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Donald Zak

Donald Zak

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Arthur F Thurnau Professor, Burton V Barnes Collegiate Professor, Alexander H Smith Distinguished University Professor of Ecology, Professor of Natural Resources, School for Environment and Sustainability, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Adjunct Professor of Earth and Environmental Science, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Professor of Environment, School for Environment and Sustainability and College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Literature, Science, & Arts » Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Environment and Sustainability
Donald Zak's research investigates links between the composition and function of soil microbial communities, and the influence of microbial activity on ecosystem-level processes. This work draws on ecology, microbiology, and biochemistry and is focused at several scales of understanding. Current research centers on understanding the link between plant and microbial activity within terrestrial ecosystems, and the influence climate change may have on these dynamics. Teaching includes courses in soil and ecosystem ecology.

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

My work contributes directly toward solving the United Nations SDGs listed below. Learn more.

15. Life on Land