Zhu-Barker is an assistant professor of soil science at UW–Madison. Her research aims to improve the performance of agroecosystems by integrating biogeochemical, ecological, environmental, agronomic, economic, and social knowledge into the food, energy, and water aspects of management decisions. Zhu-Barker’s position is funded by the Dairy Innovation Hub.
Zhu-Barker’s project aims to build a campus-wide Dairy Water Quality Research Station for long-term nutrient transport monitoring, modeling, and management for sustainable dairy production in Wisconsin. The station will use new equipment to create a lysimeter monitoring network to study nitrate leaching under different cropping systems and various management practices.