Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association
Interview with Dr. Birl Lowery
Dr. Birl Lowery has been in the Department of Soil Science at UW-Madison since 1980. His appointment is 50% teaching and 50% research. His areas of interest are soil physics, soil and water management and conservation. He served as the Chair of the Department for five years, from 1999 to 2004.
Birl joined the Soil Science Department at UW after receiving a Ph.D. in Soil Physics from Oregon State University. He also has degrees in Agricultural Education (BS, 1973) from Alcorn State University and Agricultural Engineering Technology (MA, 1975) from Mississippi State University. Birl worked as a Graduate
Research Assistant at MSU and a Research Assistant at OSU before coming to UW.
“My research applies basic soil physical principles to solve soil and water management and conservation problems,” says Lowery. “This involves both field and laboratory work, focusing on the dynamics of soil water and temperature regimes, soil compaction, and other physicalproperties.”