Mengli Chen (陈梦立)

Earth Observatory of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Blk N2-01c-36e, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798  Email: [email protected]


Education

PhD in Earth Sciences, Nanyang Technological University (2010-2016)

BA in Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (2006-2010)

Visiting student in Department of Earth, Atmosphere and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2010-2015)


Research Interest

Paleoclimate and paleoenvironmental reconstruction

Trace metal and their isotopes in natural environments

Stable isotope geochemistry

Organics and trace elements inclusion in coral skeleton


Professional Experience

Post-doctorial Research Fellow in Earth Observatory of Singapore (Advisor: Assoc. Prof. Nathalie F. Goodkin, Feb 2016-present)

Research Associate in Singapore-MIT Alliance on Research and Technology (Advisor: Prof. Edward A. Boyle, Aug 2015-Jan2016)

Intern in LIEN Institute of the Environment, (Advisor: Assoc. Prof. Li Bing, Jan 2009-Jun 2009)


Funded Proposals

National Research Foundation Intra-CREATE Collaborative Grant

Project: Natural Capital Singapore. S$4,031,274  (Role: Collaborator)


CENSAM Research Initiative

Project: Multi-proxy riverine organic matter input to Singapore waters using skeletal-bonded ligands and nitrogen isotope in Singapore corals. S$75,000 (Role: principal investigator)


CENSAM Research Initiative

Project: Bioavailable concentrations and sources of trace metals in Singapore coastal waters, the Malacca Straits and the southern South China sea as a measure of the local and regional environmental condition. S$84,000 (Role: co-principal investigator)


Peer-reviewed Publications


Chen, M.*, Martin P., Goodkin, N., F., Tanzil, J., Murty, S., Wiguna, A., (submitted). Phosphorus in coral: an assessment of inorganic/organic variability and proxy calibration  from Singapore and Bali. Manuscript submitted to Earth and Planetary Science Letters.

Tanzil J.,T.,I,* Goodkin N.,F., Sin T.,M., Chen M., Fabbro G.,N, Boyle E.,A., Lee A.,C, Toh K.,B., (in review).  Multi-colony coral skeletal Ba/Ca from Singapore’s turbid urban reefs: relationship with contemporaneous in-situ seawater parameters. Manuscript in review with Geochemica Cosmochemica Acta.

Carrasco, G., Chen, M.*, Boyle E. A., Tanzil, J., Goodkin, N., F., (2018). An update of Pb isotope inventory in post leaded-petrol Singapore environments. Environmental Pollution. pdf

Chen, M.*, Boyle E. A., Lee, J.M., Nurhati, I. S., Zurbrick, C., Switzer A. D., and Carrasco, G., (2016). Isotope exchange of Pb by riverine input of particulate matters: a preliminary study on the Johor River mouth. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, 374(2081). pdf

Chen, M.*, Goodkin, N. F., Switzer A. D., Boyle E. A. and Bolton, A., (2016). Lead in the western South China Sea: evidence of atmospheric deposition and upwelling. Geophysical Research Letters, 43, 4490-4499. pdf

Chen, M.*, Boyle E. A., Switzer A. D., and Gouramanis C. (2016). A sedimentary record of the    anthropogenic lead (Pb), Pb isotopes and other metals from the Singapore region. Environmental Pollution, 213, 446-459. pdf

Chen, M.*, Lee, J. M., Nurhati, I. S., Switzer A. D., and Boyle E. A., (2015). Isotopic record of lead in Singapore Strait during the last 50 years: spatial and temporal variations. Marine Chemistry, 168(0), 49-59. pdf



Conferences and Invited Seminars

Chen, M., Boyle E. A., Lee, J.M., Nurhati, I. S., Zurbrick, C., Switzer A. D., and Carrasco, G., (2017). From pre-anthropogenic to post leaded petrol: Centennial scale variability of Pb isotope in Singapore environments, Gordon Research Conference on Chemical Oceanography, Colby-Sawyer College in New London NH, USA.

Chen, M., Goodkin, N. F., Boyle E. A., Switzer A. D., and Bolton, A., (2017). Century-scale variability of lead (Pb) and Pb isotopes in the western South China Sea: a coral story, Young Scientist Forum at Sun Yat-Sen University, Zhuhai, China.

