I'm a paleoclimatologist/paleoceanographer interested in using geochemistry, geochemical and climate modeling as tools to study past changes in climate and global biogeochemical cycles, with the goal of learning lessons for our future. We run an organic geochemistry lab equipped with gas chromatography, liquid chromatography and isotope ratio mass spectrometry that are specialized at measuring the composition and stable isotopes of lipid biomarkers or "molecular fossils".

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Academic Articles37
  • Li, Z., Zhang, Y. G., Torres, M., & Mills, B. (2023). Neogene burial of organic carbon in the global ocean.. Nature. 613(7942), 90-95.
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  • Judd, E. J., Tierney, J. E., Huber, B. T., Wing, S. L., Lunt, D. J., Ford, H. L., ... Zhang, Y. G. (2022). The PhanSST global database of Phanerozoic sea surface temperature proxy data.. Sci Data. 9(1), 753.
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  • Rattanasriampaipong, R., Zhang, Y. G., Pearson, A., Hedlund, B. P., & Zhang, S. (2022). Archaeal lipids trace ecology and evolution of marine ammonia-oxidizing archaea.. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 119(31), e2123193119.
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  • Liang, J., Leng, Q., Hofig, D. F., Niu, G., Wang, L. i., Royer, D. L., ... Yang, H. (2022). Constraining conifer physiological parameters in leaf gas-exchange models for ancient CO2 reconstruction. GLOBAL AND PLANETARY CHANGE. 209, 103737-103737.
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  • Liang, J., Leng, Q., Xiao, L., Hfig, D. F., Royer, D. L., Zhang, Y. G., & Yang, H. (2022). Early Miocene redwood fossils from Inner Mongolia: CO2 reconstructions and paleoclimate effects of a low Mongolian plateau. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology. 305, 104743-104743.
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  • Zhang, Y. G. (2018). Compound-Specific Isotope Analysis. ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GEOCHEMISTRY: A COMPREHENSIVE REFERENCE SOURCE ON THE CHEMISTRY OF THE EARTH. 300-302. Springer Nature.
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  • Zhang, Y. G. (2017). Compound-Specific Isotope Analysis. Encyclopedia of Engineering Geology. 1-4. Springer Nature.
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Texas A&M University; Oceanography; 3146 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3146