Stacy A. Bonos is a Professor of Turfgrass Breeding in the Department of Plant Biology at Rutgers University. She has been on the faculty for 18 years. Her research focuses on the development of improved, pest resistant, and stress tolerant, turfgrasses including native grasses. She has dedicated much of her research to improving bentgrasses for golf courses. She has developed or co-developed over 225 cool season turfgrass cultivars and has been recognized for her research through several awards including Golf Magazine’s ’40 under 40’, Early Career Excellence in Plant Breeding – Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee; Young Crop Scientist Award – Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) and Fellow of CSSA.