09/2012 – 06/2016

Ph.D. Geology —- University of Wisconsin-Madison —- 4.0/4.0 (with Prof. Stephen Meyers)

09/2010 – 09/2012

M.S. —- Geology —- University of Wisconsin-Madison —- 3.9/4.0 (with Prof. Stephen Meyers)

08/2004 – 06/2008

B.S. Geology —- China University of Geosciences-Beijing —- 3.6/4.0 (with Prof. Chengshan Wang)



Professor: Institute of Sedimentary Geology, Chengdu University of Technology

Research Scientist: DDE Research Center of Excellence (Suzhou)

02/2019 – 12/2020

Postdoc: Department of Computer Science, University of Idaho

Knowledge graph of geological time scale

02/2017 – 01/2019

Postdoc: Department of Geology & Geophysics, University of Utah.

Investigate animal migration using isotope landscape: 1. solve geostatistal/geospatial problem. 2. create an R package.

08/2016 – 01/2017

Researcher: Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences Department, George Mason University.

Explore astronomical cycles in Carboniferous deposits.

05/2014 – 08/2014

Internship: Global Geology Team in Shell research lab.

Work on project with focus on global source rock prediction for Cretaceous.

09/2013 – 12/2013

Internship: Shale System Team in Shell research lab.

Construct high resolution astronomical age model and investigate the depositional mechanism of carbonate and shale couplets for Eagle Ford Formation and Austin Chalk Formation. Explore the potential application of time series analysis on core/well log correlation.

07/2007 – 06/2010

Research Assistant: Department of Earth Science and Resources, China University of Geosciences Beijing

Study structure geology of Songpan area in China, and shale and carbonate rhythms in Cretaceous Tibet and the Songliao Basin (Daqing, NE China).


06/2020, Instructor of Earth Science meets Data Science – Services & Systems, Policies & Procedures, Tools & Techniques for Geochemistry at Goldschmidt 2020

2019-2020, Advisor of one undergraduate for collecting and studying paleoclimate data in cyclostratigraphy.

2019 Fall, TA, CS404/504 Semantic Web and Open Data.

2017-2018, Advisor of 6 undergraduates for a project measuring spatial and temporal variation of PM2.5 in China University of Geoscience, Beijing.

06/2018, TA, SPATIAL short course at University of Utah.

06/2017, TA, SPATIAL short course at University of Utah.

2014 Spring, TA, Geo204 (Evolution of the Earth) at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

08/2014, TA, IsoAstro Geochronology Workshop at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

05/2013, TA, Astrochron short course at University of Wisconsin-Madison.



ESIP FUNding Friday Project —- PI. $5,000


Albert & Alice Weeks Outstanding Student Research Paper Award —- $ 500

2010 – 2011

BP Research Assistantship —- $ 40,000

2004 – 2008

Departmental Scholarship for Academic Excellence each semester during undergrad —- $ 1,363 (total)


Zhang Hongren Scholarship —- $ 1,000


Second place of Imperial Barrel Award (IBA), Eastern Section Competition. Team member for the University of Wisconsin Madison. Research on source rock, reservoir rock, seal rock, and risk analysis of a prospect area in Nova Scotia, Canada.


05/2014 – 12/2015

Vice President of the AAPG Student Chapter of UW-Madison

05/2013 – 05/2014

President of the AAPG Student Chapter of UW-Madison

09/2012 – 05/2013

Vice President of the AAPG Student Chapter of UW-Madison

09/2011 – 09/2012

Treasurer of the AAPG Student Chapter of UW-Madison

09/2008 – 11/2009

Coordinator and Official Website Manager of First Young Earth Scientists Congress2009 International Organizing Committee of China


Reviewer: Geology, EPSL, Precambrian Research, Geological Society of America Bulletin, Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, Geoscience Frontiers, Advances in Space Research, Cretaceous Research, Applied Computing & Geosciences.

Session Chair:

IN013 – Big Data and Data Mining in Deep Time, AGU 2019, San Francisco, CA, USA.

PP009 – Cyclostratigraphy and Astronomical Forcing of Past Climates, AGU 2019, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Oral and poster sessions for T47. Recent Developments in Cyclostratigraphy, GSA 2017, Seattle, USA.

Oral and poster sessions for PP42B: Cyclostratigraphy and Astronomical Forcing of Past Climates I, II, AGU 2017, New Orleans, USA.

Organizer: 2019 First Deep Time Data Science Mini-Workshop, Moscow, ID, USA.

Others: Judge for College of Science Student Research Exposition at University of Idaho, 2019.


Fluent: R

Proficient: Matlab, Python, C++, ArcGIS


American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Geological Society of America (GSA)

Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)

International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS)