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.
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!
Group members present their work at the Northeastern Geobiology Conference in Woods Hole, MA, enjoy seafood, and the beautiful salt marsh.
March - April 2018
Ashley joined Bess Ward's cruise to the Eastern Tropical North Pacific to filter thousands of liters of seawater!
Welcome back to Shannon Haynes who returns to Princeton after completing an IODP cruise.
Welcome to Jared Wilmoth who joins us from ORNL as a postdoctoral researcher working on methane cycling in wetlands.
New skills discovered while pumpkin carving with Ward group members!
October 2017 Prof. Zhang Termite Video
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)