Postdoctoral Research


Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
E25-618, 45 Carleton Street
Cambridge, MA 02142



2021-Present–Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT
 –Visiting Ph.D. Student, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT
2015-Present – Ph.D. Candidate, Geology (Petroleum Geology), Peking University, Beijing, China
2011-2015 – Bachelor of Geology (Geology and Geophysics), China University of Geosciences, Beijing, China


I mainly focus on lacustrine records (lacustrine carbonate and mudstone) to reconstruct the paleoclimatic and environmental evolutions in the north of the Tibetan Plateau during the Cretaceous and Cenozoic periods. My research involves both organic and inorganic perspectives. During the warm Cretaceous period, the atmosphere shows relatively high content of CO2which is comparable to that during the Anthropocene period especially after the industrial revolution. However, several cooling events have led to an icehouse during the Cenozoic Era with the uplift of the Tibetan Plateau simultaneously. Here come two interests: 1) the relationship between the uplift of the Tibetan Plateau and the global cooling (especially during big events such as PETM, EECO, MECO, EOT, OMB, MMCO); 2) seeking what goanna happen in the future by mean of looking back to the warm Cretaceous period (deep time).  I trust that, the further backward we look, the further forward we can see!

Select Publications 

Ma, J., Wu, C., Wang, Y., Wang, J., Fang, Y., Zhu, W., Zhai, L. and Zhou, T. 2017. Paleoenvironmental reconstruction of saline lake in the Tertiary: Evidence from aragonite laminae in the northern Tibet Plateau. Sedimentary Geology. 353, 1-12.

Duan, Y., Wu, C., Zheng, X., Huang, Y. and Ma, J. 2018. Coherence based on spectral variance analysis. Geophysics. 83(3), 55-66.

Fang, Y., Wu, C., Wang, Y., Ma, J.and Zhou, T. 2016. Lower to Middle Jurassic shallow-water delta types in the southern Junggar Basin and implications for the tectonic and climate. Scientia Sinica, 46(7), 737-756.