Feifei Zhang

Grad Research Assistant
Graduate Assistant/Associate
TEMPE Campus

Student Information

Graduate Student
Geological Sciences
Liberal Arts & Sciences




Research Interests

Trained as a geologist and a geochemist, my research is grounded in the perspectives and practices of isotope geochemistry. I am broadly interested in the chemical evolution of ocean and atmosphere and their cause and effect relationships with the evolution of animals. In particular, I am keen to exploring the cause(s) of biological innovation and mass extinction events in history, the feedbacks among climate-continental weathering-marine productivity-marine redox-marine ecology at key evolutionary periods, and calibration of geochemical proxies using modern archives. The ultimate goal of my research is to better our understanding of Earth's past, present, and future, and how the Earth evolved as a habitable planet. 


Zhang F., Romaniello S.J., Algeo T.J., Lau K.V., Clapham M.E., Richoz S., Herrmann A.D., Smith H., Horacek M., Anbar A.D. Multiple episodes of extensive oceanic anoxia linked to global warming and continental weathering following the latest Permian mass extinction. Science Advances 4: e1602921, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.1602921. 

Zhang F., Algeo T.J., Romaniello S.J., Zhao L., Chen Z.-Q., Cui Y., Anbar A.D., Congruent Permian-Triassic δ238U records at Panthalassic and Tethyan sites: confirmation of global-oceanic anoxia and validation of the U-isotope paleoredox proxy. Geology 46 (4): 327-330, https://doi.org/10.1130/G39695.1.

Zhang F., Zhu X., Yan B., Kendall B., Peng X., Li J., Algeo T.J., Romaniello S., 2015. Oxygenation of a Cryogenian ocean (Nanhua Basin, South China) revealed by pyrite Fe isotope compositions. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 429, 11-19, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2015.07.021.


Zhang, F., Yan, B., Guo, Y.L., Zhu, X.K., Zhou, Q., Yang, D.Z., 2013. Precipitation form of manganese and palaeoenvironmental significance of Mn ore deposits from Gucheng, Hubei Province. Acta Geological Sinica, 87(2), 245~258 (in Chinese with English abstract).

Zhang, F., Zhu, X.K., Gao, Z.F., Cheng, L., Peng, Q.Y., Yang, D.Z., 2013. Implications of the precipitation form of manganese and ultra-high δ34S values of pyrite in Mn-carbonate of Xixibao Mn ore deposit in northeastern Guizhou Province. Geological Review 59(2), 274~286 (in Chinese with English abstract).

Zhang, F., Peng, Q., Zhang, R., Zhu, X., Yan B., Li, J., Chen, L., 2013. Fe isotope characteristics of Gucheng manganese ore deposits in Hubei province and its Geological implication. Acta Geological Sinica, 87(9), 1411~1418 (in Chinese with English abstract).

An, Z.Z., Zhang, R.B., Qin, Y., Yuan, L.J., Chen, J.C., Zhang, F.*, Zhu, X.K., Wang, H.B., 2014. Geological characteristics of the Daotuo super-large manganese ore deposit at Songtao County in Guizhou Province and its significance. Mineral Deposits 33 (in Chinese with English abstract).

Yang, S., Kendall, B., Lu, X., Zhang, F., Zheng, W., 2017. Uranium isotope compositions of mid-Proterozoic black shales: Evidence for an episode of increased ocean oxygenation at 1.36 Ga and evaluation of the effect of post-depositional hydrothermal fluid flow. Precambrian Research 298, 187-201.

Cheng, M., Li, C., Zhou, L., Feng, L., Algeo, T.J., Zhang, F., Romaniello, R., Jin, C., Ling, H., Jiang, S., 2017. Transient deep-water oxygenation in the early Cambrian Nanhua Basin, South China. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 210, 42-58.

Wei, G., Ling, H., Li, D., Wei, W., Wang, D., Chen, X., Zhu, X.K., Zhang, F., Yan, B., 2017. Marine redox evolution in the early Cambrian Yangtze shelf margin area: evidence from trace elements, nitrogen and sulphur isotopes. Geological Magazine.

Cheng, M., Li, C., Zhou, L., Algeo, T.J., Zhang F., Romaniello, S.J., Jin, C.S., Lei, L.D., Feng, L.J., Jiang, S.Y., 2016. Marine Mo biogeochemistry in the context of dynamically euxinic mid-depth waters: A case study of the lower Cambrian Niutitang shales, South China. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 183(15), 79–93

Wei, W., Wang, D., Li, D., Ling, H.F., Chen, X., Wei, G.Y., Zhang, F., Zhu, X., Yan, B., 2016. The Marine Redox Change and Nitrogen Cycle in the Early Cryogenian Interglacial Time: Evidence from Nitrogen Isotopes and Mo Contents of the Basal Datangpo Formation, Northeastern Guizhou, South China. Journal of Earth Science 27(2), 233-241.