David Fowle, Ph.D

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Geology, Environmental Studies Program
Dean's Professor
Director, Environmental Studies Program
Primary office:
Lindley Hall
Room 302
University of Kansas
1475 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045
Second office:

Room Slawson Hall, 170 E


Dr. Fowle joined the University of Kansas in 2006. He has an active research program that investigates the how microorganisms influence geochemical cycles with a particular emphasis on quantifying their effects in experimental systems. He currently serves as the Director of the Environmental Studies Program.


Ph.D., Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences, University of Notre Dame

M.Sc, Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences, University of Notre Dame

B.Sc, Chemistry and Environmental Science, University of Western Ontario

Teaching Interests

  • Biogeochemistry, Aqueous Geochemistry, Limnology, Lakes, Environment, Mining


Dr. Fowle's work investigates the links between microorganisms and geochemical processes in the field and the laboratory with applications to our understanding of the rock record, remediation, energy and mineral exploration.

Research Interests

  • Mineral exploration, environment, geochemistry, lakes, geomicrobiology, early diagenesis, nutrient dynamics

Selected Publications

Bray, M. S., Wu, J. Kretz, C. B., Brandes, J. A., Reed, B. C., Simister, R. L., Henny, C. Stewart, F. J., DiChristina, T. J., Fowle, D. A., Crowe, S. A., & Glass, J. B. (2017). Shifting microbial communities sustain multi-year iron reduction and methanogenesis in ferruginous sediment incubations. Geobiology, 15(5), 678–689. DOI:10.1111/gbi.12239

Frei, R. Crowe, S. A., Bau, M. Polat, A. Fowle, D. A., & Døssing, L. N. (2016). Oxidative elemental cycling under the low O2 Eoarchean atmosphere. Scientific reports, 6, 21058. DOI:10.1038/srep21058

Crowe, S. A., Maresca, J. A., Jones, C. Sturm, A. Henny, C. Fowle, D. A., Cox, R. P., Delong, E. F., & Canfield, D. E. (2014). Deep-water anoxygenic photosythesis in a ferruginous chemocline. Geobiology, 12(4), 322-39. DOI:10.1111/gbi.12089

Crowe, S. A., Paris, G. Katsev, S. Jones, C. Kim, S. T., Zerkle, A. L., Nomosatryo, S. Fowle, D. A., Adkins, J. F., Sessions, A. L., Farquhar, J. & Canfield, D. E. (2014). Sulfate was a trace constituent of Archean seawater. Science (New York, N.Y.), 346(6210), 735-9. DOI:10.1126/science.1258966

Roberts, J. A., Kenward, P. A., Fowle, D. A., Goldstein, R. H., González, L. A., & Moore, D. S. (2013). Surface chemistry allows for abiotic precipitation of dolomite at low temperature. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110(36), 14540-5. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1305403110

Zegye, A. Bonneville, S. Benning, L. G., Sturm, A. Fowle, D. A., Jones, S. A., Canfield, D. E., Ruby, C. Maclean, L. C., Nomosatryo, S. Crowe, S. A., & Poulton, S. W. (2012). Green rust formation controls nutrient availability in a ferruginous water column. Geology, 40, 599-602.

Kulczycki, E. Fowle, D. A., Graham, D. W., & Roberts, J. A. (2011). Methanotroph-promoted weathering of Cu-substituted borosilicate glass. Geomicrobiology Journal, 28, 1-10.

Driese, S. G., Ludvigson, G. A., Roberts, J. A., Fowle, D. A., González, L. A., Smith, J. J., Vulava, V. M., & McKay, L. D. (2010). Micromorphology and stable-isotope geochemistry of historical pedogenic siderite. J. Sed. Research, 80, 943-954.

Crowe, S. A., Jones, C. Katsev, S. Magen, C. O'Neill, A. Sturm, A. Canfield, D. E., Haffner, G. D., Mucci, A. Sundby, B. & Fowle, D. A. (2008). Photoferrotrophs thrive in an Archean Ocean analogue. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 41, 15938-15943.

Selected Awards & Honors

Dean's Professor
CLAS, University of Kansas
2016 - Present

Docking Faculty Scholar
University of Kansas
2014 - 2016

Kavli Foundation

Young Scientist Award
Mineralogical Association of Canada

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