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College of Natural Resources

Ellis Cowling

University Distinguished Professor At-Large Emeritus

Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources


Area(s) of Expertise

Plant Pathology and Atmospheric Chemistry Impacts


B.S. Syracuse University (1954)
M.S. Syracuse University (1956)
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin (1959)

Research Interests

Biochemistry of wood decay; conservation of essential elements by forest trees; diseases of forest trees and deteriaoration of timber products; role of nitrogen in coevolution of forest trees and wood-destroying fungi; integrated management of plant diseases; man-induced changes in the chemical climate and their effects on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems; role of scientists in public decision making.


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