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Marty Petrovic

Anthony Petrovic

Emeritus Faculty

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.

Research Focus

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

Outreach and Extension Focus

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.

In 2011, the New England environmental agency
commissioners asked the New England Interstate Water
Pollution Control Commission to engage pertinent
stakeholders in developing a regional set of turf fertilizer
guidelines aimed at reducing nutrient pollution in
order to protect water quality. New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission convened
four stakeholder meetings between 2012 and 2013 that
were attended by turf fertilizer manufacturers, lawn
care professionals, sports turf managers, turf industry
trade groups and professional associations, researchers,
university extension specialists, municipal and private
groundskeepers, state and federal environmental agencies,
and watershed groups. Working with this I help develop the Regional Clean Water Guidelines for Fertilization
of Urban Turf for the New England states and New York. The intent of this effort is that state water quality
programs, municipalities, and watershed groups will
be able to use or adapt these regional guidelines as a
basis for outreach and education efforts related to turf

Awards and Honors

  • John Reid Lifetime Achievement Award (2013) Metropolitan Golf Course Superintendents Association
  • Citation of Merit (2012) New York State Turfgrass Association

Selected Publications

Journal Publications

  • Easton, Z. M., Sullivan, P. J., Walter, M. T., Fuka, D. R., Petrovic, A. M., & Steenhuis, T. S. (2010). A simple metric to predict stream water quality from storm runoff in an urban watershed. JEQ: Journal of Environmental Quality. 39:1338-1348.
  • Slavens, M. J., Petrovic, A. M., & Barlow, J. (2009). The impact of recycled water irrigation on soil health and quality of newly established cool season turfgrasses during drought conditions. International Turfgrass Society Research Journal. 11:471-480.
  • Soldat, D., Petrovic, A. M., & Ketterings, Q. M. (2009). The effect of soil phosphorus levels on phosphorus runoff concentrations from turfgrass. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution. 199:33-44.
  • Soldat, D. J., & Petrovic, A. M. (2008). The fate and transport of phosphorus in the turfgrass ecosystems. Crop Science. 48:2051-2065.
  • Petrovic, A. M., Gruttadaurio, J., Barlow, J., Harrison, E. Z., Bonhotal, J. F., Swartz, M., & Soldat, D. J. (2008). Influence of Site Conditions on Soil Responses to Manure-Based Compost Applications on Athletic Fields. Acta Horticulturae. 783:415-424.
  • Petrovic, A. M., Gruttadaurio, J., Barlow, J., Harrison, E. Z., Bonhotal, J. F., Schwarz, M., & Soldat, D. (2008). Turfgrass Response to Manure-Based Compost Applications on Athletic Fields Bases on Site Factors. Acta Horticulturae. 783:425-436.
  • Soldat, D., Petrovic, A. M., & Barlow, J. (2008). Turfgrass Response to Nitrogen Sources with Varying Nitrogen Release Rates. Acta Horticulturae. 783:453-462.
  • Easton, Z. M., Gerard-Marchant, P., Walter, M. T., Petrovic, A. M., & Steenhuis, T. S. (2007). Identifying dissolved phosphorus source areas and predicting transport from an urban watershed using distributed hydrologic modeling. Water Resources Research. 43:Art. No. W11414.
  • Nektarios, P. A., Petrovic, A. M., & Steenhuis, T. S. (2007). Preferential flow in simulated greenhouse golf putting green profiles as affected by aeration and two soil moisture regimes. Soil Science. 172:108-123.
  • Easton, Z. M., Gerard-Marchant, P., Walter, M. T., Petrovic, A. M., & Steenhuis, T. S. (2007). Hydrologic assessment of an urban variable source watershed in the northeast United States. Water Resources Research. 43:Article W03413.

Presentations and Activities

  • Learning from Research to Maximize Turf Performance While Minimizing the Impact to the Environment. November 2011. University of Pisa. Pisa, Italy.