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Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School
Faculty and Staff


Dr. Stacy Bonos
Associate Professor
Department of Plant Biology at Rutgers
bonos@aesop.rutgers.edu

Dr. Bonos is a noted authority in plant biology and pathology. (Click for full bio.)

Traveling the world (from Mongolia to Spain) to find new, hardy turf varieties, Dr. Bonos's turfgrass research is focused on developing improved, pest resistant and stress tolerant turfgrasses. These improved breeds can be utilized for resource conservation and environmental enhancement anywhere cool-season turfgrasses are grown. Specifically, she is leading research projects on breeding for disease resistance and salt tolerance. Read about her globe-trotting scientific journeys here.

Click here to read more about Dr. Stacy Bonos' work to develop modern strains of turfgrass that stand up against a variety of diseases and reduce the need for chemical applications.

In addition, Dr. Bonos is working to develop high yielding cultivars of switchgrass that can be utilized for biofuel production. These high biomass grasses could be utilized as a renewable energy source to help decrease reliance on fossil fuels and reduce the release of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.

Dr. Bonos has contributed to several textbooks and has been published in many scholarly journals. She received her BS in biology from Gettysburg College before coming to Rutgers to pursue her MS in Plant Science and Technology and PhD in Plant Biology and Pathology.

Named to Sports Illustrated Golf Magazine's "40 under 40" list in 2010 and recognized as the Young Crop Scientist of 2005 by the Crop Science Society of America, Dr. Stacy Bonos is a celebrated member of our instructional team. She was also selected by the multi-state Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee (PBCC) to receive its inaugural Early Career Excellence in Plant Breeding Award. Attend The Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School to learn "turfgrass development" from this respected scholar.

Teaches in Two-Year Certificate Program

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Richard Buckley
Director
Plant Diagnostic Laboratory at Rutgers
clinic@aesop.rutgers.edu

Richard Buckley is a prominent expert in turfgrass diseases and pest management. (Click for full bio.)

Rich Buckley runs the Plant Diagnostic Lab and Nematode Detection Service at the Ralph Geiger Turfgrass Education Center at Rutgers. With decades of experience working in one of the leading diagnostic labs in the country, he is highly regarded as a leader in the field of turfgrass problem solving. 

In addition to managing the plant diagnostic laboratory, he is a highly rated professor at Rutgers. Infamous for being a wildly interesting instructor, Rich frequently travels across the country to serve as a guest lecturer and invited speaker at numerous green industry functions. 

After earning his BS in Entomology and Plant Pathology from the University of Delaware, Richard Buckley received an MS in Turfgrass Pathology from Rutgers University. In 2006, he received the Rutgers Turfgrass Alumni Association Achievement Award. In 2012, he was awarded the New Jersey Turfgrass Association Recognition Award.

Get a glimpse of Rich Buckley's boundless expertise and unforgettable personality by reading his posts on the Rutgers Plant & Pest Advisory Blog.

Attend The Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School to learn about diseases and insect pests of both turfgrasses and ornamental plants from this premier turf disease specialist. 

Teaches in Two-Year Certificate Program and Three-Week Preparatory Course

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Joseph Clark
Research Farm Supervisor
Department of Plant Biology at Rutgers
jclark@aesop.rutgers.edu

Joseph Clark is a master math teacher and turfgrass management equipment expert. (Click for full bio.)

Joe Clark is the Research Farm Supervisor for the Horticultural Research Farm II at Rutgers. As such, he manages the operations of the farm, including research schedules, irrigation and equipment. He also coordinates educational programs with organizations such as the New Jersey Turfgrass Association and Future Farmers of America and provides training to landscape contractors and golf course superintendents.

On top of all of that, the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School is incredibly lucky to have him teach our mower technology, pesticide calibration and math courses. With his step-by-step instruction and hands-on demonstrations, Joe goes above and beyond to help students understand his math and equipment lessons. He truly is a patient and dedicated educator.

In addition to earning a BS in Environmental Planning, Landscape Industries from Rutgers University, Joe has also received technical training from Toro Factory Service School, Toro Grounds Master School, Bernhard Reel Grinding Seminars, Kohler Small Engine Service School and Briggs & Stratton Small Engine Service.

