John E. Kaminski, Ph.D.

John E. Kaminski, Ph.D.

  • Professor and Associate Head, Department of Plant Science
  • Director, Golf Course Turfgrass Management Program
16 Tyson Building
University Park, PA 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • Turfgrass Science
  • Cannabis Science
  • Pest Management

Education

  • * Ph.D., Natural Resource Sciences, The University of Maryland, 2004
  • * M.S., Agronomy, The University of Maryland, 2001
  • * B.S., Turfgrass Science, The Pennsylvania State University, 1998
  • * B.S., Landscape Contracting, The Pennsylvania State University, 1998

John currently serves as the Director of the Golf Course Turfgrass Management Program at Penn State. He served as the 1st Tombros Early Career Professor and is currently Professor and Associate Department Head of the Department of Plant Science. 

John has extensive experience in the area of golf course turfgrass management and specifically in the management of turfgrass diseases. He has been responsible for or associated with the discovery of four new turfgrass diseases on golf courses. His research focuses on the cultural and chemical management of turfgrass pests and also conducts agronomic research in the emerging hemp industry.

In his role as Director of the Golf Course Turfgrass Management Program, John is responsible for mentoring future golf course superintendents in and out of the classroom. He also serves as Co-Advisor for the Penn State Turf Club.

Professional Background

  • Professor, Turfgrass Science, The Pennsylvania State University, 2018-present.
  • Associate Professor, Turfgrass Science, The Pennsylvania State University, 2012-2018.
  • Assistant Professor, Turfgrass Science, The Pennsylvania State University, 2009-2012.
  • Assistant Professor, Turfgrass Pathology, University of Connecticut, 2005–2008.
  • Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant, University of Maryland, 2001–2004.
  • M.S. Graduate Research Assistant, University of Maryland, 1998–2001.
  • Student Intern, Penn State Turf Research Facility, April-August 1998
  • Student Intern, Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, MD, May-September 1997
  • Student Intern, Desert Mountain Properties, Scottsdale, AZ, February-August 1996

Honors and Awards

  • Tombros Early Career Professor, 2014-2018
  • Musser International Turfgrass Foundation's 2005 Award of Excellence
  • Northeastern American Phytopathological Society Student Paper Award 1st Place, 2004
  • Crop Science Society of America C-5 Poster Contest Industrial Relations Committee Award 1st Place, 2003
  • R.F. Davis Memorial Scholarship, 2003
  • Southern Nursery Association Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship, 2003
  • College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Outstanding Graduate Student, 2003
  • Department of Natural Resource Sciences and Landscape Architecture Outstanding Graduate Student, 2003
  • Golf Course Superintendents Association of America Watson Fellowship, 2002

Publications

Reverse Resistance
Lawn & Landscape, Bowling, B., Ervin, D., McCurdy, J., Dixon, M., Patton, A., Elmore, M., Gannon, T., Kaminski, John, Kowalewski, A., McElroy, J., Unruh, J., Bagavathiannan, M., 2023

Evaluation of Demethylation inhibitor (DMI) fungicides to manage resistant Clarireedia jacksonii populations on a golf course fairway, Shaw, K., Kahiu, Maureen, Lulis, T., Kaminski, John, 2022

Herbicide-Resistance in Turf Systems: Insights and Options for Managing Complexity
Sustainability (Switzerland), Allen, Jennifer H., Ervin, David E., Frisvold, George B., Brosnan, James T., McCurdy, James D., Bowling, Rebecca G., Patton, Aaron J., Elmore, Matthew T., Gannon, Travis W., McCarty, Lambert B., McCullough, Patrick E., Kaminski, John E., Askew, Shawn D., Kowalewski, Alec R., Unruh, J. Bryan, McElroy, J. Scott, Bagavathiannan, Muthukumar V., 2022

