Joseph Young, Ph.D., is an assistant professor, department of plant and social sciences at Texas Tech University. Young earned both his bachelors and master’s degrees at Mississippi State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas, studying the physiological effects of low mowing heights, rolling and foot traffic on creeping bentgrass putting greens.
Young and his graduate students have worked on carbon sequestration quantification, effective plant growth regulator reapplication, and effects of water quality on turf. He conducts research and outreach events to educate residential homeowners on water conservation strategies for lawns in West Texas. Young teaches three courses on turf physiology, management, and pests at Texas Tech and has given nearly 100 presentations to turf professionals on a wide array of topics during his time at Texas Tech University. Since coming to Texas Tech, Young has published 7 peer-reviewed papers and secured nearly $400,000 in research funding. He joined the GCSAA faculty in 2014 and teaching both seminars and webinars.