Biogeochemistry; Organic geochemistry; Biomarker applications in modern and palaeoenvironmental settings; Natural and contaminant organic matter cycling and preservation in marine and terrestrial environments; Biogeochemistry of hypoxic environment: Indian Ocean processes; Peatland and riverine processes; Riverine and groundwater impacts on reef systems; Organic and isotope tracer studies.
Present: Senior Lecturer in Biogeochemistry, University of Edinburgh, UK
Active research projects:
Understanding the role of Scottish rivers in the global carbon cycle: Sources and reactivities of organic matter in Scottish lakes and streams – Cowie, G. (1/09/14-31/01/16)
Woulds, C., Middelburg, J.J. and Cowie, G.L., 2014. Alteration of organic matter during infaunal polychaete gut passage and links to sediment organic geochemistry. Part II: Fatty acids and aldoses. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 136, pp.38-59.
Cowie, G., Mowbray, S., Kurian, S., Sarkar, A., White, C., Anderson, A., Vergnaud, B., Johnstone, G., Brear, S., Woulds, C. and Naqvi, S.W.A., 2014. Comparative organic geochemistry of Indian margin (Arabian Sea) sediments: estuary to continental slope.
Larkin, K.E., Gooday, A.J., Woulds, C., Jeffreys, R.M., Schwartz, M., Cowie, G., Whitcraft, C., Levin, L., Dick, J.R. and Pond, D.W., 2014. Uptake of algal carbon and the likely synthesis of an” essential” fatty acid by Uvigerina ex. gr. semiornata (Foraminifera) within the Pakistan margin oxygen minimum zone: evidence from fatty acid biomarker and 13 C tracer experiments. Biogeosciences, 11(14), pp.3729-3738.
Abbott, G.D., Swain, E.Y., Muhammad, A.B., Allton, K., Belyea, L.R., Laing, C.G. and Cowie, G.L., 2013. Effect of water-table fluctuations on the degradation of Sphagnum phenols in surficial peats. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 106, pp.177-191.
Zhang, J., Cowie, G. and Naqvi, S.W.A., 2013. Hypoxia in the changing marine environment. Environmental Research Letters, 8(1), p.015025.