Xiaowei Li maintains broad interests in marine and lacustrine sedimentology, stratigraphy, and geochemistry. His current research is primarily focused on outcrop-based studies of reservoir-scale heterogeneity in carbonate platform architecture and porosity, dolomitization processes, and numerical modeling of stratigraphy and diagenesis.

Honors & Awards

  • McGee-Leverson Research Grant, Stanford University (2017)
  • John E. Kilkenny Memorial Grant, American Association of Petroleum Geologist (2017)
  • Postgraduate Research Grant, International Association of Sedimentologists (2016)
  • SEPM Poster Awardee (Co-authored) at AAPG 2016 ACE (Calgary, Canada), Society for Sedimentary Geology (2016)
  • Annual Student Scholarship, SWS American Association of Petroleum Geologist (2014)
  • John E. Adams Memorial Scholarship, West Texas Geological Society (2014)
  • Harold J. Funkhouser Memorial Grant, American Association of Petroleum Geologist (2013)
  • Geology Scholarship, ConocoPhillips (2012-2014)

Professional Affiliations and Activities

  • Council Member, Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) (2017 - 2019)
  • Stanford Student Chapter President, American Association of Petroleum Geologist (AAPG) (2017 - 2018)
  • Committee Member, Carbonate Research Group, Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) (2016 - 2018)
  • Committee Member, Stanford School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences Graduate Student Advisory Committee (2016 - 2017)
  • Treasurer, Stanford AAPG Student Chapter (2015 - 2016)
  • Member, International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS) (2015 - Present)
  • Member, American Association of Petroleum Geologist (AAPG) (2012 - Present)
  • Member, Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) (2012 - Present)
  • Member, Geological Society of America (GSA) (2012 - Present)

Education & Certifications

  • M.S., Institute of Tectonic Studies, UTEP, Geological Sciences (2014)
  • B.E., Guizhou University, Envir. Sci. (Envir. Geol.) (2008)

Lab Affiliations

2017-18 Courses

Work Experience

  • Post-Grad Intern, Royal Dutch Shell (7/2015 - 10/2015)

    Using Stratigraphic Forward Modelling and Outcrop Analogs to Investigate Controls on Carbonate Platform Architecture at the Exploration Stage


    Westhollow, Houston

  • Integrated Geologist Intern, BP (6/2013 - 8/2013)

    Play Fairway and Composite Risk Segment Analysis on a 3D Seismic Survey, Barreirinhas Basin, Brazil (presented results and recommendations to exploration management)


    Westlake, Houston

All Publications

  • Metal-Organic Framework Nanocarriers for Drug Delivery in Biomedical Applications NANO-MICRO LETTERS Sun, Y., Zheng, L., Yang, Y., Qian, X., Fu, T., Li, X., Yang, Z., Yan, H., Cui, C., Tan, W. 2020; 12 (1)
  • The Late Permian to Late Triassic Great Bank of Guizhou: An isolated carbonate platform in the Nanpanjiang Basin of Guizhou Province, China AAPG BULLETIN Kelley, B. M., Lehrmann, D. J., Yu, M., Minzoni, M., Enos, P., Li, X., Lau, K. V., Payne, J. L. 2017; 101 (4): 553-562
  • Patterns of basin fill in Triassic turbidites of the Nanpanjiang basin: implications for regional tectonics and impacts on carbonate-platform evolution BASIN RESEARCH Lehrmann, D. J., Chaikin, D. H., Enos, P., Minzoni, M., Payne, J. L., Yu, M., Goers, A., Wood, T., Richter, P., Kelley, B. M., Li, X., Qin, Y., Liu, L., Lu, G. 2015; 27 (5): 587-612

    View details for DOI 10.1111/bre.12090

    View details for Web of Science ID 000362688700001

  • ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROLS ON THE GENESIS OF MARINE MICROBIALITES AND DISSOLUTION SURFACE ASSOCIATED WITH THE END-PERMIAN MASS EXTINCTION: NEW SECTIONS AND OBSERVATIONS FROM THE NANPANJIANG BASIN, SOUTH CHINA PALAIOS Lehrmann, D. J., Bentz, J. M., Wood, T., Goers, A., Dhillon, R., Akin, S., Li, X., Payne, J. L., Kelley, B. M., Meyer, K. M., Schaal, E. K., Suarez, M. B., Yu, M., Qin, Y., Li, R., Minzoni, M., Henderson, C. M. 2015; 30 (7): 529-552
  • Triassic tank: platform margin and slope architecture in space and time, Nanpanjiang Basin, south China in Deposits, Architecture, and Controls of Carbonate Margin, Slope, and Basinal Settings, eds. Verwer K, Playton TE, and Harris PM. SEPM Special Publication 105 Minzoni, M., Lehrmann, D., Payne, J., Enos, P., Yu, M., Wei, J., Kelley, B., Li, X., Schaal, E., Meyer, K., Montgomery, P., Goers, A., Wood, T. 2013: 84-113

    View details for DOI 10.2110/sepmsp.105.10

  • Lower Triassic oolites of the Nanpanjiang Basin, south China: Facies architecture, giant ooids, and diagenesis-Implications for hydrocarbon reservoirs AAPG BULLETIN Lehrmann, D. J., Minzoni, M., Li, X., Yu, M., Payne, J. L., Kelley, B. M., Schaal, E. K., Enos, P. 2012; 96 (8): 1389-1414
  • Factors controlling carbonate platform asymmetry: Preliminary results from the Great Bank of Guizhou, an isolated Permian-Triassic Platform in the Nanpanjiang Basin, south China PALAEOGEOGRAPHY PALAEOCLIMATOLOGY PALAEOECOLOGY Li, X., Yu, M., Lehrmann, D. J., Payne, J. L., Kelley, B. M., Minzoni, M. 2012; 315: 158-171