Areas of interest

Quaternary stratigraphy, glacial geology, luminescence dating.

Dr. Lian's NSERC-funded research includes Quaternary sedimentology and stratigraphy, glacial geology, geomorphology, and geochronology (luminescence dating). He have collaborated with geomorphologists, glacial geologists, physicists, geophysicists, and biologists.

He is mainly interested in understanding the character of environmental change in western Canada over the Quaternary Period (last ~2.5 million years), but he is also collaborating on research projects in the eastern and western Canadian Arctic, Australia, and Patagonia (southernmost Chile and Argentina), and he has collaborated on projects in New Zealand, Russia and Indonesia.