Dairy Innovation Hub seminar: Xia Zhu-Barker studies sustainability of agroecosystems – Feb. 15

The Dairy Innovation Hub continues our faculty seminar series for the Spring semester! The goal is to showcase current work, introduce potential collaborators (from across CALS and our partner universities), and foster discussion around common research interests. Don’t miss our next seminar of the academic year on Feb. 15, featuring assistant professor Xia Zhu-Barker!

Dairy Innovation Hub faculty seminars are hosted the third Wednesday of the month during the academic year. This is an in-person event, but a virtual join option is available by request, contact Maria Woldt at

Event details

Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 11:00 a.m.
270 Soil Science, 1525 Observatory Drive, Madison, Wisconsin 53706

This seminar will include an overview of Zhu-Barker’s current work and time to discuss future projects and opportunities for collaboration. Coffee and snacks are provided!

About Barker

Xia Zhu-Barker is an assistant professor in the Department of Soil Science at UW–Madison, specializing in the sustainability of agroecosystems. 

Zhu-Barker’s research works 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.

She received a master’s degree in soil ecology from the Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology and a Ph.D. in botany from the Chengdu Institute of Biology, both under the Chinese Academy of Sciences. After completing a doctorate, she completed postdoctoral training at UC Davis and was promoted to assistant project scientist in 2015 and to assistant professional researcher in 2019, and later to associate professional researcher in 2021. Zhu-Barker began her role with UW-Madison in June 2022.

About the Hub

The Dairy Innovation Hub, which launched in 2019, is a $7.8 million per year investment by the State of Wisconsin to build a world-class talent pool and enable bold discoveries to ensure that Wisconsin’s dairy community is at the global forefront in producing nutritious dairy products in an economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable manner. More at

In addition to more than 130 project awards at UW–Madison, UW–Platteville, and UW–River Falls, 16 new faculty have been hired with more to follow.