27 Plant Science
My program focuses on the environmental aspects of turfgrass production and management, including the fate and impacts of pesticides and fertilizers applied to lawns and other turfgrass areas.
My current research program centers on soil and environment issues facing turfgrass managers in New York and throughout the world. My main focus currently is nutrient and pesticide fate in sub-watersheds as influenced by landscape type, pest management system, soil phosphorus and site characteristics. Our work is showing how important it is to development of a dense turf to reduce environmental risks, careful selection of pesticides to protect water quality and what site factors are most important in affecting water quality
I have been working with numerous groups and agencies that are interested in protecting the environment. They include: golf course superintendents on eastern Long Island, NYDEC and USEPA to develop nitrogen management plans to protect the quality of the Peconic Estuary; turfgrass managers, fertilizer industry, NYS Attorney General’s Office, NYDEC, NYCDEP, and Cornell Cooperative Extension to better understand the role turfgrass has on phosphorus runoff in the New York City and other watersheds; and with sod growers on eastern Long Island and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County to reduce nitrate leaching while still producing a profitable sod crop.