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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, B isotopes), submarine geology (mid-ocean ridge system), convergent margin processes, paleoclimate

 1. Use major, trace elements and Pb-Sr-Nd-Hf-B isotope tracers to evaluate source and processes that control terrestrial magmatism

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

3. Geochronology using Ar-Ar, Sm-Nd, Lu-Hf isotope systems and Sr isotope stratigraphy.

List of degrees from highest to lowest:
Columbia University
Peking University

Referenced in the Following News Items:

Selected Publications:

Global nickel anomaly links Siberian Traps eruptions and the latest Permian mass extinction Rampino, Michael R.; Rodriguez, Sedelia; Baransky, Eva; Cai, Yue Scientific Reports Volume: 7 (2017) doi:10.1038/s41598-017-12759-9
Reexamination of the crustal boundary context of Mesoproterozoic granites in southern Nevada using U-Pb zircon chronology and Nd and Pb isotopic compositions Almeida, Rafael V.; Cai, Yue; Hemming, Sidney R.; Christie-Blick, Nicholas; Neiswanger, Leila S. Journal of Geology Volume: 124 (2016) http://doi:10.1086/685766
Distinctly different parental magmas for calc-alkaline plutons and tholeiitic lavas in the central and eastern Aleutian arc Cai, Yue; Rioux, Matthew; Kelemen, Peter B.; Goldstein, Steven L.; Bolge, Louise; Kylander-Clark, Andrew R. C. Earth and Planetary Science Letters Volume: 431 (2015) 10.1016/j.epsl.2015.07.058
Hafnium isotope evidence for slab melt contributions in the Central Mexican Volcanic Belt and implications for slab melting in hot and cold slab arcs Cai, Y.; LaGatta, A.; Goldstein, S.L.; Langmuir, C.H.; Gómez-Tuena, A.; Martín-del Pozzo, A.-L.; Carrasco-Núñez, G. Chemical Geology Volume: 377 p.: 45-55 (2014)
The processes of melt differentiation in arc volcanic rocks: Insights from OIB-type arc magmas in the central Mexican Volcanic Belt Straub, S.M.; Gomez-Tuena, A.; Zellmer, G.F.; Espinasa-Perena, R.; Stuart, F.M.; Cai, Y.; Langmuir, C.H.; Martin-Del Pozzo, A.; Mesko, G.T. J Petrol p.: 665-701 (2013) doi:10.1093/petrology/egs081
Formation of Hybrid Arc Andesites beneath Thick Continental Crust Straub, S. M.; Gómez-Tuena, A.; Stuart, F. M.; Zellmer, G. F.; Espinasa-Perena, R.; Cai, Y.; Iizuka, Y. Earth Planet Sci Lett Volume: 303 p.: 337-347 (2011) doi 10.1016/j.epsl.2011.01.013.
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)