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Two Terrestrial Ecologists To Join Ecosystems Center Staff

Zoe G. Cardon
Zoe G. Cardon

Jianwu (Jim) Tang
Jianwu (Jim) Tang

Two scientists, Zoe G. Cardon of the University of Connecticut and Jianwu (Jim) Tang of the Chicago Botanic Garden, have joined the Ecosystems Center staff.

Dr. Cardon, a terrestrial ecologist and senior scientist, is a nationally recognized ecologist, with expertise in plant physiological ecology and plant-rhizosphere (the interface between roots and soil) interactions. Dr. Cardon will collaborate with the MBL’s Bay Paul Center in the Micro-Eco Interface, an initiative that will bridge research of the Ecosystems and Bay Paul Centers.

According to Hugh Ducklow, Ecosystems Center director, “Dr. Cardon’s interest in detecting and analyzing the activity of single cells in the plant root environment is exactly what we believe will enable her to be a key contributor to the MBL Micro-Eco bridge. In addition, her work on imaging bacterial activity in the natural environment will complement the research of other MBL scientists.”

Dr. Cardon was an associate professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Connecticut and associate director of the university’s Center for Integrative GeoSciences. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University and her undergraduate degrees in biology and Spanish from Utah State University.

Dr. Tang is a soil ecologist and assistant scientist at the Ecosystems Center, studying the impact of climate change on ecosystem processes and functions and the feedback of terrestrial ecosystems to climate change. He has developed a novel carbon flux measurement system to simulate carbon and water exchange between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere across various scales.

“Jim Tang’s strong skills in using remote sensing, GIS, spatial analysis and other recently developed techniques will contribute to the already strong research program investigating ecosystems processes and ecosystem-climate interactions at the Ecosystems Center,” said Dr. Ducklow.

Dr. Tang received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Beijing University in China. He is currently at the Chicago Botanic Garden and an adjunct associate professor of biological sciences at Northwestern University.