Max Schlossberg, Ph.D.

Max Schlossberg, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Turfgrass Nutrition/Soil Fertility
403 Ag Sciences and Industries Bldg.
University Park, PA 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • Turfgrass Nutrition
  • Soil Chemistry
  • Nutrient Management
  • Fertilizer / Amendment Evaluation
  • Water Quality
  • Data Analysis


  • Ph.D., Agronomy, University of Georgia
  • M.S., Agronomy, University of Georgia
  • B.S., Agronomy, Texas A&M University

Professional Experience

Graduate Teaching Assistant, 1996-2002, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Assistant Superintendent, 1994-1996, Bob O'Link G.C., Highland Park, IL

Student Intern, 1993, Olympia Fields C.C., Olympia Fields, IL

Irrigation Technician, 1991-1992, Briar Ridge C.C., Merrillville, IN

Honors and Awards

Crop Science Excellence in Manuscript Review Award 2012, Crop Science Society of America

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award 1999, University of Georgia

2nd place 1999 Student Essay Competition, Golf Course Superintendents Assn. of America (GCSAA)

Graduate Student Teaching Award 1998, National Assn. Colleges & Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA)

Student of the Year Award 1998, Georgia Turfgrass Association

3rd place 1998 Student Essay Competition, GCSAA

Refereed Publications

  1. Leiby, N.L., and M.J. Schlossberg. 2023. Volatilization or recovery of fairway foliar nitrogen fertilizer via time and spray oil inclusion. Environments 10:176. doi:10.3390/environments10100176
  2. Pruyne, D.T., and M.J. Schlossberg. 2023. Creeping bentgrass nutritional, morphological, and putting green performance response to Ca/Mg-silicate slag liming agent. Horticulturae 9(9):958. doi:10.3390/horticulturae9090958
  3. Leiby, N.L., and M.J. Schlossberg. 2022. Putting green canopy reflectance by time from colourant and spray oil combination product application. Intl. J. Remote Sensing 43(19-24):7024. doi:10.1080/01431161.2022.2152757
  4. Schlossberg, M. J. 2022. Temporal recovery of polymer-coated urea-N by Kentucky bluegrass in the field. Horticulturae 8:207. doi:10.3390/horticulturae8030207
  5. Leiby, N.L., and M.J. Schlossberg. 2022. Reduced creeping bentgrass fairway reflectance following synthetic colorant application. Agric. Environ. Lett. 7:e220064. doi:10.1002/ael2.20064
  6. Leiby, N.L., and M.J. Schlossberg. 2021. Field quantification of ammonia emission following fertilization of golf course turfgrass in sub/urban areas. Appl. Sci. 11:24. doi:10.3390/app112411644
  7. Pruyne, D.T., M.J. Schlossberg, and W. Uddin. 2020. Creeping bentgrass fairway wear resistance by granular topdressing of Ca/Mg-rich liming agents. Agriculture 10:43. doi:10.3390/agriculture10020043
  8. Pruyne, D.T., M.J. Schlossberg, and W. Uddin. 2019. Perennial ryegrass wear resistance and soil amendment by Ca- and Mg-silicates. Agronomy 9:578. doi:10.3390/agronomy9100578
  9. Schlossberg, M.J., B.A. McGraw, and K.R. Hivner. 2018. Comparing closed chamber measures of ammonia volatilization from Kentucky bluegrass fertilized by granular urea. J. Environ. Hort. 36:85–91. doi:10.24266/0738-2898-36.3.85
  10. Schlossberg, M.J., B.A. McGraw, and R.L. Sebring. 2018. Ammonia volatilization from putting greens foliarly-fertilized by conventional or stabilized urea. Agric. Environ. Lett. 3:180019. doi:10.2134/ael2018.04.0019
  11. Schlossberg, M.J., B.A. McGraw, R.L. Sebring, and K.R. Hivner. 2018. Nitrogen recovery and loss from Kentucky bluegrass fertilized by conventional or enhanced-efficiency urea granules. Agronomy 8:144. doi:10.3390/agronomy8080144
  12. Schlossberg, M.J., B.A. McGraw, K.R. Hivner, and D.T. Pruyne. 2017. Method for flux-chamber measurement of ammonia volatilization from putting greens foliarly-fertilized by urea. Clean-Soil Air Water 45:1700085. doi:10.1002/clen.201700085
  13. McGraw, B.A. and M.J. Schlossberg. 2017. Fine-scale spatial analysis of soil moisture and entomopathogenic nematode distribution following release in wetting agent-treated turf. Applied Soil Ecology 114:52-61. doi:10.1016/j.apsoil.2017.02.016
  14. Zhu, Q., M.J. Schlossberg, and R.B. Bryant. 2016. Foliar fertilization-induced injury and recovery of a creeping bentgrass putting green. J. Plant Nutr. 39(11):1589–1596. doi:10.1080/01904167.2016.1161778
  15. Rogan, C.M., and M.J. Schlossberg. 2013. Complimenting late-season nitrogen fertilization of cool-season turfgrass putting greens with trinexapac-ethyl. Agron. J. 105:1507–1514
