Zhengrong Wang

Associate Professor

Main Affiliation

Earth & Atmospheric Science

Areas of Expertise/Research

  • Isotopic Distribution of Natural Materials
  • Climate in the Past
  • Paleoclimate


MR 832



Zhengrong Wang


  • Post-doctoral fellow, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA.
  • Ph.D. Geochemistry, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California.
  • M.S. Geochemistry, University of Science and Technology of China.
  • B.S. Geochemistry, University of Science and Technology of China.

Courses Taught

  • Global Climate Change
  • Isotope Geochemistry
  • Seminar in Biomineralization
  • Mantle Dynamics and Geochemistry
  • Fluid-Rock Interaction

Research Interests

My principal research focus is to understand the chemical compositions of Earth's mantle, oceanic lithosphere and hydrosphere, and more importantly, the interactions among them over geologic time. My basic approach is to apply principles of stable isotope fractionation, and element partitioning along with various analytical (mostly inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometer or ICP-MS and isotope ratio mass spectrometer or IR-MS) and experimental techniques. My research topics cover both high- and low-temperature geochemistry, inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometer or ICP-MS and isotope ratio mass spectrometer or IR-MS) and experimental techniques. My research topics cover both high- and low-temperature geochemistry. 



  • Liu, C., Wang, Z., Raub, T.D., Macdonald, F.A., Evans, D.A., 2014. Neoproterozoic cap dolostone deposition in a stratified glacial meltwater plume. EPSL, 404, 22-32.
  • Saenger, C., Wang, Z., 2014. Magnesium isotope fractionation in biogenic and abiogenic carbonates: Implications for paleoenvironmental proxies. Quaternary Science Reviews, 90(0):1-21.
  • Salminen, J., Mertanen, S., Evans, D.A.D., Wang, Z., 2014. Paleomagnetic and geochemical studies of the Mesoproterozoic Satakunta dyke swarms, Finland, with implications for a Northern Europe – North America (NENA) connection within Nuna supercontinent. Precambrian Research, 244(0): 170-191.
  • Azmy, K., Lavoie, D., Wang, Z., Brand, U., Al-Aasm, I., Jackson, S., Girard, I., 2013. Magnesium-isotope and REE compositions of Lower Ordovician carbonates from eastern Laurentia: Implications for the origin of dolomites and limestones. Chemical Geology, 356, 64-75.
  • Saenger, C., Wang, Z., Gaetani, G., Cohen, A., Lough, J.M., 2013. The influence of temperature and vital effects on magnesium isotope variability in Porites and Astrangia corals. Chemical Geology 360–361, 105-117.
  • Liu, C., Wang, Z., Raub, T.D., 2013. Geochemical constraints on the origin of Marinoan cap dolostones from Nuccaleena Formation, South Australia. Chemical Geology 351, 95-104.
  • Wang, Z., Gaetani, G., Liu, C., Cohen, A., 2013b. Oxygen isotope fractionation between aragonite and seawater: developing a novel kinetic oxygen isotope fractionation model. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 117, 232-251.
  • Wang, Z., Hu, P., Gaetani, G., Liu, C., Saenger, C., Cohen, A., Hart, S., 2013a. Experimental calibration of Mg isotope fractionation between aragonite and seawater. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 102, 113-123.
  • McNamara, M.E., Briggs, D.E.G., Orr, P.J., Field, D.J., Wang, Z., 2013a. Experimental maturation of feathers: implications for reconstructions of fossil feather colour. Biology letters 9. No. 3 20130184
  • McNamara, M.E., Briggs, D.E.G., Orr, P.J., Gupta, N.S., Locatelli, E.R., Qiu, L., Yang, H., Wang, Z., Noh, H., Cao, H., 2013b. The fossil record of insect color illuminated by maturation experiments. Geology, DOI 10.1130/g33836.1
