Dr. Craig W. Bednarz

Craig W. Bednarz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and
Director of the Semi-Arid Agricultural Systems Institute

Office: Happy State Bank Academic and Research Building, Room 349
Phone: 806-651-2699

Professional Profile

Dr. Bednarz joined the department of Agricultural Sciences in 2020.  He holds a joint appointment with West Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife Research.  He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in 1989 and 1991 in Agricultural Education and Crop Science from Texas Tech University.  In 1995 he received a Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas in Crop Physiology.  Dr. Bednarz has worked for Mississippi State University, The University of Georgia, Texas Tech University, Bayer, BASF and now West Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife.  He also serves as director of the Semi-Arid Agricultural Systems Institute at West Texas A&M University. 

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Bednarz teaches Water Relations of Plants and Soils, Crop Physiology and Crop Irrigation Management in the Department of Agricultural Sciences.

Dr. Bednarz is a member of the American Society of Agronomy and the Crop Science Society of America.  He has served as a reviewer and associate editor for the scientific journals Crop Science, Agronomy Journal and Journal of Cotton Science. 

Research and Creative Activity

Dr. Bednarz’ research interests include crop water use, dryland cropping systems, conservation tillage and mechanisms of drought tolerance.