Ben Wherley, Ph.D., is an associate professor of turfgrass management and ecology in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. He oversees an active research program addressing best management practices and sustainability of turfgrass systems, with research including irrigation and nutrient management, environmental stress physiology, and turfgrass establishment. Wherley also teaches three undergraduate courses in the turfgrass science program at Texas A&M.
He earned his Ph.D. in crop science from N.C. State University in 2008 and holds both MS in horticulture & crop science and BS in agronomy from Ohio State University. He has published numerous research articles in peer-reviewed and trade journals including Crop Science, Agronomy Journal, HortScience, GCM, and Turfgrass Trends. Wherley is a regular speaker on golf course turf management related issues at the Golf Industry Show, Texas Turfgrass Association and Texas GCSA chapter meetings. He is past recipient of a GCSAA Watson Fellowship (2005) and the Turf Council of North Carolina’s Eagle Award (2007).