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New University Of Georgia Turfgrass Weed Scientist

By Patrick O'Brien and Christopher Hartwiger, USGA Green Section SE Region Agronomists

April 15, 2009

Dr. Tim Murphy, noted weed scientist at the University of Georgia, has retired after many years of providing assistance to golf courses through both research and extension work. It's refreshing to hear that the University of Georgia will continue to support this important position on the UGA turf team. The press release outlined below announces the appointment of Dr. Patrick McCullough as the new turfgrass weed scientist.

University of Georgia Names New Weed Scientist at the Griffin Campus


Dr. Patrick McCullough (right) is the new turfgrass weed scientist breeder at the University of Georgia - Griffin Station. Dr. McCullough will take the place of retiring Dr. Tim Murphy (left), the long time weed scientist at the Griffin Station.
Dr. Patrick McCullough has accepted the turfgrass weed scientist position at the UGA-Griffin Campus effective February 1, 2009. He will conduct weed science research and extension activities in fine turfgrasses and noncropland areas, as well as teaching the weed science component of Turfgrass Pest Management.

Patrick recently completed his Ph.D. in turfgrass weed science at Rutgers University. He received his M.S. degree at Clemson University in 2004, and his B.S. degree at Western Kentucky University.

While at Rutgers, Patrick was employed as a full-time research associate and was responsible for developing, establishing, maintaining, and monitoring replicated research and extension demonstration projects in field settings across New Jersey. He also has experience in conducting experiments in the greenhouse, growth chamber, and laboratory dealing with fundamental physiological aspects of herbicide and plant growth regulator behavior in turfgrass and weed species.

Patrick was involved in publishing extension fact sheets, newsletter and popular articles and teaching in various Extension and Office of Continuing Professional Education programs. He also taught weed science courses in the Rutgers Golf Turf School and Rutgers 2-year turfgrass certificate program.

Dr. McCullough can be reached at (770) 228-7300 or .

Source: Patrick O'Brien 770-229-8125 or and Chris Hartwiger 205-444-5079 or