Travis Russell

Travis Russell

  • Ph.D. Candidate, Agronomy - Turfgrass Pathology

Areas of Expertise

  • Turfgrass Management
  • Turfgrass Diseases and Control

Advisor: Dr. John Kaminski

Travis is beginning his fourth year as a Ph.D. Candidate in the Plant Science department. His doctoral research focuses on biology, epidemiology, and control of Pythium diseases on golf course turfgrass in Pennsylvania and throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. In addition, he conducts research on other turfgrass diseases, weeds, and management strategies as well as assisting in turfgrass disease diagnostics. He completed his M.S. and B.S. degrees at the University of Arkansas where he researched precise light requirements of creeping bentgrass putting greens and other warm-season turfgrasses used in the Transition Zone.

In addition, Travis has turfgrass industry experience working on the golf course. He was an assistant golf course superintendent at Dallas National Golf Club where he also completed internships during undergraduate studies. Travis gained experience as a student intern at Pinehurst No. 2 when the course hosted the U.S. Open and Women's U.S. Open in 2014.


M.S. – Horticulture, University of Arkansas, 2018.
B.S. - Horticulture, Landscape, and Turf Sciences, University of Arkansas, 2015.

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Tang, K. T., T.T. Lulis, T.R. Russell, and J.E. Kaminski. 2021. Long-term influence of nitrogen, plant growth regulator, and iron sulfate on annual bluegrass populations and turf quality on a golf green. Crop Science. (in press) 

Lulis, T.T., T.R. Russell, and J.E. Kaminski. 2021. Influence of brush type and brush frequency on putting green ball roll distance and turfgrass quality. International Turfgrass Society Research Journal. (in press)

Russell, T.R., T.T. Lulis, B.A. Aynardi, K.T. Tang, and J.E. Kaminski. 2020. Buckhorn plantain (Plantago lanceolata) resistant to 2,4-D in Pennsylvania and alternative control options. Weed Technology. DOI: 10.1017/wet.2020.116

Russell, T.R., D.E. Karcher, and M.D. Richardson. 2020. Daily light integral requirements of warm-season turfgrasses for golf course fairways and in situ evaluation methodology. Crop Science. 60:3301-3313.

Russell, T.R., D.E. Karcher, and M.D. Richardson. 2019. Daily light integral requirement of a creeping bentgrass putting green as affected by shade, trinexapac-ethyl, and a plant colorant. Crop Science. 59:1768-1778.

Kaminski, J.E., T.T. Lulis, and T.R. Russell. 2019. Effect of hydraulic fluid type and remediation practices on hydraulic leak injury to creeping bentgrass putting greens. HortTechnology. 29:941-945.

Russell, T.R., J.E. Kaminski and P.H. Dernoeden. 2019. First report of Magnaporthe oryzae causing gray leaf spot on tall fescue in Delaware and Maryland. Plant Disease. DOI:10.1094/PDIS-05-19-0905-PDN

Kaminski J.E., T.R. Russell, and P.L. Koch. 2019. First report of Ophiospharella agrostidis infecting creeping bentgrass in Wisconsin. Plant Disease. DOI:10.1094/PDIS-02-19-0415-PDN.

Honors and Awards:

GCSAA/Toro Dr. James Watson Fellowship - 2022.
J. Franklin Styer Graduate Fellowship in Horticulture - 2021.
Crop Science Society of America Gerald O. Mott Meritorious Graduate Student Award - 2021. 
Crop Science Society of America C-5 Division Student Paper Contest (Oral) - 1st Place, 2021.
Chris Stiegler Turfgrass Science Graduate Student Travel Award (2019)
Crop Science Society of America C-5 Division Student Paper Contest (Oral) - 3rd Place, 2019.
Crop Science Society of America C-5 Division Student Paper Contest (Oral) – 1st Place, 2017.
Crop Science Society of America C-5 Division Student Paper Contest (Poster) – 1st Place, 2017.

Professional Background:

Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant, The Pennsylvania State University, 2018-Present.
M.S. Graduate Research Assistant, University of Arkansas, 2016-2018.
Assistant Superintendent, Dallas National Golf Club, Dallas, TX, 2015.
Turfgrass Science Intern, Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst, NC, Summer 2014.
Turfgrass Science Intern, Dallas National Golf Club, Dallas, TX, Summer 2011 and 2012.