William H. McDowell

Phone: (603) 862-2249
Office: Natural Resources & the Environment, James Hall Rm 170, Durham, NH 03824

Faculty Award Winner

Award Type:  Distinguished Professor
Year:  2017

Award Type:  Presidential Chair
Year:  2008


  • Ph.D., Ecology, Cornell University
  • B.A., Biological&Biomedical Sci.Rel., Amherst College

Courses Taught

  • ESCI 799: Sr Thesis/Hon/Hydropedology
  • NR 703: Watershed Water Quality Mgt
  • NR 795: Investigations
  • NR 803: Watershed Water Quality Mgt
  • NR 947: Issues in Ecosystem Ecology
  • NRES 995: Ind sty/UrbanCompOrganicMatter

Selected Publications

Wang, G., Wang, J., Xia, X., Zhang, L., Zhang, S., McDowell, W. H., & Hou, L. (2018). Nitrogen removal rates in a frigid high-altitude river estimated by measuring dissolved N 2 and N 2 O. Science of The Total Environment, 645, 318-328. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.07.090

Marinos, R. E., Campbell, J. L., Driscoll, C. T., Likens, G. E., McDowell, W. H., Rosi, E. J., . . . Bernhardt, E. S. (2018). Give and Take: A Watershed Acid Rain Mitigation Experiment Increases Baseflow Nitrogen Retention but Increases Stormflow Nitrogen Export. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, 52(22), 13155-13165. doi:10.1021/acs.est.8b03553

Richter, D. D., Billings, S. A., Groffman, P. M., Kelly, E. F., Lohse, K. A., McDowell, W. H., . . . Zhang, G. (2018). Ideas and perspectives: Strengthening the biogeosciences in environmental research networks. BIOGEOSCIENCES, 15(15), 4815-4832. doi:10.5194/bg-15-4815-2018

Djukic, I., Kepfer-Rojas, S., Schmidt, I. K., Larsen, K. S., Beier, C., Berg, B., . . . TeaComposition. (2018). Early stage litter decomposition across biomes. SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT, 628-629, 1369-1394. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.01.012

Prokushkin, A., Hagedorn, F., Pokrovsky, O., Viers, J., Kirdyanov, A., Masyagina, O., . . . McDowell, W. (2018). Permafrost Regime Affects the Nutritional Status and Productivity of Larches in Central Siberia. Forests, 9(6), 314. doi:10.3390/f9060314

Cole, J. J., Prairie, Y. T., Caraco, N. F., McDowell, W. H., Tranvik, L. J., Striegl, R. G., . . . Melack, J. (2007). Plumbing the Global Carbon Cycle: Integrating Inland Waters into the Terrestrial Carbon Budget. Ecosystems, 10(1), 172-185. doi:10.1007/s10021-006-9013-8

Downing, J. A., Prairie, Y. T., Cole, J. J., Duarte, C. M., Tranvik, L. J., Striegl, R. G., . . . Middelburg, J. J. (2006). The global abundance and size distribution of lakes, ponds, and impoundments. Limnology and Oceanography, 51(5), 2388-2397. doi:10.4319/lo.2006.51.5.2388

McClain, M. E., Boyer, E. W., Dent, C. L., Gergel, S. E., Grimm, N. B., Groffman, P. M., . . . Pinay, G. (2003). Biogeochemical Hot Spots and Hot Moments at the Interface of Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystems. Ecosystems, 6(4), 301-312. doi:10.1007/s10021-003-0161-9

Peterson, B. J. (2001). Control of Nitrogen Export from Watersheds by Headwater Streams. Science, 292(5514), 86-90. doi:10.1126/science.1056874

Aber, J., McDowell, W., Nadelhoffer, K., Magill, A., Berntson, G., Kamakea, M., . . . Fernandez, I. (1998). Nitrogen Saturation in Temperate Forest Ecosystems. BioScience, 48(11), 921-934. doi:10.2307/1313296

Most Cited Publications