Zhioxiong Shen - Coastal Carolina University
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Zhioxiong Shen

Assistant Professor, Marine Science

Jonathan Doe
Contact Zhioxiong Shen
843-349-6593 zshen@coastal.edu

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I am always looking for students with a strong enthusiasm for coastal geology to join my research.


Ph.D., University of Liverpool (UK), Geography
B.S., Peking University (China), Geography

Research and Teaching Interests

Zhioxiong Shen's research focuses on the formation and changes in lowland coastal areas, including floodplains, deltas, sandy and muddy coasts, and the geomorphic and stratigraphic response of these landforms to tectonic, climate and sea-level changes, anthropogenic pressure, extreme events such as tropical cyclones and flooding. He is also interested in deciphering coastal sedimentary records for building a chronology of these changes and extreme events. He has ongoing research on the U.S. Atlantic coast, Mississippi River and the Delta, Botswana, and China. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Coastal geology
  • Natural hazards
  • Geochronology
  • Luminescence dating
  • 14C dating

Recent Publications

Munoz, S. E., L. Giosan, M.D. Therrell, J.W. Remo, Z. Shen, R.M. Sullivan, C. Wiman, M. O’Donnell and J.P. Donnelly. 2018. Climatic control of Mississippi River flood hazard amplified by river engineering. Nature 556:95-98. doi.org/10.1038/nature26145

Mauz, B., Z. Shen, N. Elmejdoub and G. Spada. 2018. No evidence from the eastern Mediterranean for a MIS 5e double peak sea-level highstand. Quaternary Research 89(2):505-510. doi.org/10.1017/qua.2017.111

Chamberlain, E. L., T.E. Törnqvist, Z. Shen, B. Mauz and J. Wallinga, J. 2018. Anatomy of Mississippi Delta growth and its implications for coastal restoration. Science Advances 4:eaar4740. doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aar4740

Shen, Z., T.E. Törnqvist, B. Mauz, E.L. Chamberlain, A.G. Nijhuis and L. Sandoval. 2015. Episodic overbank deposition as a dominant mechanism of floodplain and delta-plain aggradation. Geology 43(10)875-878. doi.org/10.1130/G36847.1