Prime disease season is here, Kaminski, John, 2022

PSU Turf Pest Update, Kaminski, John, 2022

Contemporary challenges and opportunities for improved lawn weed management: Insights from U.S. lawn care operators
Outlooks on Pest Management, Ervin, D., Dixon, L., Montry, A., Patton, A., Bowling, B., Elmore, M., Gannon, T., Kaminski, John, Kowalewski, A., McCurdy, J., McElroy, J., Unruh, J., Bagavathiannan, M., 2022

Seedheads, dollar spot, and more., Kaminski, John, 2022

Warmer temperatures moving in., Kaminski, John, 2022

Penn State launches commercial turf pest diagnostic lab
Pennsylvania Turfgrass, Kaminski, John, Bengyella, Louis, 2022

Growers need to be Aware of Cannabis Loving field mice in Pennsylvania, Bengyella, L., Di Gioia, F, Kaminski, J., Collins, A, 2022

Annual bluegrass seedling emergence pattern in Pennsylvania, Tang, Kaiyuan, Kaminski, John, 2021

Clarireedia spp. isolates resistance to DMI fungicides, Kahiu, Maureen, Kaminski, John, 2021

Influence of brush type and brushing frequency on putting green ball roll distance and turfgrass quality
Crop Science, Lulis, Timothy T., Russell, Travis R., Kaminski, John E., 2021

Buckhorn plantain (Plantago lanceolata) resistant to 2,4-D in Pennsylvania and alternative control options
Weed Technology, Russell, Travis R., Lulis, Tim T., Aynardi, Brian A., Tang, Kaiyuan T., Kaminski, John E., 2021

Turfgrass injury from repeated applications of various demethylation inhibitor fungicides, Kahiu, Maureen, Kaminski, John, 2021

Influence of cultivation method, seeding rate, and fertilizer rate on the establishment of creeping bentgrass for putting green renovation
Crop, Forage and Turfgrass Management, Carroll, Devon E., Kaminski, John E., Landschoot, Peter J., 2021

Germinability of annual bluegrass seed during spring in the Eastern United States
Crop, Forage and Turfgrass Management, Carroll, Devon E., Brosnan, James T., McCurdy, James D., De Castro, Edicarlos B., Patton, Aaron J., Liu, Wenwen, Kaminski, John E., Tang, Kaiyuan, McCullough, Patrick E., Westbury, David, 2021

Global impact of trace non-essential heavy metal contaminants in industrial cannabis bioeconomy
Journal of Toxicology - Toxin Reviews, Bengyella, Louis, Kuddus, Mohammed, Mukherjee, Piyali, Fonmboh, Dobgima J., Kaminski, John, 2021

Cannabis Science Research Website
Department of Plant Science, Kaminski, John, 2021

Efficacy and safety of non-traditional products for the control of annual bluegrass, Tang, Kaiyuan, Kaminski, John, 2021

Efficacy of natural herbicides on dandelion (Taraxacum officinale G.H. Weber ex Wiggers) and white clover (Trifolium repens L.) populations
International Turfgrass Society Research Journal, Carroll, Devon, Kaminski, John, Borger, J, 2020

Disease Season 2020 - It wasn't just COVID-19 causing problems
Pennsylvania Turfgrass, Russell, Travis, Kaminski, John, 2020

Alternative control options for 2,4-D-resistant buckhorn plantain, Russell, T, Lulis, T, Tang, K, Kaminski, J, Aynardi, B, 2020

Creeping bentgrass seed germination in growth chambers at optimal and suboptimal temperatures
Crop, Forage and Turfgrass Management, Carroll, Devon E., Kaminski, John E., Landschoot, Peter J., 2020

Aerification Recovery Following the Application of Fungicides and Plant Health Products on a Golf Course Putting Green, 2020, Lulis, Tim, Shi, Jessica, Kaminski, John, 2020

Control of Annual Bluegrass Seedheads on a Golf Course Putting Green Using Plant Growth Regulator Products, 2020, Lulis, Tim, Tang, Kaiyuan, Shi, Jessica, Kaminski, John, 2020

Control of Localized Dry Spot on a Golf Course Putting Green Using Experimental and Commercially Available Brandt Plant Health Products, 2020, Lulis, Tim, Shi, Jessica, Kaminski, John, 2020

