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Chuanlun Zhang

Mailing Address:
Dr. Chuanlun Zhang
University of Georgia
Department of Marine Sciences
166 Marine Sciences Building
Athens, GA 30602-3636

Office Phone: (706) 542-3034
Lab Phone: (706) 542-3034
FAX Number: (706) 542-5888
Curriculum Vitae
Research Highlights
Research Synopsis

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Ph.D. 1994, Texas A&M University, Department of Geology and Geophysics

M.S. 1989, Texas A&M University, Department of Geology and Geophysics

B.S. 1984, East China Petroleum Institute, People's Republic of China, Dept of Geology

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Research Emphasis:

Geomicrobiology and biogeochemistry. My research integrates molecular DNA-, lipid biomarker- and stable isotope- approaches to understand the mechanisms and pathways of carbon and energy metabolisms in a number of natural environments including the deep sea gas hydrates, mid-ocean ridge hydrothermal vents, terrestrial hot springs, saline lakes, and river-dominated continental margins.

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Selected Publications (total >90 with citations over 2260 and H index = 29 as of December 31, 2012)


Boyd E. Hamilton T. L., Wang J., He L., Zhang C.L. 2013. The role of tetraether lipid composition in the adaptation of thermophilic archaea to acidity. Frontiers in Terrestrial Microbiology. 4: doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2013.00062.  (contributing author 15%, IF not available). PDF

Dang H., Zhou H., Yang J., Ge H., Jiao N., Luan X., Zhang C.L., and Klotz M. 2013. Environment-dependent distribution of benthic Thaumarchaeota with ammonia-oxidizing and CO2-fixing potential in the Northern South China Sea. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 79: 2137–2147. (co-corresponding author, IF 4.72). PDF

Liu W., Wang H., Zhang C.L., He Y. 2013. Distribution of glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraether lipids along the altitude on Mt. Xiangpi of the northern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, China. Org. Geochem. 57: 76–83. (contributing author 20%, IF 2.67). PDF

Lu H., Liu W., Wang H., Zhang C.L. 2013. Carbon isotopic composition of isoprenoid tetraether in surface sediments of Lake Qinghai and surrounding soils. Organic Geochem. (contributing author 15%, IF 2.67). PDF

Wang H., Liu W., Zhang C.L., Liu Z., He Y. 2013. Branched and isoprenoid tetraether (BIT) index traces water content along two marsh-soil transects surrounding Lake Qinghai: Implications for paleo-humidity variation. Org. Geochem. 59: 75–81. (co-corresponding author, IF 2.67). PDF

Yang G., Zhang C.L., Xie S., Gao M., Ge Z., Yang Z. 2013. Microbial glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraethers lipids from water and soil at the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River. Org. Geochem. 56: 40–50. (co-corresponding author, IF 2.67). PDF

Zhang C.L., Wang J., Dodsworth J. A., Williams A. J., Hedlund B. P. 2013. In Situ Production of Branched Glycerol Dialkyl Glycerol Tetraethers in a Great Basin Hot Spring. Frontiers in Terrestrial Microbiology doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2013.00181. (corresponding author, IF not available). PDF


Zhang C.L. Wang. J., Wei Y., Zhu C., Huang L., Dong H. 2012. Production of branched tetraether lipids in the lower Pearl River and estuary: effects of extraction methods and impact on bGDGT proxies. Front. Terrestr. Microbiol. 2: doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2011.00274. (Corresponding author, IF not available). PDF

Jiang H., Zhang Q., Dong R. M., Xiao H., Wang S., Jiao L., Huang L., Dong C. Z., Zhang C.L., Dong H. L. 2012. The planktonic actinobacterial response to the construction of the Three Gorges Dam of the Yangtze River, China. Geomicrobiol. J. 29:114–123.  (contributing author 10%, IF 2.52). PDF

He L., Zhang C.L., Dong H., Fang B., Wang G. 2012. Distribution of glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraethers in Tibetan hot springs. Geoscience Frontier 3: 289-300. (Corresponding author, IF not available). PDF

Jia G., Zhang J., Chen J., Peng P., Zhang C.L. Subsurface water temperatures recorded by archaeal tetraether lipids in the South China Sea. Organic Geochem. 50: 68–77. (contributing author 15%, IF 2.67).

