Qiang Yang

Associate Research Scientist
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Comer 437
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
(845) 365-8629
(845) 365-8155
Fields of interest: 
CO2 geosequestration, hydrofracking, groundwater contamination, arsenic, uranium, radon

I currently work on developing tracers, including SF6, SF5CF3, PFCs, C and O isotopes, radiocarbon, and noble gases to quantify the flow, transport and geochemical interactions of injected CO2 in subsurface geologic formations at the CO2 storage sites. 

I have worked on the biogeochemical reactions of shallow aquifers in response to CO2 leak from geological sequestration. The projects include: (1) conducting geophysical logging, pumping test, tracer test, CO2 push-pull experiment and geochemical reactive transport modeling in bedrock aquifers to understand the mineral dissolution and trace element release rates; (2) investigating microbial activities and their impact on trace metal release; (3) carrying out sediment incubation experiments in the lab to investigate the biogeochemical reactions under abiotic and biotic conditions; (4) developing diagnostic monitoring systems to assess the risk of shallow aquifer contamination from CO2 leaking.

I have also worked on the hydrogeochemistry, risk assessment and reduction of groundwater contaminations in bedrock aquifers. The completed and ongoing projects include: (1) determine the occurrence and spatial pattern of arsenic contamination and its association with bedrock geology; (2) understand the source and mobilization mechanisms of arsenic in bedrock aquifers from interpretation and statistical analysis on chemistry data; (3) test the feasibility of predicting arsenic contamination in bedrock aquifers using logistic regression models; (4) examine the distribution of arsenic in groundwater, soil, and stream sediment at national, regional to local scales and their associations; (5) investigate the arsenic evolution in individual wells using borehole coring, logging , pumping test, and water sampling with packers; (6) investigate the occurrence, source and mobilization mechanisms of uranium and radon in bedrock aquifers; (7)reduce the arsenic contamination to improve community health in central Maine.

I also worked on: (1) development of the strain rate method to estimate the duration of tectonic deformations; (2) understanding the evolution of structural geological systems in Songliao Basin, Hefei Basin, Kuche Basin, China to investigate the enriched zones of oil, natural gas, and CO2. 

List of degrees from highest to lowest:
Ph.D. & M.Phil.
City University of New York
University of Science and Technology of China
University of Science and Technology of China
Alan Seltzer
Kelsey Umemoto
Selected Publications: 
Groundwater hydrogeochemistry in field injection experiments simulating CO2 leakage from geosequestration in a shallow aquifer in Newark Basin, Yang, Q.; Matter, J.; Stute, M.; Umemoto, K.; Clauson, K.; Dueker, M. E.; O’Mullan, G.; Takahashi, T.; Zakharova, N.; Goldberg, D. , International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, Volume 26, p.193-203, (2014)

Flow and sorption control of groundwater arsenic in individual boreholes from bedrock aquifers in central Maine, USA, Yang, Q.; Culbertson, C. W.; Nielson, M.; Schalk, C.; Johnson, C.; Marvinney, R. G.; Stute, M.; Zheng, Y. , Science of the Total Environment, (2014)

Dissemination of well water arsenic results to homeowners in Central Maine: Influences on mitigation behavior and continued risks for exposure, Flanagan, S. V.; Marvinney, R. G.; Johnston, R. A.; Yang, Q.; Zheng, Y. , Science of the Total Environment, (2014)

Uranium and Radon in Private Bedrock Well Water in Maine: Geospatial Analysis at Two Scales, Yang, Q.; Smitherman, P. E.; Hess, C. T.; Culbertson, C. W.; Marvinney, R. G.; Smith, A. E.; Zheng, Y. , Environmental Science & Technology, Volume 48, Issue 8, p.4298-4306, (2014)

Provenance of High Arsenic Holocene Sediment and Low Arsenic Pleistocene Sediment in Bangladesh Aquifers: A Preliminary Assessment, ZHENG, Y.; YANG, Q.; SELTZER, A. M.; HEMMING, N. G.; HEMMING, S. R. , ACTA GEOLOGICA SINICA (English Edition), Volume 87, Issue supp., p.667-668, (2013)

Enrichment of Arsenic in Surface Water, Stream Sediments, Soils and Rocks in Tibet, Li, S.; Wang, M.; Yang, Q.; Wang, H.; Zhu, J.; Zheng, B.; Zheng, Y. , Journal of Geochemical Exploration, Volume 135, p.104-116, (2013)

Evaluation of Arsenic Speciation of Stream and Hot Spring Deposits through X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy and Sorption Experiment, ZHANG, Y.; LI, S.; WANG, H.; WANG, M.; ZHENG, B.; ZHENG, L.; YANG, Q.; ZHENG, Y. , ACTA GEOLOGICA SINICA (English Edition), Volume 87, Issue supp., p.665-666, (2013)

Enrichment of Arsenic in Rivers Originating from the Tibetan Plateau, LI, S.; WANG, M.; WANG, H.; ZHANG, Y.; ZHENG, B.; YANG, Q.; ZHENG, Y. , ACTA GEOLOGICA SINICA (English Edition), Volume 87, Issue supp., p.638-639, (2013)

Can arsenic occurrence rates in bedrock aquifers be predicted?, Yang, Q.; Jung, H. B.; Culbertson, C. W.; Marvinney, R. G.; Zheng, Y. , Environmental Science & Technology, Volume 46, Issue 4, p.2080-2087, (2012)

Arsenic in fractured bedrock aquifers in Greater Augusta, Maine, USA, Yang, Qiang. , Earth and Environmental Sciences, New York, NY, p.158, (2010)

Spatial Pattern of Groundwater Arsenic Occurrence and Association with Bedrock Geology in Greater Augusta, Maine, Yang, Q.; Jung, H. B.; Culbertson, C. W.; Marvinney, R. G.; Loiselle, M. C.; Locke, D. B.; Cheek, H.; Thibodeau, H.;Zheng, Y. , Environmental Science & Technology, 03/2009, Volume 43, Issue 8, p.2714–2719, (2009)