Dr. Juan Landivar Bowles earned a bachelor’s degree in crop science in 1976, a master’s degree in plant genetics in 1979 and doctorate in crop physiology in 1987, from Mississippi State University. In 1988, joined the Texas A&M System as Project Leader for a cropping systems at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at the Corpus Christi. Research areas include development of management strategies for the use of growth regulators in cotton, development a Crop Weather Station Network for the lower Coastal Bend Region of Texas, development of simulation models and management tools for cotton and sorghum.
In 1998, Landivar joined Delta and Pine Land Co. as director of research and technical services for Latin America. Before returning to Corpus Christi, Dr. Landivar served as vice-president of the company’s board of directors’ joint ventures in Brazil. Currently (2008 to date) serves as Center Director at Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Centers at Corpus Christi and Weslaco Texas, where he directs programs in the development of cropping systems for Cotton, Sorghum, Wheat, Citrus, Sugar Cane and Vegetables for South Texas, the development of mariculture technology, beef cattle reproductive physiology and nutrition and sustainable biofuel production systems.