COURSE CARE Research Committee Members December 17, 2015 Dr. Kimberly Erusha—Managing Director, Green Section As managing director of the USGA Green Section, Erusha oversees the department’s administrative and service functions. The Green Section provides the USGA Course Consulting Service, evaluations to help improve golf course playing quality, environmental sustainability and economic efficiency. The work includes a multi-media education and outreach program directed to golf course officials, superintendents, golfers, environmental organizations, and regulatory officials. All of the Green Section programs are supported by the USGA Turfgrass and Environmental Research Program, the world’s largest turfgrass research grants program, which has distributed $40 million to universities across the country. Erusha earned a B.S. degree in Horticulture from Iowa State University, and completed her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Nebraska, specializing in turfgrass management. Dr. Michael P. Kenna—Director, Green Section Research Dr. Michael P. Kenna has been the Director of USGA Green Section Research since February 1990. He oversees the USGA’s turfgrass and environmental research activities, including soliciting and evaluating research proposals, grant making, and development of cooperative funding with government and commercial sources. Dr. Kenna travels extensively to visit turfgrass and environmental research sites, speak at conferences about the USGA's research programs, and serves on advisory boards and research foundations. He has worked closely with the US Department of Agriculture on water and energy conservation research that relates to golf courses. Dr. Kenna has served as editor on several books concerning turfgrass biotechnology, environmental issues and water conservation and reuse. Dr. Kenna received his B.S. degree in Ornamental Horticulture from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. While at Oklahoma State University, he received his M.S. degree in Agronomy and Ph.D. degree in Crop Science. His graduate studies involved turf and forage grass breeding, quantitative genetics, plant physiology and turfgrass management. In 1985, Dr. Kenna joined the faculty at Oklahoma State University as assistant professor, responsible for turfgrass research activities and a statewide extension program. He was selected for the Young Scientist position on the USGA Research Committee in 1988, and was the 2003 Distinguished Alumnus for the College of Agriculture at California State Polytechnic University. Dr. Dale Bremer—Professor of Turfgrass Science, Graduate Program Director, Kansas State University Dale Bremer, Ph.D. enjoys advising and teaching graduate and undergraduate students in turfgrass science, interacting with the turfgrass industry, and the thrill of discovery when conducting research. His main goals are to assist the turfgrass industry, via basic and applied research, in areas of the industry’s greatest challenges. This includes water conservation, turfgrass environmental stress and exchanges of greenhouse gases between turfgrass and the atmosphere. Joshua Friell, Ph.D.—Principal Research Scientist, Center for Advanced Turf Technology, The Toro Company Josh joined Toro in 2014 and serves as Principal Research Scientist in the Center for Advanced Turf Technology. As a member of the CATT team, he is working to address Green Industry challenges through innovative technology and solutions. Josh completed his Ph.D. in Applied Plant Sciences at the University of Minnesota studying the impact of salt on cool-season grasses. Josh previously worked for Toro as a product evaluation engineer and actively engaged turf and landscape managers to improve product performance based on customer input. He is a native of Wisconsin and also holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University. Dr. Ali Harivandi—Environmental Horticulturist, Emeritus, University of California Ali Harivandi, Ph.D. is an Environmental Horticulturist specializing in turf, soil and water. He joined University of California Cooperative Extension in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1980, and retired from University service in 2013. The University of California granted him an Emeritus status. He holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in turfgrass management from Colorado State University. Dr. Harivandi is internationally known for his expertise in turfgrass, soils and irrigation water salinity and recycled water irrigation. Dr. James Murphy—Extension Specialist, Turfgrass Management, Rutgers University James Murphy, Ph.D. researches and develops best management practices that enhance the stress tolerance, persistence and environmental benefits of turf. Current research projects include developing cultural practices to reduce anthracnose and dollar spot diseases; identifying turfgrass varieties that are more tolerant of traffic; identifying grass seed mixtures that perform better under low input management; and assessing turf persistence and performance under organic management. Dr. Clark Throssell—Turfgrass Scientist & Research Editor Clark Throssell, Ph.D., is self-employed and works with the turfgrass industry on technical and scientific issues. He leads the research program for a fertilizer manufacturer and is also the research editor for Golfdom, focusing on managing the Super Science section of the magazine. He also contributes his “Clark Talks Turf” column to the magazine each month. He is the former director of the Purdue University turf program as well as the former director of research for GCSAA. Dr. Scott Warnke—Research Plant Geneticist, USDA-Agriculture Research Service Scott Warnke, Ph.D. conducts research on the genetics of plants used as turfgrasses. He identifies and develops enhanced germplasm from wild species that express improved biotic and abiotic stress resistance and develops improved turfgrasses through the use of new technologies such as molecular markers and genomics. Mr. Brian S. Whitlark—Agronomist, Green Section Brian Whitlark joined the Green Section staff as an agronomist in 2008. He is a certified professional soil scientist and has worked extensively with golf courses facing challenging soil and water conditions. Since joining the Green Section, Whitlark has conducted applied research in a variety of areas, including mitigating saline and sodic soils, evaluating practices to produce putting surfaces, exploring the use of turf colorants and optimizing mower setup. Mr. Addison Barden—Agronomist, Green Section Addison Barden is an agronomist in the USGA Green Section’s Southeast Region based in the Peachtree City, GA office. Addison has a rich combination of academic study focused on plant-insect interactions and broad practical experience at golf courses in both the North and South. Most recently, he was golf course superintendent of the West Course at Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y. He has additional experience at North Jersey Country Club in Wayne, N.J., and at golf courses in the Southeast. During graduate school, he was a graduate teaching assistant at Auburn University while he obtained his master’s degree in entomology. His Bachelor of Science degree in agronomy and soils, with an emphasis in turfgrass management, also is from Auburn University. Dr. Cole Thompson—Assistant Director, Green Section Research Dr. Cole Thompson assists with the administration of the USGA Turfgrass and Environmental Research program, working closely with Dr. Mike Kenna. Cole coordinates with USGA-funded scientists and identifies research areas that have potential to improve playing conditions and golf course management sustainability. Cole earned his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Kansas State University. He was a USGA Green Section intern as an undergraduate and worked as an assistant golf course superintendent before entering graduate school. Prior to joining the USGA, Cole conducted turfgrass research, extension, and teaching activities as an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo.