Dr Jimin Yu

J7, 218
 +61 2 61259967



PhD/Master Opportunities

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ORCiD: 0000-0002-3896-1777


Employment History

2015/1- now, ARC Future Fellow, Research School of Earth Science, The Australian National University, ACT, AU

2012/8- 2014, Fellow, Research School of Earth Science, The Australian National University, ACT, AU

2011/9-2012/8, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Fellow, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA, USA

2011/2-2011/8, Lamont Assistant Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, Palisades, NY, USA

2008/9-2011/1, Lamont Post-doctoral Fellow, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, Palisades, NY, USA

2006/4-2008/8, Gary Comer Research Fellow, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK


Academic Education and Qualifications

2002/9-2006/3, Ph.D., Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, palaeoceanography, palaeoclimate & geochemistry

1999/9-2002/6, M.Sc., Department of Earth Sciences, Nanjing University, mineralogy, petrology & economic geology

1995/9-1999/7, B.Sc., Department of Earth Sciences, Nanjing University, geology


Research interests

  • Carbon cycle and oceanic carbonate system: using trace elements and isotopic compositions of marine carbonates together with models to understand interactions between atmosphere, surface and deep oceans, and land biosphere and their roles in the global carbon cycle on various timescales;
  • Trace elements and isotopes in inorganic and biogenic carbonates: developing new proxies using marine carbonates to reconstruct oceanic environments such as seawater pH and carbonate ion contents; understanding mechanisms that control the incorporation and variation of trace elements and of isotopes in inorganic and biogenic carbonates;
  • Ocean circulation changes: using multi-proxies to reconstruct past ocean circulation changes and their impacts on climate on different timescales.


Research Funding

ARC Discovery Project (DP140101393), 2014-2017. Chief Investigator: Yu.
ARC Future Fellowship (FT140100993), 2015-2019. Sole Investigator: Yu.




EMSC3027/6027, Palaeoclimatology and Climate Change, course convener.


Potential project opportunities


Journal Articles (Google Scholar, Scopus)

