Shinjini Goswami
  • Shinjini Goswami
  • Assistant Dean of Natural and Health Sciences, Assistant Director of the Stephenson Center, Associate Professor of Biology

  • Email:
  • Phone: 828.898.3542
  • Office: Bowman 108
  • Department: Academics


PhD, Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Miami University, Ohio
MS, European Forestry, University of BOKU, Austria and University of Eastern Finland, Finland
BS, Botany, University of Calcutta, India

Common Courses Taught

Field Ecology
Field Botany
Environmental Biology

Professional Achievements

I am an ecosystem ecologist and my research examines the interactions between plants, soil, and biogeochemistry. I have experience analyzing plant-soil ecology and biogeochemistry in forested ecosystems, modeling forest ecosystem responses, studying plant-soil interactions at multiple levels of biological organization (roots, seedlings, trees, ecosystem), and using molecular techniques for examining species-specific traits and responses. I draw on a mix of observational, experimental, and modeling techniques to gain a holistic understanding of ecosystem processes and functions, how they are impacted by different anthropogenic perturbations, and rapid global change.

Institutional Service and Responsibilities

I am currently an Assistant Professor for the School of Natural and Behavioral Science teaching Biology/Wildlife Biology and am in charge of the college's greenhouse. I not only teach students in the biology and wildlife biology programs, but I also teach students in the General Education and Honors programs.

Personal Interests

I love to teach and interact with my students. When I am not working, I love to hike, travel, read books, paint, take photos (mostly of nature and different organisms), listen to music/podcasts, take care of my plants, and cuddle with my cat and puppy.