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Xingchen (Tony) Wang, Biogeochemistry

Xingchen (Tony) Wang

Website: http://www.princeton.edu/geosciences/people/display_person.xml?netid=xingchen&display=All

Xingchen’s research focuses on using nitrogen isotopes to study how the marine nitrogen reservoir has changed in the past ice ages and its relationship with atmospheric CO2; and the nitrogen cycle on modern coral reef ecosystems. Particularly, using state-of-the-art analytical technique, he “reads” the information written in the fossil skeletons of corals (both reef-building corals and deep-ocean corals), which tell us how the ocean nutrient status has changed over glacial-interglacial cycles. He also conducts field studies on modern Bermuda coral reefs, exploring how human activities have changed the symbiotic relationship between coral hosts and their symbionts.