Shuang Zhang

Shuang Zhang

Assistant Professor (beginning 2021)

Department of Oceanography at Texas A&M University

I am starting a tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Oceanography at Texas A&M University (located in College Station, Texas USA) in Jan, 2021.

I am an interdisciplinary geochemist, modeler and data scientist. My research broadly uses data-driven and model-driven approaches to quantify the patterns of element flux and isotope behavior involved in the global carbon and biogeochemical cycles, especially under periods of climatic perturbations.

Extensive data mining, data assimilation, large-scale spatial-temporal statistical analysis, and machine learning are frequently used by my research group. We believe geo-statistics and machine learning could reveal the intrinsic patterns of nature’s processes that are sometimes extremely difficult to be captured by classical physical process models. With that being said, in areas where data is extremely limited or data-driven approaches are not suitable, numerical modeling (e.g., modeling the global carbon cycle) also serves as a critical tool in our research.

I am currently recruiting MS and PhD students. Interested students should check our departmental website for the admission requirements. I strongly encourage prospective students to reach out to me by email to learn more about opportunities in my research group.

Interests

  • Global carbon cycle
  • Climate change
  • Numerical modeling
  • Data Science

Education

  • Ph.D. in Geochemistry, 2017

    Yale University

  • B.S. in Geology, 2011

    Peking University

Publications

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(2020). The role of calcium in regulating marine phosphorus burial and atmospheric oxygenation. Nature Communications.

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(2020). Evolution of the Global Carbon Cycle and Climate Regulation on Earth. Global Biogeochemical Cycles.

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(2019). Rapid ocean acidification and protracted Earth system recovery followed the end-Cretaceous Chicxulub impact. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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(2019). Controlling Mechanisms for Molybdenum Isotope Fractionation in Porphyry Deposits: The Qulong Example. Economic Geology.

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(2019). Monte Carlo sampling for error propagation in linear regression and applications in isochron geochronology. Science Bulletin.

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(2018). Stepwise oxygenation of the Paleozoic atmosphere. Nature Communications.

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(2018). Degassing of organic carbon during regional metamorphism of pelites, Wepawaug Schist, Connecticut, USA. Chemical Geology.

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(2018). Model based Paleozoic atmospheric oxygen estimates: a revisit to GEOCARBSULF. American Journal of Science.

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(2017). A new estimate of detrital redox-sensitive metal concentrations and variability in fluxes to marine sediments. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta.

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(2017). Investigating controls on boron isotope ratios in shallow marine carbonates. Earth and Planetary Science Letters.

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(2016). No evidence for high atmospheric oxygen levels 1,400 million years ago. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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