John Kaminski, Ph.D.


John E. Kaminski, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Turfgrass Science at The Pennsylvania State University. John earned his B.S. in turfgrass science and landscape contracting from The Pennsylvania State University in 1998. He then went back to his home state where he earned his M.S. (2001) and Ph.D. (2004) from the University of Maryland. At the University of Maryland and under the direction of his mentor Dr. Peter Dernoeden, he played a critical role in the discovery of a new disease of golf course putting greens known as bentgrass dead spot. His work earned him the 2005 Musser International Award of Excellence, given to “recognize and honor doctoral graduate students in Turfgrass Science and related disciplines.” Upon completion of his Ph.D., Dr. Kaminski was hired to start the turf pathology program at the University of Connecticut.

After four successful years at UConn, John had to make the difficult decision of continuing to build the new program or returning to his alma mater. In 2009, he chose to return to Penn State where he now serves as the Director of the Golf Course Turfgrass Management Program. John continues his research on the optimization of chemical and cultural management strategies for turfgrass diseases and weeds. He is also involved in improving communication within the turfgrass industry through social media and routinely gives seminars around the world on the topic. It is this interest in social media and technology that resulted in the development of Turfpath.