Turfgrass Soil Management and Stress Tolerance
My main area of expertise is turfgrass pathology. Turfgrass diseases cause massive damage and losses to sod farms, golf courses, athletic fields, parks, and home lawns in both Arkansas and globally. My research is centered around how to maintain healthy turfgrass and combat turfgrass diseases with traditional cultural and chemical practices as well as with cutting-edge new technology such as drones and GPS-guided sprayers. I'm also interested in general management strategies to mitigate abiotic stress to cool- and warm-season turfgrasses. This includes management practices to reduce winter injury to warm-season grasses, proper application methods for plant growth regulators and demethylase inhibiting fungicides, and planting drought-tolerant native grasses as lawn alternatives.