Zackary Johnson

Zackary Johnson

Arthur P. Kaupe Associate Professor of Molecular Biology in Marine Science

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.

In The News


Duan, Y, Xie, N, Song, Z, Ward, CS, Yung, C-M, Hunt, DE, Johnson, ZI, and Wang, G. "A High-Resolution Time Series Reveals Distinct Seasonal Patterns of Planktonic Fungi at a Temperate Coastal Ocean Site (Beaufort, North Carolina, USA)." Applied and Environmental Microbiology 84, no. 21 (November 2018).
Xie, N, Sen, B, Song, Z, Zhao, Y, Chen, Z, Shi, W, Zhang, Y, Zhang, J, Johnson, ZI, and Wang, G. "High phylogenetic diversity and abundance pattern of Labyrinthulomycete protists in the coastal waters of the Bohai Sea." Environmental Microbiology 20, no. 8 (August 30, 2018): 3042-3056.
Beal, CM, Archibald, I, Huntley, ME, Greene, CH, and Johnson, ZI. "Integrating Algae with Bioenergy Carbon Capture and Storage (ABECCS) Increases Sustainability." Earth'S Future 6, no. 3 (March 2018): 524-542.
Prairie, JC, Ziervogel, K, Camassa, R, McLaughlin, RM, White, BL, Johnson, ZI, and Arnosti, C. "Ephemeral aggregate layers in the water column leave lasting footprints in the carbon cycle." Limnology and Oceanography Letters 2, no. 6 (December 2017): 202-209.
He, Y, Sen, B, Shang, J, He, Y, Xie, N, Zhang, Y, Zhang, J, Johnson, ZI, and Wang, G. "Seasonal influence of scallop culture on nutrient flux, bacterial pathogens and bacterioplankton diversity across estuaries off the Bohai Sea Coast of Northern China." Marine Pollution Bulletin 124, no. 1 (November 2017): 411-420.

Recent Grants


EOS 704LA: Biological Oceanography (EOS 704LA: Biological Oceanography)
ENVIRON 704LA: Biological Oceanography (ENVIRON 704LA: Biological Oceanography)
ENVIRON 719: Aquaculture (ENVIRON 719: Aquaculture)
ENERGY 795: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects (ENERGY 795: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects)
BIOLOGY 293A: Research Independent Study (BIOLOGY 293A: Research Independent Study)

Contact Information

135 Duke Marine Lab Rd., Duke Marine Laboratory
Beaufort, NC 28516


Ph.D., Duke University (2004)
B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1994)