Aaron J. Patton, Ph.D., is a professor in the department of horticulture and landscape architecture at Purdue University where he serves as turfgrass extension specialist. He earned his bachelor's from Iowa State University and his master's and Ph.D. from Purdue University. His appointment provides him the opportunity to be involved with extension, teaching and research.
His extension responsibilities are to support county educators and provide education to Indiana’s $1.8 billion turfgrass industry. His research responsibilities include planning, implementing and leading projects devoted to managing quality turf while reducing management inputs. Patton’s research interests focus on weed biology and control, warm-season grasses and agronomic practices in turfgrass systems. He teaches the senior-level turfgrass science course at Purdue University and mentors undergraduate and graduate students. Patton has been a GCSAA faculty member since 2008.