Gao Lei
Highest Education Ph.D.
Phone 020-37252881
Education and Appointments


2004/9–2008/6 China University of Geosciences, B.S. in Environmental Science and Engineering 

2008/9–2011/6 Southwest University, M.S. in Environmental Engineering 

2011/9–2014/6 Sun Yat-Sen University, Ph.D. in Physical Geography 

2013/10–2014/4 Joint training Ph.D.student in Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Land and Water, Australia.  



2014/9–2016/9  Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Sun Yat-Sen University 

2016/10–2021/4 Associate Professor, Sun Yat-Sen University 

2021/5–present Associate Professor, South China Botanical Garden, CAS 

Research Interest

(1)   Historical reconstruction of contamination in the watershed scale

(2)   Biogeochemical cycling of trace and nutritive elements

(3)   Interfacial processes of inorganic contaminants

Public Services
Selected Publication

1.     Lei Gao*, Rui Li, Zuobing, Liang, Lei Hou, Jianyao Chen. Seasonal variations of cadmium (Cd) speciation and mobility in sediments from the Xizhi River basin, South China, based on passive sampling techniques and a thermodynamic chemical equilibrium model. Water Research. 2021. (TOP期刊) 

2.     Lei Gao, Rui Li, Zuobing Liang, Zhigang Yang, Manzi Li, Jianyao Chen*, Lei Hou. Mobilization mechanisms and toxicity risk of sediment trace metals (Cu, Zn, Ni, and Pb) based on diffusive gradients in thin films: A case study in the Xizhi River basin, South China. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 2020. (TOP期刊) 

3.     Rui Li, Lei Gao*, Qirui Wu, Zuobing Liang, Lei Hou, Zhigang Yang, Jianyao Chen, Tao Jiang, Aiping Zhu, Manzi Li. Release characteristics and mechanisms of sediment phosphorus in contaminated and uncontaminated rivers: A case study in South China. Environmental Pollution. 2020. (TOP期刊) 

4.     Lei Gao, Zuobing Liang, Chang Yan, Aiping Zhu, Shaoheng Li, Zhigang Yang, Haijun He, Huayang Gan, Jianyao Chen*. Remobilization mechanism and release characteristics of phosphorus in saline sediments from the Pearl River Estuary (PRE), South China, based on high-resolution measurements. Science of the Total Environment. 2020. (TOP期刊) 

5.     Aiping Zhu, Zhigang Yang, Zuobing Liang, Lei Gao*, Rui Li, Lei Hou, Shaoheng Li, Zhenglan Xie, Yu Wu, Jianyao Chen, Lixiang Cao. Integrating hydrochemical and biological approaches to investigate the surface water and groundwater interactions in the hyporheic zone of the Liuxi River basin, southern China. Journal of Hydrology. 2020. 583. 124622. (TOP期刊) 

6.     Lei Gao, Shaoheng Li, Zhuowei Wang, Zuobing Liang, Jianyao Chen*, Bin Liang. Contamination, potential mobility, and origins of lead in sediment cores from the Shima River, south China. Environmental Pollution. 2018. 242: 1128-1136. (TOP期刊) 

7.     Lei Gao, Zhuowei Wang, Jiju Shan, Jianyao Chen*, Changyuan Tang**, Ming Yi. Aquatic environmental changes and anthropogenic activities reflected by the sedimentary records of the Shima River, Southern China. Environmental Pollution. 2017. 224:70-81. (TOP期刊) 

8.     Zhiping Ye, Jianyao Chen, Lei Gao*, Zuobing Liang, Shaoheng Li, Rui Li, Guangzhe Jin, Yuta Shimizu, Shin-ichi Onodera, Mitsuyo Saito, Gnanachandrasamy Gopalakrishnan. 210Pb dating to investigate the historical variations and identification of different sources of heavy metal pollution in sediments of the Pearl River Estuary, Southern China. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 2020. (TOP期刊) 

9.     Aiping Zhu, Jianyao Chen, Lei Gao*, Yuta Shimizu, Dongmei Liang, Ming Yi, Lixiang Cao. Combined microbial and isotopic signature approach to identify nitrate sources and transformation processes in groundwater. Chemosphere. 2019. 228, 721-734. (TOP期刊) 

10. Lei Gao, Zhuowei Wang, Shaoheng Li, Jianyao Chen*. Bioavailability and toxicity of trace metals (Cd, Cr, Cu, Ni, and Zn) in sediment cores from the Shima River, South China. Chemosphere. 2018. 192:31-42. (IF=7.086 TOP期刊) 

11. Lei Gao*, Hai Doan, Bhanu Nidumolu, Anupama Kumar, Debra Gonzago. Effects of copper on the survival, hatching, and reproduction of a pulmonate snail (Physa acuta). Chemosphere. 2017. 185:1208-1216. (TOP期刊) 

12. Lei Gao, Zhuowei Wang, Jiju Shan, Jianyao Chen*, Changyuan Tang**, Ming Yi, Xinfeng Zhao. Distribution characteristics and sources identification of heavy metals in sediments from a trans-boundary watercourse: An example of Shima River, Pearl River Delta, South China. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. 2016. 134:186-195. (TOP期刊)