Yu, S. Mark




Research Interests

  • Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology 
  • Stable Isotope Geochemistry 
  • Trace Metal Geochemistry 
  • Micropaleontology (foraminifera)


  • Rutgers University, NJ - (Ph.D. Candidate) 2016-Present 
  • University of Rochester, NYGeological Sciences (B.S.) with Biology, Environmental Geology, and History Minors, 2015 
    • Senior Thesis: "Methods of Apatite Synthesis and Europium Anomaly Effects with regard to Oxygen Fugacity"
    • Advisor: Dustin Trail 

Teaching Experience

  • Teaching Assistant: Spring 2020 (01:460:302) Petrology under Dr. Cathleen Doherty 
  • Teaching Assistant: Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018 - (01:460:301) Mineralogy under Dr. Claude Herzberg
    • Occasional Guest Lecture 
  • Teaching Assistant: Spring 2017, Spring 2018 - (01:460:304) Intro. to Geochemistry under Dr. Godfrey, Dr. Mortlock, Dr. Turrin
    • Occasional Guest Lecture
  • Instructor: Summer 2018, Summer 2019 - (01:460:100) Planet Earth, Sections H3 and J1
  • Workshop Leader: Fall 2014 - (EES 101) Intro. to Geological Sciences under Dr. Penny Higgins  

Honors and Awards

  • Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) Student Research Grant - 2019
  • Rutgers Graduate Program in Geological Science Excellence Fellowship - 2019
  • William V. Sliter Research Award (Cushman Foundation) - 2018
  • TA/GA Professional Development Award - 2018
  • William and Grace Sparks Graduate Student Research Award (excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring) - 2018
  • Geological Society of America (GSA) Graduate Student Research Grant - 2018
  • NSF Participation Award for Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry and Ecology (IsoCamp) - 2017
  • Special Study Award (renamed Off-Campus Dissertation Development Award) - 2017
  • TA/GA Professional Development Award - 2017 
  • Discover Grant for Undergraduate Summer Research - 2014
  • 7th Generation Scholarship for Environmental Sustainability and Development- 2011 to 2015

Travel Grants

  • IsoAstro Workshop Travel Support - 2019
  • Graduate Climate Conference Travel Fund - 2018
  • EPS Graduate Student Travel Fund- 2017
  • EOAS Graduate Student Travel Fund - 2017

Advisor and Dissertation Committee

  • James D. Wright (Advisor)
  • Yair Rosenthal 
  • Richard A. Mortlock
  • Kenneth G. Miller
  • Dick Kroon (University of Edinburgh) 


  • Yu. S.M., Mortlock, R.A, Wright, J.D.. et al., (in prep, June submission date) Late Pleistocene equatorial Indian Ocean dynamics inferred from multi-species planktonic foraminifera stable isotope analyses, Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology
  • Stainbank, S., Spezzaferri, S., De Boever, E., Bouvier, A.S., Chilcott, C., de Leau, E.S., Kunkelova, T., Pichevin, L., Raddatz, J., Rüggeberg, Wright, J.D., Yu, S.M., Zhang, M., Kroon, D., (in review) Diagenetic influences on foraminiferal geochemistry from low latitude, shallow-water drift deposit, Earth and Planetary Science Letters  
  • Kunkelova, T., S. Jung, de Leau, E.S., and Expedition 359 Scientists, 2019. A two million year record of low latitude aridity linked to continental weathering from the Maldives, Progress in Earth and Planetary Science 6, 21 

Meetings / Abstracts

  • Yu, S.M., J.D. Wright, R.A. Mortlock (2020) Synchronous thermocline dynamics across the equatorial Indian and Pacific inferred from multispecies foraminiferal analyses [Poster]. GSA Joint Southeast and Northeast Meeting 2020, Reston, VA  
  • Yu. S.M. (2020) Late Pleistocene equatorial Indian Ocean dynamics inferred from multi-species foraminiferal analysis [Talk], Rutgers Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences Colloquium, New Brunswick, NJ   
  • Rosenthal. Y., J.F. Adkins, S.M. Yu, J.D. Wright, R.A. Mortlock, and Scientific Team of IODP Drilling Leg 363 (2019) Reconstructing the density structure of the western Pacific during the LGM: Results from IODP Expedition 363. AGU Fall Meeting 2019, San Francisco, CA
  • Stainbank. S., D. Kroon, M. Zhang, S.M. Yu, J. Wright, T. Kunkelova, A. Rüggeberg, E. de Leau, E. de Boever, C. Chilcott, S. Spezzaferri (2019) Long-term Surface and Intermediate Water reconstructions: IODP359, northern equatorial Indian Ocean, Foram-Nanno Conference 2019. Fribourg, Switzerland  
  • Stainbank. S., A. Rüggeberg, D. Kroon, J. Raddatz, S.M. Yu, J. Wright, E. de Leau, M. Zhang, S. Spezzaferri (2019) Glacial-Interglacial South Asian Monsoon dynamics: A Multi-species foraminiferal approach. 13th International Conference on Paleoceanography, Syndey, Australia 
  • Stainbank. S., D. Kroon, M. Zhang, S.M. Yu, J. Wright, T. Kunkelova, A. Rüggeberg, E. de Leau, E. de Boever, C. Chilcott, and S. Spezzaferri (2019) High-resolution foraminiferal geochemical records for the last 1.8 Myr: Diagenetic controls, South Asian Monsoon dynamics and oceanographic implications, 13th International Conference on Paleoceanography, Syndey, Australia 
  • Yu. S.M. (2018) Insights into the Monsoon System via the Paleo-Proxy Record [Talk]. Rutgers Archeological Society, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Yu. S.M., L. Godfrey, R. Mortlock, and J.D. Wright (2018) Maldives Hydrography Reconstruction over the Pleistocene [Poster]. Graduate Climate Conference 2018, Seattle, WA
  • Yu. S.M., L. Godfrey, R. Mortlock, and J.D. Wright (2018) Maldives Multispecies Foraminifera Hydrography Reconstruction over the Pleistocene and Oxygen Minimum Zone History [Poster]. Goldschmidt 2018, Boston, MA 
  • Yu. S.M. (2018) Maldives multi-species foraminifera thermocline reconstruction over the Pleistocene [Talk]. IODP Exp 359 2nd Postcruise Meeting, Nassau, Bahamas 
  • Yu. S.M., J.D. Wright, D. Kroon, and R. Mortlock (2017) Pleistocene Thermocline Reconstruction and Ventilation History in the Maldives [Poster]. AGU Fall Meeting 2017, New Orleans, LA  

Field and Oceanographic Experience

  • R/V Thomas G. Thompson, Argentine Margin Seismic and Coring Survey (52 Days) - 2019
  • D/V JOIDES Resolution,  JR100/Expedition 379T (Sedimentologist), Chilean Margin (30 Days)- 2019
  • Green River Formation, WY - 2019
  • New Jersey Coastal Plain - 2018
  • Bahamas Sea Level, Nassau Island - 2018
  • Flatirons (CO), Granite Mountains (WY), Yellowstone (WY), Grand Teton (WY), Stillwater Complex (MT) - 2018
  • Book Cliffs, UT - 2017
  • Adirondack Mountains, NY - 2016
  • Basin and Range Province Field Camp, NV - 2015
  • Catskill Mountains, NY - 2014

Professional Organizations 

  • American Geophysical Union
  • Geological Society of America 
  • Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research
  • Society for Sedimentary Geology 
  • Sigma Xi
  • Sigma Gamma Epsilon