Bruce Martin, Ph.D., is an Emeritus Professor of Plant Pathology, and the former research and extension turfgrass pathologist for South Carolina. He has been active in turf research, extension and teaching for the past 31 years with Clemson University. He holds degrees from Hendrix College, the University of Arkansas and North Carolina State University. Martin’s research emphasized disease control programs, nematode control, fungicide efficacy and diseases of turf caused by Rhizoctonia. He has authored or co-authored over 50 refereed journal publications, numerous popular articles and 14 book chapters. He has presented many workshops, and served as guest speaker at conferences throughout the United States and the world.
Martin has received Clemson University’s Extension Superior Performance Award twice and was awarded the Outstanding Service award from the Turfgrass Council of North Carolina for his program in turf pathology. He received the Outstanding Plant Pathologist for the Southern Division, American Phytopathological Society and was voted among the Top Ten most influential people in South Carolina Golf. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association and the Rowland P. Alston Award for Excellence in Extension Communication at Clemson University. In 2014 he received the Colonel John Morley Distinguished Service Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. In 2016 he received the Godley-Snell Award for Research at Clemson University and he received the Crop Science Society of America Fred V. Grau Award for Turfgrass Science in 2017.