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

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

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

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, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Turfpath
iOS Mobile App Store, Kaminski, John, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A super's observations with etiolation
Chips & Putts, 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

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

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

Social media and electronic networking use and preferences among undergraduate turfgrass science students
Natural Sciences Education, Bigelow, C., 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, III, John Edward, Landschoot, Peter, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leaf spot control in a Kentucky bluegrass rough with various Bayer fungicides, 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

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

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

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

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

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

No "fun" in funding
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

YouTube.com #Turfchat, Kaminski, John, 2012

Understanding Research: Sifting through the data
Pennsylvania Turfgrass, Kaminski, J., 2012

Stanley J. Zontek
Golf Course industry, Kaminski, J., 2012

It's not the gadget. It's the user
Golf Course industry, Kaminski, J., 2012

Documenting what you see
Golf Course industry, Kaminski, J., 2012

50 shades of green
Golf Course industry, Kaminski, J., 2012

Thatch collapse, a new disease of golf course turfgrasses
Phytopathology, Baetsen, A., Miller, G., Kasson, M., Davis, D., Kaminski, J., 2012

Social media adoption and utilization among turfgrass science students
ASA-CSSA-SSSA Joint Meeting Abstracts, Bigelow, C., Kaminski, J., 2012

Multisite validation of a weather-based fungicide application advisor for the control of dollar spot in creeping bentgrass
Phytopathology, Smith, D., Kerns, J., Kaminski, J., Horvath, B., Tomaso-Peterson, M., 2012

Influence of nitrogen, Plant growth regulators, and ferrous sulfate on annual bluegrass populations
ASA-CSSA-SSSA Joint Meeting Abstracts, Han, K., Kaminski, J., 2012

Influence of methiozolin rates and application timings on Poa annua populations
ASA-CSSA-SSSA Joint Meeting Abstracts, Han, K., Kaminski, J., 2012

Influence of dew removal methods and plant growth regulators on fungicide efficacy for the control of dollar spot in turf
Phytopathology, Huang, Y., Landschoot, P., Kaminski, J., 2012

Control of annual bluegrass biotypes with three postemergent herbicides
Proceedings 66th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Weed Science Society, Han, K., Kaminski, J., 2012

Comparison of low vs. high-input management strategies on annual meadowgrass populations on golf course putting greens
3rd European Turfgrass Society Conference Proceedings, Han, K., Kaminski, J., 2012

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

Snow mold control in a mixed bentgrass and annual bluegrass fairway with various fungicides, 2010-2011
Annual Research Reports Online, Kaminski, J., Lulis, T., 2011

Influence of nitrogen, plant growth regulators, and ferrous sulfate on annual bluegrass populations
Northeastern Weed Science Society, Han, K., Kaminski, J., 2011

Influence of fungicide timing and post application irrigation on dollar spot severity
Phytopathology, Kaminski, J., Inguagiato, J., Putman, A., 2011

Influence of chemical and cultural management strategies on annual bluegrass populations on golf course putting greens
ASA-CSSA-SSSA Joint Meeting, Han, K., Kaminski, J., 2011

Implication of early-season fungicide application on season long dollar spot control
Phytopathology, Inguagiato, J., Kaminski, J., 2011

Control of perennial annual bluegrass biotypes with postemergent herbicides
ASA-CSSA-SSSA Joint Meeting, Han, K., Kaminski, J., 2011

Comparison of Phosphonate Materials and Application Rate on Algae Development In Putting Green Turf
ASA-CSSA-SSSA Joint Meeting, Inguagiato., J., Kaminski, J., 2011