- Ph.D. Rutgers University, Plant Biology
- B.S. University of Minnesota
Turfgrass; Plant Breeding
- HORT 1061 — The Sustainable Lawn — Fall semester
- HORT 1942 — Freshman Seminar: The American Lawn — Fall semester
- HORT 4061W — Turfgrass Management — Fall semester
- HORT 4062 — Turfgrass Weed and Disease Science — Fall semester, odd years
- HORT 4063 — Turfgrass Science — Spring semester, even years
- HORT 4096W — Professional Experiences Program
- HORT 4401 — Plant Genetics and Breeding
- HORT 4850 — Pollinator Protection in Managed Landscapes — Spring semester
For more information on these courses, see the Course Catalog.
My research focuses on the development of low-input turfgrasses for cold climates. A major emphasis in recent years has been improving winter hardiness in perennial ryegrass. This has involved a number of different field and laboratory approaches including field-based screening, controlled environment evaluation, and metabolomics. My program has also initiated a unique effort in breeding native cool-season grasses for use as low-input turf. In particular, we have made progress improving native prairie junegrass (Koeleria macrantha). Additionally, we have demonstrated the usefulness of the underutilized fine fescue species for a number of turf management systems including roadsides, home lawns, and golf courses. We are now in the process of improving these fine fescue species for wider use in these environments through a federally funded multi-state breeding project.
- Friell, J., E. Watkins, and B. Horgan. 2013. Salt-tolerance of 74 turfgrass cultivars in nutrient solution culture. Crop Science 2013 53:1743-1749.
- Koeritz, E., E. Watkins, and N.J. Ehlke. 2013. A split application approach to nitrogen and growth regulator management for perennial ryegrass seed production. Crop Science 53:1762-1777
- Watkins, E., L.A. Brilman, and D.M. Kopec. 2013. Development of native grasses for turf. In J.C. Stier, B.P. Horgan and S.A. Bonos (eds.) Turfgrass: Biology, use, and development. ASA-CSSA-SSSA, Madison, WI.. p. 661-681.
- Clark, M.D, and E. Watkins. 2012. Broad-sense heritability estimates of turfgrass performance characteristics in native prairie junegrass germplasm. HortScience 47:1228-1233.
- Hugie, K., C. Yue, and E. Watkins. 2012. Consumer preferences for low-input turfgrasses: A conjoint analysis. HortScience 47:1096-1101.
- Hulke, B.S., B.S. Bushman, E. Watkins, and N.J. Ehlke. 2012. Association of freezing tolerance to LpCBFIIIb and LpCBFIIIc gene polymorphism in perennial ryegrass accessions. Crop Science 52:2023-2029.
- Yue, C., K. Hugie and E. Watkins. 2012. Are consumers willing to pay more for low-input turfgrasses on residential lawns? Evidence from choice experiments. Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics 44:549-560.
- Cavanaugh, M., E. Watkins, B. Horgan, and M. Meyer. 2011. Conversion of Kentucky bluegrass rough to no-mow, low-input grasses. Online. Applied Turfgrass Science doi:10.1094/ATS-2011-0926-02-RS.
- Watkins, E, S. Fei, D. Gardner, J. Stier, S. Bughrara, D. Li, C. Bigelow, L. Schliecher, B. Horgan and K. Diesburg. 2011. Low-input turfgrass species for the north central United States. Online. Applied Turfgrass Science doi:10.1094/ATS-2011-0126-02-RS.
- Clark, M.D., and E. Watkins. 2010. Seed production characteristics of prairie junegrass germplasm accessions. Crop Science 50:1057-1065.
- Clark, M.D., and E. Watkins. 2010. Turfgrass characteristics of prairie junegrass germplasm accessions. Crop Science 50:2092-2102.
- Hoffman, L., M. DaCosta, J.S. Ebdon, and E. Watkins. 2010. Physiological changes during cold acclimation of perennial ryegrass accessions differing in freeze tolerance. Crop Science 50:1037-1047.
- Jiang, Y., E. Watkins, S. Liu, X. Yu, and N. Luo. 2010. Antioxidative responses and candidate gene expression in prairie junegrass under drought stress. Journal of the American Society of Horticultural Science 135: 303-309.
- Watkins, E., A.B. Hollman, and B.P. Horgan. 2010. Evaluation of alternative turfgrass species for low-input golf course fairways. HortScience 45:113-118.
- Hulke, B.S., E. Watkins, D.L. Wyse and N.J. Ehlke. 2008. Freezing tolerance of selected perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) accessions and its association with field winterhardiness and turf traits. Euphytica: 163:131-141.
- Hulke, B.S, E. Watkins, N. Ehlke, and D.Wyse. 2007. Winterhardiness and turf quality of accessions of perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) from public collections. Crop Science 47:1596-1602.
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