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Yang SUN
Research Assistant Professor

Education Background

09/2011–01/2017, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ph.D. in Mineralogy, Petrology, Mineral Deposit Geology

09/2015–09/2016, University of Washington, Seattle, exchange Ph.D. student in Isotope Geochemistry

09/2007–07/2011, Hefei University of Technology, B.S. in Resource Exploration Engineering

Work Experience

03/2023-–present, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, Southern University of Science and Technology

03/2021–03/2021, Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, Southern University of Science and Technology

05/2017–01/2021, Postdoctoral researcher, Institute of Earth Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei

02/2017–02/2021, Postdoctoral researcher, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences


(1) Non-traditional stable isotopes of mantle-derived magmas

(2) Origins of ultrapotassic volcanic rocks


1. Sun, Y., Teng, F.-Z., Pang, K.-N., Ying, J.-F., Kuehner, S., 2021. Multistage mantle metasomatism deciphered by Mg−Sr−Nd−Pb isotopes in the Leucite Hills lamproites. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 176, 45.

2. Sun, Y., Teng, F.-Z., Pang, K.-N., 2021. The presence of paleo-Pacific slab beneath northwest North China Craton hinted by low-δ26Mg basalts at Wulanhada. Lithos 386–387, 106009.

3. Sun, Y., Teng, F.-Z., Hu, Y., Chen, X.-Y., Pang, K.-N., 2020. Tracing subducted oceanic slabs in the mantle by using potassium isotopes. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 278, 353–360.

4. Sun, Y., Teng, F.-Z., Ying, J.-F., Su, B.-X., Hu, Y., Fan, Q.-C., Zhou, X.-H., 2017. Magnesium isotopic evidence for ancient subducted oceanic crust in LOMU-like potassium-rich volcanic rocks. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 122, 7562–7572.

5. Sun, Y., Ying, J.-F., Su, B.-X., Zhou, X.-H., Shao, J.-A., 2015. Contribution of crustal materials to the mantle sources of Xiaogulihe ultrapotassic volcanic rocks, Northeast China: New constraints from mineral chemistry and oxygen isotopes of olivine. Chemical Geology 405, 10–18.

6. Sun, Y., Ying, J.-F., Zhou, X.-H., Shao, J.-A., Chu, Z.-Y., Su, B.-X., 2014. Geochemistry of ultrapotassic volcanic rocks in Xiaogulihe NE China: Implications for the role of ancient subducted sediments. Lithos 208–209, 53–66.

7. Xiao, Y., Yuan, M., Su, B.-X., Chen, C., Bai, Y., Ke, S., Sun, Y., Robinson, P.T., 2023. The Chromite Crisis in the Evolution of Continental Magmas and the Initial High δ26Mg Reservoir. Journal of Petrology, 64(4).

8. Zheng, B.Q., Chen B., Sun Y., 2023. Tracing the evolution of the pegmatite system and its interaction with the country rocks by chemical and boron isotope compositions of tourmaline in the Qinghe pegmatite from the Chinese Altay orogen. Acta Petrologica Sinica 39, 187–204.

9. Liu, S., Chen, B., Zheng, J., Sun, Y., Bao, C., Zhao, G., 2022. Lithium isotopic behaviour during high-temperature fluid-rock reactions of metapelites (>200°C): A case study from the Baiyun orogenic gold deposit, Liaodong Peninsula, North China Craton. Chemical Geology 611, 121121.

10. Su, B.-X., Chen, C., Xiao, Y., Robinson, P.T., Liu, X., Wang, J., Uysal, I., Bai, Y., Sun, Y., 2021. The Critical Role of Fluid-Mediated Diffusion in Anomalous Fe-Mg-O Isotope Fractionations in Ultramafic Rocks of Ophiolites. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 126, e2020JB020632.

11. Pang, K.-N., Teng, F.-Z., Sun, Y., Chung, S.-L., Zarrinkoub, M.H., 2020. Magnesium isotopic systematics of the Makran arc magmas, Iran: Implications for crust-mantle Mg isotopic balance. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 278, 110-121.

12. Liu, Y.-D., Ying, J.-F., Li, J., Sun, Y., Teng, F.-Z., 2020. Diverse origins of pyroxenite xenoliths from Yangyuan, North China Craton: implications for the modification of lithosphere by magma underplating and melt-rock interactions. Lithos 372-373, 105680.

13. Su, B.-X., Hu, Y., Teng, F.-Z., Xiao, Y., Zhang, H.-F., Sun, Y., Bai, Y., Zhu, B., Zhou, X.-H., Ying, J.-F., 2019. Light Mg isotopes in mantle-derived lavas caused by chromite crystallization, instead of carbonatite metasomatism. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 522, 79-86.

14. Su, B.-X., Zhou, X.-H., Sun, Y., Ying, J.-F., Sakyi, P. A., 2017. Carbonatite-metasomatism signatures hidden in silicate-metasomatized mantle xenoliths from NE China. Geological Journal. DOI: 10.1002/gj.2920

15. Su, B.-X., Hu, Y., Teng, F.-Z., Xiao, Y., Zhou, X.-H., Sun, Y., Zhou, M.-F., Chang, S.-C., 2017. Magnesium isotope constraints on subduction contribution to Mesozoic and Cenozoic East Asian continental basalts. Chemical Geology 466, 116-122.

16. Hu, Y., Harrington, M.D., Sun, Y., Yang, Z., Konter, J., Teng, F.-Z., 2016. Magnesium isotopic homogeneity of San Carlos olivine: a potential standard for Mg isotopic analysis by multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 30, 2123-2132.