Laura C Bowling

Associate Professor of Agronomy

Phone: 765.494.8051
Fax: 765.496.2926
Office: Lilly 3-337
Personal Web Page

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 an Associate 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

Naz, B. and L.C. Bowling, 2008, A decision analysis system for mapping of subsurface drainage systems. Trans. of ASABE, 51(6): 1937-1950.
Ale, S., L.C. Bowling, S.M. Brouder, J.R. Frankenberger and M. Youssef, 2009, Simulated operation strategy for drainage water management. Ag. Water Mngmnt, 96(4), 653-665.

Naz, B., S. Ale and L.C. Bowling, 2009, Estimating Subsurface Drainage in Agricultural Landscapes, Ag. Water Mngmnt, 96(4), 627-637.

Bowling, L.C. and D.P. Lettenmaier, 2009, A predictive model of the effects of lakes and wetlands on the water balance of Arctic environments. Journal of Hydrometeorology, In-press.

Ale, S., L. Bowling, J. Frankenberger, S. Brouder and E. Kladivko, 2009, The influence of climate variability on drainage water management operation for Drummer soil in Indiana, U.S.A., Vadose Zone, In-press.

Yang, G., L.C. Bowling, K.A. Cherkauer, B. Pijanowski and D. Niyogi, 2009, Hydroclimatic Response of Watersheds to Urban Intensity- An Observational and Modeling Based Analysis for the White River Basin, Indiana. Journal of Hydrometeorology, In-press.

Mishra, V., K.A. Cherkauer, D. Niyogi, M. Lei, B.C. Pijanowski, D.K. Ray and L.C. Bowling, 2009, A Regional Scale Assessment of Land use/land cover and Climatic Changes on Surface Hydrologic Processes, International Journal of Climate, In Press.

MacDonald, A.M., B.M. Fekete, L.C. Bowling, R.B. Lammers and R. Lawford, 2009: River Discharge [in “State of the Climate in 2008”]. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 90 (8), S30-S31.

MacDonald, A.M, L.C. Bowling, B.M. Fekete, R.B. Lammers and R. Lawford, 2009: U.S. River Discharge for 2008 [in “State of the Climate in 2008”]. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 90 (8), S129.


AGRY 598/FNR 598 Ecological Footprints (Syllabus)
AGRY 337 Environmental Hydrology (Syllabus)
AGRY 598W Advanced Topics in Hydrology (Syllabus)

Professional Experience 

2004-present 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​​​​​​​​