Qiuming Cheng

Qiuming Cheng is a professor and the founding director of the State Key Lab of Geological Processes and Mineral Resources, China University of Geosciences (Beijing). He received both his BSc in Mathematics and MSc in Mathematical Geology at Changchun University of Earth Sciences (1982,1985).


Qiuming Cheng obtained his PhD in Earth Science at the University of Ottawa in 1994, spent a year as PDF at the Geological Survey of Canada and soon become a professor with cross appointments in the Dept. of Earth and Space Science and Dept. of Geography at York University, Toronto.

Professor Cheng’s research focuses on the development and application of modern mathematical geocomplexity theories for modeling nonlinear geo-processes and for the quantitative prediction of mineral resources.

His pioneering research on the new fractal density theory and local singularity analysis made major impacts on several geoscientific disciplines, including those concerned with extreme geological events originated from nonlinear processes of plate tectonics such as formation of supercontinents, magmatism, mid-ocean ridge heat flow, earth quakes and mineralization.

He has authored and co-authored more than 300 refereed journal papers and book chapters and delivered over 100 invited and keynote presentations.

His work on geochemical anomalies recognition by fractal methods has opened a new and emerging sub-field of exploration and environment geochemistry and his paper has become the most cited papers in the field.

Applications of these methods have led to several discoveries of new mineral deposits in China and worldwide. Professor Cheng has received several prestigious awards including the Krumbein Medal, the highest award given by the International Association for Mathematical Geosciences.

Professor Cheng has served as associate editors for Computers & Geosciences and Journal of Exploration Geochemistry. He has served as President of International Association for Mathematical Geosciences (IAMG) (2012-2016) and President of International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) (2016-2020).