고생태학(Paleoecology) 연구실에서는 퇴적암에 기록된 과거 지구의 환경 변화와 그에 따른 생물의 진화 양상을 연구합니다. 주 관심 대상은 한반도 및 동아시아 일대에 나타나는 전기 고생대(캄브리아기–오르도비스기) 퇴적층입니다.


Jeong-Hyun Lee (李政炫)

Associate Professor in Carbonate Sedimentology and Invertebrate Paleontology

Department of Geological Sciences
Chungnam National University
99 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 34134, South Korea
Phone: [+82] 42-821-6425
Fax: [+82] 42-822-7661
E-mail: jeonghyunlee @




My research interest mainly lies in paleoecology of the Cambrian and Ordovician, beginning of the Phanerozoic. In order to understand this time interval, I focus on carbonate sedimentology and invertebrate fossils such as sponges and calcified microbes. Understanding how organisms evolved along with changes in environmental condition is of my primary interest. I also use tools such as chemostratigraphy and provenance of siliciclastic sediment to understand the time interval.
1. Carbonate and siliciclastic sedimentology
– Cambro-Ordovician reefs and their paleoecology, sedimentary processes, depositional environments, sequence stratigraphy
2. Invertebrate paleontology
– Lithistid sponges, calcified microbes, ichnofossils




Ph.D. in sedimentology, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea (Mar. 2010–Feb. 2014)

  • Cambrian microbial reefs in Shandong Province, China (Advisor: S.K. Chough)

M.S. in sedimentology, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea (Mar. 2008–Feb. 2010)

  • Paleoenvironmental implications of extensive maceriate microbialites in the Late Cambrian Chaomidian Formation, Shandong Province, China (Advisor: S.K. Chough)

B.S. Double major in Earth and Environmental Sciences (Geology) and Biology, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea (Mar. 2004–Feb. 2008)




Associate Professor: Chungnam National University, Daejeon, Republic of Korea (Mar. 2020–Present).

Assistant Professor: Chungnam National University, Daejeon, Republic of Korea (Mar. 2016–Feb. 2020).

Postdoctoral Researcher: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA (Sep. 2015–Feb. 2016). Advisor: R. Riding

Research Professor: Korea University, Seoul, Korea (Mar. 2015–Aug. 2015).

Postdoctoral Fellow: Korea University, Seoul, Korea (Mar. 2014–Feb. 2015). Advisor: S.-J. Choh

Research Assistant: Seoul National University, Korea (Mar. 2008–Feb. 2014).




Book Chapters

1. Lee, J.-H.*., in press. Stromatolites. In: Encyclopedia of Geology (2nd edition). Elias, S., Alderton, D. (eds.), Elsevier.


Peer-reviewed journal articles (corresponding author: *)

