Emerging Investigator Series

Emerging Investigator Recipients

January, 2024

Shohei Hattori is a Tenured Associate Professor at the International Center for Isotope Effects Research Center (ICIER), Nanjing University, China. He is Japanese and earned his Ph.D. from the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan. Before joining Nanjing University, he served as an Assistant Professor at Tokyo Tech from 2013 to 2021. Shohei is an Isotope Geochemist with a broad interest in various topics within Environmental Geochemistry, including atmospheric chemistry, biogeochemistry, and cryosphere sciences. His motivation extends beyond specific "spheres" (such as the atmosphere, biosphere, cryosphere, etc.) and "phases" (gas, liquid, and solid phases) to encompass the Earth system. His original research paper, titled “Latitudinal Difference in Sulfate Formation from Methanosulfonate Oxidation in Antarctic Snow Imprinted on 17O-Excess Signature” was published in Applied Geochemistry. This paper is featured in the Emerging Investigator Series and has been selected as the Editor’s Choice
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January, 2024

Mang Lin is a Professor in the State Key Laboratory of Isotope Geochemistry at Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (GIGCAS). He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of California San Diego and M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences from Sun Yat-Sen University. Prior to joining GIGCAS, he was a JSPS postdoc fellow at Tokyo Institute of Technology. Lin’s expertise and research interests are in analytical and physical chemistry related to multiple oxygen and sulfur isotope systematics and their applications in Earth and planetary sciences. He received the D.F. Hou award, CIFAR Global Scholar, and NSFC award of distinguished young scientists. His recent paper entitled “40 years of theoretical advances in mass-independent oxygen isotope effects and applications in atmospheric chemistry: A critical review and perspectives” was published in the special issue “Atmospheric Geochemistry” of Applied Geochemistry, selected as the Editor’s choice, and featured together with the Emerging Investigator Series. 
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June, 2022

Carin Sjöstedt is a researcher at the Department of Soil and Environment at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala, Sweden. She holds a Ph.D. in Land and Water Resources Engineering at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden and a M.Sc. and B.S. in Environmental Science at Stockholm University, Sweden. Her expertise and interests are mainly in metal(loid) speciation in soil and water bodies, and has specialized in the techniques X-ray absorption spectroscopy and geochemical equilibrium modeling. Her recent paper "Evidence of the mineral ZnHAsO4· H2O, koritnigite, controlling As (V) and Zn (II) solubility in a multi-contaminated soil" was published in Applied Geochemistry, and is as an Editor's Choice featured with the Emerging Investigator Series

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August, 2021

Jaime Cesar is a Research Scientist at the Geological Survey of Canada, Calgary. Jaime combines molecular, compound-specific, and site-specific stable isotope tools to study organic compounds from petroleum basins and other environments to optimize the exploration and production of hydrocarbon resources and perform paleo-environmental reconstructions. Jaime’s research is part of the Geoscience for New Energy Supply (GNES) program funded by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). His recent paper “A novel isotopic approach to distinguish primary microbial and thermogenic gases in shallow subsurface environments” was published in Applied Geochemistry, and is featured with the Emerging Investigator Series.

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June, 2021

Wang Zheng is a "Peiyang scholar" professor of the School of Earth System Science at Tianjin University. He graduated from the University of Science and Technology of China with a B.S. degree, and received his PhD degree from Trent University (Canada). He has been a postdoctoral fellow at Oak Ridge National Lab and University of Toronto, and has worked as a research associate at Arizona State University. His research area is metal stable isotope geochemistry. Particularly, he focuses on the mechanism of metal isotope fractionation, the application of mercury isotopes in tracing the biogeochemical cycle of mercury, and the application of metal isotopes as proxies to understand the evolution of Earth's environment and life. He received the 18th "Hou Defeng" young scientist award from the Chinese Society for Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry in 2020. His recent paper entitled “Mercury stable isotopes reveal the sources and transformations of atmospheric Hg in the high Arctic was published in Applied Geochemistry, and is featured with the Emerging Investigator Series. (Read his full interview)

January, 2021

Lauren E. Beckingham is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Auburn University. She holds a Ph.D. and MA in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Princeton University and a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Technological University. Prior to joining Auburn, she was a Geochemical Postdoctoral Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Her expertise and interests are in understanding water−rock interactions in environmental systems, particularly in subsurface energy systems including geologic CO2 sequestration and compressed energy storage. Her laboratory is currently supported by the NSF, including a 2019 CAREER award, ACS PRF, and DOE. Her recent paper entitled “The impact of mineral reactive surface area variation on simulated mineral reactions and reaction rates” was published in Applied Geochemistry, and is featured together with the Emerging Investigator Series. (Read her full interview)

Open Call: Emerging Investigator Series

We are delighted to announce the Emerging Investigators Series in our Society's journal, Applied Geochemistry. The aim of the Series is to highlight excellent work by independent researchers in their early career that bring new insights into the field of geochemistry or to promote geochemical applications. Multidisciplinary work related to applied geochemistry, biogeochemical processes, and environmental geochemistry are also highly welcomed. Featured articles as well as the authors as emerging investigators will be extensively advertised to diverse disciplines and communities through multiple platforms of the journal and the International Association of GeoChemistry. The selected Emerging Investigators will also be considered as candidates for the early career honors bestowed by IAGC and the editorial engagements with Applied Geochemistry.


At the time of application, applicants should have completed their PhD (or equivalent degree) within the last 10 years, and have an independent career. Apply to the Emerging Investigators Series by contacting Editors-in-Chief, Michael Kersten and Zimeng Wang with the following information:

  • Your up-to-date CV with full name, affiliation, contact information. The CV should be no longer than 3 pages and include the education and career, a (selected) list of publications, professional achievement, honors and awards, and a website of applicant's group if available.
  • A synopsis of the article intended to be submitted to the Series, including a tentative submission date. Please see https://www.journals.elsevier.com/applied-geochemistry for more information on the manuscript types and other instructions for authors. Regular research article, rapid communication, feature article, and critical review are all acceptable to the Series.

Review Criteria

Applications will be reviewed by the editors and the advisory board of the journal. The relevant criteria for reviewing will be based on the following:

  • originality and novelty of the research
  • scientific quality of the research
  • potential for significant impact
  • balancing factors related to inclusion and diversity
The selected applicants will receive formal invitation from the journal to submit their featured articles. Please note that submitted articles for the series will still undergo the same rigorous peer-review process as regularly submitted papers


This is an ongoing series with featured articles being added into the collection of Emerging Investigator Series continuously and displayed on the media of the journal and IAGC.

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