Dr. Brian Hornbuckle grew up in Shenandoah. After graduating from Brown University, he taught high school chemistry and physics in Clarksdale, MS, as a member of the Mississippi Teacher Corps. As a graduate student at the University of Michigan he earned degrees in electrical engineering and atmospheric science. He has been at Iowa State since 2003. Besides working in the Department of Agronomy, he holds courtesy appointments in the Departments of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. He teaches courses in environmental physics, conducts research on the use of remote sensing in agricultural systems, and mentors both undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Hornbuckle is the Director of Graduate Education for Agricultural Meteorology, is a member of the department’s advisory council, and represents the department on the Iowa State Faculty Senate. He and his wife Jalene have three children and live in Nevada.
Dr. Gutowski’s research concentrates on the role of atmospheric dynamics in climate. Central focuses are the dynamics of the hydrologic cycle and regional climate. Because processes on a wide range of spatial and temporal scales are important for both of these, his research program entails a variety of modeling and data analysis approaches. His work includes regional modeling of African, Arctic and East Asian climates and has significant collaboration with scientists in these regions. Much of his work has been through the Regional Climate Modeling Laboratory (PIRCS), which he coordinated with Dr. Eugene Takle and Dr. Ray Arritt (Agronomy Department).
Andy’s passion for atmospheric sciences started in undergrad when a professor showed him the impact the science would make on the world. After getting his Masters and PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he crossed the Mississippi to join the Agronomy faculty at Iowa State. His time is divided between teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses and researching how our use of the land might impact agro-ecosystem processes in tandem with global change.
Sotirios Archontoulis is an associate professor of integrated cropping systems at the Department of Agronomy. His research aims to predict impacts (e.g. climate change), explain causes (e.g. for high/low yields or nitrogen loss) and design future strategies to improve crop productivity and environmental sustainability across spatial and temporal scales. His approach combines field experimentation on soil-plant-atmospheric processes to fill knowledge gaps and use of agricultural systems process-based models to explain Genotype x Environment x Management interactions and enable prediction and design at scale.