Earth Sciences Division (ESD) Department of Energy (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Earth Sciences Division Staff: Biao Zhu

Biao Zhu

Biao Zhu

Guest Postdoc

Climate Sciences Department




Biographical Summary

Biao Zhu is a Guest Postdoc (Affiliate) in the Earth Sciences Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  He uses stable and radioactive isotopes (13C and 14C) to investigate mechanisms relevant to the impacts of soil warming, plant inputs, and microbial community on soil carbon cycling.  He has returned to China and is an Assistant Professor of Ecology in College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University, Beijing, China.

Research Interests

Ecosystem ecology, terrestrial biogeochemistry, soil microbial ecology; plant-soil interactions, rhizosphere C and N dynamics in response to global change, and stable and radioactive isotope ecology (13C, 15N, 14C).


  • 2005-2010, Ph.D. in Environmental Studies, University of California at Santa Cruz
  • 2002-2005, M.S. in Ecology, Peking University, China
  • 1998-2002, B.S. in Environmental Science, Peking University, China

Professional Experience

  • 2012-2014, Postdoctoral Fellow, Margaret Torn Lab, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • 2011-2012, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Jenny Kao-Kniffin Lab, Cornell University
  • 2010-2011, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Weixin Cheng Lab, UCSC

Academic Affiliations

  • 2007-2016, Sino-Ecologists Association Overseas
  • 2006-2014, Ecological Society of America (Soil Ecology Section)
  • 2006-2014, American Geophysical Union (Biogeosciences Section)