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Dave Bowling

Professor

Ph.D. University of Colorado, Boulder


Graduate Program Membership:

Office/Building: ASB 442
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


  • Bowling DR, Schulze ES, Hall SJ (in press) Revisiting streamside trees that do not use stream water: Can the two water worlds hypothesis and snowpack isotopic effects explain a missing water source?, Ecohydrology
  • Hall SJ, Weintraub SR, Bowling DR (2016) Scale-dependent linkages between nitrate isotopes and denitrification in surface soils: implications for isotope measurements and models, Oecologia, DOI: 10.1007/s00442-016-3626-1 64
  • Maurer GE, Chan AM, Trahan NA, Moore DJP, Bowling DR (2016) Carbon isotopic composition of forest soil respiration in the decade following bark beetle and stem girdling disturbances in the Rocky Mountains, Plant, Cell, and Environment, DOI: 10.1111/pce.12716 63
  • Hall SJ, Baker MA, Jones SB, Stark JM, Bowling DR (2016) Contrasting soil nitrogen dynamics across a montane meadow and urban lawn in a semi-arid watershed, Urban Ecosystems, DOI 10.1007/s11252-016-0538-0 62
  • Hall SJ, Weintraub SR, Eiriksson D, Brooks PD, Baker MA, Bowen GJ, Bowling DR (2016) Stream nitrogen inputs reflect groundwater across a snowmelt-dominated montane to urban watershed, Environmental Science and Technology, 50:1137-1146, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b04805

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