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Faculty Spotlight

Dale Bremer, Ph.D.

Professor of Turfgrass Science, Graduate Program Director

Bremer, DaleDale grew up on a crop and livestock farm near Scotia, Nebraska. He has worked in a variety of interesting jobs including aerial applicator, crop consultant, ranch hand in western Montana, combine crew traveling from Oklahoma to North Dakota, a wildlife refuge, and even pizza deliverer at "the original" Valentino's restaurant, among others.

His academic trails have included attendance in universities at Kearney and Lincoln, Nebraska, Moscow, Idaho, and Manhattan (Kansas State). "I always liked the university setting and loved to learn. My main interests were plants and the weather. Perhaps those subjects are an odd combination but as it turns out there is a field of study that involves both. Micrometeorology is the study of the physical environment immediately surrounding plants and crops, which is where they interact with weather. This turned out to be a natural field of study for me." It was when Dale served as a research technician at a K-State agricultural research station in Tribune, Kansas that he realized he enjoyed plant research enough to move to Manhattan and pursue a Ph.D.

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Jared Hoyle, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Extension Turfgrass Specialist

Hoyle, JaredDr. Jared Hoyle grew up on a small family farm in the piedmont of North Carolina. Growing up on the farm, Hoyle developed a passion for wildlife and the outdoors. This passion eventually lead Hoyle to pursue a degree in agriculture.

Hoyle earned his Bachelor of Science in Horticulture Science in 2006 and Master of Science in Crop Science in 2009, both from North Carolina State University. While in North Carolina, Hoyle focused his research on the influence of cultural practices, mainly turfgrass mowing height, on crabgrass and brown patch incidence. Also, he evaluated rating methods that are commonly used in turfgrass weed science.

Continuing his education at Auburn University, Hoyle received his Doctorate in 2012 in Agronomy and Soils. At Auburn University, Hoyle explored factors that influenced thermal weed control. He continued conducting turfgrass research and worked closely with local turfgrass managers as a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the University of Georgia.

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