Purdue Water Community

Phillip Owens

Contact Information

3-333 Lilly Hall of Life Sciences
College of Agriculture
West Lafayette, IN 47907


Dr. Owens’ research involves mapping, monitoring, and modeling of landscape-soil-hydrology relationships to develop quantitative predictable patterns reflected by soil morphology to better estimate potential crops and crop yields at multiple scales. The research projects require instrumentation, digital mapping and remote sensing to develop relationships which provide prediction of the effects of soil properties on nutrient distribution, water availability, and nutrient availability in heterogeneous soil landscapes. The overall goal of Dr. Owens’ research program is to couple pedological and biogeochemical processes to integrate processes that affect biofuel crop production and soil suitability for traditional and alternative crops in a holistic environmentally sustainable production system. Incorporating broader scales and understanding of soils information leads to better utilization of the soils as a natural resource.  

Expertise: Soil Geomorphology/Pedology




B.S., Soil Science, University of Arkansas, 1993 
M.S., Pedology, University of Arkansas, 1997 
Ph.D., Pedology, Texas A&M University, 2001


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