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Bowman, William D.


William D. Bowman (Bill)

PhD, Duke University, 1988
MS, San Diego State University, 1984
BA, University of Colorado, 1981
Office: 303-492-2557
Mountain Research Station: 303-492-8842



Plant ecology, community ecology, biogeochemistry, alpine ecosystems

Disciplines: Biogeochemistry • Plant/vegetation ecology




Bowman Lab website


Ambient changes exceed treatment effects on plant species abundance in global change experiments.

Langley, J.A., Chapman, S.K., La Pierre, K.J., Avolio, M. , Bowman, W.D., Johnson, D.S., Isbell, F. , Wilcox, K.R., Foster, B.L., Hovenden, M.J., Knapp, A.K., Koerner, S.E., Lortie, C.J., Megonigal, J.P, Newton, P.C.D, Global Change Biology, DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14442,


Limited ecosystem recovery from simulated chronic nitrogen deposition.

Bowman, W.D., Ayyad. A., Bueno de Mesquita, C.P., Fierer, N., Potter, T., Sternagel, S., Ecological Applications, 28, 7, 1762-1772, DOI: 10.1002/eap.1783,


The roles of stochasticity and biotic interactions in the spatial patterning of plant species in alpine communities.

Bowman, W.D., Swatling-Holcomb, S., Journal of Vegetation Science, 29, 1, 25-33, DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12583,


Short-term understory plant community responses to salvage logging in beetle-affected lodgepole pine forests, Colorado, USA.

Fornwalt, P.J., Rhoades, C.C., Hubbard, R.M., Harris, R.L., Faist, A.M., Bowman, W.D., Forest Ecology and Management, 409, 84-93, DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2017.10.056,


Asynchrony among local communities stabilizes ecosystem function of metacommunities.

Wilcox, K., Tredennick, A., Koerner, S., Grman, E., Hallett, L., Avolio, M., La Pierre, K., Houseman, T., Isbell, F., Johnson, A., Alatalo, J., Baldwin, A., Bork, E., Boughton, E., Bowman, W.D., et al., Ecology Letters, 20, 1534-1545, DOI: 10.1111/ele.12861,


The roles of stochasticity and biotic interactions in the spatial patterning of plant species in alpine communities.

Bowman, W.D., Swatling-Holcomb, S, Wiley Online Library, Journal of Vegetation Science, DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12583,


Optimizing available network resources to address questions in environmental biogeochemistry.

Hinckley, E-L.S, Anderson, S.P, Baron, J.S, Blanken, P.D, Bonan, G.B, Bowman, W.D, Elmendorf, S.C, Fierer, N, Fox, A.M, Goodman, K.J, Jones, K.D, Lombardozzi, D.L, Lunch, C.K, Neff, J.C, SanClements, M.D, Suding, K.N, Wieder, W.R, BioScience, 66, 4, 317-326, DOI: 10.1093/biosci/biw005,


An overview of research from a high elevation landscape: the Niwot Ridge, Colorado Long Term Ecological Research programme.

Williams, MW, Seastedt, TR, Bowman, WD, McKnight, DM, Suding, KN, Plant Ecology and Diversity, 8, 5-6, 597-605, DOI: 10.1080/17550874.2015.1123320,


Plant-microbe interactions at multiple scales across a high-elevation landscape.

Schmidt, S.K., King, A.J., Meier, C.L., Bowman, W.D., Farrer, E.C., Suding, K.N., Nemergut, D.R., Plant Ecology & Diversity, DOI: 10.1080/17550874.2014.917737,


A slide down a slippery slope - alpine ecosystem responses to nitrogen deposition.

Bowman, W.D., Nemergut, D.R., McKnight, D.M., Miller, M.P., Williams, M.W. , Plant Ecology & Diversity, DOI: 10.1080/17550874.2014.984786,


Modeled subalpine plant community response to climate change and atmospheric nitrogen deposition in Rocky Mountain National Park, USA.

McDonell, T.C., Belyazid, S.S., Sullivan, T.J., Sverdrup, H., Bowman, W.D., Porter, E.M., Environmental Pollution, 187, 55-64,


Soil bacterial community structure remains stable over a five-year chronosequence of insect-induced tree mortality.

Ferrenberg, S., Knelman, J.E., Jones, J.M., Beals, S.C., Bowman, W.D., Nemergut, D.R., Frontiers in Microbiology, 5, 681, DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2014.00681,


Metagenomic evidence for metabolism of trace atmospheric gases by high-elevation desert Actinobacteria.

Lynch, R.C., Darcy, J.L., Kane, N.C., Nemergut, D.R., Schmidt, S.K., Frontiers in Microbiology, 5, 698, DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2014.00698,


Interactive effects of anthropogenic nitrogen enrichment and climate change on terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity.

Porter, E.M., Bowman, W.D., Clark, C.M., Compton, J.E., Pardo, L.H., Soong, J.L., Biogeochemistry, 114, 93-120,


Changes in alpine vegetation over 21 years: Are patterns across a heterogeneous landscape consistent with predictions?.

Spasojevic, M.J., Bowman, W.D., Humphries, H.C., Seastedt, T.R., Suding, K.N., Ecosphere, 49, 9, DOI: 10.1890/ES13-00133.1,


Structure and Function of an Alpine Ecosystem: Niwot Ridge, Colorado.

Bowman, W.D., Seastedt, T.R., New York, Oxford University Press,

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Cooperative Agreement #DEB-1637686. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necesarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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