|Academic Rank:||Professor and Turfgrass Extension Specialist|
|Academic History:||Ph.D., Clemson University 2001
M.S., Clemson University 1997
B.S., Clemson University 1992
|Area of Expertise:||Turfgrass Management|
|Office Location:||119 Redding Building|
|Shipping Address:||Crop & Soil Sciences
Georgia Experiment Station
The University of Georgia
1109 Experiment Street
Griffin, GA 30223
|Additional Web site:||Georgia Turf|
Research, Teaching, and Extension Work
Dr. Clint Waltz joined the University of Georgia turfgrass team in September 2001 as a Turfgrass Extension Specialist. Located at the Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin, he has program leadership responsibilities in all turfgrass management areas, including turfgrass water management. Other state responsibilities include serving as ex officio board member for the Georgia Turfgrass Association (GTA), the Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association (MALTA), and Georgia Sod Producers Association (GSPA). Additionally, he serves the golf course industry by serving on the Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association (GGCSA) education committee and Water Task Force.
Although his appointment is 100% extension, Dr. Waltz conducts research projects in many areas of turfgrass management. He is active in the evaluation of how various turfgrass species respond to the environmental stresses of the Southeastern United States. These evaluations allow sod producers, golf course superintendents, athletic field managers, other turf professionals, and homeowners to make informed decisions about the adaptabilities of these cultivars. Other activities have included coordinating University Field Day events and the annual Georgia Turfgrass Institute.
Dr. Waltz has published in scientific journals and trade magazines, and makes regular contributions to the newsletters of state associations. Additionally, he makes numerous presentations to turfgrass professionals, from golf course superintendents and county extension agents to homeowner groups. He has also been responsible for the development of two websites: GeorgiaTurf and TurfgrassWater.
To meet the requests of County Extension Agents, turfgrass professionals (e.g., golf course superintendents, professional lawn care contractors, athletic field managers, sod producers, etc.), and the general public, GeorgiaTurf was developed to provide a “one-stop” source for information on Georgia's turfgrass species, management, fertility, pest control, impact of the turfgrass industry on Georgia's economy, and upcoming educational events. The latter site, TurfgrassWater, was developed and launched as a comprehensive “one-stop” information facility to address water management, water quantity, and water quality issues encountered by professional turfgrass managers. Both of these sites demonstrate to governmental agencies not only the size and economic impact of the turfgrass industry, but how turfgrass professionals have access to “sound science” for the development of site-specific programs focused on water conservation and preservation of water quality.