Peter Dernoeden, Ph.D.


Peter H. Dernoeden is a Professor Emeritus of Turfgrass Science in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture at the University of Maryland where he started in 1980. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees at Colorado State University and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Rhode Island. He served in the U.S. Army Field Artillery from 1970 to 1973 in West Germany.  Dr. Dernoeden’s appointment includes research and extension components and he teaches a course in pest management strategies for turfgrasses. His research and extension programs involve turfgrass pathology, weed science and the management of turfgrasses for low maintenance sites.

Dr. Dernoeden is an author of more than 100 scientific journal articles, most of which were coauthored with his graduate students.  He is author of “Creeping Bentgrass Management” and co-author of “Compendium of Turfgrass Diseases” and “Managing Turfgrass Pests.” Dr. Dernoeden is a Fellow of the “American Society of Agronomy” and the “Crop Science Society of America (CSSA).”  He received from the Turfgrass Science Division of CSSA the “Fred V. Grau Turfgrass Science Award.”   In 2012, Dr. Dernoeden received the “Colonel John Morley Distinguished Service Award” from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.