Shuang Zhang

KGL 318, 210 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511, USA · · Web:


  • Ph.D. Candidate, Geochemistry, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA (May 2017—expected)
    • Projects: Modeling carbon cycle over Cenozoic; Reconstructing atmospheric pCO2 during MECO using boron isotope-pH proxy; Modeling thermodynamics and kinetics of mineral carbonation; Investigating degassing of organic carbon during regional metamorphism of pelites
  • B.S., Geology, Peking University, Beijing, China (Jun 2011)
    • GPA: 3.80/4.00 (rank 1/108 in School of Earth and Space Sciences)
    • Project: Petrologic characteristics and genesis of granitic veins in TTG gneiss from Hengshan Complex in Shanxi Province, China

Research Experience

★ Publications

Published or In Press

  • Zhang, S., Henehan, M., Hull, P., Reid, R., Hardisty, D., Hood, A., Planavsky, N. 2016. Investigating controls on boron isotope ratios in shallow marine carbonates. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. DOI:10.1016/j.epsl.2016.10.059. [Link // PDF]
  • Planavsky, N., Cole, D., Reinhard, C., Diamond, C., Love, G., Luo, G., Zhang, S.., Konhauser, K., Lyons, T. 2016. No evidence for high atmospheric oxygen levels 1,400 million years ago. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1601925113. [Link // PDF]

In Review

  • Cole, D., Zhang, S and Planavsky, N. 2017. A new estimate of detrital redox-sensitive metal concentrations and variability in marine sediments. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta.

In Preparation

  • Zhang, S and Planavsky, N. A case study on the feedback of silicate weathering from 55 to 35 Ma.
  • Zhang, S and Ague, J. Degassing of organic carbon during regional metamorphism of pelites, Wepawaug Schist, Connecticut, USA.

★ Selected Meeting Abstracts

  • Zhang, S., Henehan, M., Hull, P., Reid, R., Hardisty, D., Hood, A., Planavsky, N. Do boron isotopes in shallow marine carbonate record marine pH? (Oral) Goldschmidt, Yokohama, Japan (Jun 2016)
  • Zhang, S., Wang, Z., Qiu, L., Karato, S., Johnson, K. T., Ague, J., Oristaglio, M. L., Bolton, E. W., Bercovici, D. Experimental study of the reaction kinetics between CO2-bearing solution and picrite cubes. AGU Fall Conference, California, CA, USA (Dec 2013)


Full-stack web developer of United Nations Global Compact (Nov 2014–Feb 2015)

  • Designed and developed, a fully responsive website
  • Customized the WordPress theme based on modern workflows including automation via gulp, version control via Git and CSS implementation using SASS
  • Added membership module via PHP and MySQL

Teaching Experience

  • G&G 275 Renewable Energy (S2016);
  • G&G 275 Renewable Energy (S2015);
  • ENAS 747 Applied Numerical Methods I (F2014);
  • G&G 274 Fossil Fuels & Energy Transitions (F2013);
  • G&G 100 Natural Disasters (F2011)


  • Computer language and software: Python, MATLAB, R, EQ3/6, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, MS Office
  • Lab: MC-ICP-MS, Element XR ICP-MS, SEM, XRD, Raman, BET
  • Web design: Proficient in HTML5, SASS/CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, WordPress, Responsive Web Design; Intermediate in PHP and MySQL

Honors and Awards

  • Conference Travel Fellowship (2016)
  • William E. Ford Memorial Fellowship (2014–2016)
  • YIBS funding (2013–2014)
  • Yale University Fellowship (2011–2014)
  • Outstanding undergraduate of Peking University (2011)
  • Starlight International Scholarship (2009–2010)
  • 3rd Prize in Beijing Regional Physics Contest (2008–2009)
  • Starlight International Scholarship (2008–2009)
  • Tung OOCL Scholarship (2007–2008)
  • Canon Special Scholarship (2006–2007)

Extra-curricular Activities

  • Member of Photography Club in Association of Chinese Students and Scholars at Yale: 2nd prize in the 2nd annual Yale photography contest (2014–present)
  • Rhythm guitar player of the Wild Kids band: the most popular player in “the Voice of Yale” contest (2013–2015)
  • Deputy Leader: Young Volunteers Association of School of Earth and Space Sciences, Peking University (2007–2010)
  • Volunteer: Teaching Science at Ming Yuan Primary School in Beijing (2008–2009)