Michael A Fidanza, Ph.D.

Mike Fidanza, Ph.D. is a Professor of Plant and Soil Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University, Berks Campus (Reading, PA, USA), where he has held a research and teaching appointment since 2000. His research focus is turfgrass ecology, the translational exploration and evaluation of plant health products (i.e., fungicides, herbicides, plant growth regulators, biostimulants), soil surfactants, seed technology, and cultural practices in turfgrass ecosystems, and the biology and ecology of fairy ring disease in turfgrass. He served as Editor-in-chief for the International Turfgrass Society Research Journal (2010-2013), and was President of the Northeastern Branch of the Agronomy-Crops-Soils Science Society (2013-2017). He teaches undergraduate courses in turfgrass science, turfgrass pesticides, soil science, botany, plant ecology, and a graduate course on Penn State's World Campus in turfgrass physiology. He is the Director of Penn State's Center for the Agricultural Sciences and a Sustainable Environment, and he was recently recognized as Fellow in the American Society of Agronomy. He recently served as 2018 Chair of Division C-5 (Turfgrass Science) in the Crop Science Society of America.