Mr Linhao Fang

Postgraduate Student

Area of Study: Stratigraphy and Sedimentology
Supervisor: Stephen Hesselbo


Research Interests:

Terrestrial Carbon-isotope Stratigraphy: exploring new approaches to reconstruct the reliable terrestrial carbon-isotope records from shallow marine or continental deposits (palynological and compound-specific geochemical); to understand the paleoclimatology/paleocenvironment and carbon perturbation during the Early Jurassic (Toarcian-OAE, ~182.5 Ma) and the Early to Middle Miocene (Monterey Event, ~ 13.5-17.5 Ma; MMCO, ~14-16 Ma).

Geochemistry: organic geochemistry (decomposition of lignin polymer from kerogens or raw deposits); stable isotope geochemistry (carbon isotope of lignin monomers)

Theoretical study: why does carbon isotope of lignin monomers remain their original carbon isotope during diagenesis?

Current Projects:

My dissertation research is concentred on terrestrial carbon-isotope stratigraphy based on case studies from the Early to Middle Miocene and Early Jurassic examples.

Case Study 1: terrestrial organic matter in shallow marine deposits of the Atlantic Ocean margin, offshore New Jersey, USA (IODP Expedition 313)

Case Study 2: terrestrial organic matter in shallow marine deposits in the North Sea Basin, Denmark

Case Study 3: The Jurassic terrestrial carbon-isotope stratigraphy in fluvial and lacustrine deposits in Tarim Basin, NW China


Fang, L., Bjerrum, C., Hesselbo, S.P.*, Kotthoff, U., MacCarthy, F., Huang, B., 2012. Carbon-isotope stratigraphy from terrestrial organic matter through the Monterey Event, Miocene, New Jersey margin (IODP Expedition 313). Modification and resubmission at the end of this November, to Geoshpere.

Fang, L., Boshen, W., 2012. Does carbon isotope fractionation take place in specific compounds during processes of diagenesis: a critically theoretical view? Submitted to Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems.

Fang Linhao, Hesselbo SP. 2011. Atmospheric carbon-isotope fluctuations in the Early-Middle Miocene: evidence from terrestrial organic matter, New Jersey shallow shelf, USA (IODP Expedition 313), University of Southampton OCS, American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists(AASP), Southampton

Fang Linhao, Hesselbo SP., Deng Shenghui. 2010. Terrestrial carbon-isotope stratigraphy of the Triassic-Jurassic Boundary and Early/Middle Jurassic from Tarim Basin in Xinjiang, NW China: initial results. Earth Science Frontiers, vol. 17 (special issue): 10

Deng Shenghui, Lu Yuanzheng, Fan Ru, Pan Yanhong, Cheng Xiansheng, Fu Guobin, Wang Qifei, Pan Huazhang, Shen Yanbin, Wang Yaqiong, Zhang Haichun, Jia Chengkai, Duan Wenzhe, Fang Linhao. 2010. The Jurassic System of Northern Xinjiang, China. University of Science & Technology of China Press, 1-279

Fang Linhao, Chen Lihua, Guo Jiangang, Zhang Shuncun, Lei Tianzhu, Shi Ji’an, Kong Yuhua, Shi Xinpu and Fu Cuiqin 2009. Study on Petrology and Magma Evolution of the Permian Volcanic Rocks in Center Region of Junggar Basin. Xinjiang Geology, 27(1):15-20. (in Chinese with English abstract)

Guo Jiangang, Fang Linhao, He Zhou, Liu Zhenyu, Shi Ji’an, 2008. Controlling Factors of Triassic Oil and Gas Accumulation in Wuerhe-Xiazijie Area of NW Junggar Basin. Natural Gas Geoscience, 19 (5): 647-651. (in Chinese with English abstract)

Lei Tianzhu, Shi Xinpu, Kong Yuhua, Zhang Shuncun, Fang Linhao, Shi Ji’An, 2008. Effect of Dissolution on Forming High-Quality Reservoir in Alkaline Volcanic Rocks—an Example from Carboniferous Volcanic Rocks in Luxi Area, Junggar Basin. Xinjiang Petroleum Geology, 29(3): 306-308. (in Chinese with English abstract)

Zhang Shuncun, Shi Xinpu, Kong Yuhua, Shi Ji’An, Lei Tianzhu1, Fang Linhao, Sun Guoqiang, 2008. Geochemical Characteristics and Tectonic Setting of the Permian-Carboniferous Volcanic Rocks in Luxi Area Of Junggar Basin. Journal of Mineralogy and Petrology, 28(2): 71-75. (in Chinese with English abstract)

Xing Qiang, Zhu Youqian, Fang Linhao, 2008. Basin Tectonic Evolution Analysis through the Sectional Characteristics of Basin Range Coupling Belt, Junggar Basin. Natural Gas Geoscience, 19 (3): 372-376. (in Chinese with English abstract)

Zhang Shuncun, Wang Ling, Shi Xinpu, Fang Linhao, Dong Wenju1, Kong Yuhua, 2008. Physical Characteristics and Their Relations to Logging of the Carboniferous Volcanic Reservoirs in Luxi Area, Junggar Basin. Natural Gas Geoscience, 19(2): 198-203. (in Chinese with English abstract)

Zhang Shuncun, Huang Zhiju, Kong Yu Hua, Shi Ji’an, Lei Tianzhu, Fang Linhao, 2008. Evolution of the Porosity in Carboniferous Volcanic Reservoirs in Luxi Area, Junggar Basin. Xinjiang Petroleum Geology, 29(5): 561-564. (in Chinese with English abstract)