Zackary Johnson, Arthur P. Kaupe Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology in Marine Science  

Zackary Johnson

Our group broadly studies the abundance, diversity and activity of marine microbes. We are biological oceanographers, marine molecular ecologists, marine microbiologists and biogeochemists.  Our research focuses on the marine cyanobacteria Prochlorococcus, the most abundant phytoplankton in the open oceans and an excellent model marine microbe, as well as the biotechnological applications of marine microalgae.  We are at the Marine Laboratory as part of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.

Ph.D., Duke University, 2004
PhD, Duke University, 2000
B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1994

Office Location: 135 Duke Marine Lab Rd., Duke Marine Laboratory, Beaufort, NC 28516
Office Phone: (252) 504-7543
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global climate change
marine science
environmental genomics

Representative Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Johnson, ZI; Lin, Y, Prochlorococcus: Approved for export, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 106 no. 26 (2009), pp. 10400-10401 [pnas.0905187106], [doi] .
  2. Johnson, ZI; Zinser, ER; Coe, A; McNulty, NP; Woodward, EMS; Chisholm, SW, Niche partitioning among Prochlorococcus ecotypes along ocean-scale environmental gradients., Science (New York, N.Y.), vol. 311 no. 5768 (March, 2006), pp. 1737-1740 [science.1118052], [doi]  [abs].
  3. Coale, KH; Johnson, KS; Chavez, FP; Buesseler, KO; Barber, RT; Brzezinski, MA; Cochlan, WP; Millero, FJ; Falkowski, PG; Bauer, JE; Wanninkhof, RH; Kudela, RM; Altabet, MA; Hales, BE; Takahashi, T; Landry, MR; Bidigare, RR; Wang, X; Chase, Z; Strutton, PG; Friederich, GE; Gorbunov, MY; Lance, VP; Hilting, AK; Hiscock, MR; Demarest, M; Hiscock, WT; Sullivan, KF; Tanner, SJ; Gordon, RM; Hunter, CN; Elrod, VA; Fitzwater, SE; Jones, JL; Tozzi, S; Koblizek, M; Roberts, AE; Herndon, J; Brewster, J; Ladizinsky, N; Smith, G; Cooper, D; Timothy, D; Brown, SL; Selph, KE; Sheridan, CC; Twining, BS; Johnson, ZI, Southern Ocean iron enrichment experiment: carbon cycling in high- and low-Si waters., Science (New York, N.Y.), vol. 304 no. 5669 (April, 2004), pp. 408-414 [science.1089778], [doi]  [abs].
  4. Zinser, ER; Lindell, D; Johnson, ZI; Futschik, ME; Steglich, C; Coleman, ML; Wright, MA; Rector, T; Steen, R; McNulty, N; Thompson, LR; Chisholm, SW, Choreography of the transcriptome, photophysiology, and cell cycle of a minimal photoautotroph, Prochlorococcus, Plos One, vol. 4 no. 4 (2009), pp. e5135 [journal.pone.0005135], [doi]  [abs].

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