47c Plant Science
I administer a broad-based research and education program focused on ecological aspects of turfgrass science. The goal of my research and education efforts for undergraduates, graduate students and industry professionals is to improve the environmental compatibility and economic feasibility of turfgrass management systems.
The goal of my research is to apply the rigorous scientific method to practical problems in turfgrass management. The specific areas of reduced fertilizer and pesticide use in single tactic as well as integrated systems-based projects have led to significant practical advancements.
I maintain a strong problem-solving focus in my extension program with particular emphasis on increased resource efficiency and improved environmental compatibility. I use a "just-in-time" delivery strategy in partnership with industry and environmental organizations to provide the latest research-based information when the practitioners need it most. One example is ShortCUTT, a weekly subscriber-only e-newsletter sent to more than 3000 turf managers. Recently I have developed the Cornell Turfgrass Science Website that includes access to program personnel and resources including a blog. Additionally we have begun publishing podcasts of our information on iTunes.
The goal of my resident teaching activities is to service the needs of plant science, landscape architecture and resort/club management students with interest in turf. I emphasize increasing awareness of resource efficient management that provides a high quality, safe surface that maximizes environmental compatibility. More recently I have assumed responsibility of the Introduction to Horticulture course that serves as a survey and "gateway" course to this vital aspect of the plant sciences. I have developed a learner-centered approach that is highly interactive using reflections, group work, creative writing assignments and multi-media.