David McCall, Ph.D. 


David McCall is an assistant professor and extension specialist at Virginia Tech, in the department of plant pathology, physiology and weed science. He currently serves as turfgrass pathologist and as an agronomic remote sensing specialist.

McCall earned his masters and Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. His graduate research focused on improving understanding of how turfgrass under stress responds to light, which has led to unique detection methods prior to visible changes in the canopy. McCall’s research currently focuses on a) remote sensing with UAVs (drones) to monitor disease epidemics and water inefficiencies, b) field radiometry for improving biological and environmental stress detection, c) novel strategies to reduce pesticide inputs, and d) fungicide performance, efficacy, and ancillary benefits.

His extension duties include disseminating information on the latest strategies to suppress diseases of turfgrasses grown for sod, commercial and residential lawns, and recreational facilities, such as golf courses and athletic fields.