Ben Wherley is Associate Professor of Turfgrass Management and Ecology in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. He earned his PhD in Crop Science from N.C. State University, and holds both MS in Horticulture & Crop Science and BS in Agronomy from The Ohio State University. Wherley currently oversees an active research and teaching program focused on environmental stress physiology and development of sustainable approaches and technologies for turfgrass management. Wherley has helped garner over 17 million dollars in support as PI or co-PI on numerous federal, state, and industry supported research projects, has published 35 peer-reviewed journal articles, has co-developed two turfgrass cultivars, and has received one patent. Wherley maintains strong ties to state and national Green Industry, serving as an academic advisor to the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program, Texas Turfgrass Association, and currently serving as Chair of the NIMSS Southern Region Information Exchange Group for Turfgrass. Wherley is recipient of numerous awards including the Texas A&M Veterans Association Faculty Recognition Award, GCSAA Watson Fellowship (2005), and the Turf Council of North Carolina’s Eagle Award (2007).