Xin Zhang

Photo of Xin Zhang Associate Professor
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Appalachian Laboratory
301 Braddock Rd.
Frostburg, Maryland 21532
Phone: 301-689-7201

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Research Disciplines: Research Interests:

sustainable nutrient management, nitrogen cycles, sustainable agriculture, food security, international trade, system resilience, green house gases emissions, bio-economic model

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Biographical Sketch

Xin Zhang is currently working as an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental ScienceThe goal of Xin’s current research is to evaluate how socioeconomic and biogeochemical processes affect the global nutrient cycle 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 from US (e.g., Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory), France (e.g., CIRED laboratory), and China (e.g., China Agricultural University), 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

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.


  • Yale University                       New Haven, CT          Environmental Science           Ph.D.,  2013
  • Peking University                   Beijing, China             Environmental Science           M.S.,   2007
  • Ocean University of China     Quigdao, China           Environmental Science and Computer science           B.S.,    2004





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