Max Schlossberg, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Turfgrass Nutrition/Soil Fertility
Max Schlossberg, Ph.D.
403 Ag Sciences and Industries Bldg.
University Park, PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-863-1015

Areas of Expertise

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


  1. Ph.D., Agronomy, University of Georgia, 2002
  2. M.S., Agronomy, University of Georgia, 1999
  3. B.S., Agronomy, Texas A&M University, 1994

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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. Schlossberg, M.J., and W.P. Miller. 2004. Coal combustion by-product (CCB) utilization in turfgrass sod production. HortScience 39:408–414
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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.

Research Interests

Turfgrass Science