Dr. Bryan Unruh

Associate Center Director, Professor, and Extension Turfgrass Specialist, Environmental Horticulture

Contact Information

850-995-3723 Fax

Research Interests

Turfgrass Disease Management, Reducing TurfWater Usage, Turfgrass Breeding and Genetics, Best Management Practices for Landscape Turf Management

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Dr. J. Bryan Unruh, Professor of Environmental Horticulture at the University of Florida – Milton Campus holds a 70% extension and 30% teaching position. Dr. Unruh teaches courses in Turfgrass Culture, Landscape and Turfgrass Management, and Golf and Sports Turf Management – core courses in the UF Golf and Sports Turf Interdisciplinary Studies and Environmental Horticulture curriculums.

Dr. Unruh’s responsibilities as an extension turfgrass specialist include managing a 20+ acre Turfgrass Teaching/Demonstration Field Laboratory at the West Florida Research and Education Center. He provides for the needs of interdisciplinary faculty by coordinating the necessary resources for their research being conducted on the Turf Field Laboratory; procuring funding to cover operational expenses, arranges necessary equipment loans, and directing the activities of the turfgrass staff that support and maintain the facility. Dr. Unruh implements and conducts applied research projects and he works with county extension faculty and turfgrass managers to provide solutions to the challenges they encounter. His research focus has centered on replacements for methyl bromide for soil fumigation, environmental impact of fertilizers applied to turf, pest management, and the influence of cultural management practices on golf, landscape, athletic, and sod production turf.

Dr. Unruh is responsible for planning and implementing turfgrass educational field days, seminars, and regional conferences for the state of Florida and the upper gulf coast region. He coordinates the educational conference for the Florida Turfgrass Association and is the education advisor for Gulf Coast Golf Course Superintendents Association and the North Florida Chapter of the Sports Turf Managers Association. In 2004, Dr. Unruh received the University of Florida John & Martha Woeste Professional Development Award and was recognized as the 2004 Outstanding Extension Specialist by the Florida Association of County Agriculture Agents. The Florida Turfgrass Association awarded Dr. Unruh with the 2009 FTGA Wreath of Grass Award. This award is the FTGA’s highest honor and pays tribute to individuals who have shown outstanding service not only to the turfgrass industry but also to the FTGA. He also serves on the Ornamental and Turf Commercial Production Focus Group, an interdisciplinary team of county and state ornamental and turfgrass extension faculty.

Dr. Unruh received his Ph.D. in 1995 from Iowa State University, Ames, IA and he earned his M.S. and B.S. degrees from Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS in 1991 and 1989, respectively. He came to the University of Florida in January 1996. He is a member of numerous honorary societies and is active in several professional societies.