Xin Zhang promoted to associate professor

August 30, 2021

Dr. Xin Zhang has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure at the Appalachian Laboratory of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.  Zhang joined the faculty in 2016 following the completion of postdoctoral work at Princeton University. 

“Dr. Zhang is a global leader in her field and we are extremely fortunate to have her here in western Maryland as part of the Appalachian Laboratory faculty, “ said Dr. David Nelson, Appalachian Laboratory Professor and Director. “Her promotion is a well-deserved recognition of her contributions to science, society, and our students.” 

Zhang, an expert in sustainable agriculture, collaborates closely with colleagues in both the social and natural sciences, as well as policymakers and decision makers at nongovernmental organizations, to improve understanding of where food production needs, economic concerns, and environmental factors intersect and to identify interventions that address the socioeconomic needs of producers and minimize pollution. She is a recipient of a 2021 Faculty Early Career Development Program Award from the U.S. National Science Foundation.

In addition to research, Zhang also advises students and teaches in the Marine-Estuarine Environmental Sciences Graduate Program of the University System of Maryland.

Xin Zhang holds a PhD from Yale University, an MS in Environmental Science from Peking University, and a BS in Environmental Science and Computer Science from Ocean University of China.  In addition to her postdoctoral experience with Princeton, Zhang has also completed numerous internships and projects at various national and international organizations, including the United Nations.

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