Xianfeng Wang seeks to understand how hydro-climate changes in the tropics during late Pleistocene and Holocene relate to those in other parts of the world, if they are connected at all, and how tropical climate changes influence human society or vice versa. To achieve this, he and his team work with both terrestrial and marine sediment samples from the tropics, including speleothems and corals. Sample ages are typically determined by high precision radiometric dating techniques, while their stable isotopic compositions and elemental ratios are often applied for semi-quantitative climate assessments and correlations. Studies like this help pinpoint the much needed context for predicting future climate change.
His main research interests are:
- Quaternary paleoclimatology
- Radiogenic and stable isotope geochemistry
- Karst geomorphology
- Organic geochemistry
Geochemistry, Climate and Climate Change, Earth System Science
- 2006 Ph.D. Geology (major), Quaternary Paleoecology (minor), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
- 1996 M.S. Geology, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China
- 1993, B.S. Geology, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China
- 2011-present Principal Investigator at the Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Assistant Professor at the Division of Earth Sciences, NTU
- 2009-2011 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
- 2007-2009 Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Minnesota
- 2006-2007 Research Specialist, University of Minnesota
- Journal Editorial Board Member: National Science Review by Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
- Member of the American Geophysical Union
- Member of the Geochemical Society
- ES7002 - Research skills in Earth System Science
ES7010 - Geochemistry
- 2009-2011 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, LDEO, Columbia University
- 2009 SynTrace Workshop invited participant
- 2006-2008 Gary Comer Science & Education Postodctoral Fellowship
- 2006 Berkely Geochronology Center Postdoctoral Fellowship (declined)
Earthquake supercycles on the Mentawai segment of the Sunda megathrust in the seventeenth century and earlier. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth. (2017).
The control of the tropical North Atlantic on Holocene millennial climate oscillations. Geology. 45(4), 303-306. (2017).
Hydroclimate changes across the Amazon lowlands over the past 45,000 years. Nature. 541, 204-207. (2017).
Mercury isotopes of atmospheric particle bound mercury for source apportionment study in urban Kolkata, India. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene. 4, (2016).
The Asian monsoon over the past 640,000 years and ice age terminations. Nature. 534, 640-658. (2016).
Sequestration of carbon in the deep Atlantic during the last glaciation. Nature Geoscience. 9, 319-324. (2016).
High-resolution Holocene South American monsoon history recorded by a speleothem from Botuverá Cave, Brazil. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 450, 186-196. (2016).
Anthropogenic platinum group element (Pt, Pd, Rh) concentrations in PM10 and PM2. 5 from Kolkata, India. SpringerPlus. 5, (2016).
Improvements in 230Th dating, 230Th and 234U half-life values, and U-Th isotopic measurements by multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 371‚Äì372, 82-91. (2013).
Variation of initial 230Th/232Th and limits of high precision U–Th dating of shallow-water corals. Geochimica et Cosmochimica. 72, 4021-4223. (2008).