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Yanan (Nancy) Li

nancy li

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Geography, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2015
Phone: 512.245.8663
Office:  ELA 364
Vita      HB2504 information
Research Interests: glacial geomorphology, past and present climate change, mountains, arid environments

Publication (selected):

Li, Y.N., P. Fu, R.R. Chen, and Y.K. Li. 2023. Quaternary glaciation in western China: A review of the chronologies established by absolute dating. Progress in Physical Geography: Earth and Environment. 0(0) (published online:

Li, Y.N., S.M. Krause, A.K. McLendon, and I.J. Jo. 2022. Teaching a geography field methods course amid the COVID-19 pandemic: reflections and lessons learned. Journal of Geography in Higher Education 1–10.

Lai, J.M, Y.N. Li, J.L. Chen, G.Y. Niu, P.R. Lin, Q. Li, L.X. Wang, J.M. Han, Z.Q. Luo, and Y. Sun. 2022. Massive crop expansion threatens agriculture and water sustainability in northwestern China. Environmental Research Letters 17: 034003.

Li, Y.N. 2020. Glacier changes and their linkage to the climate-topographic context in the Borohoro Mountains, Tian Shan 1977–2018. Water 12(5): 1502.

Zhu, H.F., X.M. Shao, H. Zhang, F. Asad, S.R. Sigdel, R. Huang, Y.N. Li, W.W. Liu, S. Muhammad, I. Hussain, J. Griebinger, and E.Y. Liang. 2019. Trees record changes of the temperate glaciers on the Tibetan Plateau: potential and uncertainty. Global and Planetary Change 173: 15–23.

Lu, X.Y., Y.K. Li, R. Washington-Allan, Y.N. Li. 2018. Structural and sedimentological connectivity on a rilled hillslope. Science of the Total Environment 655: 1479–1494.

Li, Y.N., Y.K. Li, X.Y. Lu, and J. Harbor. 2017. Geomorphometric Controls on Mountain Glacier Changes since the Little Ice Age in the Eastern Tien Shan, Central Asia. Annals of the American Association of Geographers 107(2): 284–198.

Li, Y.N., Y.K. Li, J. Harbor, G.N. Liu, C.L. Yi, and M. Caffee. 2016. Cosmogenic 10Be constraints on Little Ice Age glacial advances in the eastern Tian Shan, China. Quaternary Science Reviews 138: 105–118.

Li, Y.N., and Y.K. Li. 2014. Topographic and geometric controls on glacier changes in the central Tien Shan, China, since the Little Ice Age. Annals of Glaciology 55(66): 177–186.