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Mike Richardson

Mike Richardson

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(DREX)-Director Experiment Station

(HORT)-Horticulture

Phone: 479-575-2860

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Dr. Mike Richardson is a professor in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Arkansas, where his research has focused on cultural practices that impact cool- and warm-season turfgrass production in the transition zone. In addition, he has been actively involved with research to screen and develop new turfgrass for a wide range of turfgrass environments. Dr. Richardson has received numerous awards for his research, including being named a Fellow in both the American Society of Agronomy and the Crop Science Society of America. Dr. Richardson was recently awarded the Fred V. Grau Turfgrass Science Award, which is presented in recognition of significant career contributions in turfgrass science. Dr. Richardson was also the recipient of the Spitze Land Grant Faculty Award for Excellence in 2016. Dr. Richardson has authored over 90 scientific articles on turfgrass management, published 10 book chapters, and delivered over 250 invited lectures on various aspects of turfgrass management around the world.

HORT 2303 - Introduction to Turfgrass Management - FALL

HORT 4903 - Golf and Sports Turf Management - FALL, Odd years

HORT 4921 - Golf Course Operations - FALL, Even years

Ph.D. Degree: Agronomy, University of Georgia (1991)

M.S. Degree: Agronomy, Louisiana State University (1988)

B.S. Degree: Animal Science, Louisiana Tech University (1984)

Selected publications from previous years:

Kreuser, W., J.R. Young, and M.D. Richardson. 2017. Modeling performance of plant growth regulators. Agricultural & Environmental Letters 2:170001. doi:10.2134/ael2017.01.0001

Pornaro, C., S. Macolino, and M.D. Richardson. 2017. WinRHIZO technology for measuring morphological traits of bermudagrass stolons. Agronomy Journal Agron. J. 109:3007-3010.

Menegon, A., S. Macolino, J. H. McCalla, F. Rimi, and M. D. Richardson. 2017. Turf quality and species dynamics in bermudagrass and Kentucky bluegrass mixtures. Agron. J. 109:1502-1509.

Pornaro, C., S. Fiorio, S. Macolino, and M. D. Richardson. 2017. Growth and quality responses of low-maintenance turfgrasses to trinexapac-ethyl. Crop Protection 98:236-242.

Pan, X., M. D. Richardson, S. Deng, R. J. Kremer, J. T. English, J. D. Mihail, C. E. Sams, P. C. Scharf, K. S. Veum, and X. Xiong. 2017. Effect of Organic Amendment and Cultural Practice on Large Patch Occurrence and Soil Microbial Community. Crop Sci. 57:2263-2272.

Young, J.R., M.D. Richardson, and D.E. Karcher. 2017. Golf ball mark severity and recovery as affected by mowing height, rolling frequency, and foot traffic. Agronomy Journal 109:1758-1764.

Richardson, M.D., G. Mattina, M. Sarno, J.H., McCalla, and D.E. Karcher. 2017. Shade effects on overseeded bermudagrass athletic fields: I. Turfgrass quality, qoverage, and growth rate. Crop Science (accepted)

Richardson, M.D., G. Mattina, M. Sarno, J.H., McCalla, D.E. Karcher, A.W. Thoms, K.H. Dickson, and J.C. Sorochan. 2017. Shade effects on overseeded bermudagrass athletic fields: II. Rooting, botanical composition, and traction. Crop Science (accepted)

Pornaro, C. E. Barolo, F. Rimi, S. Macolino and M. Richardson. 2016. Performance of various cool-season turfgrasses as influenced by simulated traffic in northeastern Italy. European Journal of Horticulture Science 81:27–36.

Patton, A.J., J.M. Trappe, D.E. Karcher, and M.D. Richardson. 2016. Impact of golfer divots on golf course maintenance. Crop, Forage, and Turfgrass Management. DOI: 10.2134/cftm2015.0154

Pornaro, C. E. Barolo, F. Rimi, S. Macolino and M. Richardson. 2016. Performance of various cool-season turfgrasses as influenced by simulated traffic in northeastern Italy. European Journal of Horticulture Science 81:27–36.