  1. Lee, J.-H., Cho, S.H., Jung, D.Y., Choh, S.-J.*, Lee, D.-J., 2021. Ribbon rocks revisited: the upper Cambrian (Furongian) Hwajeol Formation, Taebaek Group, Korea. Facies, v. 67. 19.
  2. Phạm, H.D., Hong, J., Lee, J.-H.*, 2021. Keratose sponge–microbial consortia in stromatolite-like columns and thrombolite-like mounds of the Lower Ordovician (Tremadocian) Mungok Formation, Yeongwol, Korea. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 572, 110409.
  3. Lee, J.-H.*, Lee, D.-J., 2021. Mid–Late Ordovician tetradiid-calcimicrobial-cement reef: a new, peculiar reef-building consortium recording global cooling. Global and Planetary Change, v. 200, 103462.
  4. Park, J., Lee, J.-H., Liang, K., Choh, S.-J.*, 2021. Facies analysis of the Upper Ordovician Xiazhen Formation, southeast China: Implications for carbonate platform development in South China prior to the onset of the Hirnantian glaciation. Facies, v. 67, 18.
  5. Lee, J.-H.*, Riding, R., 2021. Keratolite–stromatolite consortia mimic domical and branched columnar stromatolites. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 571, 110288.
  6. Lee, J.-H.*, Riding, R., 2021. The classic stromatolite Cryptozoön is a keratose sponge-microbial consortium. Geobiology, v. 19, 189–198.
  7. Lee, J.-H.*, 2020. Preliminary research on so-called “Mungokri stromatolite”, Natural Monument No. 413 of South Korea: possibility of abiotic origin. Journal of the Geological Society of Korea, v. 56, 365–373 (in Korean with English abstract).
  8. Lee, J.-H., Hong, J.*, 2019. Sedimentological and paleoecological implications of keratose-like sponges in geologic record. Journal of the Geological Society of Korea, v. 55, 735–748 (in Korean with English abstract).
  9. Kim, H.S.*, Choh, S.-J., Lee, J.-H., Kim, S.J., 2019. Sediment grain size does matter: Implications of spatiotemporal variations in detrital zircon provenance for early Paleozoic peri-Gondwana reconstructions. International Journal of Earth Sciences, v. 108, 1509–1526.
  10. Lee, J.-H.*, Dattilo, B.F., Mrozek, S., Miller, J.F., Riding, R., 2019. Lithistid sponge-microbial reefs, Nevada, USA: filling the late Cambrian ‘reef gap’. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 520, 251–262.
  11. Lee, J.-H., Chough, S.K., Jo, H.R.*, 2019. Development of a streamflow-dominated alluvial-fan system in the southwestern margin of Gyeongsang Basin (Lower Cretaceous): implications for initial basin-fill history. Geosciences Journal, v. 23, 189–200.
  12. Riding, R.*, Liang, L., Lee, J.-H., Virgone, A., 2019. Influence of dissolved oxygen on secular patterns of marine microbial carbonate abundance during the past 490 Myr. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 514, 135–143.
  13. Lee, J.-H.*, Riding, R., 2018. Marine oxygenation, lithistid sponges, and the early history of Paleozoic skeletal reefs. Earth-Science Reviews, v. 181, 98–121.
  14. Hong, J., Oh, J.-R., Lee, J.-H., Choh, S.-J.*, Lee, D.-J., 2018. The earliest link of metazoan bioconstruction: laminar stromatoporoid–bryozoan reefs from the Middle Ordovician of Korea. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 492, 126–133.
  15. Lee, J.-H., Choh, S.-J.*, Lee, D.-J., 2018. Late Cambrian missing link in macroborer evolution preserved in intraclasts. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 489, 137–146.
  16. Lee, J.-H., Yoon, S.H.*, 2017. Review on the depositional environment and stratigraphy of Chinese shale gas-bearing succession (Songliao Basin) and their implication on lacustrine shale gas-bearing successions. Journal of the Geological Society of Korea, v. 53, 845–862 (in Korean with English abstract).
  17. Lee, D.-C., Choh, S.-J.*, Lee, D.-J., Ree, J.-H., Lee, J.-H., Lee, S.-b., 2017. Where art thou “the great hiatus?” – Review of Late Ordovician to Devonian fossil-bearing strata in the Korean Peninsula and their tectonostratigraphic implication. Geosciences Journal, v. 21, 913–931.
  18. Lee, J.-H., Lee, S.-b.*, 2017. Depositional history, tectonics, and provenance of the Cambrian-Ordovician boundary interval in the western margin of the North China block: Comment. GSA Bulletin, v. 129, 1019–1021.
  19. Park, J., Hong, J., Lee, J.-H., Choh, S.-J.*, Lee, D.-J., 2017b. Early labechiid stromatoporoids of the Yeongheung Formation (Middle Ordovician), Yeongwol Group, mideastern Korean Peninsula: Part I. Environmental distribution. Geosciences Journal, v. 21, 317–329.
  20. Park, J., Lee, J.-H., Hong, J., Choh, S.-J.*, Lee, D.-C., Lee, D.-J., 2017a. Crouching shells, hidden sponges: unusual Late Ordovician cavities containing sponges. Sedimentary Geology, v. 347, 1–9.
  21. Lee, J.-H., Kim, B.-J., Liang, K., Park, T.-Y., Choh, S.-J., Lee, D.-J., Woo, J.*, 2016e. Cambrian reefs in the western North China Platform (Wuhai, Inner Mongolia). Acta Geologica Sinica, v. 90, 1946–1954.
