David A. Fowle

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Geology, Environmental Studies Program
Dean's Professor
Chair, Department of Geology
Primary office:
Ritchie Hall, 254C
University of Kansas
1420 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045
Second office:
Slawson Hall
Room 170 E


Dr. Fowle joined the University of Kansas in 2006. He has an active research program that investigates the how microorganisms influence geochemical cycles with a particular emphasis on quantifying their effects in experimental systems. He currently serves as the Chair of the Geology Department.

Teaching Interests

  • Biogeochemistry, Aqueous Geochemistry, Limnology, Lakes, Environment, Mining


Dr. Fowle's work investigates the links between microorganisms and geochemical processes in the field and the laboratory with applications to our understanding of the rock record, remediation, energy and mineral exploration.

Research Interests

  • Mineral exploration, environment, geochemistry, lakes, geomicrobiology, early diagenesis, nutrient dynamics

Selected Publications

Bray, M S, J Wu, C B Kretz, J A Brandes, B C Reed, R L Simister, C Henny, et al. “Shifting  Microbial  Communities  Sustain  Multi-Year  Iron  Reduction  and Methanogenesis in Ferruginous Sediment Incubations.” Journal Articles. Geobiology 15, no. 5 (August 2017): 678–689. https://doi.org/10.1111/gbi.12239.
Frei, R, S A Crowe, M Bau, A Polat, D A Fowle, and L N Døssing. “Oxidative Elemental Cycling under the Low O2 Eoarchean Atmosphere.” Journal Articles. Scientific Reports 6 (February 11, 2016): 21058. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep21058.
Crowe, S A, G Paris, S Katsev, C Jones, S T Kim, A L Zerkle, S Nomosatryo, et al. “Sulfate Was a Trace Constituent of Archean Seawater.” Journal Articles. Science (New York, N.Y.) 346, no. 6210 (October 7, 2014): 735–39. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1258966.
Crowe, S A, J A Maresca, C Jones, A Sturm, C Henny, D A Fowle, R P Cox, E F Delong, and D E Canfield. “Deep-Water Anoxygenic Photosythesis in a Ferruginous Chemocline.” Journal Articles. Geobiology 12, no. 4 (June 1, 2014): 322–39. https://doi.org/10.1111/gbi.12089.
Roberts, J A, P A Kenward, D A Fowle, R H Goldstein, L A González, and D S Moore. “Surface Chemistry Allows for Abiotic Precipitation of Dolomite at Low Temperature.” Journal Articles. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 110, no. 36 (August 3, 2013): 14540–45. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1305403110.
Zegye, A., S. Bonneville, L. G. Benning, A. Sturm, D. A. Fowle, S. A. Jones, D. E. Canfield, et al. “Green Rust Formation Controls Nutrient Availability in a Ferruginous Water Column.” Journal Articles. Geology 40 (2012): 599–602.
Kulczycki, E., D. A. Fowle, D. W. Graham, and J. A. Roberts. “Methanotroph-Promoted Weathering of Cu-Substituted Borosilicate Glass.” Journal Articles. Geomicrobiology Journal 28 (2011): 1–10.
Driese, S. G., G. A. Ludvigson, J. A. Roberts, D. A. Fowle, L. A. González, J. J. Smith, V. M. Vulava, and L. D. McKay. “Micromorphology and Stable-Isotope Geochemistry of Historical Pedogenic Siderite.” Journal Articles. J. Sed. Research 80 (2010): 943–54.
Crowe, S. A., C. Jones, S. Katsev, C. Magen, A. O’Neill, A. Sturm, D. E. Canfield, et al. “Photoferrotrophs Thrive in an Archean Ocean Analogue.” Journal Articles. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) 41 (2008): 15938–43.
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Upcoming Colloquium


2/25/21: Dr. Katherine Ryker, Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina

3/25/21: Dr. Jonathan Payne, Professor, Geological Science, Stanford University, Stanford, California.

4/8/21: Dr. Peter Burgess, Professor of Sedimentary Geology and Head of Earth Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom.

4/29/21: Dr. Hildegard Westphal, Professor, Geoecology & Carbonate Sedimentology and Director of the Center for Marine Environmental Science, Bremen University, Bremen, Germany.

Geology Scholarship

The 2021-2022 Academic-Year Undergraduate Scholarship Award Application is now online.
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