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Meet the newest lab member

Posted: January 4, 2016

Cameron Stephens is the newest member of the Turfgrass Managment Lab. His Master of Science project will focus on fungicide resistance in the dollar spot pathogen

Cameron comes to us from The Ohio State University where he majored in Sustainable Plant Systems with a focus in Turfgrass Science. As he advanced through his program he developed an interest in plant pathology and desired to gain more insight into plant-microbe interactions. Cameron pursued an internship at Clemson University where he was mentored by Dr. Bruce Martin who ultimately inspired him to pursue graduate school. Cameron is currently a Master of Science candidate studying Agronomy with a focus in turfgrass pathology. The scope of his research has an applied component, which will focus on giving practical information back to the turf industry, and a molecular component, which will help us gain or extend our knowledge of pathogen biology. His project primarily focuses on the scope of fungicide resistance in Sclerotinia homoeocarpa populations throughout Pennsylvania and the surrounding regions. He is interested in elucidating any biological characteristics that may be linked to S. homoeocarpa populations that demonstrate fungicide resistance. Through this research, Cameron hopes to provide practical information to golf course superintendents and other turf managers on the importance of understanding pathogen biology and fungicide resistance. Cameron is ambitious and passionate about plant pathology and we are excited to see him progress as a young scientist as he advances through his program.