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.

Related links:

My Homepage: http://www.uwosh.edu/facstaff/bowenm

UWO Department of Geography and Urban Planning: http://www.uwosh.edu/geography/

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh: http://www.uwosh.edu

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Introduction to Google Earth part of Introductory Courses:Activities
Students utilize a variety of tools in Google Earth to answer questions

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Landslides and the Colorado Front Range Debris Flows of 2013 part of Introductory Courses:Activities
Students complete two background readings to answer a variety of questions about landslides

Introduction to Online Topographic Maps part of Introductory Courses:Activities
Students use geoPDFs and Google Earth topographic map layers to conduct a variety of measurements and answer questions

Stream Hydrology and Morphology part of Introductory Courses:Activities
Students create and interpret hydrographs, discharge data, and stream cross-sectional and longitudinal profiles.

The Geologic Timescale and Paleoclimates part of Introductory Courses:Activities
This is a basic exercise in which students utilize a variety of online resources to answer questions about the geologic timescale, major theories in geology, and temporal scales of climate change.

Barrier Islands and Coastal Geomorphology part of Introductory Courses:Activities
Students use Google Earth to evaluate barrier island evolution and migration and identify coastal landforms.

Glacier Dynamics and Glacial Landforms part of Introductory Courses:Activities
Students use a computer model to simulate glacier dynamics and navigate to locations in Google Earth to identify glacial landforms and geomorphic processes.

Stratovolcano and Shield Volcano Morphology, Eruptions, and Seismic Activity part of Introductory Courses:Activities
Students compare and contrast the morphology, eruptions, and seismic activity of the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption and the 1984 Mauna Loa eruption.

The Web Soil Survey part of Introductory Courses:Activities
Students use the brower-based Web Soil Survey to answer a variety of questions about the soils their campus has been built on

Stream and River Water Quality part of Introductory Courses:Activities
Students visit a stream or river and conduct a site description and assess water quality using a variety of test kits and other field equipment.

Mineral and Rock Identification part of Introductory Courses:Activities
Students are provided with a variety of rock and mineral samples and they use the sample properties and tables to accurately identify them.

Soil Field Methods part of Introductory Courses:Activities
Students collect a soil profile using a bucket auger and then describe the profile in the field.

Playa-Lunette Systems: Environmental Barometers of the High Plains part of Introductory Courses:Activities
Part 1 - students answer questions based on assigned readings Part 2 - students answer questions based on topographic map analysis Part 3 - students create and interpret paleoclimate proxy record graphs

Introduction to County Soil Surveys part of Introductory Courses:Activities
Students use the Natural Resources Conservation Service's county-level soil survey to answer a series of questions about the soils their campus has been built on.

Soil Physical Properties and Profiles part of Introductory Courses:Activities
Students describe the color, structure, and hand texture of soil hand samples. Students also describe the profile for two soil cores.

Introduction to Topographic Maps part of Introductory Courses:Activities
This exercise introduces students to topographic maps and some of the information presented on them. Students must use basic map reading skills as well as algebra to work with map scale, measure distances, and ...

Introduction to the Geographic Grid part of Introductory Courses:Activities
This exercise introduces students to the latitude-longitude geographic grid by interpreting data presented on a globe and in an atlas.