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MAO Limi
postdoctoral recognition
Research direction:
Cenozoic Palynology
Postal Code:
39 East Beijing Road, Nanjing, 210008, China



  Full Professor in Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2017-Present)

  Associate Professor in Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2008-2017)

  Postdoc. position, Centre for Ecology, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2004-2007)

  Ph.D., Department of Biogeosciences, Osaka City University, Osaka, Japan (2000-2004)

  M.Sc., Department of Marine Geology and Geophysics, Tongji University, Shanghai, China (1996-1999)

  B.Sc., Department of Geology, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China (1991-1995)





Quaternary Palynology; Pollen morphology; Palaeoecology and historical biogeography of tropical mangroves; Quaternary vegetation and climate changes 




  Tang LY, Mao LM, Shu JW, Li CH, Shen CM and Zhou ZZ. 2017. An Illustrated Handbook of Quaternary Pollen and Spores in China. Science Press: Beijing (in Chinese with English summary) [the first author of the chapter “Quaternary pollen and spores in southern China”


  Bing Song, Zhen Li, Houyuan Lu, Limi Mao et al. 2017. Pollen record of the centennial climate changes during 9–7 cal ka BP in the Changjiang (Yangtze) River Delta plain, China. Quaternary Research 87(2):275-287. 

  Yan Wu, Limi Mao*, Can Wang, Jianping Zhang, Zhijun Zhao. 2016. Phytolith evidence suggests early domesticated rice since 5600 cal a BP on Hainan Island of South China. Quaternary International 426120-125. 

  Shixiong Yang, Jie Li, Limi Mao*, Kam-biu Liu, Maosheng Gao, Siyuan Ye, Sangheon Yi,Liangyong Zhou, Feifei Wang. 2016. Assessing pollen distribution patterns and provenance based on palynological investigation on surface sediments from Laizhou Bay, China: an aid to palaeoecological interpretation. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 457: 209-220. 

  Yongqiang Liu, Xiaowei Fu, Limi Mao, Zhenlong Xing, Kongming Wu. 2016. Host Plants Identification for Adult Agrotis ipsilon,a Long-Distance Migratory Insect. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 17: 851 (doi:10.3390/ijms17060851)  

  Lin Zhao, Chunmei Ma, Lingyu Tang,Kam-biu Liu, Limi Mao, Yu Zhang,Huayu Lu, Shuangye Wu,Qingyun Tu. 2016. Investigation of peat sediments from Daiyun Mountain in southeast China: late Holocene vegetation, climate and human impact.Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 25:359-373.  

  Xinyi Zhao and Limi Mao*. 2015. Morphological comparison for pollen exine ultrastructure of four species from Oryza. Acta Palaeontologica Sinica 54(4):547-555 (in Chinese with English abstract).  

  Yiman Fang, Chunmei Ma, Limi Mao*, Cheng Zhu, Wenqing Zhang. 2015. Surface pollen spectra from Shennongjia Mountains, central China: An interpretation aid to Quaternary pollen deposits, Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 204:40-50.  

  Yang,S.X., Zheng,Z., Limi Mao*, Ferguson,D., Huang,K.Y., Chen,B.S., Ranhotra,P.S., 2015. Selected pollen grains from tropical Hainan Island, south China: An identification key to Quaternary pollen, Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 222:84-103.   

  Zhao,Y.T., An C.B., Limi Mao, Zhao, J.J., Tang,L.Y., Zhou,A.F., Li,H., Dong,W.M., Duan,F.T., Chen, F.H. 2015. Vegetation and climate history in arid western China during MIS2: New insights from pollen and grain-size data of the Balikun Lake, eastern Tien Shan, Quaternary Science Reviews 126: 112-125.  

  Shufeng Li, Limi Mao, Robert A. Spicer, Julie Lebreton-Anberrée, Tao Su, Mei Sun, Zhe-Kun Zhou. 2015. Late Miocene vegetation dynamics under monsoonal climate in southwestern China, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 425:14-40.  

  Lu Dai, Chengyu Weng, Limi Mao. 2015. Patterns of vegetation and climate change in the northern South China Sea during the last glaciation inferred from marine palynological records, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 440: 249-258.  

  Bo Wang, Jes Rust, Michael S. Engel, Jacek Szwedo, Suryendu Dutta, André Nel, Yong Fan, Fanwei Meng, Gongle Shi, Edmund A. Jarzembowski, Torsten Wappler, Frauke Stebner, Yan Fang, Limi Mao, Daran Zheng, Haichun Zhang. 2014. A Diverse Paleobiota in Early Eocene Fushun Amber from China, Current Biology, 24:1606-1610.  

  Lu Dai, Chengyu Weng, Jun Lu, Limi Mao. 2014. Pollen quantitative distribution in marine and fluvial surface sediments from the northern South China Sea New insights into pollen transportation and deposition mechanisms, Quaternary International 325: 136-149.  

