Peng Ni

Assistant Professor at University of California, Los Angeles

Curriculum Vitae

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, University of California in Los Angeles 2023-
  • Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellow, Earth and Planets Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science 2017-2022
    Mentor: Anat Shahar and Steven B. Shirey


  • Ph. D., Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 2011-2017
    Dissertation: Cu diffusion in silicate melts and melt inclusion study on volatiles in the lunar interior.
    Advisor: Youxue Zhang
  • B.S., Geoscience, Peking University 2007-2011
    Thesis: Phase equilibria of eclogites from South Dabieshan Terran, Central China.
    Advisor: Chunjing Wei

Academic Awards

  • John Dorr Graduate Academic Achievement Award, class of 2017 2018
  • Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellowship 2017
  • Scott Turner Award (three times) 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Rackham Summer Fellowship 2015
  • 1st Prize, Michigan Graduate Union poster competition 2015
  • Rackham Travel Grant (twice) 2014, 2015
  • May Fourth Scholarship (twice) 2009, 2010
  • Kwang-hua Scholarship 2008

Invited talks

  • University of California in San Diego, La Jolla, CA June 2023
  • California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA April 2023
  • University of California in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA March 2022
  • West Washington University, Bellingham, WA November 2021
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI October 2021
  • Goldschmidt conference July 2021 (virtual)
  • Natural History Museum of London, UK March 2021 (virtual)
  • Arizona State University, Arizona November 2020 (virtual)
  • The University of Texas at Austin, Texas April 2020 (virtual)
  • University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada April 2020 (virtual)
  • University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland March 2020
  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC March 2020
  • Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution for Science, Washington DC Jan 2020
  • Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, New York Sept 2019
  • Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou, China May 2018
  • The Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China April 2018
  • University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China March 2018
  • China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, China March 2018
  • University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland February 2018
  • Nanjing University, Nanjing, China July 2016

Teaching experiences

  • Mini Courses, Graduate Student Instructor Winter 2017
  • Principle of Geochemistry, Graduate Student Instructor Winter 2016
  • Principle of Geochemistry, Graduate Student Instructor Winter 2015
  • Introduction to Linux Computation, Graduate Student Instructor Fall 2014
  • Introduction to Physical Geology, Graduate Student Instructor Winter 2014
  • Principle of Geochemistry, Graduate Student Instructor Fall 2013
  • Introduction to Linux Computation, Graduate Student Instructor Winter 2013

Public service

  • AGU Fall Meeting Program Committee 2022
  • Session convener and chair, Goldschmidt 2022
  • Panelist, NASA proposal review panel Multiple years
  • Invited panelist, virtual career panel for international students in Earth Sciences, University of Michigan December 2020
  • Representative for Carnegie Institution Postdoc Association 2017 – 2019
  • Attending scientist at donor event “Lunch with a Scientist”, Carnegie Institution for Science July 2019
  • Session convener and chair at AGU December 2018
  • Volunteer for USA Science and Engineering Festival, Washington DC April 2018
  • Judge for Dwornik Student Presentation Award at Lunar and Planetary Science Conference March 2018
  • President of Peking University Alumni Association in Ann Arbor 2013 – 2015
  • Reviewer for Geology, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Geochemica et Cosmochimica Acta, Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology
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