Xinning Zhang

Assistant Professor
The Department of Geosciences and Assistant Professor of Geosciences and the High Meadows Environmental Institute
Office Phone
M-47 Guyot Hall

2010 Ph.D. California Institute of Technology

2004 B.S. Cornell University


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.

Zhang earned her Ph.D. in environmental science and engineering from the California Institute of Technology and a B.S. in biological and environmental engineering from Cornell University. She joined the faculty in spring 2017.

Research Areas: Biogeochemistry, Climate

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