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Benjamin Harlow

Benjamin Harlow

Deep Soil Ecotron Senior Technical Engineer





Mailing Address

Department of Soil and Water Systems
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2340
Moscow ID 83844-2340

Onsite lead for DSE daily operations, planning and commissioning. Assists with all aspects of the project. Provides operation, support and integration of complex instrumentation to meet research needs.

M.S., University of Idaho, 2005
B.S., University of Idaho, 2002

As senior technical engineer at the Deep Soil Ecotron (DSE), I’m particularly interested in the capacity for real-time experimental manipulation at levels never seen before in soil science, ecology or other ecotrons. There are many critical systems required to support these experiments, ranging from chilled water supply, optical analyzers and interfacing where Ben is excited to put all of his skills to work.

Ben has a strong background with environmental measurements and the instrumentation that provides such data. Ben received training from John Marshall in ecophysiology and biogeochemistry which he used to develop a successful Stable Isotope Analysis Facility at Washington State University where he was lab manager for 17 years before joining the DSE team in 2022. He has expertise in designing and developing research methodologies, data analysis and database management, ensuring quality control and diagnosis/repair of specialized equipment. Thinking about all the details that go into measurements, data and analytical systems are areas that Ben takes seriously. He has created new solutions to research questions through customization, fabrication and collaboration which will be most valuable at the DSE.

When not keeping ecotrons running, Ben enjoys working on his small hobby farm or partaking in a range of outdoor activities, regardless of the season.

  • Outstanding Staff Peer Mentor, Washington State University School of Biological Sciences.
  • Increased atmospheric carbon dioxide inferred from carbon stable isotopes of tree rings: Response variation due to elevation and species. Stillinger foundation. $23,395 (with John D. Marshall)
  • Outstanding graduate student, University of Idaho Forest Resources


University of Idaho

Physical Address:
E. J. Iddings Agricultural Science Laboratory, Rm 242
606 S Rayburn St

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2340
Moscow, ID 83844-2340