James Kerns, Ph.D.

Jim Kerns, Ph.D., is a professor and extension specialist in the department of plant pathology at NC State University.  Prior to starting at NC State, Kerns was the turfgrass pathologist at UW-Madison.  He earned his B.S. in agronomy from North Carolina State University, M.S. in soil and crop sciences from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in plant pathology from North Carolina State University.  He is a member of CGCSA, WGCSA and NGLGCSA.  Kerns’ extension efforts focus on educating turfgrass managers on disease identification, employing control measures that are efficacious, cost-effective and environmentally sound, and fungicide resistance management.   Kerns' research program focuses on summer stress management of creeping bentgrass, etiology and management of ultradwarf bermudagrass diseases,  and nematode biology and management. He is a popular instructor of both seminars and webinars for GCSAA.