  22. Lee, J.-H.*, Riding, R., 2016. Xianella: a new mat-forming calcified cyanobacterium from the Middle–Late Ordovician of North China. Papers in Palaeontology, v. 2, 439–449.
  23. Lee, J.-H., Choh, S.-J., Hong, J., Lee, D.-J., Woo, J.*, Riding, R., 2016. Early recovery of sponge framework reefs after Cambrian archaeocyath extinction: Zhangxia Formation (early Cambrian Series 3), Shandong, North China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 457, 269–276.
  24. Lee, J.-H., Hong, J., Lee, D.-J., Choh, S.-J.*, 2016. A new Middle Ordovician bivalve–siliceous sponge–microbe reef-building consortium from North China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 457, 23–30.
  25. Hong, J., Lee, J.-H., Choh, S.-J.*, Lee, D.-J., 2016. Cambrian Series 3 carbonate platform of Korea dominated by microbial-sponge reefs. Sedimentary Geology, v. 341, 58–69.
  26. Lee, J.-H., Hong, J., Woo, J., Oh, J.-R., Lee, D.-J., Choh, S.-J.*, 2016. Reefs in the Early Paleozoic Taebaek Group, Korea: a review. Acta Geologica Sinica, v. 90, 352–367.
  27. Lee, J.-H., Woo, J.*, Lee, D.-J., 2016. The earliest reef-building anthaspidellid sponge Rankenella zhangxianensis sp. from the Zhangxia Formation (Cambrian Series 3), Shandong Province, China. Journal of Paleontology, v. 90, 1–9.
  28. Lee, J.-H.*, 2015. A review on microbialites: in Korean perspective. Journal of the Petrological Society of Korea, v. 24, 291–305 (in Korean with English abstract).
  29. Sohn, Y.K.*, Yoon, W.S., Ahn, U.S., Kim, G.B., Lee, J.-H., Ryu, C.K., Jeon, Y.M., Kang, C.H., 2015. Stratigraphy and age of the human footprints-bearing strata in Jeju Island, Korea: Controversies and new findings. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, v. 4, 264–275.
  30. Lee, J.-H., Chen, J., Woo, J.*, 2015b. The earliest Phanerozoic carbonate hardground (Cambrian Stage 5, Series 3): Implications to the paleoseawater chemistry and early adaptation of hardground fauna. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 440, 172–179.
  31. Choi, Y.-M., Choh, S.-J., Lee, J.-H., Lee, D.-C., Lee, J.-G., Kwon, Y.-K., Cao, L., Lee, D.-J.*, 2015. Devonian strata in Imjingang Belt of the central Korean Peninsula: Imjin System. Journal of the Petrological Society of Korea, v. 24, 64–82 (in Korean with English abstract).
  32. Lee, J.-H.*, Chen, J., Chough, S.K., 2015a. The middle–late Cambrian reef transition and related geological events: a review and new view. Earth-Science Reviews, v. 145, 66–84.
  33. Park, J., Lee, J.-H., Hong, J., Choh, S.-J.*, Lee, D.-C., Lee, D.-J., 2015. An Upper Ordovician sponge-bearing micritic limestone and implication for early Palaeozoic carbonate successions. Sedimentary Geology, v. 319, 124–133.
  34. Chen, J., Lee, J.-H.*, Woo, J., 2014. Formative mechanisms, depositional processes, and geological implications of Furongian (late Cambrian) reefs in the North China Platform. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 414, 246–259.
  35. Lee, J.-H., Lee, H.S., Chen, J., Woo, J., Chough, S.K.*, 2014b. Calcified microbial reefs in the Cambrian Series 2 of the North China Platform: implications for the evolution of Cambrian calcified microbes. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 403, 30–42.
  36. Chen, J.*, Lee, J.-H., 2014. Current Progress in the Study of Microbialites and Microbial Carbonates. Acta Geologica Sinica, v. 88, 260–275.
  37. Lee, J.-H., Chen, J., Choh, S.-J., Lee, D.-J., Han, Z., Chough, S.K.*, 2014a. Furongian (late Cambrian) sponge-microbial maze-like reefs in the North China Platform. Palaios, v. 29, 27–37.
  38. Chen, J., Chough, S.K.*, Lee, J.-H., Han, Z. 2012. Sequence-stratigraphic comparison of the upper Cambrian Series 3 to Furongian succession between the Shandong region, China and the Taebaek area, Korea: high variability of bounding surfaces in an epeiric platform. Geosciences Journal, v. 16, 357–379.
  39. Lee, J.-H., Chen, J.*, Chough, S.K., 2012. Demise of an extensive biostromal microbialite in the Furongian (late Cambrian) Chaomidian Formation, Shandong Province, China. Geosciences Journal, v. 16, 275–287.
  40. Chen, J., Chough, S.K.*, Han, Z.Z., Lee, J.-H., 2011. An extensive erosion surface of a strongly deformed limestone bed in the Gushan and Chaomidian formations (late Middle Cambrian to Furongian), Shandong Province, China: Sequence–stratigraphic implications. Sedimentary Geology, v. 233, 129–149.
  41. Lee, J.-H., Chen, J., Chough, S.K.*, 2010. Paleoenvironmental implications of an extensive maceriate microbialite bed in the Furongian Chaomidian Formation, Shandong Province, China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 297, 621–632.