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Dr. Huan Cui

Post-doctoral researcher at Univ. of Toronto; Post-doc 2018-2020, Former teammembers



  • Postdoc NASA Astrobiology Institute at University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, 2015-2018
  • Ph.D. Geology, University of Maryland, College Park, USA, 2015
  • M.S. Geology, Peking University, Beijing, China, 2011
  • B.S. Geology, Southwest Petroleum University, Chengdu, China, 2008

 Selected publications:

  • Cui+ 2019. Sedimentology and chemostratigraphy of the terminal Ediacaran Dengying Formation at the Gaojiashan section, South China. Geological Magazine, 156, 1924–1948.
  • Cui+ 2018. Questioning the biogenicity of the Neoproterozoic superheavy pyrite by SIMS. American Mineralogist, 103, 1362–1400.
  • Cui+ 2018. Searching for the Great Oxidation Event in North America: A reappraisal of the Huronian Supergroup by SIMS sulfur four-isotope analysis. Astrobiology, 18, 519–538.
  • Cui+ 2018. The Neoproterozoic Hüttenberg δ13C anomaly: Genesis and global implications. Precambrian Research, 313, 242–262.
  • Cui+ 2017. Was the Ediacaran Shuram Excursion a globally synchronized early diagenetic event? Insights from methane-derived authigenic carbonates in the uppermost Doushantuo Formation, South China. Chemical Geology, 450, 59–80.
  • Cui+ 2016. Environmental context for the terminal Ediacaran biomineralization of animals. Geobiology, 14, 344–363.
  • Cui+ 2016. Redox-dependent distribution of early macro-organisms: Evidence from the terminal Ediacaran Khatyspyt Formation in Arctic Siberia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 461, 122–139.
  • Cui+ 2016. Phosphogenesis associated with the Shuram Excursion: Petrographic and geochemical observations from the Ediacaran Doushantuo Formation of South China. Sedimentary Geology, 341, 134–146.
  • Cui+ 2015. Redox architecture of an Ediacaran ocean margin: Integrated chemostratigraphic (δ13C–δ34S–87Sr/86Sr–Ce/Ce*) correlation of the Doushantuo Formation, South China. Chemical Geology, 405, 48–62.


  • Guest Editor, Precambrian Research (2019-2020)
  • Editorial Board: Astrobiology (2020-), Plos One (2019-), Frontiers in Earth Science-Biogeoscience (2019-)
  • Proposal Reviewer: NASA Postdoctoral Program, NASA Exobiology program, International Association of Sedimentologists post-doctoral research grants
  • Journal Reviewer: Reviewed 70+ manuscripts for ~20 journals: see details on Publons.