I got my Bachelor's in biology from Youngstown State University in 2008 and decided to study turfgrass science at Ohio State because of my love for playing golf. At Ohio State, I began as an undergraduate researcher but enjoyed plant science research so much I decided to stay on for a few more years in graduate school. During my Ph.D., my research interests developed around plant physiology and turfgrass response to light in which I continue to research in the University of Minnesota Turfgrass Science Group.
I work in diverse areas of turfgrass physiology that have common goals of selecting and evaluating the regulation of improved traits among turfgrasses including allelopathy, rhizome occurrence and development, and tolerance to poor light conditions including shade and high light stresses. My research interests revolve around the physiological acclimation and adaptation of turfgrasses to sub-optimal environmental conditions under low-input management. In particular, I am interested in better understanding the interactions of light and abiotic and biotic stresses.