J. Bryan Unruh is a professor of environmental horticulture at the University of Florida, IFAS, West Florida Research and Education Center, where he has held a faculty position since 1996. Unruh received his Ph.D. in 1995 from Iowa State University and his M.S. and B.S. degrees from Kansas State Univ. in 1991 and 1989, respectively.
Unruh’s integrated turfgrass science research and extension program focuses on water quality (nutrient impairment) and quantity (drought), pest management and new cultivar development. Results from his team’s work are included in all three Florida turf industry Best Management Practice (BMP) manuals (Florida Friendly BMPs for Protection of Water Resources by the Green Industries; BMPs for the Enhancement of Environmental Quality on Florida Golf Courses; and Water Quality/Quantity BMPs for Florida Sod). Unruh led his UF colleagues to develop the content for the GCSAA BMP Planning Guide and Template for the U.S. golf course management industry. His research improves quality of life by providing aesthetically pleasing green space and safe places in which to recreate. His work demonstrates that these green spaces are sustainable and can coexist with nature without negative environmental impact.