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Xiaoming Liu

Xiaoming Liu

Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Admissions
(919) 962-0675
213 Mitchell Hall, CB#3315
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Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2013
M.S., University of Maryland, 2009
B.S., University of Waterloo and China University of Geosciences, 2007

Research Interests

Weathering and critical zone processes; Evolution of Earth’s surface environment; Environmental Geochemistry; Fluid-Rock Interactions; Origin and evolution of the continental crust.

Selected Publications

Selected Publications:

• Li W., Liu X-M., Wang, K., Fodrie, F. J., Yoshimura, T., and Hu, Y. F., (2021) Potassium isotopic composition in modern marine biogenic carbonates. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 304: 364-380.

• Li W., Liu X-M., Hu Y., Teng F-Z., Hu Y. (2021) Potassium isotope fractionation during clay adsorption. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 304: 160-177. • Liu X-M., Kah L., Knoll A., Cui H., Wang C., Bakker A., and Hazen R.M. (2021) A persistently low level of atmospheric oxygen in Earth’s middle age. Nature Communications, 12: 315.

• Li W., Liu X-M., Chadwick, O. A. (2020) Lithium isotope behavior in Hawaiian regoliths: Soil-atmosphere-biosphere exchanges. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 285: 175-192.

• Cao C., Liu X-M., Bataille C.P., Liu C. (2020) What do Ce anomalies in marine carbonates really mean? A perspective from leaching experiments. Chemical Geology, 532: 119413.

• Hanna H.D., Liu X-M., Rudnick R.L., Park Y-R, and Kay S.M. (2020) Lithium isotopes may trace subducting slab signatures in Aleutian arc lavas and intrusions. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Special Issue: The Continents, 278: 322-339.

• Liu X-M. and Li W. (2019) Lithium isotopic analysis by quadrupole-ICP-MS: Optimization for geological samples. Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 34: 1708-1717.

• Liu X-M., Hardisty D., Lyons T., and Swart P. (2019) Evaluating the integrity of the cerium paleoredox tracer through analysis of a modern marine carbonate analog. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 248: 25-42.

• Smith C., and Liu X-M. (2018) Spatial and temporal distribution of rare earth elements in the Neuse River, North Carolina. Chemical Geology, 488: 34-43.

• Bataille C.P., Willis A., Yang X., and Liu X-M. (2017) Continental Crust Composition: A Major Control of Past Global Chemical Weathering. Science Advances, 3, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1602183.

• Penniston-Dorland S., Liu X-M., and Rudnick R. L. (2017) Lithium Isotope Geochemistry. Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry, 82: 165-217.

• Liu X-M., Kah L., Knoll A., Cui H., Kaufman A.J., Shahar A., and Hazen R.M. (2016) Tracing Earth’s O2 evolution using Zn/Fe systematics in marine carbonate. Geochemical Perspective Letters, 2: 24-34.

• Liu X-M., Wanner C., Rudnick R.L., and McDonough W.F. (2015) Processes controlling δ7Li in rivers illuminated by study of streams and ground waters draining basalts. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 409: 212-224.

• Hazen R.M., Liu X-M., Downs R.T., Golden J, Grew E.S., Hystad G., Estrada C. and Sverjensky D.A. (2014) Mineral Evolution: Episodic Metallogenesis, the Supercontinent Cycle, and the Co-evolving Geosphere and Biosphere. Special Publication 18, Society of Economic Geologists.

• Wanner C., Sonnenthal E.L., and Liu X-M. (2014) Seawater δ7Li: a direct proxy for global CO2 consumption by continental silicate weathering? Chemical Geology, 381: 154-167.

• Liu X-M., Teng F.-Z., Rudnick R.L., McDonough W.F., and Cummings M. (2014) Massive magnesium depletion and isotopic fractionation in weathered basalts. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 135: 336-349.

• Liu X-M., Rudnick R.L., McDonough W.F., and Cummings M. (2013) Influence of chemical weathering on the composition of the continental crust: Insights from Li and Nd isotopes in bauxite profiles developed on Columbia River Basalts. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 115: 73-91.

• Liu X-M. and Rudnick R.L. (2011) Constraints on continental crustal mass loss via chemical weathering using lithium and its isotopes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108: 20873-80.

• Liu X-M., Rudnick R.L., Hier-Majumder S., and Sirbescu M.C. (2010) Processes Controlling Lithium Isotopic Distribution in Contact Aureoles: a case study of the Florence County Pegmatites, Wisconsin. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 11: Q08014.