Title: Assistant Professor of Geosciences and at the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI)
Position: Faculty, Department of Geosciences and at the Princeton Environmental Institute
Group: Zhang Research Laboratory
Area(s): Geochemistry, Microbiology, Biogeochemistry
Research Summary: Prof. Zhang is an environmental microbiologist jointly appointed in the Department of Geosciences and the Princeton Environmental Institute. Zhang’s research aims at providing a mechanistic understanding of how microbial metabolism influences biogeochemical cycling and climate in modern and ancient environments. To determine the key parameters explaining microbial activities and their signatures in the rock record, she applies tools from microbial physiology, molecular ecology, and stable isotope geochemistry to research in lab and field settings.
Keywords: biogeochemistry, climate