Postdoctoral Associate

phone (617) 253 8875
email xcui@mit.edu

Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
E25-637, 45 Carleton Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
USA

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Bio

2017-present –Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT

2013-2016 – Ph.D., Department of Geological Sciences, University of Florida

2012-2013 – Ph.D., Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University (transferred out)

2011-2012 – M.S., College of Marine Geosciences, Ocean University of China

2007-2011 – B.A., College of Marine Geosciences, Ocean University of China

Research

My research focuses on how biological markers could preserve information on microbial evolution/emergence and environmental shifts over geological time scales. One of my research focus is to use biomarker to better constrain the first appearance of eukaryotes and further compare with fossil records during Mesoproterozoic era. My another interests is to use biomarker and bulk techniques to better understand the evolution of South Atlantic rifts and sag basins during earth Cretaceous era.

Select Publications

Google Scholar Citations

X. Cui, T.S. Bianchi, C. Savage. 2017. Erosion of Modern Terrestrial Organic Carbon as a Major Source of Fjord Sediments, Geophysical Research Letters, 44: 1457-1465, doi: 10.1002/2016GL072260.

X. Cui, T.S. Bianchi, R. Smith, J.M. Jaeger. 2016. Biospheric and Petrogenic Organic Carbon Flux along Southeast Alaska. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 452: 238-246, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2016.08.002.

X. Cui, T. S. Bianchi, C. Savage, R. Smith. 2016. Organic Carbon Burial in Fjords: Terrestrial versus Marine Inputs. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 451: 41-50, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2016.07.003.

X. Cui, T.S. Bianchi, J. Hucthings, C. Savage, J. Curtis. 2016. Partitioning of Organic Carbon among Density Fractions in Surface Sediments of Fiordland, New Zealand. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 121: 1016-1031,doi:10.1002/2015JG003225.