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Welcome to the Bowen Microbial Ecosystems Ecology Lab. We seek to understand the role microbes play in the functioning of coastal ecosystems and how we can harness those microbes to create more sustainable coastal communities. 


Bowen Lab rings in 2021 with a new paper out in BioScience, with a cover photo by VIMS colleague David Johnson!

This paper brings together years of work on understanding how different forms of N alter salt marsh ecosystems. We show that oxidized N has different impacts on marsh ecology than reduced N.  Paper is available here and here is a link to the press release!

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Bowen Lab Values 

 Our lab is committed to promoting diverse, equitable and inclusive research and learning spaces for all people. We believe that science and society benefit from a diversity of perspectives that are informed by the lived experiences of all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender identity or expression, ability, sexual orientation, religion, citizenship, or socio-economic status. We will not tolerate harassment or discrimination in any form and we acknowledge the harm that has been done to our profession by such behavior. We will use our privilege to fight against racism, discrimination, and implicit biases to build a more diverse and equitable future for the marine sciences.

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