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Xingchen (Tony) Wang, Biogeochemistry


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.