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



  • 2019

    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.

  • 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.

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