Administrative Staff

Name Position/title Email Phone
Samantha Grover Administrative Director [email protected] 612-624-3039
Dave Jacobi Finance Professional 3 [email protected] 612-624-3795
Lauren Matushin Student Services Coordinator [email protected] 612-624-8747

Academic Staff

Name Position/title Areas of Interest Email
Michael Barnes Postdoctoral Associate

sustainable transitions, sustainable turf, urban nature and health, greenspace design

[email protected]
David Bedford Senior Research Fellow

Apple Breeding; Cultivar Development and Commercialization

[email protected]
Gary Deters Turf Research Field Facility Manager

Bentgrass, low input turf, golf courses

[email protected]
Shane Evans Education Program Specialist

Lawn Water Conservation, Irrigation Technology, Residential Lawn Care, Low-input Turf

[email protected]
Katelyn Filbrandt Researcher I

tissue culture; ELISA tests

[email protected]
Katrina Freund Saxhaug Postdoctoral Associate

Plant metabolomics, plant biochemistry, plant-insect interactions

[email protected]
Natalie Hoidal Extension Educator - Local Foods & Vegetable Production

vegetable crops, IPM, organic, soil health

[email protected]
Andrew Hollman Researcher 6

Fine Fescue, No-Mow, Breeding, winter survival

[email protected]
Drew Horton Enology Specialist - Grape Breeding & Enology Project

Winemaking, Experimental Winemaking, Hybrid Grapes

[email protected]
Laura Irish Teaching Specialist

propagation; education; club advising

[email protected]
Mitch Johnson Researcher [email protected]
Annie Klodd Assistant Extension Professor - Fruit and Vegetable Production

Viticulture, berry production, tree fruit, pumpkins, asparagus

[email protected]
Sarah Kostick Postdoctoral Associate

Apple Breeding; DNA-informed Breeding; genomewide prediction

[email protected]
Xiaoxi Meng Post-Doc

Potato genomics; Diversity; Evolution

[email protected]
Baylee Miller Researcher 2

quantitative trait locus mapping, haplotype analysis, marker-assisted selection

[email protected]
Kristine Moncada Scientist

Low-input fine fescues; Roadside turfgrasses; Lawn water conservation

[email protected]
Dominic Petrella Postdoctoral Associate

Plant physiology, abiotic stress, shade responses, photoinhibition

[email protected]
Maggie Reiter Assistant Extension Professor, Turfgrass

Turfgrass science

[email protected]
Marissa Schuh Extension Educator - Horticulture IPM

IPM, vegetable production, fruit production

[email protected]
Ryan Schwab Researcher 3

low-input, wetting agents, irrigation, golf

[email protected]
Thomas Stefaniak Researcher 5

plant breeding, cultivar development

[email protected]
Erin Treiber Postdoctoral Associate

post-harvest; phylloxera; plant-insect

[email protected]
Julie Weisenhorn Associate Extension Professor and Extension Educator, Horticulture

Landscape design, plant selection, home horticulture best practices, invasive species

[email protected]

Extension Staff