Jim Kerns, Ph.D., is an associate professor and extension specialist in the department of plant pathology at North Carolina State University. Prior to starting at NC State in December of 2012, Kerns was the turfgrass pathologist at UW-Madison. He earned his B.S. in agronomy from North Carolina State University, master's in soil and crop sciences from Texas A&M University, and a Ph.D. in plant pathology from North Carolina State University. He is a member of CGCSA, WGCSA and NGLGCSA.
Kerns’ extension efforts focus on educating turfgrass managers on disease identification, employing control measures that are efficacious, cost-effective and environmentally sound, and fungicide resistance management. His research while at UW-Madison focused on three important diseases of turfgrasses in Wisconsin: dollar spot, anthracnose, and snow mold. At NC State, Kerns' research program will focus on summer stress management of creeping bentgrass, etiology and management of ultradwarf bermudagrass diseases, and nematode biology and management.