Gray Snow Mold Control in a Mixed Creeping Bentgrass and Annual Bluegrass Fairway, 2019-2020, Lulis, Tim, Russell, Travis, Kaminski, John, 2020

Lulis, T. T., Shi J., Kaminski J. E. (2020). Non-selective Vegetation Control in a Perennial Ryegrass Lawn Following Application of Herbicides, 2020, Lulis, Tim, Shi, Jessica, Kaminski, John, 2020

Plant Health in a Creeping Bentgrass Putting Green Following the Application of Gorton’s Plant Health Products, 2018, Lulis, Tim, Shi, Jessica, Kaminski, John, 2020

Preventative Applications Commercially Available Syngenta Fungicides for the Control of Brown Patch on Creeping Bentgrass Putting Green, 2020, Lulis, Tim, Shi, Jessica, Kaminski, John, 2020

Preventative Applications of Brandt Health Products for the Control of Anthracnose Basal Rot on an Annual Bluegrass Research Putting Green, 2020, Lulis, Tim, Shi, Jessica, Kaminski, John, 2020

Smooth Crabgrass Control in a Perennial Ryegrass Lawn Following Application of Post-Emergent Herbicides, 2020, Lulis, Tim, Shi, Jessica, Kaminski, John, 2020

Turf Safety on a Fine Fescue Golf Course Rough Using Experimental Herbicides, 2020, Lulis, Tim, Shi, Jessica, Kaminski, John, 2020

Turf Safety on an Annual Bluegrass Golf Course Fairway Using Experimental Fungicides, 2020, Lulis, Tim, Shi, Jessica, Kaminski, John, 2020

White Clover and Dandelion Control in a Perennial Ryegrass Golf Course Following the Application of Various Herbicides, 2020, Lulis, Tim, Shi, Jessica, Kaminski, John, 2020

Long-term impact of nitrogen, iron sulfate, and plant growth regulators on annual bluegrass populations, Tang, Kaiyuan, Kaminski, John, 2020

Mowing Height and Fertilization Effects on Creeping Bentgrass Incorporation in a Fine Fescue Putting Green, Russell, Travis, Carroll, Devon, Kaminski, John, 2020

A Multi-state survey to determine the prevalence of herbicide resistance in annual bluegrass (Poa annua L.) in managed turfgrass systems, Grubbs, B., Hathcoat, D., Askew, S., McCarty, L., Elmore, M., Brosnan, J., McCurdy, J., McCullough, P., Unruh, B., Gannon, T., Patton, A., Kaminski, John, Kowalewski, A., McElroy, J., Bagayathiannan, M., 2020

First report of gray leaf spot on tall fescue in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States
Plant Disease, Russell, Travis, Kaminski, John, Dernoeden, Peter, 2019

First report of magnaporthe oryzae causing gray leaf spot on tall fescue in Delaware and Maryland
Plant Disease, Russell, T. R., Kaminski, J. E., Dernoeden, P. H., 2019

Turfgrass Management Edition 1.0, Turgeon, A, Kaminski, John, 2019

First report of ophiosphaerella agrostidis infecting creeping bentgrass in Wisconsin
Plant Disease, Kaminski, J. E., Russell, T., Koch, P., 2019

First report of Magnaporthe oryzae causing gray leaf spot on tall fescue in the Mid-Atlantic, Russell, T, Kaminski, J, 2019

Preventive fungicide applications for the control of anthracnose basal rot and brown patch on an annual bluegrass research putting green, 2018, Carroll, D, Kaminski, J, Russell, T, 2019

Multi-State Survey and Preliminary Screening to Evaluate Herbicide Resistance Epidemic in Annual Bluegrass (Poa annua L.) in Managed Turfgrass Systems
ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting Abstracts, Grubbs, B, Askew, S, McCarty, L, Elmore, M, Brosnan, J, McCurdy, J, McCullough, P, Unruh, B, Gannon, T, Patton, A, Kaminski, J, Kowaleski, A, McElroy, J, Bagavathiannan, M, 2019

