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Wei Zhang

Wei Zhang

Assistant Professor, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, Environmental Science and Policy Program

Plant and Soil Science Building
1066 Bogue St., Rm. A516

Research Interests:
Dr. Zhang is broadly interested in the quality and sustainability of soil and water resources, with emphasis on the movement of water, solutes (e.g., nutrients, agrochemicals, and environmental toxins), and fine particles such as microorganisms, abiotic colloids, and engineered nanoparticles in natural and engineered systems, particularly in unsaturated soils. Our current research is focusing on the fate and transport of emerging contaminants in the soil-water-biota continuum within the framework of “one health”. The overarching goal of our research is to promote human and environmental health by understanding fundamental transport processes and developing sustainable agricultural practices. Recently, we are studying the fate and transport of three major emerging contaminants: (1) veterinary pharmaceuticals and hormones, (2) engineered nanoparticles, and (3) emerging microbial plant pathogens. Other broader research themes are environmental and soil physics and hydrology, environmental nanotechnology, and colloidal and interfacial science.

Educational Background:
Nanjing University, B.S., 2000, Environmental Chemistry
Oklahoma State University, M.S., 2006, Biosystems Engineering
Cornell University, Ph.D., 2010, Environmental Engineering

Selected Professional Activities:
Dr. Zhang is primarily affiliated with American Geophysical Union, American Chemical Society, Soil Science Society of America, American Society of Agronomy, and American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. He previously received the USDA New Investigator Award in 2013, US National Research Council Research Associateship Award (2010-2011), and Cornell Liu Memorial Award (2009).


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Laboratory Trainees:

  • Cheng-Hua Liu, Predoctoral, Crop and Soil Sciences
  • Sangho Jeon, Predoctoral, Crop and Soil Sciences
  • Gemini D. Bhalsod, MS student, Crop and Soil Sciences