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Dr. Yige Zhang
Yige Zhang
(979) 845 7132
O&M 517A

517A, O&M Building
3146 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843


Ph.D. Yale University, 2014

M.Phil. Yale University, 2012

M.S. University of Georgia, 2009

B.S. Nanjing University, 2007


Philip Orville Prize, Yale University, 2015

Karl Turekian Prize, Yale University, 2014

Ziff Environmental Fellowship, Harvard University, 2014-2016

Outstanding Overseas Grad Student, Chinese Scholarship Council, 2014

Schalnger Fellowship, U.S. Science Support Program for Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, 2012-2014


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Yige Zhang

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

  • Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology: Cenozoic climate change; greenhouse gases; Earth System climate sensitivity; tropical Pacific ocean/atmosphere dynamics
  • Geochemistry: organic geochemistry; stable isotope geochemistry (clumped isotopes; compound-specific isotopes); global biogeochemical cycles
  • Geomicrobiology and Biogeochemistry: Archaea evolution

I'm a geochemist interested in understanding how the Earth evolved chemically, and using various geochemical tools to study climate change and the global biogeochemical cyles of the geological past.

My group reconstructs Cenozoic ocean temperature evolution to constrain regional climate, global climate and the Earth System climate sensitivity. We also evaluate past atmospheric CO2 levels on various timescales using biomarkers and their stable isotopes.  

Selected Publications

  • Zhang, Y.G., Pagani, M., Henderiks, J., and Ren, H., 2016: A long history of equatorial upwelling in the Pacific Ocean: in review.
  • Pearson, A., Hurley, S.J., Shah Walter, S.R., Kusch, S., Lichtin, S., and Zhang, Y.G., 2016: Stable carbon isotope ratios of intact GDGTs indicate heterogeneous sources to marine sediments. Geochimi. Cosmochimi. Acta, 181, 18-35. [pdf]
  • Zhang, Y.G., Pagani, M., and Wang, Z., 2016: Ring Index: A new strategy to evaluate the integrity of TEX86 paleothermometry: Paleoceanography, 31, 220-232. [pdf] 
  • Da, J.W., Zhang, Y.G., Wang, H.T., Balsam, W., and Ji, J.F., 2015: An early Pleistocene atmospheric CO2 record based on pedogenic carbonate from the Chinese loess deposits: Earth  Planet. Sci. Lett., 426, 69-75. [pdf]
  • Zhang, Y.G., Pagani, M., and Liu, Z., 2014: Response to comment on “A 12-million-year temperature history of the tropical Pacific Ocean”: Science, 346, 1467-b. [pdf] [Comment by Ravelo et al.]
  • Zhang, Y.G., Pagani, M., and Liu, Z., 2014: A 12-million-year temperature history of the tropical Pacific Ocean: Science, 343, 84-86. [pdf] [Perspectives by Lea]
  • Kluge, T., Affek, H., Zhang, Y.G., Dublyansky, Y., Spötl, C., Immenhauser, A., and Richter, D.K., 2014: Clumped isotope thermometry of cryogenic cave carbonates: Geochimi. Cosmochimi. Acta, 126, 541-554. [pdf]
  • Schouten, S. et al., (69 coauthors including Zhang, Y.G.), 2013: An interlaboratory study of TEX86 and BIT analysis of sediments, extracts and standard mixtures, Geophys. Geochem. Geosyst., 14, 5263-5285. [pdf]
  • Zhang, Y.G., Pagani, M., Liu, Z., Bohaty, S., and DeConto, R., 2013: A 40-million-year history of atmospheric CO2Phil. Trans. Royal. Soc. A, 371, 20130096. [pdf]
  • Zhang, Y.G., Zhang, C.L., Liu, X.-L., Li, L., Hinrichs, K.-U., and Noakes, J.E., 2011: Methane Index: A tetraether archaeal lipid biomarker indicator for detecting the instability of marine gas hydrates: Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 307, 525-534. [pdf]
  • Boyd, E.S., Pearson, A., Pi, Y.D., Li, W.-J., Zhang, Y.G., He, L., Zhang, C.L., and Geesey, G.G., 2011: Temperature and pH controls on glycerol dibiphytanyl glycerol tetraether lipid composition in the hyperthermophilic crenarchaeote Acidilobus sulfurireducensExtremophiles, 15, 59-65. [pdf]
  • Zhang, Y.G., Ji, J.F., Balsam, W.L., Liu, L.W. and Chen J., 2009: Mid-Pliocene Asian monsoon intensification and the onset of Northern Hemisphere glaciation: Geology, 37, 599-602. [pdf]
  •  Zhang Y.G., Ji, J.F., Balsam, W.L. Liu, L.W. and Chen, J., 2007: High-resolution hematite and goethite record from ODP 1143, South China Sea: Co-evolution of monsoonal precipitation and El Niño over the last 600,000 years: Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 264, 136-150. [pdf]
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