  • Gaetani, G.A., Cohen, A.L., Wang, Z., Crusius, J., 2011. Rayleigh-based, multi-element coral thermometry: A biomineralization approach to developing climate proxies. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 75, 1920-1932.
  • Wang, Z., Bucholz, C., Skinner, B., Shimizu, N., Eiler, J.M., 2011. Oxygen isotope constraints on the origin of high-Cr garnets from Kimberlites. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 312, 337-347.
  • Wang, Z., Eiler, J.M., Asimow, P.D., Garcia, M.O., Takahashi, E., 2010. Oxygen isotope constraints on the structure and evolution of the Hawaiian Plume. Am J Sci 310, 683-720.
  • Hart, S.R., Kurz, M.D., Wang, Z., 2008. Scale length of mantle heterogeneities: Constraints from helium diffusion. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 269, 507-516.
  • Wang, Z., Gaetani, G.A., 2008. Partitioning of Ni between olivine and siliceous eclogite partial melt: experimental constraints on the mantle source of Hawaiian basalts. Contrib. Mineral. Petrol. 156, 661-678.
  • Wang, Z., Eiler, J.A., 2008. Insights into the origin of low-δ18O basaltic magmas in Hawaii revealed from in situ measurements of oxygen isotope compositions of olivines. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 269, 376-386.
  • Courtier, A.M., Jackson, M.G., Lawrence, J.F., Wang, Z., Lee, C.T.A., Halama, R., Warren, J.M., Workman, R., Xu, W., Hirschmann, M.M., Larson, A.M., Hart, S.R., Lithgow-Bertelloni, C., Stixrude, L., Chen, W.P., 2007. Correlation of seismic and petrologic thermometers suggests deep thermal anomalies beneath hotspots. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 264, 308-316.
  • Xie, Z., Zheng, Y.F., Zhao, Z.F., Wu, Y.B., Wang, Z., Chen, J.F., Liu, X.M., Wu, F.Y., 2006. Mineral isotope evidence for the contemporaneous process of Mesozoic granite emplacement and gneiss metamorphism in the Dabie orogen. Chemical Geology 231, 214-235.
  • Wang, Z., Schauble, E.A., Eiler, J.M., 2004. Equilibrium thermodynamics of multiply-substituted isotopologues of molecular gases. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 68, 4779-4797.
  • Wang, Z., Kitchen, N.E., Eiler, J.M., 2003. Oxygen isotope geochemistry of the second HSDP core. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst. 4, 29.
  • Zheng, Y.F., Wang, Z., Li, S.G., Zhao, Z.F., 2002. Oxygen isotope equilibrium between eclogite minerals and its constraints on mineral Sm-Nd chronometer. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 66, 625-634.
  • Zheng, Y.F., Gong, B., Li, Y.L., Wang, Z., Fu, B., 2000. Carbon concentrations and isotopic ratios of eclogites from the Dabie and Sulu terranes in China. Chemical Geology 168, 291-305.
  • Fu, B., Zheng, Y.F., Wang, Z.R., Xiao, Y.L., Gong, B., Li, S.G., 1999. Oxygen and hydrogen isotope geochemistry of gneisses associated with ultrahigh pressure eclogites at Shuanghe in the Dabie Mountains. Contrib. Mineral. Petrol. 134, 52-66.
  • Zheng, Y., Fu, B., Gong, B., Wang, Z., 1998. Carbon isotope anomaly in marbles associated with eclogites from the Dabie Mountains in China. J. Geol. 106, 97-103.

Additional Information


  • Lead PI: NSF Award 0752492, Collaborative Research: Temperature Dependent Magnesium Isotope Fractionation in Marine Carbonates (March 1, 2008-Feb 28, 2011), total amount of reward: $77,106.
  • PI: NSF Award 0823567, Collaborative Research: Development and Application of a Rayleigh-Based Approach to Coral Thermometry (Sep 1, 2008-August 31, 2011), total amount of reward: $39,034.
  • Lead PI:YCEI Award, Experimental studies of thermodynamics, kinetics and mechanicsof carbonation of mafic/ultramafic rocks for CO2 storage (Oct 1, 2009-Oct 1, 2011), total amount of reward: $100,000.
  • Lead PI: DOE/NETL Award, Integrated experimental and modeling studies of mineral carbonation as a mechanism for permanent carbon sequestration in mafic/ultramafic rocks (Oct 1, 2010-March 31,2014), total amount of reward: $2,441,178