Mark Bowen, Associate Professor

Graduate Coordinator (MS Geography); Co-Director Earth Systems Laboratory

Address: 222L Morris Hall
Phone: 507-389-5187

Mark Bowen's Website

I am currently an Associate Professor of Soil Geomorphology and Physical Geography in the Department of Geography and Anthropology 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 reconstruct paleoenvironmental change and landscape evolution.
  2. Examining historical to modern human impacts on 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).


  • Ph.D.,University of Kansas, Geography, 2011

Research Interests

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

Courses Taught

  • GEOG 101 - Introductory Physical Geography
  • GEOG 411/511 - Soils Geomorphology
  • GEOG 480/580 - Seminar: Food, Agriculture, and the Environment
  • GEOG 610 - Quaternary Stratigraphy and Geomorphology 
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