Control of Annual Bluegrass Seedheads on a Golf Course Putting Green Using Maintain CF, Embark and Primo + Proxy, 2019., Lulis, T., Tang, K., Kaminski, J., 2019

Smooth crabgrass control in a perennial ryegrass lawn following the application of various herbicides, 2019., Lulis, T., Tang, K., Kaminski, J., 2019

Hydraulic fluid type and remediation practices on hydraulic leak injury to creeping bentgrass putting greens
HortTechnology, Kaminski, John E., Lulis, Tim T., Russell, Travis R., 2019

State of the industry
Pennsylvania Turf Magazine, Kaminski, John, 2018

Pythium patch of annual bluegrass
Golf Course Management Magazine, Kaminski, John, Rollo, Patrizia, 2018

Development and validation of a weather-based warning system to advise fungicide applications to control dollar spot on turfgrass
PLoS One, Smith, D. L., Kerns, J. P., Walker, N. R., Payne, A. F., Horvath, B., Inguagiato, J. C., Kaminski, J. E., Tomaso-Peterson, M., Koch, P. L., 2018

Effect of phosphite rate and source on cyanobacteria colonization of putting green turf
Golf Course Management Magazine, Inguagiato, John, Kaminski, John, Lulis, Timothy, 2018

PSU Turf
iOS Mobile App Store, Kaminski, John, 2018

Turfpath
iOS Mobile App Store, Kaminski, John, 2018

Effect of phosphite rate and source on cyanobacteria colonization of putting green turf
Crop Science, Inguagiato, John C., Kaminski, John E., Lulis, Timothy T., 2017

Influence of nitrogen, plant growth regulators, and iron sulfate on annual bluegrass
Int. Turfgrass Res. Soc. J., Han, Kyung, Kaminski, John, Lulis, Timothy, 2017

Social Media and Electronic Networking Use and Preferences among Undergraduate Turf Science Students
Natural Sciences Education, Bigelow, Cale A., Kaminski, John E., 2016

Germination timing and percentages among bentgrass cultivars
ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting Abstracts, Carroll, D., Kaminski, J., 2016

Influence of height of cut and mowing frequency on ball roll distance and turfgrass quality
ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting Abstracts, Lulis, T., Kaminski, J., 2016

Influence of nitrogen, plant growth regulators and iron sulfate on annual bluegrass populations
ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting Abstracts, Kaminski, J., Lulis, T., Stephens, C., 2016

A super's observations with etiolation
Chips & Putts, Kaminski, J., 2016

Above and beyond
Golf Course Industry Magazine, Kaminski, J., 2016

Dollar spot resistance and seasonal variability in resistance
Pennsylvania Turfgrass Magazine, Kaminski, J., Stephens, C., 2016

Increase your productivity
Golf Course Industry, Kaminski, J., 2016

Outbreak of mysterious Pythium disease on golf courses
Chips & Putts, Kaminski, J., 2016

Talking the collegiate turf bowl
Golf Course Industry, Kaminski, J., 2016

Insights into the biology of sphaerobolus stellatus as a causal agent of thatch collapse in golf turfs
Crop Science, Baetsen-Young, Amy M., Kaminski, John E., Kasson, Matthew T., Davis, Donald D., 2015

Regulation with trinexapac-ethyl and dew removal at the time of fungicide application did not influence dollar spot control
Hortscience: A Publication of the American Society for Hortcultural Science, Huang, Yu, Kaminski, John E., Landschoot, Peter J., 2015

Anthracnose control on an annual bluegrass putting green with various Syngenta fungicides, Lulis, T., Stephens, C., Kaminski, J., 2015

Brown ring patch suppression in a creeping bentgrass and annual bluegrass putting green with Syngenta fungicides, 2015, Lulis, T., Kaminski, J., 2015

Impact of various nutrient products on playability and plant health on a creeping bentgrass research putting green, Kaminski, J., Lulis, T., 2015

