further morphological evidence of the affinity between Paomu Tree and fossil Metasequoia and its environmental implication , Earth Science Frontiers, 2009.

Yang, H., Leng, Q., A new approach to reconstruct Paleogene atmospheric hydrology at high latitudes, Science Foundation in China, 2009.

Yang, H., Leng, Q., Molecular hydrogen isotope analysis of living and fossil plants: Metasequoia as an example, Progress in Natural Science, 2009.

Yang, H., Pagani, M., Briggs, D. E., Equiza, M. A., Jagels, R., LePage, B. A., Leng, Q., Carbon and hydrogen isotope fractionations under continuous light: Implications for palaeoenvironmental interpretations at High Arctic during Paleogene Warming, Oecologia, 2009.

Yang, H., Wang, L., Li, C., Leng, Q., Discovery and evolution history of Metasequoia, Science Press, 2009.