March 7, 2022
Clenton Owensby receives lifetime achievement award from Society for Range Management
Clenton Owensby, professor of range management in K-State's agronomy department, has received the Sustained Lifetime Achievement Award at the Society for Range Management's 75th annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Sustained Lifetime Achievement Award is presented by the society to members for long-term contributions to the art and science of range management and to the Society for Range Management.
Owensby has been a member of the society for nearly 60 years. He started teaching courses at K-State in 1967 as an instructor, received his doctorate in 1969, and has now helped educate more than 6,000 students in the art and science of range management. Owensby has been the major advisor to 16 master's students and four doctoral students.
Owensby's research on intensive-early stocking and prescribed burning has contributed greatly to economic returns for Kansas ranchers. His expertise in prescribed burning has resulted in numerous consulting opportunities, including an Oscar award-winning movie. He studies carbon allocation, photosynthesis and root exudation in range grasses, and nitrogen cycling associated with fire in tallgrass prairie.