Dr. Mark W. Bowen

Associate Professor, Department of Geography

Co-Director of the EARTH Systems Laboratory

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

  • Soils
  • Geomorphology
  • Wetlands (prairie potholes and playa-lunette systems)
  • Quaternary environmental change
  • Agricultural Landscapes
  • The Anthropocene


Doctor of Philosophy (2011), Geography, University of Kansas
Advisor: William C. Johnson
Dissertation: Spatial Distribution and Geomorphic Evolution of Playa Wetlands on the Kansas High Plains: Implications for a Changing Environment

Master of Science (2004), Resource Planning, Missouri State University
Advisor: Robert T. Pavlowsky
Thesis: Consequences of Reservoir Drainage on Downstream Water Chemistry, Suspended Sediment, and Nutrients, Southwest Missouri

Bachelor of Science (2000), Geography, Missouri State University
Minor: Computer Information Systems

About Dr. Mark Bowen

I am currently an Associate Professor of Soil Geomorphology and Physical Geography in the Department of Geography and Co-Director of the EARTH Systems Laboratory at Minnesota State University, Mankato. My research has two primary themes: 1) utilizing records preserved within soils to reconstruction paleoenvironmental change and landscape evolution; and 2) examining historical to modern human impacts to soils and soil health. My research is focused on soils of the Great Plains of the central United States, particularly within agricultural landscapes, and I am especially interested in records preserved in depressional wetlands (e.g., prairie potholes and playa wetlands). For more details about current research projects, please visit my Research page.