John Panuska

Position title: Emeritus Distinguished Faculty Associate


Phone: (608) 262-0605

125 Agricultural Engineering Building
460 Henry Mall
Madison, WI 53706

John Panuska headshot

Program Affiliations

Education and Certificates


  • B.S. 1985 – Civil Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
  • M.S. 1989 – Agricultural Engineering, University of Minnesota
  • Ph.D. 2006 – Natural Resources and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison,


  • Professional Engineer – Wisconsin

Fields of Interest

Research and Extension Interests
  • Phosphorus loss from agricultural management systems
  • Watershed runoff computer modeling
  • Water quality management outreach
  • Drainage and irrigation management
  • Transport and delivery of phosphorus from sources to receiving waters
  • Development and application of water quality management models
  • Erosion control and sediment transport


  • BSE 201 – Land Surveying Fundamentals
  • BSE 508/509 – Senior Design, capstone


  • Panuska, J.C., K.G. Karthikeyan. 2009. Total phosphorus and organic matter enrichment in snowmelt and rainfall runoff from three corn management systems. Geoderma. 154:253-260.
  • Panuska, J.C., Ruark, M.D., and E.T. Cooley. 2009. Tile drainage in Wisconsin: Maintaining tile drain systems. UW Extension fact sheet GWQ 056. 4p.
  • Panuska, J.C., K.G. Karthikeyan and P.S. Miller. 2008. Impacts of surface roughness and crusting on particle distribution of edge-of-field sediments. Geoderma, 145: 315 –324.
  • Panuska, J.C., L.W. Good and R.P. Wolkowski. 2007. Converting CRP land to corn: minimizing soil loss, UW Extension fact sheet A3830, 4p.
  • Panuska, J.C., L.W. Good and R.P. Wolkowski. 2007. Converting CRP land to corn: minimizing phosphorus loss, UW Extension fact sheet A3831,4p.
  • Panuska, J.C., K.G. Karthikeyan and J.M. Norman. 2007. Sediment and Phosphorus Losses in Snowmelt and Rainfall Runoff from Three Corn Management Systems. Trans. ASABE 51: 95 – 105.
  • Lathrop, R.A., J.C. Panuska, T.A. Astfalk, W.J. Buth, D.E. Armstrong and R.T. Herrin. 2000 Treatment of hypolimnetic water to reduce phosphorus and mercury cycling in Devils Lake. EPA Technical Report for project No. CL995598-0. 23p.
  • Panuska, J.C. and D.M. Robertson, 1999. Estimating phosphorus concentrations following alum treatment using apparent settling velocity. Journal of Lake and Reserve. Manage. 15: 28-38.
  • Panuska, J.C. and R.A. Lillie. 1995. Phosphorus Loadings from Wisconsin Watersheds: Recommended Phosphorus Export Coefficients for Agricultural and Forested Watersheds. WDNR Research Findings Report No. 38. PUBL-RS-738 95. 8p. Physical copy held by UW-Madison Libraries, information here.
Software Applications
  • Wisconsin Irrigation Scheduling Program (WISP 2012) – web based tool.
  • Wisconsin Irrigation Scheduler spreadsheet (WIS) Updated 6.3.11 and User’s Guide Version 6.3.11

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Society of Agricultural Engineers
  • Member, American Water Resources Association, WI Chapter