Zhang Lab News

March 2019

Prof. Xinning Zhang named recipient of Simons Early Career Investigator in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution Awards

The Simon Foundation has granted Assistant Professor of Geosciences and at the Princeton Environmental Institute Prof. Xinning Zhang a Simons Early Career Investigator in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution Award for the period of 2019-2022. In a project titled “Physiological diversity and environmental sensitivities of benthic marine nitrogen fixation,” Prof. Zhang will pursue research on understudied, heterotrophic, nitrogen fixing microbes in marine systems to help resolve outstanding questions on the size and stability of oceanic fixed nitrogen inventories.  Simon Early Career awards are granted to those scientists whose are considered to be outstanding investigators and whose research will advance their field of Microbial Ecology and Evolution further. 

Prof. Zhang is an environmental microbiologist whose laboratory is located within the Department of Geosciences at Guyot Hall.  The department would like to take this time to congratulate Prof. Zhang at her time of prestigious recognition.

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July 2018

Eunah Han, 1st year Geosciences grad student, and Ashley Maloney, postdoc, travel to learn how to build and use chemostats in Sebastian Kopf's lab at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Fun science results!


June 2018

Lab group BBQ to welcome summer intern Rei Zhang and Ethan, the newest member of the Darnajoux family. 
Zhang Group June 2018

April 2018

Group members present their work at the Northeastern Geobiology Conference in Woods Hole, MA, enjoy seafood, and the beautiful salt marsh. 

Zhang Group April

March - April 2018

Ashley joined Bess Ward's cruise to the Eastern Tropical North Pacific to filter thousands of liters of seawater!

February 2018

Welcome to new Hess postdoctoral fellow, Ashley Maloney, who joins us from UW-Seattle. Ashley will be exploring lipid H isotopes in marine microbes and in eukaryotic yeasts.

December 2017

Welcome back to Shannon Haynes who returns to Princeton after completing an IODP cruise.

November 2017

Welcome to Jared Wilmoth who joins us from ORNL as a postdoctoral researcher working on methane cycling in wetlands.

October 2017

New skills discovered while pumpkin carving with Ward group members!



October 2017 Prof. Zhang Termite Video

How Termites Use Microbes To Eat Wood

Microbial Biogeochemist Prof. Xinning Zhang talks with science journalist, Ed Yong, about how microscopic organisms in the digestive tracts of termites help these particular insects digest the indigestible nature of wood. (Video)