Public Lecture: Professor Jizhong Zhou Event as iCalendar

09 October 2017

5 - 7pm

Venue: Conference Centre, 423-342

Location: 22 Symonds Street, Auckland Central

Website: Registration form


This public lecture will begin at 5pm, followed by drinks, nibbles and networking.

Registrations are essential for catering purposes.


Microbial Feedbacks to Climate Change: Current Status, Challenges and Future Perspectives


The acceleration of global climate warming represents one of the greatest scientific and policy concerns of the 21st century. Understanding the mechanisms of biospheric feedbacks to climate change is critical to project future climate warming.

Over the last ten years, Dr Zhou has examined microbial feedback responses to climate warming, using integrated metagenomics technologies. His talk will cover the research he and his team have conducted, and examine the importance of the results in modelling and predicting future climate change.


About the speaker

Dr Jizhong Zhou is a George Lynn Cross Research Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology and Director of the Institute for Environmental Genomics at the University of Oklahoma (OU), a Visiting Senior Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and an Adjunct Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.

With expertise in microbial ecology and genomics, his curren research focuses on molecular community ecology and metagenomics, particularly in terrestrial soils and groundwater ecosystems important to climate change, bioenergy and environmental remediation, experimental evolution and functional genomics of microorganisms important to environment and bioenergy. He pioneered the development of high throughput metagenomic technologies, particularly functional gene arrays for biogeochemical, environmental and ecological applications, and theoretical ecology, particularly network ecology. 

Dr Zhou has received numerous awards and honors, including a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the President of the United States in 2001. He was a former editor for Applied and Environmental Microbiology from 2003 to 2013, and is currently an editor for ISMEJ, mBio, and section editor for BMC Microbiology. He is an advisory committee member for NASA GeneLabs, and a committee member for Microbiomes of the Built Environment by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.