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Zackary Johnson

Juli Plant Grainger Associate Professor of Biological Oceanography and Marine Biotechnology
Marine Science and Conservation
135 Duke Marine Lab Rd., Duke Marine Laboratory, Beaufort, NC 28516

Outreach & Engaged Scholarship


Bass Connections Team Leader - Optimization of Microbiomes for Large-Scale Algae Cultivation · 2023 - 2024 Projects & Field Work
Bass Connections Team Leader - Pilot PlanktoScope for Climate Change Research · 2022 - 2023 Projects & Field Work
Bass Connections Team Leader - Oceans of Microbiomes · 2020 - 2021 Projects & Field Work flag Germany Energy & Environment
Bass Connections Team Leader - AvH250: Imagining Interdisciplinary Research for the 21st Century from a 19th Century Perspective · 2019 - 2020 Projects & Field Work Information, Society & Culture
Bass Connections Faculty Team Leader - Marine Microalgae for Sustainable Production of Food and Fuel · 2018 - 2019 Projects & Field Work

Primary Theme: Energy & Environment

Climate, energy and food security are three of the greatest challenges we face in this century. Large-scale industrial cultivation of marine microalgae has been shown to be a promising, environmentally-favorable approach for society to meet its climate goals by sustainably coproducing liquid hydrocarbon fuels and protein. Current models, based on the limited available empirical data, have shown that this sustainable coproduction of food and fuel is approaching economic feasibility. Emerging data from Duke, which leads the Marine Algae Industrialization Consortium (MAGIC), will dramatically help to advance these predictions if they are combined with a forward-looking economic and life cycle analysis.

Bass Connections Team Leader - Optimization of Microbiomes for Large-Scale Algae Cultivation · 2023 - 2024 Projects & Field Work
Bass Connections Team Leader - Pilot PlanktoScope for Climate Change Research · 2022 - 2023 Projects & Field Work
Bass Connections Team Leader - Oceans of Microbiomes · 2020 - 2021 Projects & Field Work flag Germany Energy & Environment
Bass Connections Team Leader - AvH250: Imagining Interdisciplinary Research for the 21st Century from a 19th Century Perspective · 2019 - 2020 Projects & Field Work Information, Society & Culture
Bass Connections Faculty Team Leader - Marine Microalgae for Sustainable Production of Food and Fuel · 2018 - 2019 Projects & Field Work

Primary Theme: Energy & Environment

Climate, energy and food security are three of the greatest challenges we face in this century. Large-scale industrial cultivation of marine microalgae has been shown to be a promising, environmentally-favorable approach for society to meet its climate goals by sustainably coproducing liquid hydrocarbon fuels and protein. Current models, based on the limited available empirical data, have shown that this sustainable coproduction of food and fuel is approaching economic feasibility. Emerging data from Duke, which leads the Marine Algae Industrialization Consortium (MAGIC), will dramatically help to advance these predictions if they are combined with a forward-looking economic and life cycle analysis.

Bass Connections Faculty Team Member - Ocean Energy: Products and Pollutants · August 2017 - May 2018 Projects & Field Work flag United States of America

Service to Duke


Interdisciplinary Strategy Council (Program) · 2022 - 2023 Committee Service
Bass Connections Faculty Advisory Council (Program) · 2020 - 2022 Committee Service