Brian Hornbuckle

Dr. Brian K. Hornbuckle

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Agronomy in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at The Iowa State University of Science and Technology. I also have courtesy appointments in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (in the College of Engineering) and the Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences (in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences).

I am an agronomist, a scientist who studies crops, soils, weather, and climate. My specific expertise is in agricultural meteorology, which can be roughly defined as the study of the interactions (feedbacks) between agricultural ecosystems (crops and soil) and the atmosphere. My research group uses microwave remote sensing, in-situ measurements, and mathematical models to learn about the cycling of water and energy among the soil, vegetation, and atmosphere. Please see my research page to learn more about my work. Look here for when the Hornbuckle research group has been "In the News." A short description of my professional background and activities can be found here. If you are a prospective graduate student, feel free to contact me.

Two new microwave remote sensing satellites that detect soil moisture (ESA's SMOS and NASA's SMAP) will be good for Iowans! I was part of a group that met with Iowa's governor about these new satellites in 2016. Read the one-page summary of our work.

I have a strong commitment to education. Please take a look at my teaching information. Here is an activity page about Earth's seasons that I designed. And an activity about remote sensing!

I am originally from Shenandoah in Southwest Iowa. I attended college in Rhode Island at Brown University, taught high school chemistry and physics in Mississippi as a member of the Mississippi Teacher Corps, and spent several years at the University of Michigan completing my education. Through the years I have had many great experiences that I would like to promote.

I am fortunate to have a great family. One that includes an Iowa high school state champion! And you have to love those Royals.

You Can Find Me At...
Agronomy Hall 3007 Agronomy Hall
716 Farm House Lane
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
(515) 294-9868

Research Teaching Experiences