Welcome to my website! 


I am a petrologist-geochemist-volcanologist from Sichuan China, currently working as a postdoc at University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. My research combines petrological observations, chemical analyses, thermodynamic and diffusion modelling (Python/Matlab), as well as high-T experiments to unravel:

(1) the cause of different volcanic eruption styles and the architecture of volcano plumbing systems

(3) the behaviour of volatiles in subduction-zone magmatism

(4) the timescale of magma mixing and ascent

(5) the behaviour of rare earth elements in minerals and melts 

(6) mantle temperature-lithology and their influences on mantle upwelling (current project).

My research areas include Merapi volcano (Indonesia), Mount Erebus (Antarctica), Changbaishan volcano (China), and Mayon volcano (Philippines). 

After undergraduate and master studies on geochemistry and geochronology at Peking University (China), I moved to NTU (Singapore) in 2014 for a Ph.D. on investigating effusive-explosive transition of volcanic eruptions using mineral apatite (see research projects and models/tools). During my Ph.D., I visited Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany) for three months and performed diffusion experiments there (thanks to the Stephen Riady Geosciences Scholarship).

Apart from working on petrology and thermodynamics, I have experience in geochronology studies such as 40Ar/39Ar dating of young volcanic rocks (topic of master thesis) and U-Th dating of speleothem from Sulawesi, Indonesia (side project of Ph.D.). 

Please feel free to email me (wl413@cam.ac.uk) if you would like to collaborate or have any questions on the models we developed.



September, 2021

I have joined Trinity Hall (Cambridge) as PDRA  (October 2021 to October 2023).

April, 2021

I have started my postdoctoral research at University of Cambridge on mantle chemistry and potential temperature.


October, 2020

We have a new paper published in Journal of petrology about investigating the cause of effusive-explosive transition at Merapi volcano, Indonesia using apatite: 


September, 2020

I will give an invited talk about two apatite-based online calculation tools (ApThermo and ApTimer) at AGU Fall meeting (virtual) in December.

August, 2020

We published a new paper in EPSL about applying apatite F-Cl-OH diffusivities to constraining magma ascent time-rates: 


July, 2020

I gave an invited talk at JpGU-AGU joint meeting (virtual) and tutored in Goldschmidt diffusion workshop (virtual). 

January, 2020

I have started to work as a research fellow at Earth Observatory of Singapore.


November 8, 2019

I defended my Ph.D.!

November, 2019

We have a new paper published in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta about an apatite-melt hygrometry: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2019.10.035