Yuxuan Wang

Yuxuan Wang

Research interests

My project aims to understand and quantify the changes in Earth’s surface condition during the Early Paleozoic era, which saw the evolution of land plants and the rapid diversification of animal life. Specifically, we focus on proposed large shifts in atmospheric CO2 and O2 concentrations, which have been linked to the evolution of the terrestrial and marine biospheres and their effects on the delivery and cycling of the key limiting nutrient phosphate. This will be achieved using a combination of geochemical analyses of ancient sedimentary rocks and the application of mathematical models.


  • BSc, Geology, China University of Geosciences

Research groups and institutes

  • Cohen Geochemistry
  • Palaeo@Leeds
  • Earth Surface Science Institute