Ross Braun, Ph.D.

Ross Braun, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources at Kansas State University. He holds a 60% teaching and 40% research appointment and is also the Director of the Rocky Ford Turfgrass Research Center in Manhattan, Kan. He has a research background in turfgrass science focusing on low-input turfgrass systems, reducing management inputs (i.e., water, fertilizer, pesticides, and mowing), sod production challenges, understanding turfgrass seed coating technology, greenhouse gas emissions, carbon sequestration, deficit irrigation, drought stress, traffic stress, and other environmental stresses. Braun has worked in the turfgrass industry for 23 years, including the lawn care industry and working at three different golf courses before pursuing graduate school. He has been a GCSAA member for 16 years.