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Weston Nowlin, Ph.D.


 Department of Biology

Westin Nowlin
Weston H. Nowlin

Associate Professor

Phone: 512-245-8794

Fax: 512-245-7919


Mailing Address:
601 University Drive
Texas State University
Department of Biology
Aquatic Station
San Marcos, TX 78666

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Research Interests

    I am an ecosystem and community ecologist, specializing in aquatic ecosystems.  Research in my lab focuses on a variety of topics, but is largely centered on the role of organisms and communities in affecting ecosystem-level processes like nutrient cycling and organic matter flows.  In addition, I am interested in how biotic and abiotic factors affect the abundance, distribution, and diversity of organisms in ecosystems.  In order to address these research areas, we utilize a variety of methods and research approaches, including nutrient biogeochemistry, whole ecosystem metabolism and material flux studies, and the use of stable isotopes.

    Research in my lab takes place in a variety of ecosystem types and at a diversity of scales.  We conduct research in wetlands, streams, rivers, lakes, and reservoirs. We also conduct research in small laboratory-based studies, field-based experimental systems, and at the whole-ecosystem scale.


    • B.A. - Biology, Austin College, 1996
    • M.S. - Texas Christian University, 1998
    • Ph.D. - Biology, University of Victoria - British Columbia, 2003
    • Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Department of Zoology, Miami University - Ohio

Courses Taught

  • BIO 4416 - General Ecology
  • BIO 7422 - Wetlands Ecology
  • BIO 7360R - Community and Ecosystem Ecology