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Jihua Hao


  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars 2021-2023
  • Earth 4D: Subsurface Science & Exploration




Jihua Hao’s research focuses on the ancient Earth earlier than 2.5 billion years ago and other planets and how these environments could have sustained the origin and evolution of life.  He is specifically interested in the cycles of bio-essential elements under early Earth surface conditions (including atmosphere, waters, and rock).  He has also tested various hypotheses of the origin of life by simulating early Earth environments in the laboratory.  Recently, Hao has begun studying the chemistry of the ocean water inside Saturn’s moon Enceladus and examining whether or not it can support life.  He uses both experimental techniques and theoretical simulations in these studies.


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Institut des Origines de Lyon, Université de Lyon, France, 2016
  • Pre-doctoral Associate, Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington, USA, 2013 - 2016
  • Ph.D. Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, USA, 2012
  • Zhao JIUZHANG Scholarship, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, 2011
  • National Scholarship, Ministry of Education, China, 2010

Relevant Publications

  • Tang, M., Chu, X., Hao, J., & Shen, B. (2021). Orogenic quiescence in Earth’s middle age. Science, 371(6530), 728-731. DOI: 10.1126/science.abf1876
  • Hao, J., Knoll, A. H., Huang, F., Schieber, J., Hazen, R. M., & Daniel, I. (2020). Cycling phosphorus on the Archean Earth: Part II. Phosphorus limitation on primary production in Archean ecosystems. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 280, 360-377. DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2020.04.005
  • Hao, J., Knoll, A. H., Huang, F., Hazen, R. M., & Daniel, I. (2020). Cycling phosphorus on the Archean Earth: Part I. Continental weathering and riverine transport of phosphorus. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 273, 70-84. DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2020.01.027

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