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Shuhei Ono

Professor of Biogeochemistry



Research Interests: Isotope biogeochemistry of sulfur and oxygen, water-rock-microbe interactions, seafloor hydrothermal deposits, deep biosphere, global sulfur cycles.

Selected Publications:


Genming Luo, Shuhei Ono, Nicolas J. Beukes, David T. Wang, Shucheng Xie and Roger E. Summons (2016), Rapid oxygenation of Earth’s atmosphere 2.33 billion years ago, Science Advances  13 May 2016: Vol. 2, no. 5, e1600134, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.1600134

Luo, G. M. and Ono, S. H. and Huang, J. H. and Algeo, T. J. and Li, C. and Zhou, L. and Robinson, A. and Lyons, T. W. and Xie, S. C. (2015) Decline in oceanic sulfate levels during the early Mesoproterozoic Precambrian Research, vol. 258, pp. 36-47, doi: 10.1016/j.precamres.2014.12.01

McDermott, J. M. and Ono, S. and Tivey, M. K. and Seewald, J. S. and Shanks, W. C. and Solow, A. R. (2015) Identification of sulfur sources and isotopic equilibria in submarine hot-springs using multiple sulfur isotopes Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta, vol. 160, pp. 169-187, doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2015.02.016

Sim, M. S. and Ono, S. H. and Hurtgen, M. T. (2015) Sulfur isotope evidence for low and fluctuating sulfate levels in the Late Devonian ocean and the potential link with the mass extinction event Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol. 419, pp. 52-62, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2015.03.009

Lever, M.A., O. Rouxel, J.C. Alt, N. Shimizu, S. Ono, R.M. Coggon, W.C. Shanks III, L. Lapham, M. Elvert, X. Prieto-Mollar, K.-U. Hinrichs, F. Inagaki and A. Teske, 2013: Evidence for Microbial Carbon and Sulfur Cycling in Deeply Buried Ridge Flank Basalt, Science, 339(6125): 1305-8

Sim, M.S., S. Ono and T. Bosak, 2012: Effects of iron and nitrogen limitation on sulfur isotope fractionation during microbial sulfate reduction, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 78(23): 8368-76

Guy, B.M., S. Ono, J. Gutzmer, A.J. Kaufman, Y. Lin, M.L. Fogel and N.J. Beukes, 2012: A multiple sulfur and organic carbon isotope record from non-conglomeratic sedimentary rocks of the Mesoarchean Witwatersrand Supergroup, South Africa, Precambrian Research, 219: 208-31

Whitehill, A.R. and S. Ono, 2012: Excitation band dependence of sulfur isotope mass-independent fractionation during photochemistry of sulfur dioxide using broadband light sources, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 94(1): 238-53

Contact Information

t: 617-253-0474


Ph.D. Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University, 2001
M.E. Economic Geology, Waseda University (Tokyo), 1996
B.S. Geology, Waseda University (Tokyo), 1994