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


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.
Cohen, NR, A. Ellis, K, Burns, WG, Lampe, RH, Schuback, N, Johnson, Z, Sañudo-Wilhelmy, S, and Marchetti, A. "Iron and vitamin interactions in marine diatom isolates and natural assemblages of the Northeast Pacific Ocean." Limnology and Oceanography 62, no. 5 (September 2017): 2076-2096.
Ward, CS, Yung, C-M, Davis, KM, Blinebry, SK, Williams, TC, Johnson, ZI, and Hunt, DE. "Annual community patterns are driven by seasonal switching between closely related marine bacteria." The ISME journal 11, no. 6 (June 2017): 1412-1422.
Liu, Y, Singh, P, Liang, Y, Li, J, Xie, N, Song, Z, Daroch, M, Leng, K, Johnson, ZI, and Wang, G. "Abundance and Molecular Diversity of Thraustochytrids in Coastal Waters of Southern China." FEMS microbiology ecology (May 18, 2017).

Recent Grants


EOS 704LA: Biological Oceanography (EOS 704LA: Biological Oceanography)
ENVIRON 704LA: Biological Oceanography (ENVIRON 704LA: Biological Oceanography)
BIOLOGY 293A: Research Independent Study (BIOLOGY 293A: Research Independent Study)
ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects)
BIOLOGY 704LA: Biological Oceanography (BIOLOGY 704LA: Biological Oceanography)

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)