Fang–Zhen Teng

POSITION
Professor, Earth & Space Sciences

ASTROBIOLOGY RESEARCH AREAS
Origin & Evolution of Life on Earth
Life in Extreme Environments

Professor Teng IS ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTS!

OFFICE
JHN 435

EMAIL
fteng@u.washington.edu

PHONE
206-543-7615

WEBPAGE
http://faculty.washington.edu/fteng/

GOOGLE SCHOLAR URL
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=xd6c7QoAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao

CV
http://faculty.washington.edu/fteng/publications.html

I study the composition and evolution of the Earth and early solar system by using stable isotope systematics measured by multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-ICPMS). Examples of current projects include:

  • Formation and differentiation of the Moon, Mars and other extraterrestrial bodies by studying isotopic compositions of lunar samples, Martian meteorites, chondrites and achondrites.
  • Composition, differentiation and evolution of the bulk Earth/ major reservoirs through studies of isotopic compositions of peridotites, komatiites, basalts, arc lavas, granites and seawater.
  • Global elemental cycling among hydrosphere, crust and mantle through isotopic studies of river water, sedimentary rocks, weathering profiles, seafloor alteration and metamorphic rocks.
  • Geothermometry and geospeedometry through studies of equilibrium and kinetic isotope fractionation in igneous & metamorphic minerals, theoretical predications and lab experiments.
  • Paleoceanography and paleoclimate through isotopic and elemental studies of coral samples, speleothem, loess and lake sediment.
  • Studies of isotope fractionation during biogenic processes through laboratory experiments and by using natural samples