Mustafa Saifuddin is an environmental scientist whose research has largely focused on characterizing the role of soil bacteria and fungi in carbon and nitrogen cycling. Mustafa graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013 with degrees in Biology and Humanities, during which time they conducted research on pollinator foraging patterns. Mustafa received a PhD in Biology from Boston University in 2018 upon completing a dissertation focused on soil microbial biogeochemistry in forest ecosystems. While in graduate school, Mustafa was a National Science Foundation graduate research fellow and also enjoyed teaching ecology and biology courses. In addition to teaching at PAFA, Mustafa is currently a staff scientist at a non-profit focusing on intersections of climate change, agriculture and environmental justice.