Antao Xu

FB 1: Ozeanzirkulation und Klimadynamik
FE Paläo-Ozeanographie

+49 431 600 2385

Wischhofstraße 1-3
24148 Kiel

Research Interests

Cycling of rare earth elements and Nd, Hf, Ba isotopes in the ocean

Paleoceanography, interactions between atmosphere, ocean circulation and ice sheet on geological timescales


Since 10/2019 PhD student at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany

09/2016 - 06/2019 Master study at South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China (Merit student of Chinese Academy of Science)

09/2012 - 06/2016 Bachelor study at Chengdu University of Technology, China (Outstanding Graduate)


Xu, A., Hathorne, E., Laukert, G., & Frank, M. (2023). Overlooked riverine contributions of dissolved neodymium and hafnium to the Amazon estuary and oceans. Nature Communications14(1), 4156.

Xu, A., Hu, P., Chen, Z., Shu, C., Wang, X., & Tian, Y. (2020). A software tool to plot frequency and cumulative frequency curves automatically for grain size analysis of sediments. Earth Science Informatics13, 565-571.

Tian, Y., Chen, Z., Hou, Z., Luo, Y., Xu, A., & Yan, W. (2019). Geoacoustic provinces of the northern South China Sea based on sound speed as predicted from sediment grain sizes. Marine Geophysical Research40, 571-579.

Xu, A., Chen, Z., Qu, Y., Tian, Y., Shu, C., Zheng, X., ... & Zhao, M. (2019). Cold-water corals in a cold seep area on the northern continental slopes of the South China sea and their isotopic characteristics. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers152, 103043.

Zhong, Y., Chen, Z., Gonzalez, F. J., Zheng, X., Li, G., Luo, Y., ... & Wang, S. (2018). Rare earth elements and yttrium in ferromanganese deposits from the South China Sea: distribution, composition and resource considerations. Acta Oceanologica Sinica37, 41-54.

Xu, A., Li F., Liu K., Xiang P., Zhao C., & Hu P. (2018). The characteristics and sedimentary model of Storm deposits in the Lower Devonian strata of Beichuan. Geology in China, 45(5): 1049-1061 (in Chinese with English abstract).

Awards & Honors

National Scholarship for Masters, 11/2018

Merit student of Chinese Academy of Science, 06/2017 & 06/2018 & 06/2019

The First Prize Scholarship, 09/2017 & 09/2018

Outstanding Graduates of Chengdu University of Technology, 05/2016

China National Encouragement Scholarship, 12/2013 & 12/2014