Zheng Y., Zhou W., Liu X., Zhang C.L. 2011. n-Alkan-2-one distributions in a northeastern China peat core spanning the last 16 kyr. Org. Geochem. 42: 25–30. (contributing author 15%, IF 2.67) PDF

Yang H., Ding W., Zhang C.L., Wu X., Ma X., He G., Huang J., Hu C., Xie S. 2011. Occurrence of tetraether lipids in stalagmites: Implications for sources and GDGT-based proxies. Org. Geochem. 42: 108–115. (contributing author 10%, IF 2.67) PDF

Zhang Y.G., Zhang C.L., Liu X., Li L., Hinrichs K-U., Noakes J.E. 2011. Methane Index: a tetraether archaeal lipid biomarker proxy for detecting the instability of marine gas hydrates. EPSL 307: 525-534 PDF


Song Z., Chen J., Zhou E., Tang S., Zhi X., Zhang L., Zhang C. L., Li W. 2010. Diversity of Crenarchaeota in Terrestrial Hot Springs in Tengchong, China. Extremophiles 14:287–296. (Contributing  author; 15%; IF: 2.42). PDF

Jiang H., Huang Q., Dong H., Wang P., Li W., Zhang C.L. 2010. RNA-Based Investigation of Ammonia-Oxidizing Archaea in Hot Springs of Yunnan Province, China. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 76: 4538–4541. (co-corresponding author; IF: 4.72). PDF

Wang P., Li T., Hu A., Wei Y., Guo W., Jiao N., Zhang C.L. 2010 Community structure of archaea from deep-sea sediments of the South China Sea. Microbiol. Ecol.4:796-806. (co-corresponding author, IF 3.73) PDF

Boyd E. S., Pearson A., Pi Y., Li W., Zhang Y., He L., Zhang C.L., Geesey G.G. Temperature and pH Controls on Glycerol Dialkyl Glycerol Tetraether Lipid Composition in the Hyperthermophilic Crenarchaeote Acidilobus sulfurireducens. Extremophiles (in press). (contributing author 10%, IF 2.43)


Ye G., Wang S., Jiang L., Xiao X., Noakes J., Zhang C.L., Wang F. 2009. Distribution and diversity of bacteria and archaea affected by gas hydrates at MC 118 in the Gulf of Mexico. Geomicrobiol. J. 26: 370-381. (Co-corresponding author; IF: 2.52). PDF

Liu B., Ye G., Wang F., Bell R., Short T., Noakes J., Zhang C.L. 2009. Planktonic archaeal community structure of water column in the Gulf of Mexico MC 118. Geomicrobiol. J. 26: 363-369. (Corresponding author; IF: 2.52). PDF

Pi Y., Ye Q., Jiang H., Li S., Wang P., Noakes J., Culp R., Dong H., Zhang C.L. 2009. Lipids and phylogenetic characterization of Archaea associated with gas hydrates in the Gulf of Mexico. Geomicrobiol. J.26: 227-237. (Corresponding author; IF: 2.52). PDF

Costa K.C., Navarro J.B., Shock E.L., Zhang C.L., Soukup D., Hedlund B.P. 2009. Microbiology and Geochemistry of Great Boiling and Mud Hot Springs in the United States Great Basin. Extremophiles. 13:447-459.(Contributing author,5%; IF: 2.42) PDF

Wagner D., Ahmed S., Zhao W., Zhang C.L., Romanek C.S., Rohde M., Wiegel J. 2009. Caldanaerovirga acetigignens gen. nov., sp. nov., an anaerobic xylanolytic, alkalithermophilic bacterium isolated from Trego Hot Spring, Nevada, USA. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 59: 2685-2691. (Contributing author,10%; IF: 2.92)

Wang F., Zhou H., Meng J., Peng X., Jiang L., Sun P., Zhang C.L., Van Nostrand J., Deng Y., He Z., Wu L., Zhou J., Xiao X. 2009. GeoChip-based analysis of metabolic diversity of microbial communities at the Juan de Fuca Ridge hydrothermal vent.Proc. Nat’l Acad. Sci. USA 106: 4840–4845. (Contributing author, 10%; IF: 10.37) PDF

Jiang L.J., Zheng Y.P., Peng X.T., Zhou H.Y., Zhang C.L., Xiao X., Wang F.P. 2009. Vertical distribution and diversity of sulfate-reducing prokaryotes in the Pearl River estuarine sediments, Southern China. FEMS Microbiol Ecol 70: 93-106. (Contributing author, 5%;IF: 3.73) PDF

Bagwell C.E., Qi Y., Formolo M., Lyons T., Zhang C.L. 2009. Direct analysis of sulfate reducing bacterial communities in the environment by PCR and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE). J. Basic Microbiol. 49: 1-6.(Contributing author, 15%; IF: 1.07).

Song Z., Jiang H., Zhi X., Chen J., Xu L., Zhang C.L., and Li W.-J. 2009. Molecular diversity and geographic isolation of Actinobacteria in hot springs. Geomicrobiol. J. 26:256–263 (Contributing author, 15%; IF: 2.52). PDF


Jiang, H., Dong, H., Yu, B., Ye, Q., Ji, S., Liu, Y., Shen, J., and Zhang C.L. 2008. Dominance of putative marine benthic archaea in sediments from an inland lake: Qinghai Lake, northwestern China. Environ. Microbiol.doi:10.1111/j.1462-2920.2008.01661.x. PDF

Pearson A., Pi Y., Zhao W., Li W., Li Y., Inskeep W., Bonch-Osmolavskaya L., Romanek C., Li S., and Zhang C.L. 2008. Factors controlling the distribution of archaeal tetraethers in terrestrial hot springs. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 74: 3523–3532. PDF

