Postdoctoral fellow: Wei-fang Chen Chen, Wei-Fang Postdoctoral Fellow

 TEL: +886-2-2783-9910 ext. 502
 FAX: +886-2-2783-9871

 Specialty: the application of U-Th series in the water column (Th-234, Ra-223, 224),
                  the analysis of radio isotope/organic carbon/biogenic silica

  • B.S. Chemical Oceanography, Xiamen University, China (Sept. 1997 - July 2001)
  • Ph.D. Marine Biogeochemistry, Xiamen University, China (Aug. 2001 – Jan. 2008)
[Professional Experiences]
  • January 2008 to September 2008: Research Assistant, State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science, Xiamen University
[Research Interests]
  • Upper-ocean biogeochemical cycles and POC export fluxes derived from naturally occurring radionuclide; the role of physical forcing and biological community structure in the regulation of primary production and export production; the carbon cycle in the marginal sea, especially the fate of organic matter (POC/DOC) occurred in the marginal sea; the significance of groundwater input to the coastal ocean and the use of radium isotopes and other tracers in submarine groundwater discharge estimation.
  • Membership, American Geophysical Union
  • Membership, American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
  1. Pinghe Cai, Minhan Dai, Dongwei Lv, Weifang Chen, 2006, An improvement in the small-volume technique for determining thorium-234 in seawater, Marine Chemistry, 100, 282-288
  2. Pinghe Cai, Minhan Dai, Dongwei Lv, Weifang Chen, How accurate are the 234Th measurements in seawater based on MnO2-impregnated cartridge technique. 2006, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 7, Q03020, doi:10.1029/2005GC001104
  3. Pinghe Cai, Minhan Dai, Weifang Chen, Tiantian Tang, Kuanbo Zhou,  2006. On the importance of the decay of 234Th in determining size-fractionated C/234Th ratio on marine particles. Geophysical Research Letters, 33, L23602, doi:10.1029/2006GL027792, 2006
  4. Weifang Chen, Pinghe Cai, Minhan Dai, Junfeng Wei, 2008. Thorium-234/Uranium-238 disequilibrium and particulate organic carbon export in the northern South China Sea. Journal of Oceanography, 64,417-428
  5. Pinghe Cai, Weifang Chen, Minhan Dai, Zhenwen Wan, Dongxiao Wang, Qing Li, Tiantian Tang, Dongwei Lv, 2008. A high-resolution study of particle export in the southern South China Sea based on 234Th:238U disequilibrium. Journal of Geophysical Research, 113, C04019, doi:04010.01029/02007JC004268.
  6. Weifang Chen, Minhan Dai, Pinghe Cai, Zhenwen Wan, Tiantian Tang, Kuanbo Zhou, Qing Li, Dongwei Lv, Winter monsoon-enhanced particle export in the northern South China Sea as revealed by 234Th/238U disequilibria (in preparation for Journal of Geophysical Research)
  7. Pinghe Cai, Minhan Dai, Weifang Chen, Kuanbo Zhou, 2008. 228Th: 228Ra disequilibria: implications for size-spectra export of particulate organic carbon in the upper ocean. Earth and Planetary Science Letters (Submitted)