Xingchen Tony Wang
I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Princeton University. I received a B.S. in Geochemistry from Nanjing University in June 2010 and a Ph.D. in Geosciences from Princeton University in April 2016. My research is focused on the cycling of nitrogen and carbon in the modern and ancient oceans, by developing and applying a novel geochemical proxy: nitrogen isotopes in fossil biogenic minerals (e.g. corals). I was a Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Fellow of the Graduate School at Princeton University, a Schlanger Fellow of Consortium for Ocean Leadership, and a member of Princeton Energy and Climate Scholars.
Global Nitrogen and Carbon Cycle
Paleoceanography and Paleoclimate
Stable Isotope Geochemistry
Nitrogen Cycle in Coral Reef Environments
Frankowiak, K., X. T. Wang, D. M. Sigman, A. M. Gothmann, M. V. Kitahara, M. Mazur, A. Meibom, and J. Stolarski, Photosymbiosis and the expansion of shallow-water corals. Science Advances, in press.
Wang, X. T., D. M. Sigman, A. L. Cohen, D. J. Sinclair, R. M. Sherrell, K. M. Cobb, D. V. Erler, J. Stolarski, M. V. Kitahara and H. Ren, Influence of open ocean nitrogen supply on the skeletal d15N of modern shallow-water scleractinian corals. Earth and Planetary Science Letter (2016). doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2016.02.032
Erler, D.V., X. T. Wang, D. M. Sigman, S. R. Scheffers, A. Martinez-Garcia, and G. H. Haug, Nitrogen isotopic composition of organic matter from a 168 year-old coral skeleton: Implications for coastal nutrient cycling in the Great Barrier Reef Lagoon. Earth and Planetary Science Letter (2016). doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2015.11.023
Li G., X. T. Wang, Z. Yang, A. J. West, C. Mao and J. Ji, Dam-triggered organic carbon sequestration makes the Changjiang (Yangtze) river basin (China) a significant carbon sink. Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences (2015). doi :10.1002/2014JG002646
In the news:
Erler, D.V., X. T. Wang, D. M. Sigman, S. R. Scheffers and B. O. Shepherd, Controls on the nitrogen isotopic composition of shallow water corals across a tropical reef flat transect. Coral Reefs (2015). doi: 10.1007/s00338-014-1215-5
Wang, X. T., D. M. Sigman, A. L. Cohen, D. J. Sinclair, R. M. Sherrell, M. A. Weigand, D. V. Erler and H. Ren, Isotopic composition of skeleton-bound organic nitrogen in reef-building symbiotic corals: A new method and proxy evaluation at Bermuda. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta (2015). doi:10.1016/j.gca.2014.09.017
Wang, X. T., M. G. Prokopenko, D. M. Sigman, J. F. Adkins, L. F. Robinson, H. Ren, S. Oleynik, B. Williams and G. H. Haug, Isotopic composition of carbonate-bound organic nitrogen in deep-sea scleractinian corals: A new window into past biogeochemical change. Earth and Planetary Science Letters (2014). doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2014.05.048
Fusion Energy via Magnetic Confinement: An Energy Technology Distillate. Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University (2016). Website