53 M. Lacerra, D. Lund, J. Yu, A. Schmittner, (2017) Carbon storage in the mid-depth Atlantic during millennial-scale climate events, Paleoceanography, in press
52 J. Kerr, R. Rickaby, J. Yu, H. Elderfield, A.Y. Sadekov, (2017) The effect of ocean alkalinity and carbon transfer on deep-sea carbonate ion concentration during the past five glacial cycles, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 471, 42-53.
51 P. Chen*, J. Yu, Z.D. Jin, (2017) An evaluation of benthic foraminiferal U/Ca and U/Mn proxies for deep ocean carbonate chemistry and redox conditions, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 8, doi: 10.1002/2016GC006730. * visiting PhD student
50 L. Menviel, J. Yu, F. Joos, A. Mouchet, K.J. Meissner, M.H. England, (2017) Poorly ventilated deep ocean at the Last Glacial Maximum inferred from carbon isotopes: a data-model comparison study, Paleoceanography, doi: 10.1002/2016PA003024.
49 K. Allen, B. Hönisch, S. M. Eggins, L. L. Haynes, Y. Rosenthal, J. Yu, (2016) Trace element proxies for surface ocean conditions: A synthesis of culture calibrations with planktic foraminifera, Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta (193): 197-221.
48 Y. Dai*, J. Yu, H. Johnstone, (2016) Distinct responses of planktonic foraminiferal B/Ca to dissolution on seafloor, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 17, doi: 10.1002/2015GC006199.  * current PhD student
47 J. Yu, L. Menviel, Z.D. Jin, D.J.R. Thornalley, S. Barker, G. Marino, E.J. Rohling, Y. Cai, F. Zhang, X. Wang, Y. Dai, P. Chen, W.S. Broecker, (2016) Sequestration of carbon in the deep Atlantic during the last glaciation, Nature Geoscience, doi: 10.1038/ngeo2657. press release: SBS, ANU
46 Zhangdong Jin, A. Joshua West, Fei Zhang, Zhisheng An, Robert G. Hilton, Jimin Yu, Jin Wang, Gen Li, and Xulong Wang, (2016) Seismically enhanced solute fluxes link silicate weathering with tectonic activity, Geology, doi:10.1130/G37246.1, v. 44; no. 1; p. 47–50.
45 G. Marino, E. J. Rohling, L. Rodrı´guez-Sanz, K. M. Grant, D. Heslop, A. P. Roberts, J. D. Stanford & J. Yu, (2015) Bipolar seesaw control on last interglacial sea level, Nature, doi:10.1038/nature14499.
44 D. J. R. Thornalley, H. A. Bauch, G. Gebbie, W. Guo,  M. Ziegler, S. M. Bernasconi, S. Barker, L. C. Skinner, J. Yu, (2015) Awarm and poorly ventilated deep Arctic Mediterranean during the last glacial period, Science, 349(6249):706-710.
43 Broecker W.S., Yu J. and Putnam A.E., (2015) Two contributors to the glacial CO2 decline, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 429: 191-196.
42 Jin Z.D., An Z., Yu J., Li F., and Zhang F., (2015) Lake Qinghai sediment geochemistry linked to hydroclimate variability since the last glacial, Quat. Sci. Rev., 122:63-73.
41 Zhang F., Jin Z.D., Yu J., Zhou Y., and Zhou L., (2015) Hydrogeochemical processes between surface and groundwaters on the northeastern Chinese Loess Plateau: Implications for water chemistry and environmental evolutions in semi-arid regions, Journal of Geochemical Exploration, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gexplo.2015.08.010.
40 Jimin Yu, Henry Elderfield, Zhangdong Jin, Paul Tomascak, Eelco J. Rohling, (2014) Controls on Sr/Ca in benthic foraminifera and implications for seawater Sr/Ca during the late Pleistocene, Quat. Sci. Rev., DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2014.05.018.
39 Yu J., Anderson R.F., Jin Z.D., Menviel L., Zhang F., Ryerson F.J., Rohling E.J., (2014) Deep South Atlantic carbonate chemistry and increased interocean deep water exchange during last deglaciation, Quat. Sci. Rev. 10.1016/j.quascirev.2014.02.018.
38 Yu J., Anderson R.F., Rohling E.J., (2014) Deep ocean carbonate chemistry and glacial-interglacial atmospheric CO2 changes.  Oceanography 27(1), 16-25, http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2014.04.
37 S. Kender, J. Yu and V.L. Peck, (2014) Deep ocean carbonate ion increase during mid Miocene CO2 decline, Scientific Reports, doi: 10.1038/srep04187.
36 Menviel L., England M.H., Meissner K.J., Mouchet A., and Yu J., (2014) Atlantic-Pacific seesaw and its role in outgassing CO2 during Heinrich events. Paleoceanography. doi: 10.1002/2013PA002542.
