David Fowle

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Geology, Environmental Studies Program
Interim Director, Environmental Studies Program
Primary office:
Lindley Hall
Room 321
University of Kansas
1475 Jayhawk Bl
Lawrence, KS 66045


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.


Much of Dr. Fowle's work investigates the links between microbial ecology and geochemical processes in the field (Indonesia, Panama, US) and the laboratory.

Research Interests

  • Mineral exploration
  • Environment
  • Geochemistry
  • Lakes
  • Geomicrobiology

Selected Publications

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, 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

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

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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