Attend the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School to learn the math of mixing, measuring and calibrating from this committed educator. 

Teaches in Two-Year Certificate Program and Three-Week Preparatory Course

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Dr. Bruce Clarke
Extension Specialist/Professor, Turfgrass Pathology, Department of Plant Biology at Rutgers
Director, Center for Turfgrass Science at Rutgers
clarke@aesop.rutgers.edu

Dr. Bruce Clarke is an acclaimed scholar in plant disease diagnostics and turfgrass pest science. (Click for full bio.)

With a multitude of distinguishing awards and honors (over 45) earned throughout his career, Dr. Bruce Clarke is a well-known name in the turfgrass industry. He was the President-Elect of the International Turfgrass Society from 2009-2013 and has been an active member since 1985. To top it off, Clarke won the Golf Course Superintendent Association of America's Col. John Morley Distinguished Service Award in 2014.

A consummate professional in plant pathology throughout his career, he has developed a strong research program in the area of fungal disease identification and control in cool-season turfgrasses. Specifically, he has made major contributions in regards to summer patch (Magnaporthe poae), anthracnose (Colletotrichum cereale), gray leaf spot (Magnaporthe oryzae) and dollar spot (Sclerotinia spp.). In fact, Clarke has published more than 60 refereed journal articles, more than 200 industry publications and three edited books for APS PRESS (the publishing imprint of The American Phytopathological Society).

In addition, Dr. Clarke presents over 50 research/extension presentations annually. The fact that Clarke is invited to give presentations at venues throughout the country and all around the world is a testament to the high level of respect that he is accorded for his knowledge of turfgrass diseases and his ability to convey that knowledge to others.

An honored professor of plant disease diagnostics and turfgrass pest science, Clarke has successfully advised many doctoral and masters degree students, as well as post-doctoral fellows. Attend the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School for your chance to learn from this respected scholar and teacher.

Teaches in Two-Year Certificate Program

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Bruce Crawford
Managing Director
Rutgers Gardens
crawford@aesop.rutgers.edu

Bruce is the Director of Rutgers Gardens, the botanical garden for Rutgers University, and is an adjunct professor of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers University. (Click for full bio.)

A longtime proponent of unusual and fun plants, Bruce had his own garden design business for nearly 25 years that specialized in plantings for year-round interest. One of those gardens was published in Fine Gardening Magazine! Today, Bruce is the Director of Rutgers Gardens, the botanical garden for Rutgers University, and is an adjunct professor of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers University. His position as Director of Rutgers Gardens involves managing the 180 acre facility, which includes designed gardens, woodlands and open fields. Rutgers Gardens is open 365 days a year and has become a destination for over 30,000 visitors annually. Bruce is now focused on redeveloping the Gardens so that they tell the story of plants over the past 450 million years and wants to provide visitors with the opportunity to see these plants featured in seasonally attractive designs. He also lectures frequently to various groups at continuing education programs.

Attend the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School to learn pruning techniques from this recognized specialist. 

Teaches in Three-Week Preparatory Course

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Dr. Lindsey Hoffman
Post Doctoral Research Associate
Department of Plant Biology at Rutgers
lh481@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

Lindsey Hoffman is a professional turfgrass breeder specializing in winter hardy cool-season grasses. (Click for full bio.)

Before working at Rutgers University, Dr. Lindsey Hoffman was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the turfgrass breeding program at the University of Minnesota. There, she worked to help develop a metabolomics-assisted breeding method for screening perennial ryegrass plants for improved freezing tolerance. Specializing in winter hardy cool-season grasses, her research has been featured in various industry publications.

Here at Rutgers, Dr. Hoffman is working on breeding switchgrass for improved resistance to anthracnose disease.

Attend the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School to learn turfgrass identification and development from this recognized specialist. 

Teaches in Two-Year Certificate Program

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Daniel Kluchinski
Assistant Director
Rutgers Cooperative Extension
kluchinski@njaes.rutgers.edu

Dan Kluchinski is a leader in research and educational programs related to agriculture, horticulture and natural resource management. (Click for full bio.)