  16. Zhu, Q., M.J. Schlossberg, R.B. Bryant, and J.P. Schmidt. 2012. Creeping bentgrass putting green response to foliar nitrogen fertilization. Agron. J. 104:1589–1594. doi:10.2134/agronj2012.0157
  17. Moody, D.R., and M.J. Schlossberg. 2010. Soil water repellency index prediction using the molarity of ethanol droplet test. Vadose Zone J. 9:1046–1051. doi:10.2136/vzj2009.0119
  18. Kruse, J.S., W.P. Miller, M.J. Schlossberg, D. Yanosky, and D.B. Hall. 2009. Predicting tall fescue root growth response to calcium/aluminum solution concentrations. Comm. Soil Sci. Plant Anal. 40(7&8):1227–1239. doi:10.1080/00103620902754564
  19. Dai, J., D.R. Huff, and M.J. Schlossberg. 2009. Salinity effects on seed germination and vegetative growth of greens-type Poa annua relative to other cool-season turfgrass species. Crop Sci. 49:696–703
  20. Moody, D.R., M.J. Schlossberg, D.D. Archibald, A.S. McNitt, and M.A. Fidanza. 2009. Soil water repellency development in amended sand rootzones. Crop Sci. 49:1885–1892 doi:10.2135/cropsci2008.08.0463
  21. Cook, P.J., P.J. Landschoot, and M.J. Schlossberg. 2009. Inhibition of Pythium spp. and suppression of Pythium blight of turfgrasses with phosphonate fungicides. Plant Dis. 93:809–814
  22. Cook, P.J., P.J. Landschoot, and M.J. Schlossberg. 2009. Suppression of anthracnose basal rot symptoms and improved putting green quality with phosphonate fungicides. Intl. Turf. Soc. Res. J. 11:181–194
  23. Dai, J., M.J. Schlossberg, and D.R. Huff. 2008. Salinity tolerance of 33 greens-type Poa annua experimental lines. Crop Sci. 48:1187–1192
  24. Schlossberg, M.J., F.C. Waltz, Jr., P.J. Landschoot, and B. Park. 2008. Recent mechanical cultivation of lawns enhances lime application efficacy. Agron. J. 100:855–861 doi:10.2134/agronj2007.0256
  25. Schlossberg, M.J., and J.P. Schmidt. 2007. Influence of nitrogen rate and form on quality of putting greens cohabited by creeping bentgrass and annual bluegrass. Agron. J. 99:99–106 doi:10.2134/agronj2006.0136
  26. Fidanza, M.A., J.L. Cisar, S.J. Kostka, J.E. Gregos, M.J. Schlossberg, and M. Franklin. 2007. Preliminary investigation of soil chemical and physical properties associated with type-I fairy ring symptoms in turfgrass. Hydrol. Process. 21:2285–2290
  27. Brosnan, J.T., A.S. McNitt, and M.J. Schlossberg. 2007. An apparatus to evaluate the pace of baseball field playing surfaces. J. Testing and Eval. 35(6):676–681
  28. Schlossberg, M.J. 2007. Trace elements in turfgrass clippings collected from coal combustion product-amended putting greens. Appl. Turfgrass Sci. doi:10.1094/ATS-2007-0323-01-RS
  29. Schlossberg, M.J., A.S. McNitt, and M.A. Fidanza. 2005. Development of water repellency in sand-based root zones. Intl. Turf. Soc. Res. J. 10:1123–1130
  30. Schlossberg, M.J., C.P. Vanags, and W.P. Miller. 2004. Bermudagrass sod growth and metal uptake in coal combustion by-product-amended media. J. Environ. Qual. 33:740–748 doi:10.2134/jeq2004.7400
  31. Schlossberg, M.J., and W.P. Miller. 2004. Coal combustion by-product (CCB) utilization in turfgrass sod production. HortScience 39:408–414
  32. Schlossberg, M.J., W. Greene, and K.J. Karnok. 2004. Assistant superintendent hiring criteria used by golf course superintendents. J. Nat. Resour. Life Sci. Educ. 33:35–39
  33. Schlossberg, M.J. and K.J. Karnok. 2002. Use of transparent columns for demonstrating water movement in golf green root zones. J. Nat. Resour. Life Sci. Educ. 31:1–4
  34. Schlossberg, M.J., K.J. Karnok, and G. Landry, Jr. 2002. Estimation of viable root length density of heat-tolerant creeping bentgrass cultivars, 'Crenshaw' and 'L93', by an accumulative degree day model. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 127:224–229
  35. Landry, G. and M.J. Schlossberg. 2001. Creeping bentgrass (Agrostis spp.) cultivar trial on a golf course putting green. Intl. Turf. Soc. Res. J. 9:886–891
  36. Schlossberg, M.J. and K.J. Karnok. 2001. Root and shoot performance of three creeping bentgrass cultivars as affected by nitrogen fertility. J. Plant Nutr. 24:535–548
  37. Trenholm, L.E., M.J. Schlossberg, G. Lee, S.A. Geer, and W. Parks. 2000. An evaluation of multispectral responses on selected turfgrass species. Intl. J. Rem. Sens. 21:709–721
  38. Trenholm, L.E., M.J. Schlossberg, and K.J. Karnok. 1999. Two approaches for teaching agricultural equipment calibration. NACTA J. 43(3):40–45

