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Faculty

Xin Zhang

Assistant Professor
Faculty
Xin Zhang
Assistant Professor
Appalachian Laboratory

Bio

Xin Zhang is currently working as an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. The goal of Xin’s current research is to evaluate how socioeconomic and biogeochemical processes affect the global nitrogen cycle and, in turn, provide policy input on mitigating nitrogen pollution while meeting global food and biofuel demands. Xin’s research approaches are from both natural science, including the Earth System Model and atmospheric measurements, and social science, such as econometrics analysis. Collaborating closely with economists, modelers, and field experimentalists from US (e.g., Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory), France (e.g., CIRED laboratory), and China (e.g., China Agricultural University), Xin has published papers on various peer-reviewed journals, including Nature and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and have received research grants from multiple institutions, including Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy and Cooperative Institute for Climate Science.

Xin received a B.S. in Environmental Science and a B.S. in Computer Science from Ocean University of China (OUC), an M.A. in Environmental Science from Peking University (2007), and a Ph.D. from Yale University (2012). In addition to the academic education, she has completed internships and projects at various national and international organizations, including the United Nations and China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection.

Job Announcement (09/10/2017): Zhang Lab currently has multiple postdoc and graduate student level research positions open. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until qualified candidates are found. Check https://greeningxin.com/opportunities/ for more information. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental Science and Policy
  • Biogeochemical cycles of carbon and nitrogen
  • Earth system modeling
  • Atmospheric-biosphere interactions
  • Coupled human and natural systems

Education

  • Yale University, 2013, Ph.D., Environmental Sciences
  • Peking University, 2007, M.S., Environmental Sciences
  • Ocean University of China, 2004, B.A., Environmental Sciences and Computer Science

Regularly Offered Courses

Graduate Program Foundation Areas