PhD Research - Brian Kastl

MS Geology, University of Hawai'i; BA Geology, Pomona College

Management of terrestrial systems can have profound impacts on coastal and marine ecosystems. Sediment flowing downstream from upland deforestation often smothers coral reefs and threatens fish habitat. However, the benefits that sustainably managed coastal watersheds provide to marine resources — ridge-to-reef ecosystem services often have a high return on investment. Brian’s research develops methods that incorporate stakeholder input and best available science to maximize the provision of ecosystem services in tropical island nations. In this way, Brian aims to identify enabling conditions for market-based mechanisms that protect natural resources at the land-sea interface.

Year Admitted : 2014
Research areas: Conservation Planning, Watershed Management, Coastal Marine Ecology, Ecosystem Services

Office/Lab: Bren 3007
Telephone: 360-620-1476

Curriculum Vitae


  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow (2015-2018)
  • Sustainable Water Markets Fellow (2014-2016)
  • United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) Sub-Global Assessment Mentoring Scheme Award (2014)


Kastl BC (2014) Reducing disaster risks to mangrove forest livelihoods through watershed-based protected area management, in Murti R. and Buyck C, ed., Safe Havens: Protected Areas for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, IUCN, Gland Switzerland, p. 22-32.

Kastl BC (2014) ValuES: Methods for integrating ecosystem services into policy, planning, and practice – Hydrologic ecosystem service assessment method profiles. Online publication: Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Germany.

Grosfils EB, Long SM, Venechuk EM, Hurwitz DM, Richards JW, Kastl BC, Drury DE, Hardin J (2011) Geologic map of the Ganiki Planitia Quadrangle (V-14), Venus. USGS Investigations Map 3121, 1:5M

Kastl BC (2010) Debris flow behavior: Impacts of compositional variability and channel geometry at Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand. Vignette to accompany Key Concepts in Geomorphology textbook by P. Bierman and D. Montgomery.

Tielke JA, Kastl BC, Otgonhuu J (2007) Genesis and evolution of Tertiary lavas of the central Hangay Mountains, Mongolia. 20th Annual Keck Symposium Publication, Wooster, Ohio