Transforming Agriculture, Perennially


Carl Bowden

Ecosphere Studies Associate

Carl grew up in Salina and currently resides in nearby Gypsum. He currently holds a bachelor’s in Fisheries, Wildlife Conservation Biology, and also in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, both from Kansas State University. He plans to obtain his master’s in ecology. He worked with K-State at the Long Term Ecological Research lab. There, they conducted field studies at the Konza Prairie Biological Station to analyze vegetation, grazing, the use of burning as a management tool for prairies, soil health, and water chemistry. He was first introduced to TLI by his brother, James Bowden, who also works here. Carl is excited that he now has the opportunity to work with all of the research projects being done at TLI, both in the field and in the lab. He says, “There aren’t too many places where you can gain this much experience in one place while doing something that is better for our environment and the sustainability of agriculture.”


What would people never guess that you do as part of your role at TLI?
The majority of the time, it seems that I am counting seed. This is obviously one of the most thrilling parts about the job. Haha. When you do this, you get to see the best breeds of crops that were planted. You never know, that one plant could be the plant that changes the face of agriculture from annuals to perennials.

What else are you passionate about (outside of work)?
I am very passionate about leadership. I love the opportunity to better the lives of others through setting a good example for others to live by. I want to have a leadership position someday to help guide others to become the best version of themselves that they can be.

If you were to write a book, what would it be about?
I would create four quote books on life, leadership, Christianity, and environmental studies. These books are currently in the works. My goal is to have one of these books completed by the end of 2018.

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