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Our lab works broadly on biogeochemistry and ecosystem science, applied to a wide variety of both theoretical and practical questions. We enjoy trying to understand some of nature's complexity, and we believe strongly in applying objective science to sustaining the biosphere and human society. Our research encompasses a wide range of spatial scales, from microbial to ecosystem, regional, and global. Our research includes a broad range of inter-connected topical areas, illustrated below. Note that much of our research and many of our papers fall into two or more of these categories. Click on a topic to further explore research in the Howarth-Marino lab.

Research Areas Energy Global Change Biogeochem Metabolism Modeling Resources Biogeochemistry

Recent News

19 Feb

UNEP Report on Sustainable Land Use

A report was recently produced by the Land and Soils Working Group of the International Resource Panel, on which Bob is one of the lead authors. It explores how the management of land-based biomass production and consumption can be developed towards a higher degree of sustainability across different scales: from the sustainable management of soils on the field to the sustainable management of global land use as a whole. Check out the full report or the summary at the UNEP website.

1 Sept

Visiting students

This year we're excited to host three visiting international students. Elizabethe Ravagnani, from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wei Gao, from the College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University, Beijing, and Jean-Olivier Goyette, from the University of Montreal. Click here to learn more about their research interests and work while at Cornell.

Recent Publications

2014 Report by the International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Assessing global land use: Balancing consumption with sustainable supply.

Howarth et al, 2013. Metabolism of a nitrogen-enriched coastal marine lagoon during the summertime. Biogeochemistry.

Hayn et al, 2013. Exchange of nitrogen and phosphorus between a shallow lagoon and coastal waters. Estuaries & Coasts.

Jacobson et al, 2013. Examining the feasibility of converting New York States all-purpose energy infrastructure to one using wind, water, and sunlight. Energy Policy.

Howarth and Ingraffea. 2013. Shale gas: Time to go slow. World Energy Monitor, World Energy Forum. United Nations. New York, NY.