postdoctoral researcher

Biogeochemistry and Nutrients; Chemical Tracers; DOM and Trace Metals; Marine Geology & Sedimentology; Ocean Change: Acidification and Hypoxia; Past; Present and Future Climate

Current role in the field of ocean sciences: Post-doc

Area(s) of expertise within ocean sciences: I am currently a post-doctoral researcher in the University of Louisiana at Lafayette School of Geosciences. I obtained a PhD with dual titles in Geosciences and Biogeochemistry from the Pennsylvania State University in 2014. My interdisciplinary background is in Biogeochemistry, Mathematical Modeling, Organic Geochemistry and Paleoclimatology.

My doctoral research focused on the causes and consequences of the end-Permian mass extinction event that occurred ~ 250 million years ago. The study of extinction events is thought to be pertinent to the fate of human life as the 6th mass extinction event is on the way. While no single dissertation could adequately address such a debated topic, the four biogeochemical/climatic studies presented in my dissertation represent important contributions to our understanding of the potential causes of the end-Permian extinction event and its implications to the future climate change because of the rapidly rising atmospheric CO2 levels. The first study reviewing the current knowledge of the end-Permian climate change has been published in Earth-Science Reviews. The second study has been published in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology and quantifies the pace of CO2 release from a variety of potential sources using an Earth system model of intermediate complexity. The third study is currently published as a book chapter in Volcanism and Global Environmental Change by the Cambridge University Press and further quantifies the extent of ocean acidification on the basis of the second study. The final study is currently in press at Global and Planetary Change and analyzes the carbon cycle perturbation on land and its relationship with the depositional environment.

Interest in becoming a mentor: I have a passion about teaching and mentoring students. As a graduate teaching assistant, I helped teaching the laboratory session of The Sea around Us and was a guest lecturer of Geochemistry and Landscape Evolution in a small lecture setting. It is my sincere desire that the mentoring experience will help me refine learning objectives and gain new inspiration for student-centered learning.

Languages spoken, in addition to English: Chinese

Highest Degree Earned: Doctorate

Career Stage: Early