University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Doctorate Degree: Expected 2018
Major: Soil Science – Soil Ecology
Dissertation: Playa wetland response to climate change
Major Advisors: Keith Goyne and Elisabeth Webb

South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD
Masters of Science Degree: May 2015
Major: Soil Science – Soil Pedology
Thesis: Spatial variability of saline and sodic soils in the Black Glaciated Plains of South Dakota
Major Advisor: Douglas Malo

Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Bachelor of Science Degree: May 2013
Majors: Agronomy/Global Resource Systems
Minor: Economics


R.K. Owen, D.D. Malo, C.L. Reese, D.E. Clay, and T. DeSutter. Relationship between electrical conductivity and total soluble cation concentrations in selected Black Glaciated Plains soils. [In late stage preparation for submission to Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J]. 

Dose, H., Y. He, R.K. Owen, D. Hopkins, B. Deutsch, J. Lee, D. Clay, C. Reese, D. Malo, and T. DeSutter. 2016. Predicting electrical conductivity of the saturated extract from a 1:1 soil to water ratio. [Submitted and in review for Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis].

Chintala, R., R.K. Owen, T.E. Schumacher, K.A. Spokas, L.M. McDonald, S. Kumar, D.E. Clay, D.D. Malo, and B. Bleakley. 2014. Denitrification kinetics on biomass and biochar amended soils on different landscape positions. Environ Sci Pollut Res. DOI: 10.1007/s11356-014-3762-2.

Informal Publications

Owen, R.K. 2017. Making meaningful connections with labmates and colleagues. CSA News 62(4): 35. 

Bastos, L., M. Battaglia, and R.K. Owen. 2016. Ten steps to prepare first-time graduate students attending the Annual Meeting. CSA News 61(10): 36-37. 

Daigh, A.L.M. and R.K. Owen. 2016. Students, post-docs, and early career members: Discover the right career. CSA News 61(10): 42-42. 

Owen, R.K. and S. Vero. 2016. Grad students take on Minneapolis. CSA News 61(1): 32-33. 

Owen, R.K. 2015. The graduate student experience in Long Beach. CSA News 60(1): 36-37.  


How will playa plant communities respond to a changing climate? Inferences from a greenhouse experiment
Oral Presentation – INVITED
Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference – 2017, Lincoln, NE
Playa Wetlands: Ecosystem Functions and Potential Risks in a Changing Climate
Poster Presentation
ASA-CSSA-SSSA – 2016 International Meetings, Phoenix, AZ

Effects of Predicted Climate Change on Playa Wetland Ecosystem Function and Ecological Services
Webinar Presentation – INVITED
Missouri EPSCoR Climate Team – November 2016 Monthly Meeting, Columbia, MO

Developing Spatial Management Zones for Salt-Affected Sols in South Dakota Using Inherent Soil Properties and Yield History
Oral Presentation
ASA-CSSA-SSSA – 2015 International Meetings, Minneapolis, MN
Managing and Understanding Saline and Sodic Soils
Oral Presentation - INVITED
South Dakota Association of Agronomists – 2014 Agronomy Conference, Sioux Falls, SD 

Spatial Variability of Saline and Sodic Soil Characteristics
Oral Presentation – Graduate Research Competition
ASA-CSSA-SSSA – 2014 International Meetings, Long Beach, CA

What’s Your Number? Understanding Soil Test Results for Saline Soils
Oral Presentation - INVITED
North Dakota State University – 2014 Extension Field Day, Wahpeton, ND

Soils and Salt: The Problem and Scope
Oral Presentation - INVITED
South Dakota State University – 2014 Extension Field Day, White Lake, SD

Redefining Saline/Sodic Soil Survey Map Units
Oral Presentation – INVITED
South Dakota State University – 2014 Extension Field Day, Pierpont, SD

CSR2 – Soil Productivity Rating for Cropland in Iowa, USA
Oral Presentation – Representing C.L. Burras
National University of Life and Environmental Sciences – 2012 Soil Science Conference, Ukraine 

Soil Productivity – Does CSR2 or BONITAS work better in Iowa? 
Poster Presentation – Undergraduate Research Competition
ASA-CSSA-SSSA – 2012 International Meetings, Cincinnati, OH
World Food Prize – 2012 Borlaug Undergraduate Research Symposium, Ames, IA 

Professional Involvements

University of Missouri (MU), 2015-present

•    MU Graduate Professional Council – Department Representative (2016-present)
•    Sigma Xi – Associate Member (2016)
•    ASA-CSSA-SSSA Research Symposium Committee – Appointed Member (2016)
•    MU Graduate Student Association – Vice President (2016-present)
•    SSSA Graduate Student Committee – Appointed Member (2015-present) 
•    ASA-CSSA-SSSA Graduate Student Committee – Chair (2016-present)

South Dakota State University, 2013-2014
•    Spatial Statistics Seminar (PS 792) – Organizer/Coordinator (2014)
•    Introduction to Soil Science (PS 213) – Lab Instructor (2014)
•    Plant Science Graduate Student Association – President (2014)
•    ASA-CSSA-SSSA National Meeting Planning Committee – Member (2014)
•    ASA-CSSA-SSSA Graduate Student Committee – Member (2013-2014)
•    SDSU Soil Judging Team – Assistant Coach (2013-2014)

Iowa State University, 2009-2013
•    VEISHEA, Inc. – Entertainment Co-Chair (2012), General Co-Chair (2013)
•    Alternative Breaks – Site Development Chair (2013)
•    College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Honors Council – Member (2009-2013)
•    College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Honors Program – Member (2009-2013)
•    Iowa State Soil Judging Team – Member (2009-2013)
•    Alpha Zeta Agricultural Honors Fraternity – Chancellor (2012), Treasurer (2011)
•    Students of Agronomy, Soils, and Environmental Sciences – Vice President (2012)
•    Iowa State Agronomy Club – Treasurer (2012)
•    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council – Secretary (2011)
•    10,000 Hours Show – Co-Executive Director (2011)

Honors and Achievements

•    C.E. Marshall Scholarship, MU School of Natural Resources – 2016
•    Future Leaders in Science Award, ASA-CSSA-SSSA – 2016
•    Borlaug Summer Institute Fellow, Center for Global Food Security – 2015
•    Graduate Research Competition – 2nd Place, ASA-CSSA-SSSA – 2014
•    Plant Science Dpt. Graduate Scholarship, South Dakota State University – 2014
•    Certified Associate Soil Scientist, SSSA – 2013
•    Golden Opportunity Scholarship, ASA-CSSA-SSSA – 2012
•    Homecoming Queen, Iowa State University – 2012
•    Outstanding Senior, Alpha Zeta – 2012
•    Dean’s List, Iowa State University – 2010-2012  
•    Holden Scholarship Recipient, Department of Agronomy – 2012
•    Outstanding Junior, Alpha Zeta – 2011
•    Outstanding Peer Mentor, Academic Success Center – 2011