David T. Wang

I'm a Ph.D. candidate in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program and member of the Hardcore Stable Isotope Laboratory at MIT.


My thesis focuses on the application of light stable isotope systems to trace the origin and interaction of subsurface waters and hydrocarbons. I also have a hand in instrument development and Earth history research at MIT.



Journal Articles

  1. Clumped isotope effects during OH and Cl oxidation of methane.
    Whitehill AR, Joelsson LMT, Schmidt JA, Wang DT, Johnson MS, and Ono S
    2017 // Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 196, 307–325.
  2. Fractionation of the methane isotopologues 13CH4, 12CH3D, and 13CH3D during aerobic oxidation of methane by Methylococcus capsulatus (Bath).
    Wang DT, Welander PV, and Ono S
    2016 // Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 192, 186–202.
  3. IODP Expedition 337: Deep Coalbed Biosphere off Shimokita — Microbial processes and hydrocarbon system associated with deeply buried coalbed in the ocean.
    Inagaki F, Hinrichs K-U, Kubo Y, and the IODP Expedition 337 Scientists
    2016 // Scientific Drilling, 21, 17–28.
  4. Rapid oxygenation of Earth's atmosphere 2.33 billion years ago.
    Luo G, Ono S, Beukes NJ, Wang DT, Xie S, and Summons RE
    2016 // Science Advances, 2, e1600134.
  5. Exploring deep microbial life in coal-bearing sediment down to ~2.5 km below the ocean floor.
    Inagaki F, Hinrichs K-U, Kubo Y, Bowles MW, Heuer VB, Hong WL, Hoshino T, Ijiri A, Imachi H, Ito M, Kaneko M, Lever MA, Lin YS, Methé BA, Morita S, Morono Y, Tanikawa W, Bihan M, Bowden SA, Elvert M, Glombitza C, Gross D, Harrington GJ, Hori T, Li K, Limmer D, Liu C-H, Murayama M, Ohkouchi N, Ono S, Park YS, Phillips SC, Prieto-Mollar X, Purkey M, Riedinger N, Sanada Y, Sauvage J, Snyder G, Susilawati R, Takano Y, Tasumi E, Terada T, Tomaru H, Trembath-Reichert E, Wang DT, and Yamada Y
    2015 // Science, 349, 420–424.
  6. Nonequilibrium clumped isotope signals in microbial methane.
    Wang DT, Gruen DS, Sherwood Lollar B, Hinrichs K-U, Stewart LC, Holden JF, Hristov AN, Pohlman JW, Morrill PL, Könneke M, Delwiche KB, Reeves EP, Sutcliffe CN, Ritter DJ, Seewald JS, McIntosh JC, Hemond HF, Kubo MD, Cardace D, Hoehler TM, and Ono S
    2015 // Science, 348, 428–431.
  7. Measurement of a doubly-substituted methane isotopologue, 13CH3D, by tunable infrared laser direct absorption spectroscopy.
    Ono S, Wang DT, Gruen DS, Sherwood Lollar B, Zahniser M, McManus BJ, and Nelson DD
    2014 // Analytical Chemistry, 86, 6487–6494.
  8. Fractionation of sulfur isotopes by Desulfovibrio vulgaris mutants lacking hydrogenases or type I tetraheme cytochrome c3.
    Sim MS, Wang DT, Zane GM, Wall JD, Bosak T, and Ono S
    2013 // Frontiers in Microbiology, 4, 171.

Technical Reports

  • Expedition 370 Preliminary Report: Temperature Limit of the Deep Biosphere off Muroto.
    Heuer, V.B., Inagaki, F., Morono, Y., Kubo, Y., Maeda, L., and the Expedition 370 Scientists
    2017 // International Ocean Discovery Program.


Some talks & posters delivered at national or regional conferences.

  1. Clumped isotopologue constraints on the origin of methane in basalt- and ultramafic-hosted mid-ocean ridge hydrothermal fluids.
    Oral presentation, with Reeves EP, Seewald JS, McDermott JM, and Ono S
    2016 // Goldschmidt Conference, Yokohama, Japan.
  2. Application of methane clumped isotopologue measurements for tracing the subsurface history of hydrocarbon gases.
    Oral presentation, with Gruen DS and Ono S
    2015 // Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD.
  3. Clumped isotopic (13CH3D) composition of methane from the Potato Hills gas field, Oklahoma.
    Oral presentation, with Gruen DS, Seewald JS, Whelan JK, Sherwood Lollar B, and Ono S
    2014 // Goldschmidt Conference, Sacramento, CA.
  4. Sulfur isotope fractionation during reduction of sulfate by Desulfovibrio fructosovorans.
    Oral presentation, with Ono S and Bosak T
    2014 // Northeastern Geobiology Symposium, Yale University.
  5. Stable isotope fractionation during chromium(III) oxidation by δ-MnO2.
    Poster presentation, with Fregoso DC, Ellis AS, Johnson TM, and Bullen TD
    2010 // AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.


12.104 (MIT) - Fall 2014 - Geochemistry of the Earth and Planets - TA