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Biogeochemistry

While research in the Howarth-Marino lab is strongly interdisciplinary, our major strength is in biogeochemistry. Biogeochemistry is the scientific discipline that deals with the biological controls on environmental chemistry and with the geochemical controls on the structure and function of ecosystems. The discipline has a long history of combining theory with practical application, and biogeochemists have played a central role in our understanding of global change and large scale pollution issues such as acid rain and coastal nitrogen pollution.

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Howarth is the Founding Editor of the journal Biogeochemistry, and served as Editor-in-Chief for the first 21 years, from 1983 through 2004.

From the journal:
"Biogeochemistry publishes original and synthetic papers dealing with biotic controls on the chemistry of the environment, or with the geochemical control of the structure and function of ecosystems. Cycles are considered, either of individual elements or of specific classes of natural or anthropogenic compounds in ecosystems. Particular emphasis is given to coupled interactions of element cycles. The journal spans from the molecular to global scales to elucidate the mechanisms driving patterns in biogeochemical cycles through space and time. Studies on both natural and artificial ecosystems are published when they contribute to a general understanding of biogeochemistry."

Biogeochemistry at Cornell

Cornell Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Cornell has a long history in biogeochemistry, and courses in biogeochemistry have been offered continuously at Cornell since 1957. The graduate class in Principles of Biogeochemistry (BioEE6680) has been taught by Howarth since 1988. Click here for a brief description of the history of biogeochemistry at Cornell. Also available online is the 1991 article by Eville Gorham on the early years of biogeochemistry and its development as a discipline, published in Biogeochemistry.