Arnab Bhowmik

Assistant Professor

Arnab Bhowmik
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College of Ag & Environ Sciences

Natural Resources & Environ Design

Carver Hall 235B (office), 112 (lab)
Ph.D.Soil Science / North Dakota State University
M.S.Soil Science / Punjab Agricultural University
B.S.Agriculture / Bidhan Chandra Krishi Vishwavidyalaya


Dr. Bhowmik has an academic background that includes a bachelor’s in soil science from Bidhan Chandra Agricultural University in West Bengal, India, where he was a merit scholar; a master’s degree in soil science from Punjab Agricultural University in India, where he was a junior research fellow with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research; and a doctorate in soil science for North Dakota State University, where he was inducted to Gamma Sigma Delta, the agriculture honor society. Since earning his doctorate in 2016, he has worked as a post-doctoral fellow at The Pennsylvania State University to continue collaborating on USDA-NIFA funded projects to study aspects of soil under adaptive management for climate change and soil health. He has also won several awards including Academic Gold Medal during MS and Distinguished Graduate Student Award (Gamma Sigma Delta) during PhD. He is also recipient of the 2020 A&T Rookie Researcher and 2022 A&T Jr. Faculty Teaching Excellence awards.

Research Interests

My research interests include studying mechanisms that govern soil organic matter dynamics and the biological networks that provide ecosystem services in sustainable agricultural systems. Specifically, it comprises of interpreting soil microbial and biogeochemical processes that regulate nutrient cycling (mainly carbon and nitrogen), soil health, hemp best management practices and greenhouse gas emission from climate adaptive agricultural management practices.

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Recent Publications

  • Arnab Bhowmik, Harmandeep Sharma, Abolghasem Shahbazi (2020). (A Review on the Current State of Knowledge of Growing Conditions, Agronomic Soil Health Practices and Utilities of Hemp in the United States). 10, pp. 129. Agriculture.
  • Beatrice Dingha, Sudan Gyawaly, Sarah Adjei-Fremah, Harmandeep Sharma, Arnab Bhowmik, Mulumebet Worku, Louis Jackai (2020). (Organic Mulch Increases Insect Herbivory by the Flea Beetle Species, Disonycha glabrata, on Amaranthus spp.). (3) 11, pp. 162. Insects.
  • Beatrice Dingha, Arnab Bhowmik, Louis Jackai (2019). (Industrial Hemp Knowledge and Interest among North Carolina Organic Farmers).
  • Mara Cloutier, Arnab Bhowmik, Terrence Bell, Mary Ann Bruns (2019). (Innovative Technologies Can Improve Understanding of Microbial Nitrogen Dynamics in Agricultural Soils). 4, pp. 190032. Agricultural and Environmental Letters.
  • A Kumar, R Rakshit, Arnab Bhowmik, N Mandal, A Das, S Adhikary (2019). (Nanoparticle-Induced Changes in Resistance and Resilience of Sensitive Microbial Indicators towards Heat Stress in Soil). (862) 11, pp. 19. Sustainability MDPI.
  • Arnab Bhowmik, Surinder Kukal, Debasish Saha, Harmandeep Sharma, Anu Kalia, Sandeep Sharma (2019). (Potential Indicators of Soil Health Degradation in Different Land Use-Based Ecosystems in the Shiwaliks of Northwestern India). 11, pp. 3908. Sustainability.