Chen, M., Boyle E. A., Zurbrick, C., Carrasco, G., Switzer A. D. (2017). Pb isotope exchange between dissolved and particulate matter: a laboratory study from the Johor River estuary, Third Xiamen Symposium on Marine Environmental Sciences, Xiamen University, Xiamen, China.

Chen, M., Boyle E. A., Zurbrick, C., Carrasco, G., Switzer A. D., and N. Zhao, (2016). Isotope Exchange: a Potential Mechanism Regulating the Natural and Anthropogenic Pb Isotope Budget in Coastal Waters. Ocean Sciences Meeting 2016, New Orleans, LA., USA.

Carrasco, G., and Chen, M., (2016). Zinc complexing ligands in rivers in pristine peatland areas in Borneo, and rivers with agricultural and industrial anthropogenic influence in Tropical South East Asia: Elucidating the connection to oceanic regional and global distributions of Zinc ligands and bioavailable Zinc. Ocean Sciences Meeting, New Orleans, LA., USA.

Zhou, K., Zhang, R., Carrasco, G., Chen, M., and Boyle E. A., (2016). Dissolved Iron in the Kuroshio Water of the East China Sea.  American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Fan Francisco, CA., USA.

Switzer A. D., Goodkin, N. F., Bolton A., Chen, M., Druffel, ERM., Boyle E. A., (2015). 206/207Pb and Radiocarbon: An Unlikely Pair for Identifying the Source and Delivery Time of Ocean Advection in the South China Sea. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Fan Francisco, CA., USA. 

Boyle E. A., Chen, M., Zurbrick, C., and C., Carrasco, (2015). Isotope exchange between natural and anthropogenic Pb in the coastal waters of Singapore: exchange experiment, Kd model, and implications for the interpretation of coastal 210Pb data. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Fan Francisco, CA., USA. 

Chen, M., Goodkin, N. F., Switzer A. D., Boyle E. A., and Bolton A., (2015). Evolution of elemental lead (Pb) and Pb isotopes in the western South China Sea region over the last two centuries. The 3rd International Ocean Sciences Summer School, Guangzhou, China.

Chen, M., Lee, J. M., Goodkin, N. F., Switzer A. D., Boyle E. A. (2014). The Variation of Lead (Pb) During the Past Two Centuries in the Western and Southwestern South China Sea Derived from Corals. The 3rd Asia-Pacific Coral Reef Symposium 2014, Kenting, Taiwan ROC.

Chen, M., Lee, J. M. Boyle E. A., Nurhati, I. S. and Switzer A. D., (2014). Isotopic record of lead in Singapore Strait during the last 50 years. Ocean Sciences Meeting, Honolulu, HI., USA.

Chen, M., Lee, J. M., Nurhati, I. S., Switzer A. D., and Boyle E. A.,(2012). Modelling the Lead (Pb) concentrations in corals in the Singapore Straits. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Fan Francisco, CA., USA.



Fieldwork Experiences

Singapore Straits seawater sampling (2014-present)

Initiated and maintaining the monthly seawater sampling for trace metals and their isotopes in the Singapore Straits.


Johor River mouth cruise (2014)

Organized and participated the sampling cruise to Johor River mouth for trace metal clean seawater sampling.


HOE-PhoR 2013 cruise (2013)

Participated in the international research cruise for trace metal clean seawater sampling.


Singapore sediment coring (2012)

Organized and participated in the sediment coring in MacRitchie and Kranji Reservoir.


Singapore coral coring (2010)

Participated in the coral drilling cruises in the Singapore Straits through SCUBA diving.



Awards and Fellowships

Outstanding speaker, in “Ocean Technology and Earth System Sciences” postdoc forum (2017, Shanghai, China)

Best poster award, in The 3rd International Ocean Sciences Summer School (2015, Guangzhou, China)

Semi-finalist, 2015 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, Singapore (2015, Singapore)

Earth Observatory of Singapore Research Scholarship (2014-2015)

Singapore – MIT Alliance Graduate Fellowship (2010-2014)

Dean’s List, in Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering of NTU (2007-2010)



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