Sharon Cowling

Associate Professor
Earth Sciences

Research Interests: 

  1. Paleoclimate modelling of the influence of early land plants on carbon and water exchange with the atmosphere.
  2. Silicon cycling in terrestrial ecosystems: fluvial transport to oceans and implications for ocean productivity.
  3. Large-scale modelling of the Amazonian Basin, implications of Pliocene flooding for the global carbon cycle and atmospheric transport of water.
  4. Reconstructing paleobotanical ground cover over different geological periods and implications for boundary layer dynamics, particularly transport of atmospheric moisture.
  5. The nature of biological soil crusts, their identification in the fossil record and implications for early Earth paleoclimatology.