  Bing Li, Hui Liu, Li Wu, Terrence Allen McCloskey, Kaifeng Li, Limi Mao*. 2014. Linking the vicissitude of Neolithic cities with mid Holocene environment and climate changes in the middle Yangtze River, China, Quaternary International 321: 22-28 .  

  Limi Mao, Swee Yeok Foong. 2013. Tracing ancestral biogeography of Sonneratia based on fossil pollen andtheir probable modern analogues. Palaeoworld 22: 133-143.  

  Deke Xu, Houyuan Lu, Guoqiang Chu, Naiqin Wu, Caiming Shen, Can Wang, Limi Mao. 2014. 500-year climate cycles stacking of recent centennial warming documented in an East Asian pollen record. Scientific Reports 4, 3611  

  Lingyu Tang, Limi Mao* et al. 2013. Palaeoecological and palaeoenvironmental significance of some important spores and microalgae in Quaternary deposits. Chinese Science Bulletin 58: 3125-3139 .  

  Limi Mao. 2012. Holocene palynological records of biodiversity and climatic events in the Yangtze River delta, China. Quaternary International 279-280: 304 (abstract issue).  

  Limi Mao, David J. Batten, Toshiyuki Fujiki et al. 2012. Pollen and spore keys for the mangroves of southern China as an aid to interpretation of Quaternary marine deposits in the South China Sea. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 176-177 :41-67.  

  Zhen Li, Yoshiki Saito, Limi Mao et al. 2012. Mid-Holocene mangrove succession and its response to sea level change in the upper Mekong delta, Cambodia. Quaternary Research 78: 386–399.  

  Limi Mao, Wang, W.M., Shu, J.W. et al. 2011. Holocene spores and microscopic algae from the Yangtze Delta, East China. Acta Palaeontologica Sinica 50:154-165 (in Chinese with English abstract).  

  Limi Mao, Yang, X. 2011. Comparative pollen morphology of 7 species in stipeae of poaceae. Acta Micropalaeontologica Sinica 28(2): 169-180 (in Chinese with English abstract).  

  Xubin Pan, Jingyi Zhang, Zhongkui Luo, Limi Mao, et al. 2011. Natural wetland in China. African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology 5(1):45-55.  

  Limi Mao, Li, N., Wang, D., Chen, J., Zhong, C. 2009. Pollen morphology of 6 species from Sonneratia as a fossil guide. Acta Palaeontologica Sinica 48: 254–267 (in Chinese with English abstract).  

  Limi Mao, Wang, D., Chen, J., Zhong, C. 2008. Pollen morphology and polymorphism of Rhizophora apiculata Bl. (Rhizophoraceae). Acta Micropalaeontologica Sinica 25: 393–403 (in Chinese with English abstract).  

  Limi Mao, Zhang, Y.L., Bi, H. 2006. Modern pollen deposits in coastal mangrove swamps from northern Hainan Island, China. Journal of Coastal Research 22:1423-1436.  

  Limi Mao, Zhang, Y.L., and Bi, H. 2003. Mangrove vegetation changes since mid-Holocene in a coastal swamp of northern Hainan Island, China. Journal of Geosciences (OCU) 46: 135-155.  

  Abstracts published in scientific journals 

  Limi Mao, 2007. Holocene palynology of the mangrove swamps, northern Hainan Island, China. Quaternary International 167-168 (Supplement 1): 266-267.  

  Limi Mao. 2008. Possible identifications in genera and/or species level for the selected mangroves (Rhizophoraceae, Sonneratia etc.) by LM and SEM observations. TERRA NOSTRA, Vol. 2.  

       Limi Mao. 2012. Holocene palynological records of biodiversity and climatic events in the Yangtze River delta, China. Quaternary International 279–280: 304.  

  Limi Mao and X.Y, Yang. 2012. Pollen morphology of cereals and associated wild relatives: reassessing potentials in tracing agriculture history and limitations. Japanese Journal of Palynology (Special issue): no. 309. 



  毛礼米(2008) 微小花粉粒的科学与美学. 生命世界, 1 

  毛礼米(2008) 美丽的花粉. 生命世界, 1 

  毛礼米(2009) 从花粉的微观世界看自然的艺术. 知识就是力量, 2           

  毛礼米(2009) 花粉:微小的生命之源. 生物进化, 2 

  毛礼米(2010)植物生命的通道. 知识就是力量, 1 

  毛礼米(2010)都是花粉惹的祸. 小哥白尼, 3 

Community service:
Research Projects:

Historical biogeography of mangrove apple Sonneratia.   

Quaternary dynamics and palaeoeology of mangroves in southern China.   

Pollen morphology and phytolith of cultivated cereals and their wild relatives: assessments on agricultural archaeological study.