William (Bill) Bland

  • Title: Professor
  • Specialty: Agroecology, soil physics, plant water use, irrigation, agricultural weather information
  • Education:

    B.S. Horticulture, 1975, Pennsylvania State University
    M.S. Horticulture, 1978, Pennsylvania State University
    Ph.D. Soil Science/Horticulture, 1984, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Address: UW-Madison, Department of Soil Science
    1525 Observatory Drive
    Madison, WI 53706-1299, USA
    Office: 263A Soil Science
  • Email: wlbland@wisc.edu
  • Phone: 608.262.0221
  • Research Overview:

    Fall semesters I teach Agroecology 701, Farm as Socio-Environmental Endeavor. This is one of two core courses in the Agroecology MSc program curriculum. It serves as a general agricultural literacy course suited for the wide range of backgrounds among Agroecology students. Spring semesters I am the lead instructor for Soil Science 132, Earth’s Water: Natural Science and Human Use. This is an introductory-level Earth science course for non-science majors. In it we address the traditional water cycle components, water quality, and human uses of water, especially for food production.

    Current research areas include:

    • life cycle analysis of corn ethanol production in the Wisconsin agricultural context

    • water relations in the irrigated sand plain of Wisconsin

    • role of agricultural irrigation in ground water level fluctuations in central Wisconsin

    • application of the holon agroecology conceptual framework to a diversity of agricultural settings


    Bland, W.L., and M.M. Bell. 200x. Beyond systems thinking in agroecology: holons, intentionality, and resonant configuatons. In Bohlen, P.W. and G. House (eds.) Agroecosystem management for ecological, social, and economic sustainability. Taylor and Francis, Boca Raton, FL.

    Bartelt, K.D., and W.L. Bland. 2007. Theoretical analysis of manure transport distance as a function of herd size and landscape fragmentation. J. Soil Water Conserv. 62:345-352.

    Bland, W.L., and M.M. Bell. 2007. A holon approach to agroecology. Intl. J. Agric. Sustain. 5:280-294.

    Risse, L.M., W.L. Bland, R.E. Koelsch, E.A. Bird, and T.M. Bass. 2006. An American experiment with environmental management systems on livestock and poultry operations. Farm Policy J. 3:23-31.

    Saam, H., J.M. Powell, D.B. Jackson-Smith, W.L. Bland, and J.L. Posner. 2005. Use of animal density to estimate manure nutrient recycling ability of Wisconsin dairy farms. Agric. Syst. 84:343-357.

    Yuan, F.M., and W.L. Bland. 2005. Comparison of light- and temperature-based index models for potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) growth and development. Am. J. Potato Res. 82:345-352. (won 2005 Outstanding Paper Award, The Potato Association of America)

    Yuan, F.M., and W.L. Bland. 2004. Light and temperature modulated expolinear growth model for potato. Agric. For. Meteorol. 121:141-151.