John E. Kaminski, Ph.D.

John Kaminski PhD

John Kaminski, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in turfgrass management and director of the Golf Course Turfgrass Management Program at Penn State University.  He earned his B.S. at Penn State and his M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Maryland. Kaminski’s research interests focus on golf course pest management and his university appointment includes 75% extension and 25% research.  Kaminski’s excellence in the turfgrass industry has been well-documented through the numerous awards he has received, including the Musser International Turfgrass Foundation Award of Excellence, the Watson Fellowship Award and the Award for Outstanding Collaboration between basic and applied research from the Potomac Chapter of the American Phytopathological Society.  He serves on the Scholarship Committee for the Penn State Department of Crop and Soil Science and has been an Associate Editor for the International Turfgrass Society Journal.  In addition to participation in many state and regional turfgrass conferences around the United States, Kaminski has lectured on multiple occasions in England, Scotland, Ireland, the Netherlands, South Africa, Canada and Chile on topics relating to chemical and cultural management strategies to reduce turfgrass pests and improve playability.  He has been a GCSAA faculty member since 2008 and he enjoys watching sporting events and spending time with his wife in his spare time.