Assoc Prof Dr. Xiaogang Chen | Nature Based Solutions | Best Researcher Award

Westlake University, China

Author Profile

Early Academic Pursuits:

Xiaogang Chen embarked on his academic journey with a Bachelor of Science in Radiochemistry from Lanzhou University in 2014. He then pursued his passion for coastal sciences, obtaining a Ph.D. in Estuarine and Coastal Sciences from East China Normal University in 2019. During his doctoral studies, he undertook joint Ph.D. programs in Australia and Croatia, further enriching his academic experience.

Professional Endeavors:

His professional career spans various roles, including research assistant positions at renowned institutions like the National Marine Science Centre in Australia. He continued his academic pursuits as a postdoctoral fellow and later as a research assistant and associate professor at Westlake University in China.

Contributions and Research Focus:

His research interests lie in chemical oceanography and marine biogeochemistry, with a focus on submarine groundwater discharge and its environmental implications in estuarine and coastal ecosystems. His work has been published in leading journals, contributing to our understanding of complex biogeochemical processes in marine environments.

Accolades and Recognition:

Throughout his career, He has received numerous accolades and awards, including the Outstanding Graduate Award from Lanzhou University, the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award from East China Normal University, and the Postdoctoral Innovation Award from Westlake University. His contributions to research have been recognized both nationally and internationally.

Impact and Influence:

His research has had a significant impact on the field of marine science, particularly in understanding the dynamics of coastal ecosystems and their response to environmental changes. Through international collaborations and scholarly publications, he has expanded our knowledge of submarine groundwater discharge and its role in coastal biogeochemistry.

Legacy and Future Contributions:

As a research associate professor at Westlake University, Chen continues to lead scientific research programs and mentor Ph.D. students in various areas of coastal biogeochemistry. His dedication to advancing our understanding of marine environments and promoting sustainable solutions underscores his commitment to shaping the future of coastal science.


A total of  794 citations for his publications, demonstrating the impact and recognition of his research within the academic community.

  • Citations           794
  • h-index              15
  • i10-index           18

Notable Publications 

Submarine groundwater discharge impacts on coastal nutrient biogeochemistry

Submarine groundwater discharge‐derived carbon fluxes in mangroves: An important component of blue carbon budgets?

Surface water and groundwater interactions in salt marshes and their impact on plant ecology and coastal biogeochemistry

Submarine groundwater‐borne nutrients in a tropical bay (Maowei Sea, China) and their impacts on the oyster aquaculture

Karstic submarine groundwater discharge into the Mediterranean: radon-based nutrient fluxes in an anchialine cave and a basin-wide upscaling

The mangrove CO2 pump: Tidally driven pore‐water exchange

Rainfall drives rapid shifts in carbon and nutrient source-sink dynamics of an urbanised, mangrove-fringed estuary

Pore‐water exchange flushes blue carbon from intertidal saltmarsh sediments into the sea

Bacterial-derived nutrient and carbon source-sink behaviors in a sandy beach subterranean estuary

Land use and episodic rainfall as drivers of nitrogen exports in subtropical rivers: Insights from δ15N-NO3-, δ18O-NO3- and 222Rn


Xiaogang Chen | Nature Based Solutions | Best Researcher Award

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