Leaf spot control in a Kentucky bluegrass rough with various Bayer fungicides, Lulis, T., Kaminski, J., 2015

Moss control in a creeping bentgrass putting green with various Brandt herbicides, Lulis, T., Kaminski, J., 2015

Preventive control of brown patch on a research fairway with various Syngenta fungicides, Stephens, C., Lulis, T., Kaminski, J., 2015

Preventive control of dollar spot on a creeping bentgrass and annual bluegrass research fairway with various Syngenta fungicides, 2015, Stephens, C., Lulis, T., Kaminski, J., 2015

Snow mold control with various fungicides, 2014-2015, Kaminski, J., Lulis, T., 2015

Playability and plant health
Pennsylvania Turfgrass Magazine, Lulis, T., Kaminski, J., 2015

Teaching construction and renovation
Golf Course Industry, Kaminski, J., 2015

Technology's impact on how we water
Golf Course Industry, Kaminski, J., 2015

The big 4-0!
Golf Course Industry, Kaminski, J., 2015

Effects of relative humidity on infection, colonization and conidiation of Magnaporthe oryzae in gray leaf spot pathosystem
Plant Pathology, Li, Y., Uddin, W., Kaminski, J., 2014

Effect of Various Hydraulic Fluids on Creeping Bentgrass Injury
ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting Abstracts, Lulis, T., Kaminski, J., 2014

Influence of Application Volume and Post Application Irrigation on Annual Bluegrass Control by Methiozolin
ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting Abstracts, Kaminski, J., Lulis, T., Han, K., 2014

Influence of Methiozolin Rates and Timings on Annual Bluegrass Control
ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting Abstracts, Kaminski, J., Lulis, T., Han, K., 2014

The Turfpath App: Crowdsourcing the path of turfgrass pests
APS-CPS Joint Meeting Abstracts, Kaminski, J., 2014

Anthracnose control on an annual bluegrass putting green with various fungicides, Lulis, T., Kaminski, J., Lulis, T., 2014

Early season control of dollar spot on a fairway with a single application of commercially available fungicides, Lulis, T., Kaminski, J., 2014

Impact of various experimental BASF products on ball roll distance on a creeping bentgrass research putting green, Kaminski, J., Lulis, T., 2014

Preventive control of dollar spot on a creeping bentgrass and annual bluegrass research fairway with various Syngenta fungicides, Lulis, T., Kaminski, J., Lulis, T., 2014

A perfect turfgrass system: Turfgrass is a living, changing system; alter it through small, routine tweaks
Golf Course Industry, Kaminski, J., 2014

Attention to details
Golf Course Industry, Kaminski, J., 2014

Can't make it to Orlando?
Golf Course Industry, Kaminski, J., 2014

Combing the art with the science: Does Pinehurst No. 2 set up another unrealistic expectation?
Golf Course Industry, Kaminski, J., 2014

No "fun" in funding
Golf Course Industry, Kaminski, J., 2014

The disease year that never was
Pennsylania Turfgrass Magazine, Kaminski, J., 2014

Winterkill: A note to golfer about this winter and its impact
Golf Course Industry, Kaminski, J., 2014

The Tom and John Show, Kaminski, John, Watschke, T., 2014

Thatch collapse: A new disease of golf course turfgrasses
ASA-CSSA-SSSA Joint Meeting Abstracts, Kaminski, J., Baetsen, A., 2013

Combining the art with the science
Golf Course Industry, Kaminski, J., 2013

Interns: A valuable resource with the upper hand
USGA Green Section Record, Kaminski, J., 2013

The Evolution of Turf Diseases
Canadian Groundskeeper, Kaminski, J., 2013

The perfect circle
Golf Course industry, Kaminski, J., 2013

Top 10 excuses (and my answers) for not continuing your education
Golf Course industry, Kaminski, J., 2013

What's in a title?
Golf Course Industry, Kaminski, J., 2013

Where did the summer go?
Golf Course Industry, Kaminski, J., 2013

Why push what you can't define?
Golf Course Industry, Kaminski, J., 2013