Summerford, J. A., D. E. Karcher, and M. D. Richardson. 2016. Traffic tolerance of overseeded meadow fescue and tetraploid ryegrass as affected by cultural practices. Acta Horticulturae. 1122:p. 97-102.

Liu, Y., H. Song, J. Zhang and M.D. Richardson. 2016. Growth characteristics of bahiagrass roots treated with micronutrients, rare earth elements, and plant hormones. HortTechnology 26:176-184.

Richardson, M.D., J.H. McCalla, C. Buxton, and F. Lulli. 2015. Incorporating early-spring bulbs into dormant warm-season turfgrasses. HortTechnology 25:228-232.

Young, J.R., M.D. Richardson, and D.E. Karcher. 2015. Creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera) putting green response to combined mowing, rolling, and foot traffic under environmental stress. Agronomy Journal 107:1959–1966.

Johnson, D.M., D.W. Edgar, D.E. Karcher, M.D. Richardson, and J.H. McCalla. 2014. Effect of petroleum diesel and biodiesel spills on turfgrass. Applied Turfgrass Science DOI 10.2134/ATS-2013-0005-RS.

Macolino, S., G. Pignata, M. Giolo and M.D. Richardson. 2014. Species succession and turf quality of tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass mixtures as affected by mowing height. Crop Science 54:1220-1226.

Stiegler, J. C., M. D. Richardson, D. E. Karcher, T. L. Roberts, and R. J. Norman. 2013. Foliar absorption of various inorganic and organic nitrogen sources by creeping bentgrass. Crop Science 53:1148-1152.

Rimi, F., S. Macolino, M.D. Richardson, D.E. Karcher, and B. Leinauer. 2013. Influence of three nitrogen fertilization schedules on bermudagrass and seashore paspalum I. Spring green-up and fall color retention. Crop Science 53:1161-1167.

Rimi, F., S. Macolino, M.D. Richardson, D.E. Karcher, and B. Leinauer. 2013. Influence of three nitrogen fertilization schedules on bermudagrass and seashore paspalum II. Stolon carbohydrates and nitrogen reserves. Crop Science 53:1168-1178.

Richardson, M. D., Karcher, D. E., Hignight, K., and Hignight, D. 2012. Irrigation requirements of tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass cultivars selected under acute drought stress. Online. Applied Turfgrass Science doi:10.1094/ATS-2012-0514-01-RS.

Jellicorse, W.R., M.D. Richardson, J.H. McCalla, D.E. Karcher, A.J. Patton, and J.W. Boyd. 2012. Seeded bermudagrass establishment in an overseeded perennial ryegrass stand as affected by transition herbicide and seeding date. Online. Applied Turfgrass Science doi:10.1094/ATS-2012-0721-01-RS.

  • Professor, University of Arkansas, 2007 - present

  • Associate Professor, University of Arkansas (2002 to 2007)

  • Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas (1998 to 2002)

  • Assistant Professor, Rutgers University (1995 to 1997)

  • Research Director, Turf Merchants, Inc. (1993-1995)

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, U.S.D.A.-A.R.S. (1991-1993)

  • Golf Course Industry, Outstanding Twitter Feed (2017)
  • University of Arkansas, Spitze Land Grant Award for Faculty Excellence (2016)
  • Fred V. Grau Turfgrass Science Award, Crop Science Society of America (2015)
  • University of Arkansas, Gamma Sigma Delta Research Award (2014)
  • Fellow, Crop Science Society of America (2013)
  • Fellow – American Society of Agronomy (2011)
  • University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service – Galaxy Award –Researcher of the year (2007)
  • John W. White Team Award. Turfgrass Management Program, University of Arkansas. The turfgrass program was recognized for outstanding team contributions to the UofA Division of Agriculture in teaching, research, and extension (2006)
  • Seed Research of Oregon Researcher of the Year (2006)