Chen Xu

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The Southern Ocean's Role in carbon dioxide change

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Chen graduated in 2021 with a BSc (hons) in Earth and Marine Sciences from The Australian National University, where his thesis involved coupling planktonic foraminifera boron isotope and trace element records to reconstruct the atmospheric CO2 concentrations during the Mid-Pleistocene Transition. Additionally, he also served as a part-time student technician in Prof Jimin Yu's Lab, where he gained experience in foraminifera-related geochemistry work.

Chen is currenting conducting his PhD at the University of St Andrews and in partnership with the British Antarctic Survey, under the sponsorship of NERC-IAPETUS2 Studentship. Chen’s project focusses on using boron isotopes to reconstruct the CO2 system of the Southern Ocean over the past 800,000 years, with the aim of constraining the role this critical region played in glacial-interglacial CO2 change. Chen is also part sponsored by Nu, a leading manufacturer of MC-ICPMS instruments, as his project is developing groundbreaking new methods of boron isotope analysis on the state-of-the-art Sapphire CC-MC-ICPMS.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science (Hons) Earth & Marine Sciences, Australian National University

27 Jul 202031 Jul 2021

Award Date: 31 Jul 2021

Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science , Australian National University

19 Feb 201831 Jul 2020

Award Date: 31 Jul 2020


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