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Dr. Dale Bremer

Dr. Dale Bremer

Professor | Graduate Program Director

Turfgrass Science, Environmental Physics, Stress, Micrometeorology
bremer@ksu.edu

Kansas State University
3608 Throckmorton PSC
1712 Claflin Road
Manhattan, KS 66506

Ph: +1-785-532-1440
Fx: +1-785-532-6949

Biography & Education

Biography

Dale 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.

Since 2001, Dale has been applying his research skills in micrometeorology to turfgrass, which endures considerable stress under the continental climate of Kansas. He enjoys advising and teaching graduate and undergraduate students in turfgrass science, interacting with the turfgrass industry, and the thrill of discovery when conducting research. His main goals are to assist the turfgrass industry, via basic and applied research, in areas of the industry’s greatest challenges. This includes water conservation, turfgrass environmental stress, and exchanges of greenhouse gases between turfgrass and the atmosphere.

Check out my personal blog at: Finding Meaning and Purpose at the University

Education
  • Ph.D. Agronomy, Kansas State University (1998)
  • M.S. Agronomy, Kansas State University (1994)
  • B.S. Agronomy, University of Nebraska (1985)

Publications

  • Braun, R.C., and D.J. Bremer. 2018. Nitrous oxide emissions in turfgrass: A review. Agron. J. 2222-2232. doi:10.2134/agronj2018.02.0133
  • Braun, R.C., and D.J. Bremer. 2018. Nitrous oxide emissions from turfgrass receiving different irrigation amounts and nitrogen fertilizer forms. Crop Sci. 58:1762-1775.
  • Hoyle, J.A., R.C. Braun, J.A. Reeves, S.J. Keeley, and D.J. Bremer. 2018. Best management practices: Mowing height and cultivation effects on tall fescue conversion to buffalograss. Crop, Forage & Turfgrass Manage. (accepted).
  • Peterson, K.W., D.J. Bremer, K. B. Shonkwiler, and J.M. Ham. 2017. Measurement of evapotranspiration in turfgrass: A comparison of techniques. Agron. J. 109:2190-2198.
  • Peterson, K.W., D.J. Bremer, and J.M. Blonquist Jr. 2017. Estimating transpiration from turfgrass using stomatal conductance values derived from infrared thermometry. Int. Turf. Soc. Res. J. 13:113-118. doi: 10.2134/itsrj2016.09.0788
  • Chabon, J., D.J. Bremer, J.D. Fry, and C. Lavis. 2017. Effects of soil moisture-based irrigation controllers, mowing height, and trinexapac-ethyl on tall fescue irrigation amounts and mowing requirements. Int. Turf. Soc. Res. J. 13:755-760. doi: 10.2134/itsrj2016.04.0242
  • Braun, R.C., J.D. Fry, M.M. Kennelly, D.J. Bremer, and J.J. Griffin. 2017. Single and sequential colorant application effects on buffalograss and zoysiagrass color during dormancy. HortTechnology 27: 393-398.
  • Obasa, K., M. Kennelly, J. Fry, and D. Bremer. 2017. Evaluation of spring and fall fungicide applications for large patch management in zoysiagrass. Int. Turf. Soc. Res. J. 13:191-197. doi: 10.2134/itsrj2016.04.0274
  • Van der Merwe, D., L.R. Skabelund, A. Sharda, P. Blackmore, and D. Bremer. 2017. Towards characterizing green roof vegetation using color-infrared and thermal sensors. In Proceedings of the CitiesAlive 15th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference, Seattle, WA. 18-21 September.
  • Chabon, J., D.J. Bremer, J.D. Fry, and C. Lavis. 2016. Effects of soil moisture-based irrigation controllers, mowing height, and trinexapac-ethyl on tall fescue irrigation amounts and mowing requirements. Int. Turf. Soc. Res. J. (in press)
  • Obasa, K., M. Kennelly, J. Fry, and D. Bremer. 2016. Evaluation of spring and fall fungicide applications for large patch management in zoysiagrass. Int. Turf. Soc. Res. J. (in press)
  • Braun, R., J. Fry, M. Kennelly, D. Bremer, and J. Griffin. 2016. Colorant application volume and color persistence on a 'Chisolm' zoysiagrass lawn. HortTechnology 26:314-319.

Research

Dr. Bremer’s research includes water conservation and trace-gas fluxes between turfgrass and the atmosphere. Water conservation research ranges from the testing of new varieties or cultivars that promise good performance while using less water, to investigating minimal irrigation requirements of turfgrasses or testing new methods of irrigation management that may reduce water-use when irrigating turf.

Trace-gas flux research includes the measurement of carbon dioxide and water vapor fluxes (e.g., photosynthesis and evapotranspiration [ET]), and greenhouse gases (e.g., nitrous oxide) fluxes in turfgrasses.

Staff & Students

Wes DyerWes Dyer
Ph.D. Graduate Student
wesdyer@k-state.edu

Mu HongMu Hong
Ph.D. Graduate Student
mu2@ksu.edu

Teaching

Course #TitleSemesterDelivery Method
HORT 951Horticulture Graduate SeminarFall
Spring
On Campus
HORT 640Water Issues in the Lawn & LandscapeSpringDistance
HORT 405Water Issues in the Lawn & LandscapeSpringDistance
HORT 706Turfgrass ScienceSpringOn Campus