University of Vermont

William Bowden (Breck)

Breck Bowden

Professor & Patrick Chair of Watershed Science & Planning/ Director of Water Resources and Lake Studies Center/Lake Champlain Sea Grant/Northeastern States Research Cooperative Theme 1

Phone: 802-656-2513
Office: 303D Aiken Center
Watershed Research Lab:

Areas of Interest

Interactions between hydrological and biogeochemical processes, especially as these processes are influenced by land use practices and land cover characteristics at catchment scales. Uptake and use of science knowledge by resource managers, policy makers, and community stakeholders.

Dr. Bowden is the Robert and Genevieve Patrick Professor in Watershed Science and Planning in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. He teaches undergraduate courses in the Environmental Sciences curriculum and graduate courses in the Aquatic of Ecology and Watershed Sciences curriculum. He is the Director of the Vermont Water Resources in Lake Studies Center and leads the Vermont component of the Northeastern States Research Cooperative. In addition, he is the Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee for the Lake Champlain Basin Program.

Dr. Bowden's research interests focus on interactions among land use, land cover, and water resources. He has conducted research on wetland, terrestrial, and aquatic ecosystems in temperate, tropical, and arctic biomes and has been involved with strategic planning in universities and in government agencies. He founded the Water Resources Management undergraduate and graduate programs at the University of New Hampshire and helped to establish the Natural Resources MS and PhD programs there. He established the national Integrated Catchment Management Program at Landcare Research in New Zealand as the lead Project Manager and Team Leader.

His current research projects focus on effects of exurban development on stormwater runoff in Vermont and on climate change impacts in the arctic. Dr. Bowden is active in national and international programs that seek to integrate science in resource management decision making, including the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program, Hydrology for Environment Life and Policy (HELP), the National Environmental Observatory Network (NEON), and the Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH).


Ph.D. 1982 North Carolina State University, Bioogeochemistry of nitrogen in coastal ecosystems
M.S. 1976 North Carolina State University, Microbial numbers and biomass in aquatic ecosystems
B.S. 1973 University of Georgia, Zoology and Chemistry

Selected Publications

McIntosh, A., W.B. Bowden, E. Fitzgerald*, A. Hackman*, B. Kirk*, J. Todd, H. Vladich, A. Voinov. 2006. RAN: Working with neighborhoods to manage stormwater. Stormwater, May/June, pp. 95-99.

Mulder, K.* and W.B. Bowden. 2007. Organismal stoichiometry and the adaptive advantage of variable nutrient use and production efficiency in Daphnia. Ecological Modeling. 202: 427-440. doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2006.11.007

Greenwald, M. J.*, W. B. Bowden, M. N. Gooseff, J. P. Zarnetske, J. P. McNamara, J. H. Bradford, and T. R. Brosten.* 2008. Hyporheic exchange and water chemistry of two arctic tundra streams of contrasting geomorphology. J. Geophysical Research (Biogeosciences). doi:10.1029/2007JG000549.

Cao, W., W.B. Bowden, T. Davie and A. Fenemor. 2008. Modelling impacts of land cover change on critical water resources in the Motueka River catchment, New Zealand. Water Resources Management. DOI 10.1007/s11269-008-9268-2. Published on-line first, print version in press.

Bowden, W.B., M.N. Gooseff, A. Balser, A. Green, B.J. Peterson, and J. Bradford. 2008. Sediment and nutrient delivery from thermokarst features in the foothills of the North Slope, Alaska: Potential impacts on headwater streams ecosystems. Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences, Vol. 113, G02026, doi:10.1029/2007JG000470.

Gooseff, M.N, A. Balser, W.B. Bowden, and J.B. Jones. 2009. Effects of Hillslope Thermokarst in Northern Alaska. Eos 90(4): 29-36.