New Faces: Walter Bowen

  • 14 February 2019
  • Author: Frederika Bain
  • Number of views: 3098
New Faces: Walter Bowen

There’s a new associate dean for Research in town! Welcome to Walter Bowen, who will begin on February 19. His office will be in Gilmore 202B.

Walter Bowen earned his MS and PhD in Agronomy at Cornell University. He has more than 30 years of experience in international agricultural research and development that includes project management; participatory research with smallholder farmers; capacity building for NARS scientists and NGO personnel; the development, testing, and application of soil and crop-growth simulation models; climate change adaptation; and administration in research and higher education.

His work has focused on collaborative research, technology dissemination, and human and institutional capacity development in Afghanistan, Albania, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Colombia, Ecuador, Haiti, Honduras, India, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mozambique, Nepal, Peru, Romania, Tanzania, Venezuela, and Vietnam. He has held overseas positions with the U.S. Peace Corps, Cornell University, the International Potato Center, and the International Fertilizer Development Center, while living and working in agro-environments that stretch from the humid tropics to savannas to high mountains in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Recently, as director of International Programs at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, he developed a globally engaged program and secured external funding of $32 million from 2009 to 2016, which supported 52 graduate students from a number of countries—including the U.S., Bangladesh, Brazil, Ecuador, Ghana, Haiti, Malawi, Nepal, Peru, and Tanzania—while sending more than 50 UF faculty to work with collaborators on research and development issues around the world.

Many thanks also go to Jinzeng Yang for his service as interim associate dean for research! Stepping down from this position, Jinzeng will now be able to devote more time to his research into the molecular biology of animal development and metabolism.

Categories: Admin, CTAHR NOTES

Renaissance Agent

Molokaʻi Extension welcomes Marshall Joy

Positioned for Growth

Thesis explores a clonal rootstock program for cacao in Hawaiʻi

Bad Seed

USDA investigates packages of unsolicited seeds from China

Fire and Rain

SOEST and CTAHR document the first hurricane to cause both flooding and multiple fires.

Bringing UH to Cambodia

FCS joins a $1 million project to study socioeconomic and environmental shifts.


Learn about Native Hawaiian sweet potato varieties

Vegetable Garden Isle

Extension agents feed the hungry with the fruits of their research

Soil Rx

Extension offers conference on soil health

Mama Cows

Agent offers webinar on choosing heifers for cow/calf producers

Fashion Fights COVID

FDM alumna’s fashion-forward scrubs benefit Hawaiʻi Food Bank

The Sponge Microbiome

Zoom in July 28 for a childhood fascination turned hard science


Positions open at farmer-training program. Deadline is July 17.

World of Plants

Virtual conference offers expanded resources

Honors in the Lab

HNFAS student is recognized for poultry research

Student Columnists

Read all about Family and Consumer Sciences in the Maui News

Contact ASAO

Check out this directory for different services

AI Is Eye-Opening

Mealani Station shares an important technique with CTAHR faculty

Campus Reopening

Provost Bruno will host virtual forum 2:00 p.m. Thursday (TOMORROW)

On-Target Genome Editing

Study aimed at children’s diseases could help boost agricultural production

A Garden Isle Welcome

New county administrator joins the Kaua‘i Extension ‘ohana

‘Awa, Anyone?

Pu‘u O Hoku Ranch offers a CTAHR-exclusive discount

What Lies Beneath…

Find out June 30 how plant roots influence the soil in which they grow

Convocation Memories

Links to Spring 2020 graduation video and grads now available

How Can We Help?

Human Development and Family Sciences develops a quick guide to coping