Plant ecology, terrestrial ecosystem science. Major areas of research include the nutritional ecology of alpine plants, resource use by plant communities, abiotic and biotic constraints on primary production and nutrient fluxes in alpine ecosystems, and the role of competition/ facilitation in plant communities. Experimental approaches, both in the field and in laboratory growth chambers, are emphasized in addressing research goals.
Ashton, I. W., A.E. Miller, W.D. Bowman, and K. Suding. 2010. Niche complementarity due to plasticity in resource use: plant partitioning of chemical N forms. Ecology 91: 3252-3260.
Meier, C.L., Keyserling, K., and W.D. Bowman. 2009. Fine root inputs to soil reduce growth of a neighbouring plant via distinct mechanisms dependent on root carbon chemistry. Journal of Ecology 97: 941-949.