Sharon Cowling, Associate Professor


Home Campus:
U of T St. George

Lund University, Sweden (2000)

Other Degrees:
MSc University of Toronto (1997)
BSc University of Toronto (1989)

Cross Appointments:
Department of Earth Sciences

Contact Information:

Department of Earth Sciences
Phone:    (416) 978-5612
Location: Room 4013, Earth Science Centre

Personal Website:

Research Interests:

  • Earth System science
  • interface between the biosphere and atmosphere
  • changes in regional and global climate
  • vegetation feedbacks on climate
  • macroecology


Selected Publications:


  • SA Cowling (2012) Did early land plants use carbon-concentrating mechanisms? Trends   in Plant Science, TRPLSC_1021, 1-5.
  • SA Finkelstein and SA Cowling (2011) Wetlands, temperature, atmospheric CO2 and CH4 coupling over the past two millennia. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, Vol 25, GB1002
  • SA Cowling, CD Jones, and PM Cox (2009) Greening the terrestrial biosphere: simulated feedbacks on atmospheric heat and energy circulation. Climate Dynamics 32 (2-3), 287-299.
  •  E Pinto1, Y Shin1SA Cowling, CD Jones, and PM Cox (2009) Past, present and future vegetation-cloud feedbacks in the Amazon Basin. Climate Dynamics 32 (6), 741-751.

Research Clusters:
Biogeochemistry and Contaminants, Climate Processes and Climate and Carbon Cycle Modelling, Paleoclimate and Biogeography