Faculty & Staff

Jennifer Bowen, PhD

Associate Professor of Biology - Microbial Ecology & Diversity; Ecosystem Ecology.


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Areas of Expertise

Microbial Ecology & Diversity., Ecosystem Ecology.


PhD, Boston University, 2005 (Biology).
BA, Colby College, 1994 (Biology).

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Research Interests 

I am interested in all aspects of the interaction between humans and the environment. My lab runs the gamut from modeling how changing land use on watersheds alters the geochemistry of receiving waters to understanding how climate change and ocean acidification will alter the structure and function of microbial communities. In particular, we have been focusing on both how human activities are altering the structure and function of microbial communities and in turn, how microbial communities can help ameliorate pollution from human sources.

Current Funding

  • Microbial community composition of permeable reactive barriers: who is really doing the work? (MIT Sea Grant, Awarded, beginning: Feb 2012).
  • Microbial ecology of gaseous nitrogen losses from salt marsh soils (NSF DEB-1019624).
  • Fertilization of salt marsh ecosystems: using molecular techniques to evaluate the effects of nitrogen enrichment on sediment microbial communities (NSF DEB-0717155).