Kate Scow joined the faculty of University of California Davis in August 1989. She received her MS and PhD degrees in Soil Science from Cornell University in 1986 and 1989, respectively. Scow is Professor of Soil Science and Microbial Ecology in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources. She is Director of the Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility that hosts the Century Experiment (http://asi.ucdavis.edu/rr). Scow is Chair of the International Agricultural Development Graduate Group and former chair of the graduate group of Soils and Biogeochemistry.
Scow’s research program investigates the role of soil microbial communities in providing ecosystem services in agricultural and polluted ecosystems. Specifically she investigates linkages between diversity and greenhouse gas emissions, responses of soil functional diversity to long term management practices, effects of co-contaminants in organic amendments on soil communities, and works extensively in Uganda on irrigation and soil management for enhancing vegetable production for smallholder farmers.