Mark W. Bowen

Geography and Urban Planning

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

I am a 2011 graduate of the Department of Geography at the University of Kansas. I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and Director of the Soils Research Laboratory. Generally speaking, my interests are in physical geography, more specifically soils, geomorphology, and paleoclimatology.

I am interested in understanding the role of changing environments, both natural and human-induced, on geomorphic forms and processes. In my research I utilize data preserved in soils and sedimentary units of playa-lunette systems on the High Plains to interpret environmental change, with records spanning the last ~100,000 years.

My goals in teaching are to provide students with a better understanding of how geoscientists address problems, expose students to the tools we use, and help them to relate that knowledge to their daily lives. To accomplish this, I have developed a series of hands-on, active-learning exercises for my GEOG 221 - Physical Geography II: Landforms and Soils (100-student enrollment; mostly non-majors), GEOG 304 - Principles of Soil Science (16-student enrollment; mostly geoscience majors), and GEOG 364 - Water Resource Management (16-student enrollment; mostly science majors) courses. These exercises familiarize students with equipment and techniques commonly used in geoscience research, provide them with hands-on experience, and challenge them to apply classroom knowledge to solve problems.

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