Understanding our environment

Rachel Bowes

Postdoctoral Researcher, River Ecology Laboratory
Primary office:
141 Takeru Higuchi Hall

Academic degrees
Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, 2016 (Dissertation with Honors: Temporal Analysis of River Food Webs)
B.A., Pre-professional Zoology (Honors), Chemistry, Ohio Wesleyan University, 2011

Awards and honors
2016 KU Women of Distinction Award, Humanitarian in Science, University of Kansas
2015 Graduate Research Award, Osage Chapter, Association of Women Geoscientists
2015 Honorable Mention, Outstanding Mentor Award, KU Center for Undergraduate Research
2015 Bowes, R. (Co-PI), Thorp, J.H. (PI). NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant. Dissertation Research: Historical Changes in Food Web Structure of Large Rivers
2014 Graduate Research Consultant, Center for Undergraduate Research, University of Kansas
2014 Outstanding Mentor Award, KU Center for Undergraduate Research

Research areas of focus

  • Food webs
  • Stable isotope analysis
  • Aquatic community ecology

Recent publications
Bowes, R.E. and J.H. Thorp. 2015. Consequences of employing amino acid vs. bulk-tissue, stable isotope analysis: A laboratory trophic position experiment. Ecosphere, 6: art14.

Bowes, R.E., Lafferty, M.H., and J.H. Thorp. 2014. Less means more: nutrient stress leads to higher δ15N ratios in fish. Freshwater Biology, 59: 1926-1931.