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Natural Resource Ecology and Management

NREM Faculty - Keith Owens

Associate Vice President
Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station

139 Agricultural Hall 
Stillwater, OK 74078

Educational Background
BS: Forest Management, University of Idaho, Moscow, May 1977
BS: Range Management, University of Idaho, Moscow, May 1977
MS: Range Management, University of Wyoming, Laramie, February 1981
PhD: Range Science, Utah State University, Logan, February 1987 


Honors and Awards

  • Vice Chancellors Award in Excellence - Off-Campus Research, 2006.
  • Outstanding Achievement Award - Society for Range Management, 2006.
  • Publication Award: Technical Writing - Texas Section Society for Range Management, 2005.
  • Editor-in-Chief, 2004 to present, Rangeland Ecology & Management.
  • Leadership Development Program, ESCOP/ACOP Class 10, 2001.


Professional Memberships

  • Society for Range Management, 1986 to present.
  • Ecological Society of America, 1988 to present.
  • Society of American Foresters, 2007 to present.
  • The Wildlife Society, 2007 to present.
  • National Association of University Fish and Wildlife Programs- President 2015-2017.

Recent Publications (since 2005)

McDonald, A.K., B.P. Wilcox, G.W. Moore, C. Hart, Z Sheng, and M.K. Owens. 2015. Tamarix transpiration along a semiarid river has negligible impact on water resources. Water Resources Research DOI: 10.1002/2014WR016866.

Moore, Georgianne W., David A. Barre, and M. Keith Owens. 2012. Does shrub removal increase groundwater recharge in SW Texas semi-arid rangelands?  Rangeland Ecology and Management 65:1-10.

Moore, G.W. and M.K. Owens. 2012. Transpirational water loss in invaded and restored semiarid riparian forests.  Restoration Ecology DOI: 10.1111/j.1526-100X.2011.00774.x

Barre, David A., Georgianne W. Moore, and M. Keith Owens. 2010. Shrub removal increases groundwater recharge in SW Texas semi-arid rangelands: a soil chloride tracer study. Rangeland Ecology and Management (submitted).

Moore, Georgianne W., David A. Barre, and M. Keith Owens. 2010. Changes in soil chloride following shrub removal and subsequent regrowth. Geoderma 158:148-155.

Heilman, J.L., M.E. Litvak, K.J. McInnes, J.F. Kjelgaard, A. Thijs, M. Keith Owens, and S. Schwinning. 2010. Impact of woody cover on energy balance and water use in karst landscapes of the Edwards Plateau, Texas. J. Hydrology (submitted).

Bendevis, Mira E, M. Keith Owens, James L Heilman, and Kevin J McInnes. 2010. Seasonal and whole-canopy partitioning of gas exchange in a semi-arid woodland. Ecohydrology 3:107-115. Online: Dec 29 2009 5:17AM DOI: 10.1002/eco.100

Heilman, J.L., K.J. McInnes, J.F. Kjelgaard, M. Keith Owens, and S. Schwinning. 2009. Energy balance and water use in a subtropical karst woodland on the Edwards Plateau, Texas. J. Hydrology 373:426-435.

Gregory, Lucas, Bradford P. Wilcox, Bev Shade, Clyde Munster, Keith Owens, and George Veni. 2009. Large-Scale Rainfall Simulation over Shallow Caves on Karst Shrublands. Ecohydrology 2:72-80.

Taucer, P.I., C.L. Muster, B.P. Wilcox, M.K. Owens and B.P. Mohanty. 2008. Large-scale rainfall simulation experiments on juniper rangelands. Transactions of the ASABE 51:1951-1961

Kjelgaard, J.F., J.L. Heilman, K.J. McInnes, M.K. Owens, R.H. Kamps. 2008. Carbon dioxide exchange in a perennial C3/C4 grassland on the Edwards Plateau, Texas. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 148:953-963.

Cooper, S. M., H. L. Perotto-Baldivieso, M. K. Owens, M. G. Meek, and M. Figueroa-Pagán. 2008. Distribution and interaction of white-tailed deer and cattle in a semi-arid grazing system. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 127:85-92.

Meek, Michael G, Susan Margaret Cooper, M. Keith Owens, Rose R Cooper, Andrea L Wappel. 2008. White-tailed deer distribution in response to patch burning on rangeland. Journal of Arid Environments 72:2026-2033.

Wilcox, B. P., P. I. Taucer, C. L. Munster, M. K. Owens, B. P. Mohanty, J. R. Sorenson, and R. Bazan. 2008. Subsurface stormflow is important in semiarid karst shrublands, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L10403, doi:10.1029/2008GL033696.

Moore, G.W., J.R. Cleverly, and M.K. Owens. 2008. Nocturnal transpiration in riparian Tamarix thickets authenticated by sap flux, eddy covariance, and leaf gas exchange measurements. Tree Physiology: 28:521-528.

Owens M.K. and G.W. Moore. 2007. Saltcedar water use: realistic and unrealistic expectations. Rangeland Ecology & Management 60:553-557.

Owens, M.K., R.K. Lyons and C.J. Alejandro. 2006. Rainfall partitioning within semiarid juniper communities: Effects of event size and canopy cover. Hydrological Processes 20:3179-3189.

Wilcox, B.P., M.K. Owens, W.A. Dugas, D.N. Ueckert, and C.R. Hart. 2006.  Shrubs, streamflow, and the paradox of scale . Hydrological Processes 20:3245-3259.

Amador, B. A., J. E. Slosser, G. B. Idol, M. N. Parajulee, W. E. Pinchak, R. J. Ansley and M. K. Owens.  2006.  Population dynamics and response to mesquite pod supplementation of Algarobius bottimeri and Mimosetes amicus.  Southwest Entomology 31:103-112.

Moore, G.W. and M.K. Owens. 2006.  Removing adult overstory trees stimulates growth and transpiration of conspecific juvenile trees.  Rangeland Ecology & Management 59:416-421.

Cooper, S.M., M.K. Owens,  R. M. Cooper and T.F. Ginnett. 2006.  Effect of supplemental feeding on spatial distribution and browse utilization by white-tailed deer in semi-arid rangeland. Journal of Arid Environments 66:716-726.

Wilcox, B.P., M.K. Owens, R.W. Knight and R.K. Lyons. 2005. Do woody plants affect streamflow on semiarid karst rangelands? Ecological Applications 15:127-136.

Streeks, T.J., M.K. Owens and S.G. Whisenant. 2005.  Fire behavior modeling in mesquite/acacia shrublands.  International Journal of Wildland Fire 14:131-140.