Yang Xiang is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Phoebe Lam’s lab at UC Santa Cruz. Growing up in a small town in East China, he could have never imagined studying abroad and being admitted into the graduate program in UCSC directly after his bachelor degree at Xiamen University. Yang was on the last U.S. GEOTRACES Arctic cruise and is now researching the marine particle biogeochemistry of the Arctic Ocean. Specifically, he is interested in how particle concentrations and composition influence the distributions of various trace metals in the water column. On the GP15 US GEOTRACES Pacific Meridional Transect cruise, Yang will be on both legs and serving as a pump “supertech,” mainly in charge of processing particle samples. In his free time, Yang enjoys watching different kinds of sports and playing soccer and basketball. As a non-native speaker, he is happy to make more friends in order to practice his English!