Dan Kluchinski serves as the statewide team leader for the county-based faculty and staff conducting research and educational programs in agriculture, horticulture, and environmental, marine, and natural resource management. These duties include management of the department's personnel, budget, and training. Dan is also a faculty member within Rutgers Cooperative Extension, and his extension and research programs focus on agronomic crop production, soils, and sustainable agriculture.

Attend the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School to learn soil fertility and plant nutrition from this agriculture expert.

Teaches in Three-Week Preparatory Course

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Dr. Albrecht Koppenhöfer
Extension Specialist
Department of Entomology at Rutgers
koppenhofer@aesop.rutgers.edu

Dr. Albrecht Koppenhöfer is a well published expert in integrated pest management (IPM) development and practices for turfgrass systems. (Click for full bio.)

Albrecht Koppenhöfer is an extension specialist and professor in the Department of Entomology at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University. He works to develop and implement sustainable integrated pest management relying on little or no pesticides. The goal of his program is to develop and implement ecologically-based IPM for turfgrass systems with an emphasis on sustainability and biological control.

Currently, much of his research is directed at developing a better understanding of insecticide resistance in the annual bluegrass weevil and to develop better and more sustainable ways to manage this pest through better monitoring methods and chemical, biological, and cultural means. His research is supported by numerous awards from turfgrass industry organizations, including the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

Albrecht Koppenhöfer has had countless articles published in research journals. Click here for a full list of Albrecht Koppenhöfer's research publications. In addition, his work has been featured in other industry publications. For example, the April 2015 issue of Golf Course Magazine (GCM) published his article entitled, "Egg-laying preferences and larval development of annual bluegrass weevil on Poa annua and selected bentgrasses."

Attend the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School to learn how to identify and control turf insects from this well published IPM expert.

Teaches in Three-Week Preparatory Course

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Edward V. Lipman, Jr.
Former Director
Office of Continuing Professional Education at Rutgers
lipman@njaes.rutgers.edu

Edward (Ned) Lipman is an expert in managment and communication skills with 30+ years of experience working with the turfgrass management community. (Click for full bio.)

Ned Lipman served as the Director of the Office of Continuing Professional Education at Rutgers University's New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station for over 30 years. Throughout his career, Ned also taught microeconomics and marketing for Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences to well over 4,000 undergraduate students.

He took a lot of pride in the environmental courses his office provided and was especially passionate about the life-changing programs offered by The Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School. His tireless efforts were recognized in the year 2000, when the NJ Turfgrass Association inducted him into their Hall of Fame. This honor is presented to one person annually in recognition of a continuing lifetime commitment of dedication, service and achievements contributing to the advancement of the turfgrass industry of New Jersey.

Although he retired from the Director position in 2013, Ned continues to teach management and communication skills for The Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School as well as microeconomics and marketing for Rutgers University undergraduates.

Attend the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School to learn the management and communication skills necessary for success from this recognized specialist.

Teaches in Two-Year Certificate Program and Three-Week Preparatory Course

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Dr. William A. Meyer
Professor of Turfgrass Breeding
Center for Turfgrass Science at Rutgers
wmeyer@aesop.rutgers.edu

Dr. Meyer is a leading expert in turfgrass breeding. (Click for full bio.)

Since April 1996, Dr. Meyer has served as Director of the Turfgrass Breeding Project at Cook College, Rutgers University. The previous 21 years after graduate school were spent as a commercial turfgrass breeder and Corporate President in Oregon.

At Rutgers, the Turfgrass Breeding Project has population improvement projects on 9 different open-pollinated cool-season turfgrass species. These projects include running cycles of selection in single-plot progeny mowed turf trials where breeding objectives include improving disease, insect and environmental stress tolerance. Cycles of selection also include selection of superior seed yielding germplasm in spaced-plant nurseries.

Extensive collecting from old turf areas in Europe and America are being carried out each year in all of these species along with their associated endophytes. Many of these endophytes have been shown to enhance disease, insect and stress tolerance. When superior collections are identified, they are integrated into the Rutgers New Jersey adapted populations by using a modified backcrossing technique. Read more about his international turf research here.

