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Dave Bowling

Professor

Ph.D. University of Colorado, Boulder


Graduate Program Membership:

Office/Building: ASB 542A
Phone: 801-581-2130; 801-585-5671
Email: david.bowling@utah.edu
Bowling Lab: http://bowling.biology.utah.edu/

Research Statement


Ecosystem ecology is focused on how organisms in their natural habitats are affected by biotic and abiotic factors, and how these organisms in turn modify their environment. Our primary research interests are in the biogeochemical cycling of carbon and water within terrestrial ecosystems, and between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere. Work in our group focuses on examining carbon and water relations of plants and soils at the ecosystem scale, with the principal goals of understanding 1) ecosystem physiological processes, 2) factors influencing the carbon and water cycles within ecosystems, 3) biosphere-atmosphere fluxes of carbon dioxide, water vapor, and their isotopes, and 4) ecosystem water balance. We focus primarily on ecosystems of the western United States. This work is interdisciplinary, requiring collaboration with (and help from) colleagues from a variety of scientific disciplines, including plant physiology, soil science, hydrology, micrometeorology, and geochemistry.

Research Interests


General Interests
Specific Interests
  • Ecosystem ecology of forests and aridlands
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Biosphere-atmosphere interactions
  • Environmental change

Selected Publications


  • Seyednasrollah B, Bowling DR, Cheng R, Logan BA, Magney TS, Frankenberg C, Yang JC, Young A, Hufkens K, Arain MA, Black TA, Blanken PD, Bracho R, Jassal R, Hollinger DY, Law BE, Nesic Z, Richardson AD (2021) Seasonal variation in the canopy color of temperate evergreen conifer forests, New Phytologist, DOI: 10.1111/nph.17046
  • Walter-MacNeill A, Garcia M, Logan B, Bombard D, Reblin J, Southwick C, Sparrow E, Bowling DR (2021) Wide variation of winter-induced sustained thermal energy dissipation in conifers: a common-garden study, Oecologia, DOI:10.1007/s00442-021-05038-y
  • Kannenberg SA, Bowling DR, Anderegg WRL (2020) Hot moments in ecosystem fluxes: High GPP anomalies exert outsized influence on the carbon cycle and are differentially driven by moisture availability across biomes, Environmental Research Letters 15:054004, doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/ab7b97
  • Magney TS, Bowling DR, Logan BA, Grossmann K, Stutz J, Blanken PD, Burns SP, Cheng R, Garcia MA, Kӧhler P, Lopez S, Parazoo N, Raczka B, Schimel D, Frankenberg C (2019) Mechanistic evidence for tracking the seasonality of photosynthesis with solar-induced fluorescence, Proc. National Academy of Sciences, DOI:10.1073/pnas.1900278116
  • Bowling DR, Logan BA, Hufkens K, Aubrecht DM, Richardson AD, Burns SP, Anderegg WRL, Blanken PD, Eiriksson D (2018) Limitations to winter and spring photosynthesis of a Rocky Mountain subalpine forest, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 252:241-255, DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2018.01.025

Courses Taught


  • Biol 5490: Ecosystem Ecology
  • Biol/Atmos/Geo 5495: Biophysical Ecology Biol/Atmos/Geo 5495: Biophysical Ecology Biol/Atmos/Geo 5495: Biophysical Ecology Biol/Atmos/Geo 5495: Biophysical Ecology
  • Biol 7473/7475: Stable Isotope Ecology Biol 7473/7475: Stable Isotope Ecology Biol 7473/7475: Stable Isotope Ecology Biol 7473/7475: Stable Isotope Ecology