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Agricultural Research Center – Hays

WKREC Department Head

Dan Devlin, Dept Head

Dr. Dan Devlin is the interim Department Head for the Western Kansas Research-Extension Centers (Hays, Garden City, Tribune, and Colby). 

Devlin is an agronomy expert with more than 30 years of experience at Kansas State University.  He is Director of the Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment (KCARE) and the Kansas Water Resources Institute (KWRI), where he applies a unique agricultural perspective to research coordination, extension, and teaching initiatives pertaining to new and emerging environmental issues. Dr. Devlin also manages the Kansas Fertilizer Research Program and serves as the research and extension leader for the university’s participation in the Ogallala Aquifer Research Program.

Dr. Devlin specializes in Great Plains agriculture: his work analyzes the impact of climate change on grazing systems in the southern Great Plains, the sustainability of the Ogallala Aquifer, pesticide surface and ground water movement, watershed planning, and best management practices for soil erosion and pesticide usage.  In addition to this work, he has developed and delivered educational programs to farm and non-farm audiences on environmental quality subject matter (such as climate change, ground and surface water contamination, watershed planning and modeling, drinking water, and cropland and livestock best management practices).

In this capacity, Dr. Devlin has served as Principal Investigator or co-PI on over $31 million in extramural funding while at KSU. He has made over 1000 presentations and authored more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, experiment station publications and abstracts, and extension publications.

Dr. Devlin received his B.S. in Agronomy from Kansas State University in 1979, and he remained at KSU for a M.S. in Agronomy, which he received in 1983.  He was awarded his Ph.D. in agronomy from Washington State University in 1985. 

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Dan Devlin, Dept Head

Dan Devlin
Department Head
1232 240th Avenue
Hays, Kansas 67601-9228
Phone: 785-625-3425
Fax: 785-623-4369
ddevlin@ksu.edu