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  • Justin Bastow, Ph.D.
    Justin Bastow, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    SCI 260
    Phone: 509.359.2810

    Eastern Since: 2008
    Research:  "Ecosystem ecology with a focus on soil food webs and climate change."
    Undergraduate Degree: University of California, Berkeley, 1999, Integrative Biology
    Graduate Degree: University of California, Davis, 2007, Population Biology
    Post Doctoral Work: Bodega Marine Lab, 2007 - 2008

    Courses Taught:

    Ecology (Biol 440), Ecology Lab (Biol 441), Biological Investigation (Biol 270), Biology II (Biol 172), Capstone (Biol 490 Climate Change Biology), Current Topics (Biol 511, in Ecology), Entomology (Biol 324)

    Research Interests:

    I am an ecosystem ecologist interested in how food webs mediate ecosystem processes in terrestrial ecosystems. My current research focuses on the relationship between soil food webs and carbon cycling. Soils play an outsized role in the global carbon cycle, but the dynamics of soil food webs have historically been poorly understood. My research uses a combination of field and lab experiments to try to understand how nematodes, arthropods, bacteria, plants and fungi are interacting and what it means for the biosphere.

    If you are interested in working in my lab on my ongoing research or in developing your own project in the area of terrestrial ecosystem ecology, please contact me.

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