Dr. Micheal D. K. Owen is a University Professor and associate chair in the Department of Agronomy and an extension weed specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Vegetable Protection at Esculea Agricola Panamericana at Zamorano, Honduras.
Dr. Owen earned his bachelor's degree in botany and plant physiology in 1974, and his master's degree in botany and weed science in 1975 from Iowa State University. He received his doctoral degree in agronomy and weed science from the University of Illinois in 1982, while serving as an extension agronomist. Prior to joining the faculty at Iowa State University, he was an assistant professor with responsibilities in teaching and extension at the University of Florida.
His research interests include herbicidal weed management, weed biology, and plant stress physiology. In addition, he has considerable experience in herbicide resistant weed genetics and management. Dr. Owen has directed more than 50 graduate students, including 17 doctorate candidates. He was also a co-author of the National Research Council report “The Impact of Genetically Engineered Crops on Farm Sustainability in the United States,” released in 2010.