35 Yu J., Anderson R.F., Jin Z.D., Rae J., Opdyke B.N., Eggins S., (2013). Responses of the deep ocean carbonate system to carbon reorganization during the Last Glacial–interglacial cycle, Quat. Sci. Rev. 76, 39-52. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2013.06.020.
34 Yu J., Thornalley D.J.R., Rae J.W.B., and McCave I.N., (2013). Calibration and application of B/Ca, Cd/Ca and d11B in Neogloboquadrina pachyderma (sinistral) to constrain CO2 uptake in the subpolar North Atlantic during the last deglaciation, Paleoceanography, doi: 10.1029/2012PA002432.
33 Zhang F., Jin Z.D., Li F., Yu J., and Xiao J., (2013). Controls on seasonal variations of silicate weathering and CO2 consumption in two river catchments on the NE Tibetan Plateau, Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 62:547-560
32 Zhang F., Jin Z.D., Li F., Yu J., You C.F., Zhou L., (2013). The dominance of loess weathering on water and sediment chemistry within the Daihai Lake catchment, northeastern Chinese Loess Plateau, Applied Geochemistry, 35, 51-63.
31 Piotrowski, A.M.,  Galy, A.,  Nicholl, J.A.L., Roberts, N., Wilson, D. J.,  Clegg, J. and Yu, J., (2012). Reconstructing deglacial North and South Atlantic deep water source using foraminiferal Nd isotopes. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 357-358: 289-297.
30 Broecker, W.S. and Yu, J. (2011), What do we know about the evolution of Mg to Ca ratios in seawater?, Paleoceanogr., doi:10.1029/2011PA002120.
29 Johnstone, H., Yu, J., Elderfield, H. and Schulz, M. (2011), Improving temperature estimates derived from Mg/Ca of planktonic foraminifera using X-ray computed tomography-based dissolution index, Paleoceanogr., doi:10.1029/2010PA001940.
28 Jin Z.D., You C.F., Yu J., Wu L., Zhang F., Liu H.C. (2011), Seasonal contributions of catchment weathering and eolian dust to river water chemistry, northeastern Tibetan Plateau: Chemical and Sr isotopic constraints, Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface, doi:10.1029/2011JF002002
27 Jin, Z., Bickle, M.J., Chapman, H.J., Yu, J., An, Z., Wang, S. and Greaves, M.J., 2011. Ostracod Mg/Sr/Ca and 87Sr/86Sr geochemistry from Tibetan lake sediments: Implications for early to mid-Pleistocene Indian monsoon and catchment weathering. Boreas, 40(2): 320-331.
26 K. A. Allen, B. Hönisch, S. M. Eggins, J. Yu, H. J. Spero, H. Elderfield (2011), Controls on boron incorporation in cultured tests of the planktic foraminifer Orbulina universa. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2011.07.010.
25 Chuan-Chou Shen, Chung-Che Wu, Yi Liu, Jimin Yu, Ching-Chih Chang, Doan Dinh Lam, Jain-Ru Jhou, Li Lo, Kuo-Yen Wei (2011), Measurements of Natural Carbonate Rare Earth Elements in Femtogram Quantities by Inductive Coupled Plasma Sector Field Mass Spectrometry, Analytical Chemistry, dx.doi.org/10.1021/ac201736w.
24 B. Hönisch, K. A. Allen, A. D. Russell, S. M. Eggins, J. Bijma, H. J. Spero, D. W. Lea, and J. Yu (2011), Planktic foraminifers as recorders of seawater Ba/Ca. Marine Micropaleontology, doi:10.1016/j.marmicro.2011.01.003.
23 Yu, J.M., Broecker, W.S., Elderfield, H., Jin, Z.D., McManus, J., Zhang, F. (2010), Loss of carbon from the deep sea since the Last Glacial Maximum, Science, doi: 10.1126/science.1193221.
22 Yu, J.M., Foster, G.L., Elderfield, H., Broecker, W.S. and Clark, E. (2010), An evaluation of benthic foraminiferal B/Ca and d11B for deep ocean carbonate ion and pH reconstructions. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 293(1-2): 114-120.
21 Yu, J.M. and Broecker, W.S. (2010), Comment on “Deep-Sea Temperature and Ice Volume Changes Across the Pliocene-Pleistocene Climate Transitions”, Science, 328, 1480c, doi:10.1126/science.1186544.
20 Peck, V.L., Yu, J., Kender, S. and Riesselman, C.R. (2010), Shifting ocean carbonate chemistry during the Eocene-Oligocene climate transition: implications for deep ocean Mg/Ca-paleothermometry. Paleoceanogr.: doi:10.1029/2009PA001906.
19 Palmer, M.R., Brummer, G.J., Cooper, M., Elderfield, H., Greaves, M., Reichart, G.J., Schouten, S. and Yu, J. (2010), Multi-proxy reconstruction of surface water pCO2 in the northern Arabian Sea since 29 ka. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 295: 49-57.
18 Jin, Z.D., Bickle, M., Chapman, H., Yu, J.M., Wang, S.M. and Chen, S.Y. (2009), Early to mid-Pleistocene ostracod d18O and d13C in the central Tibetan Plateau: Implication for Indian monsoon change. Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclimatol. Palaeoecol., 280(3-4): 406-414.
