Yangmin Qin

I am currently a lecturer in the Department of Geography, School of Earth Science, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan). Much of my research is focused on the reconstruction of past environmental variability using biological micro-organisms (testate amoebae, ostracodes, phytolith), and responses of fresh water ecosystems to environmental change.
For several years I have worked on assessing and monitoring climatic and human impacts on freshwater ecosystems (peatlands and lakes) in the regions including Alaska, the middle Yangtze River reach, and southern China.



2011.6 - present

Lecture, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan)

2014.9 - 2015.9

post-doctor, Lab of Soil Biology in University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

2005.9 - 2011.6

Ms. and PhD China University of Geosciences (Wuhan)

2010.12 - 2011.5

Visiting PhD, Lab of Soil Biology in University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

2008.10 - 2009.5

School of Earth & Environmental Science, Lehigh University, USA


Research interest

Limnology, ecology and paleoecology, biogeography, phylogeny, fire history, testate amoebae, ostracode, phytolith, biological shell geochemistry


Courses teaching

Ecological geography, Environmental ecology, Global ecology



Bobrov, A., Qin, Y. M., Wilkinson, D. (2015). Latitudinal diversity gradients in free-living microorganisms --Hoogenraadia a key genus in testate amoebae biogeography. Acta Protozoologica 54, 1-8.

Chen, X., Qin, Y. M., Stevenson, M.A., McGowan S. (2014). Diatom communities along pH and hydrological gradients in three montane mires, central China. Ecological Indicators 45 , 123-129.

Qin Y.M., Mitchell E.A.D., Lamentowicz M., Payne R.J., Lara E., Gu Y. S., Huang X.Y., Wang H.M. Ecology of testate amoebae in peatlands of central China and development of a transfer function for palaeohydrological reconstruction. Journal of Paleolimnology, 2013, 50 (3): 319-330.

Qin Y.M., Fournier B, Lara E, Gua Y, Wang H, Cui Y, Zhang X, Mitchell EAD. 2013. Relationships between testate amoeba communities and water quality in Lake Donghu, a large alkaline lake in Wuhan, China. Frontiers of Earth Science,2013,7 (2): 182-190.

Qin Y.M., Xie S. Smith H.G.,Swindles G. T.,Gu Y. Diversity, distribution and biogeography of testate amoebae in China: Implications for ecological studies in Asia, European Journal of Protistology, 2011, 47: 1-9 (surface story).

Qin Y.M., Payne R. Gu Y. et al. Ecology of testate amoebae in Dajiuhu peatland of Shennongjia Mountains , China , in relation to hydrology. Frontiers of Earth Science, 2012, 6 (1): 57-65.

Qin Y.M., & Xie S. Moss-dwelling testate amoebae and their community in Dajiuhu peatland of Shennongjia Mountains, China, Journal of Freshwater Ecology, 2011, 26 (1):3-9.

Qin Y.M., Booth R K., Gu Y., Wang Y., & Xie S. Testate amoebae as indicators of 20th century environmental change of Lake Zhangdu, China. Fundamental and Applied Limnology, 2009, 175 (1):29-38.

Qin Y.M., Xie S.,Gu Y.,Zhou X. Pontigulasia pangulostoma nov. spec., a new testate amoeba from the peat land of Shennongjia Mountains,China. Acta Protozoologica, 2008, 47 (2):155-160.

Qin Y.M., Xie S.,Swindles G. T.,Gu Y. Pentagonia zhangduensis nov. spec.,(Lobosea, Arcellinida),a new freshwater species from China. European Journal of Protistology, 2008, 44 (4):287-290.

Qin Y.M., Wang J., Xie S., Huang X., Yang H.,Tan K. Zhang Z. Morphological Variation and Habitat Selection of Testate Amoebae in Dajiuhu Peatland,Central China, Journal of Earth Science,special issue, 2010, 21:253-256.

Markel E., Booth R.K.K. Qin Y.M. Testate amoebae and δ13C of Sphagnum as surface moisture proxies in Alaskan peatlands, The Holocene,2010, 20: 463-475.


Contact details

Tel: +0041 0789625059;

E-mail: qinyangmin2005@163.com

Website: http://dxy.cug.edu.cn/content.asp?id=2818