Zhaosheng Fan is a Fellow of the Computation Institute and also an Assistant Biogeochemical Modeler in the Terrestrial Ecology Group of the Biosciences Division at Argonne National Laboratory. Prior to joining Argonne National Laboratory in 2012, he was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Alaska – Fairbanks and at the University of Colorado – Boulder. He received his Ph.D. in Soil Physics from North Dakota State University in 2007.
Dr. Fan’s current research focuses on numerical investigations of the responses of terrestrial ecosystems to climate change. More specifically, his current research is to develop process-based ecosystem models to represent the mechanistic interactions among terrestrial biogeochemical, biophysical, and ecological processes and disturbance effects (e.g., fire disturbance), and how these interactions control microbial dynamics, soil-plant-microbe interactions, energy movement, and the fate and transport of organic carbon and nutrients at different temporal and spatial scales (e.g., pore-scale and ecosystem-scale). His past research includes investigating the fate and transport of emerging contaminants (e.g., dioxins, antibiotics, and hormones) in agricultural soils.