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Thomas L. Watschke, Ph.D.

  • Professor Emeritus of Turfgrass Science
Thomas L. Watschke, Ph.D.
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Education

  1. Ph.D., Agronomy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1971
  2. M.S., Agronomy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1969
  3. B.S., Horticulture, Iowa State University, 1967

Responsibilities and Interests:

My research concerns the evaluation of plant growth regulators and the entire spectrum of herbicides for utility in turfgrass management systems. Research into the management of Poa annua as a desired golf course species is an ongoing and long term project. A major thrust of my research program has to do with water quality. An interdepartmental project (crop and soil sciences, plant pathology, entomology, agricultural engineering, and horticulture participating) has been established to research the effects that fertilizers and pesticides that are applied to turf have on the quality of water emanating from turf-type situations. Other areas of research activity include: turfgrass physiology, turfgrass establishment methodology, and the evaluation of bio-stimulants.

Professional Background:

  • 2005-present, The Pennsylvania State University, Professor Emeritus
  • 1981-2005, The Pennsylvania State University, Professor
  • 1975-1981, The Pennsylvania State University, Associate Professor
  • 1970-1975, The Pennsylvania State University, Assistant Professor
  • 1967-1970, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, NDEA Fellow

Courses Taught:

World Campus