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Li Gao, Ph.D. – Organic Geochemistry



PhD. Geological Sciences. Brown University, Providence, RI, USA

B.S. Environmental Sciences. University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China.

Research Interests:

Dr. Gao’s expertise is in organic geochemistry, environmental stable isotopes and the application to paleoclimatology and petroleum systems. Dr. Gao obtained her PhD degree in Geological Sciences at Brown University, with broad and in-depth knowledge of geochemistry, geology and statistics. She is in charge of the Geochemistry Laboratory at PEERI and conducts/coordinates research and method development in shale oil and shale gas petroleum systems. Specifically, she focuses on the modeling and application of hydrocarbon C and H isotopes and organic markers for shale oil and gas resource assessment. The other major focus of hers is the advanced wellsite geochemistry along with surface logging to identify and keep in the "sweet spot" using a series of unique and advanced geochemistry instruments and methods.

Selected Publications:

Gao, L., J. Hou , J. Toney, D. Macdonold and Y. Huang (2011), Mathematical modeling of aquatic macrophyte inputs of mid-chain n-alkyl lipids in lake sediments: Implications on hydrogen isotopic records, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 75, 3781-3791.

Gao, L., J. Nie , C. Steven , W. Liu , J. Sun , R. Zech, and Y. Huang (2012a), The importance of solar insolation on the temperature variations for the past 110 kyr on the Chinese Loess Plateau, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 128, 317-318.

Gao, L., A. Burnier, and Y. Huang (2012b), Quantifying instantaneous regeneration rates of plant leaf waxes using stable hydrogen isotope labeling , Rapid communication in Mass Spectrometry 26, 115-122.

Gao, L. and Y. Huang (2012), Inverse gradients in leaf wax δD and δ13C values along grass blades of Miscanthus sinensis: implications for leaf wax reproduction and plant physiology, Oecologia.

Gao, L., M. Zheng, M. Fraser, and Y. Huang (2014), Comparable hydrogen isotopic fractionation of plant leaf waxes in arid and humid subtropical ecosystems, G-cubed.

Thomas, E., Y. Huang, C. Morrill, J. Zhao, P. Wegener, S.C. Clemens, S.M. Colman, L. Gao (2014), Abundant C4 plants on the Tibetan Plateau during the Lateglacial and early Holocene, Quaternary Science Reviews 87, 24-33.

Arnold, T., L. Gao, Y. Tang (2014), Advanced technologies to increase production from horizontal wells and reservoirs, Shale Shaker 65, 282-307.

Gao L., E.J. Edwards, Y. Zeng, Y. Huang (2014) Major Evolutionary Trends in Hydrogen Isotope Fractionation of Vascular Plant Leaf Waxes. PLoS ONE 9(11): e112610. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0112610.

Gao, L., Robert Olson, Andrei Deev, Sheng Wu, Shuichang Zhang, Yunyan Ni, Qi Qu, Randy LaFollette, Guanyi Chen, Yongchun Tang (submitted), The Gas Isotope Interpretation Tool: A Novel Method To Better Predict Production Decline, AAPG Bulletin.