The breeding project is also doing extensive breeding work on bluegrass. Through greenhouse crossing techniques, these apomictic grasses can be hybridized to create new F1 hybrids. Another new area is interspecific crosses of Texas bluegrass with Kentucky bluegrass. Many new promising hybrids are under development.

All of the new cultivars and improved germplasm is then developed by agreements between other organizations and Rutgers University. This breeding project is the largest and most successful project of its kind on cool-season turfgrasses.

For his work, Dr. Meyer has been honored with multiple industry awards:

Attend The Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School to learn agronomy and turf species from this respected breeding expert.

Teaches in Two-Year Certificate Program and Three-Week Preparatory Course

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Dr. James Murphy
Extension Specialist, Turfgrass Management
Department of Plant Biology at Rutgers
murphy@aesop.rutgers.edu

Dr. Murphy conducts extension and research programs focused on identifying best management practices for turfgrasses grown in the metropolitan region around New Jersey. (Click for full bio.)

Dr. Murphy conducts extension and research programs related to identifying best management practices for turfgrasses grown in the metropolitan region around New Jersey. His work often focuses on developing a better understanding of turfgrass response to soil-related stresses.

Dr. Murphy shares some turf management best practices in this short video.

New Jersey Turfgrass Association Recognition Award, 2007

Attend the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School to learn turf establishment and maintenance techniques from this respected researcher.

Teaches in Two-Year Certificate Program and Three-Week Preparatory Course

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Brad Park
Laboratory Researcher II
Department of Plant Biology at Rutgers
park@aesop.rutgers.edu

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Steven Rettke
IPM Program Associate
Plant Diagnostic Laboratory at Rutgers
rettke@njaes.rutgers.edu

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Trent Tate
Graduate Assistant
Department of Plant Biology at Rutgers
trent.tate@rutgers.edu

Trent Tate is a warm-season turfgrass expert and Ph.D candidate at Rutgers University. (Click for full bio.)

Trent Tate received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The University of Georgia Griffin Campus in 2009 and 2012, respectively. There he conducted extensive research on ACCase inhibiting herbicides and the development of ACCase inhibitor resistant seashore paspalum and creeping bentgrass.  He also worked on tissue culture techniques and utilization of molecular techniques to screen for herbicide resistance mutations.

Now, Trent is a PhD candidate in the Department of Plant Biology at Rutgers University. Trent’s research focuses on fine fescue tenacity resistance breeding and hard fescue dollar spot heritability.

Dedicated and passionate about his turfgrass breeding research and work, Trent is a three time recipient of the Peter S. Loft Memorial Scholarship, two time recipient of the Ralph Geiger Scholarship and a recipient of the NJ Turfgrass Association Scholarship.

Before starting his PhD program under Dr. William Meyer here at Rutgers, Trent worked in the UGA Seashore paspalum breeding program for five years. In addition, in 2012, Trent interned for the USGA Green Section looking at managing warm-season greens for improved green speed while improving turf health.

Attend the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School to study warm-season turfgrass species from this specialized expert. 

Teaches in Two-Year Certificate Program.

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Sabrina Tirpak
Principal Laboratory Technician
Plant Diagnostic Laboratory at Rutgers
tirpak@aesop.rutgers.edu

Sabrina Tirpak is a respected authority in turfgrass diseases and pest management. (Click for full bio.)

Sabrina Tirpak is the Principal Laboratory Technician at the Plant Diagnostic Lab and Nematode Detection Service at the Ralph Geiger Turfgrass Education Center at Rutgers.

Working in one of the leading diagnostic labs in the country since 1998, she is highly regarded as a leader in the field of plant problem solving. As such, she is frequently called upon as a guest lecturer and invited speaker at numerous green industry functions.

After earning her BS in Plant Science from Rutgers University, Sabrina attended Clemson University for special training in nematode detection and identification.

When not working at the Plant Diagnostic Lab, Sabrina volunteers most of her time to supporting the animals of Happy Paws Rescue.

Attend the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School to get hands-on lab experience with this premier turf disease and insect professional. 

