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Crop & Soil Sciences: Personnel: Faculty

Keith Karnok

Photo: Keith Karnok Academic Rank: Professor
Academic History: Ph.D., Texas A&M University (Agronomy) 1977
M.S., University of Arizona (Agronomy) 1974
B.S.A., University of Arizona (Agronomy) 1973
Area of Expertise: Turf Management
Campus: Athens
Office Location: 4115A Miller Plant Sciences Building
Phone: 706/542-0931
Fax: 706/542-0914
Shipping Address: 3111 Miller Plant Sciences Building
The University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-7272
Additional Web site: Keith J. Karnok


Research, Teaching, and Extension Work

Dr. Keith Karnok is the author of more than 250 publications related to turfgrass science. Dr. Karnok began his teaching and research career at Ohio State University where he taught both introductory and advanced courses in turfgrass management. In 1983, he joined the faculty in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at he University of Georgia. Currently, he teaches four courses in turfgrass management and advises both undergraduate and graduate students specializing in turfgrass science. Dr. Karnok also advises the UGA Turf Club in addition to his on-campus teaching. Dr. Karnok serves as an instructor and coordinator of two distance-education programs administered by the University of Georgia. The most recent, which is recognized by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America as a one-year certificate program, consists of ten college credit courses. Prior to the development of the college credit program, Dr. Karnok, in cooperation with the Professional Lawn Care Association of America, developed a continuing education (CEU) correspondence turfgrass management program. This basic course in turfgrass management has more than 3,500 students enrolled from all 50 states and 30 countries.

Dr. Karnok has more than 30 years of experience with both cool and warm season turfgrasses. His research interests include those factors affecting turfgrass root growth, the cause and control of localized dry spots caused by water-repellent soils and the understanding and use of turfgrass biostimulants. Dr. Karnok is a member of the International Turfgrass Society, Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), American Society of Agronomy (ASA), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA). He is also a member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Professional Lawn Care Association of America and the Sports Turf Managers Association. Dr. Karnok has chaired or served on numerous committees associated with these organizations. He served as editor of the scientific journal Crop Science, one of the most respected scientific journals in agriculture. Dr. Karnok is the recipient of many awards including the status of "Fellow" in CSSA, ASA, AAAS and NACTA. The designation of "Fellow" is the highest honor bestowed by a scientific society. He has also received the "Fred V. Grau Turfgrass Science Award" from the Crop Science Society of America in recognition of significant career contributions in turfgrass science. Finally, he has received 20 honors and awards for teaching excellence, including the "Josiah Meigs Award for Excellence in Teaching,"which is the University of Georgia's highest teaching honor."

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