Yongxin Pan is an adjunct professor of geophysics at the Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in Beijing. He obtained bachelor and master’s degrees in geology at the China University of Geosciences under the supervision of Professor Naihe Huang, and received a Ph.D. in geophysics under the supervision of Professor Rixiang Zhu. He joined the Paleomagnetism and Geochronology Laboratory at CAS in 1998. His research interests include paleomagnetism, biogeomagnetism, biomineralization and planetary magnetism. From 2000 to 2001, he studied at the University of Liverpool through a Royal Society Royal Fellowship, where he worked with Professor John Shaw. In 2003 to 2004, he studied at Munich University as an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, where he worked with Professor Nikolai Petersen. He is the founding director of the Beijing Biogeomagnetism Laboratory, which is now a leading research group of this exciting interdisciplinary area. He leads his young team to explore the fundamental influence of geomagnetic field on organisms and biosphere as a whole. He has served on several national and international academic committees and editorial boards, including for the journal Progress in Geophysics, as president of Paleomagnetism section of Chinese Geological Society, and as the editor-in-chief of Chinese Journal of Geophysics. His professional recognitions include Distinguished Young Scholar Fund, National Award of Natural Science, and Fu Chengyi Medal of Chinese Society of Geophysics. In 2017, he was elected as a member of Chinese Academy of Sciences.