Teaches in Two-Year Certificate Program

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Specialists from Related Industries

Chris Carson
Superintendent
Echo Lake Country Club
echolakecc@aol.com

Chris Carson is the Golf Course Superintendent of Echo Lake Country Club. (Click for full bio.)

Chris Carson has been superintendent of Echo Lake Country Club for 20 years. He received a BS in environmental science/turf management from Cook College, Rutgers University in 1979. He is a past president of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of New Jersey and a past president of the New Jersey Turfgrass Association. Currently, he serves as a director for the New Jersey Turfgrass Association.

Carson wrote, "10 Things You Should Have Learned in Turf School," which was published in the February 2007 issue of Golf Course Management Magazine.

Attend the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School to learn professional development and budgeting from this well-respected industry professional. 

Teaches in Two-Year Certificate Program and Three-Week Preparatory Course

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Robert Dobson
President
Middletown Sprinkler Company
bob@middletownsprinkler.com

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William Jamison
Consultant
wjamison@rci.rutgers.edu

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Stephen Kay
Owner/Golf Course Architect
Stephen Kay • Doug Smith Golf Course Design
stephenkgolf@aol.com

www.kayandsmithdesign.com
Author of "Designing Successful Superintendents"
Courses Built By Stephen Kay

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Steven Kristoph
Owner
Steven Kristoph Nursery
stevenkristoph@optonline.net

Head shot of Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School botany and physiology of turfgrass and Ornamentals Instructor Steve Kristoph

Steven Langlois
Langlois Turf Consultants
stevenlanglois13@hotmail.com

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Steven McDonald
Turfgrass Disease Solutions, LLC
turfgrassdiseasesolutions@yahoo.com

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Bruce C. Neary
Owner
BCN Horticultural Services
bcnhort@aol.com

www.bcnhorticulture.com

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Dr. Karen Plumley
magnaporthe1995@yahoo.com

Dr. Karen Plumley has 25 years of experience in turf sciences and specializes in soil. (Click for full bio.)

Dr. Plumley currently serves as research director for the Alliance for Low-Input Sustainable Turf (A-LIST). A-LIST® is a nonprofit industry initiative that seeks to influence the direction of turfgrass breeding toward varieties that are more sustainable and can perform their function with minimal maintenance inputs, thus benefitting the environment.

A Jersey girl through and through, Dr. Plumley was born, raised and educated (mostly!) within the state. She earned her doctorate at Rutgers University in turfgrass pathology, as well as a B.S. in botany. She also holds an M.S. in forest pathology from the State University of New York-College of Forestry. She has a strong interest in education and teaches multiple undergraduate courses at Rutgers University in leadership and plant science. She has also taught courses in soil science and plant pathology at Brookdale Community College and has given numerous lectures to turfgrass professionals at turfgrass conferences and other educational programs across the country. In 2004, she was honored to be the recipient of the Rutgers Turfgrass Alumni Achievement Award.

Dr. Plumley recently began serving her fourth term on the board of the New Jersey Turfgrass Association (NJTA). She served two terms as President of the NJTA (the largest organization of turfgrass professionals in the state), leading the organization through a time of major transition. She has also served as President of the New Jersey Turfgrass Foundation (NJTF), the philanthropic arm of NJTA, for two terms coordinating fundraising efforts and overseeing industry support to build the foundation. To date, the NJTF has raised more than two million dollars and over one million dollars of that has been returned to the Rutgers University Turfgrass Program in the form of student scholarships, fellowships, research grants, scientific equipment and facilities support.

Attend the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School to learn the science of soils from this committed educator. 

Teaches in Two-Year Certificate Program

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Marie Pompei
Sales Representative
F.M. Brown's Sons, Inc.
mariepompei@fmbrown.com

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Dr. Stephen Souza
Founder
Princeton Hydro, LLC

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Gene Westmoreland
Senior Director Rules/Competition
Metropolitan Golf Association
gwestmore@mgagolf.org

International Association of Golf Administrators (IAGA) Distinguished Service Award, 2012 (Press Release)
www.westmorelandgolf.org

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