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Clenton Owensby

Professor of range management

Clenton Owensby arrived at Kansas State University in 1964 as a range management scientist. Since then, he has performed extensive research in the areas of range burning and the greenhouse effect, written an award-winning book and assisted in the production of an Oscar-winning movie.

Owensby, professor of range management at K-State, spent the early part of his career studying the advantages and safety procedures behind range burning. His expertise led him to supervise a fire scene in the 1979 movie, "Days of Heaven," which won an Academy Award for best cinematography.

The greenhouse effect became a major research area for Owensby in the late 1980s, when he began an experiment to show the effects elevated carbon dioxide -- a greenhouse gas -- would have on Kansas' grasslands.

Owensby's research has earned him distinction in the Gamma Sigma Delta, Sigma Xi, Alpha Zeta and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. He has been awarded the Gamma Sigma Delta Faculty Award of Merit, the Gamma Sigma Delta Teaching Award of Merit and the K-State outstanding faculty member. His book, "Kansas Prairie Wildflowers," won the 25th annual Midwestern Books Competition.

He has also been awarded the AMOCO All University Outstanding Teaching Award in 1985; the NACTA Fellow Award in 1985; Outstanding Achievement Award from the Society for Range Management in 1989; Higuchi Award and Irvin Youngberg Award for Applied Research from the University of Kansas in 1993; the Gamma Sigma Delta Research Award of Merit in 1994; the College of Agriculture Faculty of the Semester award in 2000; and the W.R. Chapline Research Award from the Society for Range Management in 2004.

Awarded nearly $3.5 million in research grants, Owensby's research has been funded by NASA, U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institute for Global Environmental Change. He has published more than 135 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters on his research.

A New Mexico native, Owensby received his bachelor's degree from New Mexico State University and his doctoral degree from K-State.

Owensby can be contacted at 785-532-7232 or owensby@k-state.edu.