17 Jin, Z.D., You, C.F. and Yu, J.M. (2009), Toward a geochemical mass balance of major elements in Lake Qinghai, NE Tibetan Plateau: A significant role of atmospheric deposition. Applied Geochemistry, 24(10): 1901-1907.
16 Jin, Z.D., Yu, J.M., Wang, S.M., Zhang, F., Shi, Y.W. and You, C.F. (2009), Constraints on water chemistry by chemical weathering in the Lake Qinghai catchment, northeastern Tibetan Plateau (China): clues from Sr and its isotopic geochemistry. Hydrogeology Journal, 17: 2037-2048.
15 Yu, J.M., Elderfield, H. and Piotrowski, A. (2008), Seawater carbonate ion-d13C systematics and application to glacial-interglacial North Atlantic ocean circulation. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 271(1-4): 209-220. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2008.04.010.
14 Yu, J.M. and Elderfield, H. (2008), Mg/Ca in the benthic foraminifera Cibicidoides wuellerstorfi and Cibicidoides mundulus: Temperature versus carbonate ion saturation. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 276(1-2): 129-139. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2008.09.015.
13 Yu, J.M., Elderfield, H., Jin, Z.D. and Booth, L. (2008), A strong temperature effect on U/Ca in planktonic foraminifer carbonates. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta (72): 4988-5000.
12 Yu, J.M. and Elderfield, H. (2007), Benthic foraminiferal B/Ca ratios reflect deep water carbonate saturation state. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 258(1-2): 73-86.
11 Yu, J.M., Elderfield, H., Greaves, M. and Day, J. (2007), Preferential dissolution of benthic foraminiferal calcite during laboratory reductive cleaning. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 8: Q06016, doi:10.1029/2006GC001571.
10 Yu, J.M., Elderfield, H. and Hönisch, B. (2007), B/Ca in planktonic foraminifera as a proxy for surface water pH. Paleoceanogr., 22: PA2202, doi:10.1029/2006PA001347.
9 Jin, Z.D., Yu, J.M., Chen, H.X., Wu, Y.H., Wang, S.M. and Chen, S.Y. (2007), The influence and chronological uncertainties of the 8.2 ka cooling event on continental climate records in China. The Holocene, 17(7): 1041-1050.
8 Elderfield, H., Yu, J.M., Anand, P., Kiefer, T. and Nyland, B. (2006), Calibrations for benthic foraminiferal Mg/Ca palaeothermometry and the carbonate ion hypothesis. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 250: doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2006.07.041.
7 Jin, Z.D., Bickle, M., Chapman, H., Yu, J.M., Greaves, M., Wang, S.M. and Chen, S.Y. (2006), An experimental evaluation of cleaning methods for fossil ostracod Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca determination. Journal of Paleolimnology: doi 10.1007/s10933-006-9007-8.
6 Jin, Z.D., Li, F.C., Cao, J.J., Wang, S.M. and Yu, J.M. (2006), Geochemistry of Daihai Lake sediments, Inner Mongolia, north China: Implications for provenance, sedimentary sorting, and catchment weathering. Geomorphology: doi:10.1016 /j.geomorph.2006.02.006.
5 Yu, J.M., Day, J., Greaves, M. and Elderfield, H. (2005), Determination of multiple element/calcium ratios in foraminiferal calcite by quadrupole ICP-MS. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 6: Q08P01, doi:10.1029/2005GC000964.
4 Jiang, S.Y., Yu, J.M. and Lu, J.J. (2004), Trace and rare-earth element geochemistry in tourmaline and cassiterite from the Yunlong tin deposit, Yunnan, China: implication for migmatitic–hydrothermal fluid evolution and ore genesis. Chem. Geol., 209: 193-213.
3 Yu, J.M. and Jiang, S.Y. (2003), Chemical compositions of tourmaline from the Yunlong tin deposit, Yunnan, China: Implication for ore genesis and mineral exploration. Mineralogy and Petrology, 77(1-2): 67-84.
2 Jiang, S.Y., Woodhead, J., Yu, J.M., Pan, J.Y., Liao, Q.L. and Wu, L.P. (2002), A reconnaissance of Cu isotopic compositions of hydrothermal vein-type copper deposit, Jinman, Yunnan, China. Chinese Science Bulletin, 47(3): 247-250.
1 Yu, J.-M., Jiang, S.-Y., Pan, J.-Y., Ni, P. (2001), Fluid inclusion and stable isotope study on the Yunlong tin deposit, Western Yunnan, China. Bulletin of Mineralogy Petrology and Geochemistry, 20(4):373-375.






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