Book Chapters

1. Schlossberg, M.J., and W.P. Miller. 2006. Trace element transport in putting green root mixes amended by coal combustion products (CCP). p. 124–133 In K.S. Sajwan et al. (eds.) Coal Combustion Byproducts and Environmental Issues. Springer, NY.

2. Schlossberg, M.J., F.C. Waltz, Jr., and W.P. Miller. 2006. Amelioration of soil acidity with class-C fly ash: A field study. p. 190–194 In K.S. Sajwan et al. (eds.) Coal Combustion Byproducts and Environmental Issues. Springer, NY.

3. Schlossberg, M.J., W.P. Miller, and S. Dudka. 2003. Use of coal combustion by-products in horticultural and turfgrass industries. p. 275–289 In K.S. Sajwan et al. (ed.) Chemistry of Trace Elements in Fly Ash. Kluwer Acad./Plenum Publ., NY.

Book Reviews

1. Schlossberg, M.J. 2005. Review of 'Soils and Soil Fertility (6th ed.)' by F.R. Troeh and L.M. Thompson. J. Environ. Qual. 34(6):2337–2338.

2. Schlossberg, M.J. 2003. Review of 'Lab Manual for Soil Science: Agricultural & Environmental Principles (8th ed.)' by S.J. Thien and J.G. Graveel. NACTA J. 47(3):66–68.