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Professor David Gowing

Professor David Gowing

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David is an ecohydrologist with a special interest in floodplain meadows.  His research focuses on the relationship between vegetation communities and both the water regime and the nutrient status of the soil.  The question of how numerous species manage to co-exist in these systems is of particular interest.  He has been widely involved in advising on water management for nature conservation and in  all applied aspects of floodplain-meadow management.  His projects look to expand the research carried out on English meadows to species-rich assemblages of plants elsewhere in the world (particularly the fynbos region of South Africa's Cape and the Iberian mountains).  Before becoming an academic, from 1986-1989 he worked for the flour-milling giant, Rank Hovis McDougall, as a commodity buyer.

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Professor David Gowing 's research

Owen Mountford et al. (2018-12) Meadows and more: a botanical journal of five days on the Uists, Benbecula and Eriskay, In Hebridean Naturalist(18)

J. McGinlay, David J. G. Gowing and Jessica Budds (2017-03) The threat of abandonment in socio-ecological landscapes: Farmers' motivations and perspectives on high nature value grassland conservation, In Environmental Science & Policy(69)

J. McGinlay, David J. G. Gowing and J. Budds (2016-12) Conserving socio-ecological landscapes: An analysis of traditional and responsive management practices for floodplain meadows in England, In Environmental Science & Policy(66)

Gonzalo Garcia-Baquero et al. (2016-03) Dissecting the hydrological niche: soil moisture, space and lifespan, In Journal of Vegetation Science 2(27)

Survarna Punalekar et al. (2016) Characterization of a Highly Biodiverse Floodplain Meadow Using Hyperspectral Remote Sensing within a Plant Functional Trait Framework, In Remote Sensing 2(8)

Emma E. C. Rothero, Sophie Lake and David J. G. Gowing (2016) Floodplain Meadows: Beauty and Utility - A Technical Handbook, Open University

Sunitha Rao Pangala et al. (2015-07) The contribution of trees to ecosystem methane emissions in a temperate forested wetland, In Global Change Biology 7(21)

Jonathan Silvertown, Yoseph Negusse Araya and David J. G. Gowing (2015-01) Hydrological niches in terrestrial plant communities: a review, In Journal of Ecology 1(103)

Sunitha Rao Pangala et al. (2014-02) Controls on methane emissions from Alnus glutinosa saplings, In New Phytologist 3(201)

Sunitha Rao Pangala et al. (2013-12-12) Methane emissions from woody stems of tropical and temperate wetland trees, In AGU Fall Meeting

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