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.