Smith J. L., Campbell B. J., Hanson T. E., Zhang C. L., and Cary S. C. 2008. Nautilia profundicola sp. nov., a thermophilic, sulfur-reducing epsilonproteobacterium from deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Intl’ J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 58, 1598–1602. PDF

Zhang C.L., Ye Q., Huang Z., Li W., Chen J., Song Z., Hedlund B. P., Zhao W., Gao L., Bagwell C., Inskeep B., Wiegel J., Romanek C.S. 2008 Global occurrence and biogeographic patterning of putative archaeal amoA genes from terrestrial hot springs. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 74: 6417–6426. PDF

Zhao W., Zhang C.L., Romanek C., Wiegel J. 2008. Description of Caldalkalibacillus uzonensis sp. nov. and emended description of the genus Caldalkalibacillus. Int’l. J. System. Evol. Microbiol. 58: 1106–1108. PDF


Boyd E. S., Jackson R. A., Encarnacion G., Zahn J. A., Beard T., Leavitt W.D., Pi Y., Zhang C. L., Pearson A., D’Imperio S., McDermott T. R., and Geesey G. G. 2007. Isolation, characterization, and ecology of sulfur-respiring Crenarchaea inhabiting acid-sulfate-chloride geothermal springs in Yellowstone National Park. Appl. Environ. Microbiol.73: 6669-6677. PDF

Huang Z., Wiegel J., Zhou J., Hedlund B., Zhang C.L. 2007. Molecular phylogeny of uncultivated Crenarchaeota in hot springs of moderately elevated temperatures. Geomicrobiol. J. 24: 535-542. PDF

Jiang H., Dong H., Yu B., Li Y., Ji S., Liu X., and Zhang C.L. 2007. Microbial response to salinity change in Lake Chaka, a hypersaline lake on the Tibetan Plateau. Environ. Microbiol. 9: 2603-2621. PDF

Li Y.-L., Peacock A., White D.C., Geyer R., Zhang C.L. 2007. Spatial patterns of bacterial signature lipid biomarkers in marine sediments of the Gulf of Mexico. Chem. Geol. 238: 168-179. PDF

Zhang C.L., Huang Z., Li Y.-L., Romanek C. S., Mills G., Wiegel J., Culp R., Noakes J., and White D. C. 2007. Lipid biomarkers and carbon-isotope signatures of bacteria in Nevada hot springs. Geomicrobiol. J. 24: 519-534. PDF


Li Y.-L., Vali H., Yang J., Phelps T. J., and Zhang C. L. 2006. Reduction of iron oxides enhanced by a sulfate-reducing bacterium and biogenic H2S. Geomicrobiol. J.23: 103-117. PDF

Williams T.J., Zhang C.L., Scott J.H., and Bazylinski D.A. 2006. Evidence for autotrophy via the reverse tricarboxylic acid cycle in the marine magnetotactic coccus strain MC-1. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 72: 1322-1329. PDF

Yan T., Ye Q., Zhou J., and Zhang C.L. 2006. New functional genes for methanotrophs in gas-hydrate and hydrocarbon-seep environments in the Gulf of Mexico. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 57: 251-259. PDF

Zhang C.L., Pearson A., Li Y.-L., Mills G., Wiegel J. 2006. A thermophilic temperature optimum for crenarchaeol and its implication for archaeal evolution. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 72: 4419-4422. PDF

Zhao W., Wiegel J., Zhang C.L., Romanek C.S., Mills G., King G. 2006. Thermalkaliphus uzonensis gen. nov. sp. nov, a new aerobic thermophilic carbon-monoxide-tolerant bacterium isolated from a hot spring in Uzon Caldera, Kamchatka. Extremophiles. 10: 337-345. PDF


Pancost R.D., Zhang C.L., Tavacoli J., Talbot H.M., Farrimond P., Schouten S., Damste J.S.S., Sassen R. 2005. Lipid biomarkers preserved in hydrate-associated authigenic carbonate rocks of the Gulf of Mexico. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 227: 48-66. PDF

Tuo J., Chen J., Yao S., Li Y.-L., Ji J., and Zhang C.L. 2005. Qinghai Lake: A natural laboratory for geomicrobiological research. Geosci. J. China Univ. 2: 187-193. PDF (in Chinese)

Wang Y., Huang Z., and Zhang C.L. 2005. Knowing the unknown: Statistical approaches towards understanding microbial diversity. Geosci. J. China Univ. 2: 224-233. PDF

Zhang C.L., Huang Z., Cantu J., Pancost R. D, Brigmon, R. L., Lyons T. W., and Sassen R. 2005. Lipid Biomarkers and Carbon-Isotope Signatures of a Microbial (Beggiatoa) Mat Associated with Gas Hydrates in the Gulf of Mexico. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 71: 2106-2112. PDF


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