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Dr. Jim Kerns

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Dr. Jim Kerns

Professor & Extension Specialist of Turfgrass Pathology
Co-Director of the Turfgrass Center for Environmental Research and Education

Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology
1575 Varsity Drive – Module 6
Campus Box 7616
Raleigh, NC  27606
Phone: 919.513.4820
Email: jpkerns@ncsu.edu


Education
BS: NC State University
MS: Texas A&M University
PhD: NC State University


Experience:
Present: Professor and Extension Specialist, NC State University, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
2012-2021 Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, NC State University, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
2008-2012: Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jim focuses on etiology, epidemiology and management of diseases of both warm- and cool-season grasses. His research program focuses on understanding the biology of ultradwarf bermudagrass diseases, large patch of zoysiagrass, plant parasitic nematodes in turf and diseases of creeping bentgrass. The mission of the program is to provide efficacious and cost effective management strategies to turfgrass managers in NC and beyond. His program also houses the Turfgrass Diagnostic Lab, which is managed by Lee Butler.