Xin Zhang is currently working as an Associate 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 nutrient cycle and the sustainability of agricultural production and, in turn, provide policy input on mitigating nutrient 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 worldwide, Xin has published papers on various peer-reviewed journals, including Nature and
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 (5/4/2021): Zhang Environmental Science and Policy Lab currently has an internship position open. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until qualified candidates are found. Check http://research.al.umces.edu/xzhang/2021/05/04/sustainable-agriculture-matrix-internship-available/ 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
- 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
- Journal of Environmental Quality2015
- Environmental Research Letters2016