Xiangli (Shaun) Wang, Ph.D.

Xiangli (Shaun) Wang, Ph.D.

Senior Marine Scientist I

2018 – present, Assistant Professor, University of South Alabama 2018 – present, Senior Marine Scientist, Dauphin Island Sea Lab 2014 – 2017, Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University 2009 – 2013, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2005 – 2009, B.S., China University of Geosciences (Wuhan)


Wang received his Ph.D. in Geochemistry from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Alabama, and a Senior Marine Scientist I at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

Courses taught:
Geological Oceanography (Graduate)

Visit the Isotope Geochemistry Lab webpage

Research Interest


  • Isotope geochemistry
  • Trace metals
  • Redox proxy


  • Geochemical tracers to reconstruct evolution of seawater chemistry
  • Trace metal biogeochemical cycling in coastal area
  • Isotope fractionation mechanisms
  • Tracking metal contamination in near-surface environments



  • 2020

    Pickering, R.A., L. Cassarino, K.R. Hendry, X.L. Wang, K. Maiti, J.W. Krause. Using Stable Isotopes to Disentangle Marine Sedimentary Signals in Reactive Silicon Pools. Geophysical Research Letters. 47, e2020GL087877. doi: 10.1029/2020GL087877.

  • 2019

    Colwyn D.A., Sheldon N., Maynard J.B., Gaines R., Hofmann A., Wang X.L., Gueguen B., Asael D., Reinhard C.T., Planavsky N.J. . A paleosol record of the evolution of Cr redox cycling and evidence for an increase in atmospheric oxygen during the Neoproterozoic. Geobiology. Vol. 17. p. 579-593.

  • A.M. Gothmann, J.A. Higgins, J.F. Adkins, W.S. Broecker, K.A. Farley, R. McKeon, N.J. Planavsky, J. Stolarski, X.L. Wang, M.L. Bender. Uranium geochemistry of well preserved aragonitic fossil corals. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2019.01.039.

  • Wang X.L.*, Glass J.B., Reinhard C.T., Planavsky N.J.. Chromium isotope fractionation across the Eastern Tropical North Pacific Oxygen Minimum Zone. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems. doi.org/10.1029/2018GC007883.

  • Sun Z.Y., Wang X.L.*, Planavsky N.J.. Chromium isotope systematics in the estuary of Connecticut River. Chemical Geology. 506:29-39. doi.org/10.1016/j.chemgeo.2018.12.034.

  • Sun M.Z., Wu W.H., Ji X., Wang X.L., Qu S.Y.. Silicate weathering rate and its controlling factors: A study from small granitic watersheds in the Juihua Mountains. Chemical Geology. 504:253-266. doi.org/10.1016/j.chemgeo.2018.11.019.

  • Jiang L., Planavsky N.J., Zhao M.Y., Wang X.L. . An authigenic origin for a massive negative carbon isotope excursion. Geology. 47:115-118. doi .org /10 .1130 /G45709 .1.

  • Wu, G.L., Zhu J.M., Wang, X.L., Johnson, T.M., Han, G.L.. High-sensitivity measurement of Cr isotopes by double spike MC-ICP-MS at the 10 ng level. Analytical Chemistry. doi.org/10.1021/acs.analchem.9b04704. In Press.

  • Roseburrough, R. R. and Wang X.L.. Chromium Distribution in Water and Sediments in the Mobile River and Bay, Alabama. Gulf and Caribbean Research. Vol. 30, p. SC33-SC37.

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