Laura C Bowling
Professor of Agronomy
Phone: 765.494.8051
Fax: 765.496.2926
Office: Lilly 3-337 

Curriculum Vitae

Area of Expertise: Watershed Hydrology, Hydroclimatology, GIS & Remote Sensing


Laura earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and water resources from Princeton University, and her master’s and doctorate from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle. Laura is a full Professor with research and teaching responsibilities in the Department of Agronomy at Purdue University, and has a courtesy appointment in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. 

Laura teaches an undergraduate course in Environmental Hydrology and Hydrologic Field Skills, and serves as an undergraduate advisor.  She also mentors several graduate students and teaches a graduate level course in Statistical Hydrology. 

Her research interests include quantifying the hydrologic and water quality impacts of agricultural drainage practices, investigation of edge-of-field and watershed-scale conservation measures to mitigate the impacts, and evaluation of water resources sustainability, with emphasis on agricultural water use.  Laura serves as a member of the Executive Committee of both the Purdue Climate Change Research Center and the Purdue Water Community, and as one of the Purdue representatives to the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI). She also serves on the University Library Committee.​

Research Areas

  • Evaluate the role of land management (agricultural drainage, forest management, etc.) on water quality and quantity.
  • Characterize the effects of landcover/land-use change (in particular urbanization) on the hydrology of extreme events.
  • Predict the hydrologic response of cold regions to global climate change and identify climate feedback mechanisms.

Recent Publications

Kladivko, E.J., M.J. Helmers, L.J. Abendroth, D. Herzmann, R. Lal, M.J. Castellano, D.S. Mueller, J.E. Sawyer, R.P. Anex, R.W. Arritt, B. Basso, J.V. Bonta, L.C. Bowling, R.M. Cruse, N.R. Fausey, J.R. Frankenberger, P.W. Gassman, A.J. Gassmann, C.L. Kling, A. 

Kravchenko, J.G. Lauer, F.E. Miguez, E.D. Nafziger, N. Nkongolo, M. O'Neal, L.B. Owens, P.R. Owens, P. Scharf, M.J. Shipitalo, J.S. Strock, and M.B. Villamil, 2014, Standardized research protocols enable transdisciplinary research of climate variation impacts in corn production systems, Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 69(6), 532-542;doi:10.2489/jswc.69.6.532.
Jiang, Y., J.R. Frankenberger, Y.H. Sui and L.C. Bowling, 2014, Estimation of nonpoint source nitrate concentrations in Indiana rivers based on agricultural drainage in the watershed, J. American Water Resources Association, 50(6), 1501-1514.
Jiang, Y., J.R. Frankenberger, L.C. Bowling and Z. Sun, 2014, Quantification of uncertainty in estimated nitrate-n loads in agricultural watersheds, J. Hydrology, 519, 106-116.
Yang, G.X., and L.C. Bowling, 2014, Detection of changes in hydrologic system memory associated with urbanization in the Great Lakes region, Water Resources Research, 50 (5), 3750-3763.
Khan, A., B.S. Naz, and L.C. Bowling, 2015, Separating snow, clean and debris covered ice in the Upper Indus Basin, Hindukush-Karakoram-Himalayas, using Landsat images between 1998 and 2002, J. Hydrology, 521, Pages: 46-64.
Kalcic, M., J.R. Frankenberger, I. Chaubey, L.S. Prokopy and L.C. Bowling, 2015, Adaptive targeting: engaging farmers to improve targeting and adoption of agricultural conservation practices, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, in press.
Naz, B.S., S.C. Kao, M. Ashfaq,D. Rastogi, R. Mei, and L.C. Bowling, 2016, Regional hydrologic response to climate change in the conterminous United States using high-resolution hydroclimate simulations, Global and Planetary Change. 143, 100-117.
Muenich, R.L., S. Peel, L. Bowling, M. Heller Haas, R. Turco, J. Frankenberger and I. Chaubey, 2016, The Wabash Sampling Blitz: A Case Study on the Effectiveness of Citizen Science, Citizen Science: Theory and Practice, 1(1), 3.
Wang, R., L.C. Bowling, and K.A. Cherkauer, 2016, Estimation of the effects of climate variability on Crop yield in the Midwest USA. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 216, 141–156. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2015.10.001.
Wang, R., K. A. Cherkauer and L. C. Bowling, 2016, Corn response to climate stress detected with satellite-based NDVI time series. Remote Sensing, 8(4), 269; doi:10.3390/rs8040269.
Alvarenga, L., C. Mello, L.C. Bowling, A. Colombo and A. Cuartas, 2016, Assessment of land cover change on the hydrology of a Brazilian headwater watershed using the Distributed Hydrology-Soil-Vegetation model, Catena, p. 7-17, DOI: 10.1016/j.catena.2016.04.001.



AGRY 120 Water and Food Security
AGRY 337 Environmental Hydrology 
AGRY 598 Statistical Hydrology


Professional Experience 

2016-present Professor of Agronomy, Purdue University
2010-2016 Associate Professor of Agronomy, Purdue University
2004-2010 Assistant Professor of Agronomy, Purdue University
2002-2003 Research Scientist, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington
1995-2002 Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington


Awards and Honors

1997-2000 NASA Earth System Science Fellowship
2003 Honorable Mention, 7th Annual ARCUS Award for Arctic Research Excellence



B.S.E., Civil Engineering and Operations Research, Princeton University
M.S.C.E., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington
Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington


Date joined staff: 2004​​​​​​​​​​​


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