John E. Kaminski, Ph.D.

John E. Kaminski, Ph.D.

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

Areas of Expertise

  • Turfgrass Science
  • Turfgrass Management
  • Agronomy
  • Golf Course Management
  • Turfgrass Pathology
  • Weed 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 of Turfgrass Science 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 identification of turfgrass pathogens and the cultural and chemical management of their associated diseases. 

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

In vitro fungicide-insensitive profiles of sclerotinia homoeocarpa populations from pennsylvania and the surrounding region
Plant disease, Stephens, Cameron M., Kaminski, III, John Edward, 2019

In vitro fungicide-insensitive profiles of Sclerotinia homoeocarpa populations from Pennsylvania and the surrounding region
Plant Disease, 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, III, John Edward, Tomaso-Peterson, M., Koch, P. L., 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

Lignocellulos degrading capabilities of Sphaerobolus stellatus in creeping bentgrass
Int. Turfgrass Res. Soc. J., Baetsen-Young, Amy, Kaminski, John, Tien, Ming, 2017

Social media and electronic networking use and preferences among undergraduate turfgrass science students
Natural Sciences Education, Bigelow, C., Kaminski, J., 2016

Effect of Phosphite rate and source on cyanobacteria colonization of putting green turf
CropSci, Inguagiato, J., Kaminski, J., Lulis, T., 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, Huang, Yu, Kaminski, III, John Edward, Landschoot, Peter, 2015

Effects of relative humidity on infection, colonization and conidiation of Magnaporthe orzyae on perennial ryegrass
Plant Pathology, Li, Y., Uddin, W., Kaminski, J. E., 2014

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

Mowing frequency and plant growth regulator effects on dollar spot severity and on duration of dollar spot control by fungicides
Plant disease, Putman, Alexander I., Kaminski, III, John Edward, 2011

Effects of dew removal and mowing frequency on fungicide performance for dollar spot control
Plant disease, Delvalle, Tanner C., Landschoot, Peter J., Kaminski, John E., 2011

Using blogs to disseminate information in the turfgrass industry
Journal of Extension, Jones, Marcus A., Kaminski, III, John Edward, Christians, Nick E., Hoffmann, Mark D., 2011

Tracking the impact of your web-based content
Journal of Extension, Patton, Aaron J., Kaminski, John E., 2010

Geographic distribution of fungicide-insensitive Sclerotinia homoeocarpa isolates from golf courses in the northeastern United States
Plant disease, Putman, Alexander I., Jung, Geunhwa, Kaminski, John E., 2010