Mike Richardson, Ph.D., is professor of horticulture at the University of Arkansas. He earned a bachelor's degree from Louisiana Tech University, a master's degree at Louisiana State University and his Ph.D. at the University of Georgia. Richardson’s research focuses on cultural practices that impact cool- and warm-season turfgrass production in the transition zone and he has been actively involved with research to screen and develop new turfgrass for a wide range of turfgrass environments.
Richardson’s excellence in the turfgrass industry has been well-documented through the numerous awards he has received, including the John W. White Team Award for the Turfgrass Management Program at the University of Arkansas, the Researcher of the Year from Seed Research of Oregon and elected as a Fellow in the American Society of Agronomy. In Nov. 2015, Richardson received the Fred V. Grau Turfgrass Science Award from the Soil Science Society of America.
In addition to participation in many state and regional turfgrass conferences around the United States, Richardson has lectured in China, Italy and throughout Europe on various topics related to turfgrass physiology and management. He has been a GCSAA faculty member since 2008, and he enjoys camping and hiking with his family, playing the guitar and cooking in his spare time.