Jason K. Kruse, Ph.D.


Jason Kruse, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Horticulture at the University of Florida.  He earned his B.S. from the University of Idaho, his M.S. from the University of Florida, and his Ph.D. from Iowa State University.  He currently holds a 70% teaching and 30% research position and serves as the Undergraduate Coordinator for the Department of Environmental Horticulture.   Kruse teaches courses in Turfgrass Culture, Landscape and Turfgrass Management, and Golf and Sports Turf Management. His responsibilities as an turfgrass specialist include managing the University of Florida turfgrass Envirotron teaching and research facility, planning and implementing turfgrass educational field days and leading the statewide turfgrass teaching design team.  His research program focuses on how nutrient and water management strategies affect the health and environmental impact of turfgrass systems.  Emphasis is placed on improving the understanding of stress physiology in warm-season grasses, safety and management of athletic fields, and evaluation and development of new technologies for improved management of turfgrass systems.  His spare time is spent outdoors mountain biking, working in the yard, or relaxing by a mountain lake.