General

My research interests focus on isotope biogeochemistry of methane and other dissolved gases in the ocean and across other Earth systems, as well as development of marine chemical sensors.

Email: mdu@idsse.ac.cn

Research Areas

Marine Gas Biogeochemistry

Education

2009.08 - 2014.08   Texas A&M University, United States   Doctor of Philosophy in Oceanography

Experience

2014.08 - present   Institue of Deep-sea Science and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences   Associate Professor

Honors & Distinctions

Media Report

​GoMRI: “Study Shows Bacteria Contributed to Consumption of 200,000 tons of Oil and Gas”        17 May 2013

Livescience: “Bacteria Sucked Up 200,000 Tons of Oil After BP Spill”         12 September 2012

Sciencedaily:“At Least 200,000 Tons of Oil and Gas from Deepwater Horizon Spill Consumed by Gulf Bacteria”        11 September 2012

Publications

   
Papers

1.Ta, K.; Peng, X.*; Chen, S.; Xu, H.; Li, J.;Du, M.; Hao, J., Hydrothermal nontronite formation associated with microbes from low-temperature diffuse hydrothermal vents at the South Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 122 (2017): 2375-2392.

2.Peng, X.; Guo, Z.*; Chen, S.; Sun, Z.; Xu, H.; Ta, K.; Zhang, J.; Zhang, L.; Li, J.;Du. M., Formation of carbonate pipes in the northern Okinawa Trough linked to strong sulfate exhaustion and iron supply. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 205 (2017): 1-13.

3.Du, M.*; Yvon-Lewis, S.; Garcia-Tigreros, F.; Valentine, D. L.; Mendes, S. D.; Kessler J. D.*, High Resolution Measurements of Methane and Carbon Dioxide in Surface Waters over a Natural Seep Reveal Dynamics of Dissolved Phase Air-Sea Flux. Environmental Science & Technology 48 (2014): 10165-10173. (Cited by 5)

4.Du, M.* and Kessler J. D.*, Assessment of the Spatial and Temporal Variability of Bulk Hydrocarbon Respiration Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Environmental Science & Technology 46 (2012): 10499-10507. (Cited by 37)

5.Kessler, J. D.*; Valentine, D. L.*; Redmond, M. C.;Du, M.,Response to Comment on "A Persistent Oxygen Anomaly Reveals the Fate of Spilled Methane in the Deep Gulf of Mexico". Science, 332 (2011): 1033. (Cited by 11)

6.Kessler, J. D.*; Valentine, D. L.*; Redmond, M. C.;Du, M.; Chan, E. W.; Mendes, S. D.; Quiroz, E. W.; Villanueva, C. J.; Shusta, S. S.; Werra, L. M.; Yvon-Lewis, S. A.; Weber, T. C., A Persistent Oxygen Anomaly Reveals the Fate of Spilled Methane in the Deep Gulf of Mexico.Science 331 (2011): 312-315. (Cited by 319)

7.Valentine, D. L.*; Kessler, J. D.; Redmond, M. C.; Mendes, S. D.; Heintz, M. B.; Farwell, C.; Hu, L.; Kinnaman, F. S.; Yvon-Lewis, S.;Du, M.,; Chan, E. W.; Tigreros, F. G.; Villanueva, C. J., PropaneRespiration Jump-Starts Microbial Response to a Deep Oil Spill. Science 330 (2010): 208-211. (Cited by 267)

Projects

  • Development of a High Precision Deep-sea Methane Sensor. Chinese Academy of Sciences (YJKYYQ20170062), 2018.01-2019.12, Project Funding 1,850,000 RMB, Principal Investigator

  • Development of a High Precision Deep-sea Trace Metal and Dissolved Gases Analyzing System. The National Key Research and Development Program of China (2016YFC0302300), 2016.07-2020.06, Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China, Project Funding 10,000,000 RMB, Principal Investigator

  • Development of a Deep-sea Benthic Biogeochemical Experiment System. Key Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2016.01-2018.12, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Project Funding 2,000,000 RMB, Principal Investigator

  • Chinese Academy of Sciences Youth Innovation Promotion Association,2016.01-2019.12,Chinese Academy of Sciences, Project Funding 400,000 RMB, Principal Investigator

  • Environmental Effect of Seepage of Methane from the Yinggehai Natural Seeps. National Natural Science Foundation of China Youth Science Foundation(41506097),2016.01-2018.12,National Natural Science Foundation of China, Project Funding 264,000 RMB, Principal Investigator

  • Detection of the Key Dissolved Gases at Deep-sea. Key Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences(2015CB755905),2014.01-2015.12, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Project Funding 1,000,000 RMB, Principal Investigator

  • Study of the Interaction Between the Chemical Environment and Chemosynthetic Microorganisms at the Hadal Trench. The National Key Basic Research Program 973 (2015CB755905),2015.01-2019.12,Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China, Project Funding 5,500,000 RMB, Principal Investigator

  • Study of the Driving Mechanism of Exclusive Chemistry and Sedimentation Processes, and the Ore Forming at the Hadal Trench. Strategic pilot science and technology projects, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Type B (XDB06020201),2014.01-2018.12,Chinese Academy of Sciences, Project Funding 20,000,000 RMB, Major Investigator

Students

I expect intelligent, enthusiastuc, and hard-working students to join my team.