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  • Doctor of Philosophy, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa., 2007
  • Master of Science, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Mich., 2002
  • Bachelor of Science, University of California, Davis, Calif., 2000

Justin Compton is an educator and ecologist with a passion for working with students in the classroom and in the field. His teaching and research experiences have focused on the integration of environmental and biological sciences. This multidisciplinary focus has helped Compton develop and hone collaborative teaching and research skills toward cultivating sustainable relationships between humans and the environment.

Looking for an opportunity to explore a different climate and culture where you’ll collect data in an internationally renowned ecologically diverse location? The International Tropical Field Research (BIOL 320) class is perfect for you.

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Research Interests

  • Social-ecological systems: Involving land use practices, resilience, adaptability, sustainability, and conservation
  • Community and ecosystem dynamics and animal-plant interactions
  • Spatially-distributed (GIS-based) ecological services and species-interaction modeling
  • Zoonotic diseases as influenced by local, regional, and global dynamics

Courses Taught

  • Ecology
  • International Tropical Field Research
  • Foundations of Sustainability
  • Introduction to GIS
  • Plant Biology
  • Bioscience

Certifications and Memberships

  • Certified Wildlife Biologist, The Wildlife Society
  • Certified Ecologist, The Ecological Society of America