Yue Cai

Associate Research Scientist
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
121 Comer
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
(845) 365-8668
(845) 365-8155
Fields of interest: 
Isotope geochemistry (Pb, Sr, Nd, Hf, Li isotopes), submarine geology (mid-ocean ridge system), convergent margin processes, mantle evolution, paleoclimate, geochronology

 1. Use major, trace and isotope tracers to evaluate source and processes that control the composition of terrestrial magmas.


3. Application of isotope tracers in the reconstruction of past climate and ocean circulation.


2. Geochronology. Main tools, K-Ar, Sm-Nd, Lu-Hf isotope systems and Sr isotope in microfossils.

List of degrees from highest to lowest:
Columbia University
Peking University
Selected Publications: 
Comprehensive refertilization of lithospheric mantle beneath the North China Craton: further Os-Sr-Nd isotopic constraints, Zhang, H.F.; Goldstein, S.L.; Zhou, X.H.; Sun, M.; Cai, Y. , Journal of the Geological Society, 03/2009, Volume 166, p.11, (2009)

Evolution of subcontinental lithospheric mantle beneath eastern China: Re-Os isotopic evidence from mantle xenoliths in Paleozoic kimberlites and Mesozoic basalts, Zhang, H. F.; Goldstein, S. L.; Zhou, X. H.; Sun, M.; Zheng, J. P.; Cai, Y. , Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, Mar, Volume 155, Issue 3, p.271-293, (2008), DOI 10.1007/s00410-007-0241-5

Effects of prolonged flat subduction on the Miocene magmatic record of the central Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt, Mori, L.; Gomez-Tuena, A.; Cai, Y.; Goldstein, S. L. , Chemical Geology, Oct 15, Volume 244, Issue 3-4, p.452-473, (2007), DOI 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2007.07.002

Hf isotopes as the key for distinguishing slab melting in arcs: The case of the Mexican Volcanic Belt, Goldstein, S. L.; Cai, Y.; Langmuir, C. H.; LaGatta, A.; Straub, S. M.; Gomez-Tuena, A.; Del Pozzo, A. L. M. , Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta, Aug, Volume 71, Issue 15, p.A340-A340, (2007)

Isotope Geochemistry of Gakkel Ridge basalts and origin of a "DUPAL" signature, Goldstein, S. L.; Soffer, G.; Langmuir, C. H.; Lehnert, K.; Cai, Y.; Michael, P. , Ofioliti, 09/2006, Volume 31, Issue 2, (2006)