WANG Xianfeng


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
Professional Experience:
  • 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
Professional Activities:
  • Journal Editorial Board Member: National Science Review by Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Member of the American Geophysical Union
  • Member of the Geochemical Society
Courses Taught:
  • ES7002 - Research skills in Earth System Science
  • ES7010 - Geochemistry

Honours and Awards:
  • 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)