Dr. J. Bryan Unruh

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

Contact Information

850-995-3723 Fax

Research Interests

Golf and Sports Turf Management, Sod Production, Turf Water Quality and Quantity, Turfgrass Breeding and Genetics, Best Management Practices





Dr. J. Bryan Unruh is a Professor of Environmental Horticulture and Associate Center Director at the University of Florida, IFAS, West Florida Research and Education Center.

Dr. Unruh’s research program focuses on providing real-world solutions for today’s turfgrass manager. His work centers on water quality (nutrient leaching and runoff) and quantity (drought) concerns, pest management, and new turfgrass cultivar development. He leads a team of scientists and graduate students and works in collaboration with colleagues from the public and private sector.

Dr. Unruh is the state Turf Extension Specialist focused primarily on the Golf and Sod Production industries. He travels extensively supporting county extension faculty and working with the leaders of Florida’s turf industry. He 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. Dr. Unruh shares his knowledge through print and electronic media including the UF/IFAS EDIS system (http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/), his website (www.gatorturf.com), and social media site (https://www.facebook.com/GatorTurf).

Dr. Unruh received his Ph.D. in 1995 from Iowa State University, Ames, IA and his M.S. and B.S. degrees from Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS in 1991 and 1989, respectively.