Xin Zhang

Team Member Category: Principal Investigator
Professional Title: Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental Science and Policy
  • Biogeochemical cycles of carbon and nitrogen
  • Earth system modeling
  • Atmospheric-biosphere interactions
  • Coupled human and natural systems


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 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and have received research grants from multiple institutions, including National Science Foundation.

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