Nicole Xike Nie
Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellow

Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellow Nicole Nie

Research Interests

Geochemistry; planetary science; Moon formation; volatile element depletion in planetary bodies; Earth and planetary surface weathering.


B.S., Geology, China University of Geosciences, Beijing, 2010; M.S., Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 2013; Ph.D., Isotope Geo/Cosmochemistry, University of Chicago, 2019

Contact & Links

  • (202) 478-8976
  • Earth and Planets Laboratory
    Carnegie Institution for Science
    5241 Broad Branch Road, NW
    Washington, DC 20015-1305
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Publications


Moon after the giant impact

For the next two years, Nicole Xike Nie will be working with Anat Shahar on using Rb isotopes to study the causes for volatile element depletion in planetary bodies. Her research interests include isotope geochemistry and cosmochemistry.  Nie's other interests include early solar system evolution, planetary differentiation, Moon formation, terrestrial and Martian surface processes, stable isotope fractionation mechanisms, and clean lab and MC-ICPMS techniques.