Yige Zhang

Yige Zhang

Associate Professor

Geological Oceanography: Past and future climate change; Organic and isotope geochemistry; Global biogeochemical cycles


  (979) 845-4978

  Eller O&M 517A


  • Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology: Cenozoic climate change; Greenhouse gases; Earth system climate sensitivity; Ocean temperature and temperature gradients; Ocean currents; Upwelling
  • Geochemistry: organic geochemistry; stable isotope geochemistry (compound-specific isotopes); global biogeochemical cycles
  • Geomicrobiology and Biogeochemistry: Archaea evolution

I am a paleoclimatologist/geochemist interested in studying the Earth’s past climate and biogeochemical cycle changes. These studies help us to better understand and manage our future. My primary research tools are organic/isotope geochemistry, aided by geochemical and climate models. We run an organic geochemistry lab equipped with gas chromatography, liquid chromatography and isotope ratio mass spectrometry that are specialized at measuring the composition and stable isotopes of lipid biomarkers or “molecular fossils”.

Selected Publications


Ph.D. Yale University, 2014

M.Phil. Yale University, 2012

B.S. Nanjing University, 2007


F.W. Clarke Medal, Geochemical Society, 2022

Philip Orville Prize, Yale University, 2015

Karl Turekian Prize, Yale University, 2014

Ziff Environmental Fellowship, Harvard University, 2014-2016

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

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