MBL Fellow Robert Howarth has had a long association with the MBL Ecosystems Center and was formerly an adjunct faculty member, Whitman Center Scientist (2016), faculty in Microbial Ecology (1980) and alumnus of the Biosphere course (1975).

From leading a Cornell research lab to being featured in The New York Times, Prof. Robert Howarth, ecology and evolutionary biology, has spent his career studying and educating the public on climate change.

Howarth began studying the environment, ecosystems and biology early in his academic career. He earned a B.A. from Amherst College before going on to earn a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Howarth reflected upon an undergraduate internship at Brookhaven National Laboratory, an experience that helped shape his further career path. 

“When I was an undergraduate, I didn’t know if I wanted to be a scientist or if I wanted to be an environmental lawyer or a policy person — someone out there making a real difference,” Howarth said. “[At Brookhaven Lab] I worked with a really fantastic group. I was doing the same kind of work that I’ve ended up doing for my career but also heavily engaged in issues such as how deforestation in the Amazon was affecting climate change.” Read rest of the story here.

Source: Prof. Robert Howarth’s Climate Research, Outreach Makes Waves Throughout Career | The Cornell Daily Sun