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Dale Bremer

Bremer, DaleProfessor of Turfgrass Science, Graduate Program Director
Office: 3608 Throckmorton

785-532-6949 fax

Area(s) of Specialization:
Turfgrass Science, Environmental Physics, Stress, Micrometeorology


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Bio Brief

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


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

Area of Emphasis

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.


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.

Peterson, K.W., D.J. Bremer, and J.D. Fry. 2015. Evaluation of atmometers within urban home lawn microclimates. Crop Sci. 55:2359-2367.

Goldsby, A.L., D.J. Bremer, J.D. Fry, and S.J. Keeley. 2015. Response and recovery characteristics of Kentucky bluegrass cultivars to extended drought. Applied Turfgrass Science (in press).

An, N., A.L. Goldsby, K.P. Price, and D.J. Bremer. 2015. Utilizing hyperspectral radiometry to predict green leaf area index of turfgrass. Int. J. Remote Sens. (in press).

Bremer, D.J. , S.J. Keeley, and A. Jager. 2015. Effects of home value, home age, and lot size on lawn-watering perceptions and behaviors of residential homeowners. HortTechnology (in press).

Peterson, K.W., J.D. Fry, and D.J. Bremer. 2014. Growth responses of Zoysia spp. under tree shade. HortScience 49:1444-1448.

Domenghini, J., D. Bremer, S. Keeley, J. Fry, C. Lavis, and S. Thien. 2014. Assessing student learning with surveys and a pre-/post-test in a new online landscape water issues course. Nat. Sci. Educ. 43:109–116.doi:10.4195/nse2014.03.0008

Obasa, K., J. Fry, D. Bremer, R. St. John, and M. Kennelly. 2013. Effect of cultivation and timing of nitrogen fertilizer on large patch disease of zoysiagrass. Plant Dis. 97:1075-1081.

Bremer, D.J., S.J. Keeley, A. Jager, and J.D. Fry. 2013. Perceptions and behaviors of residential homeowners in three Kansas [USA] cities: Implications for lawn watering. Int. Turf. Soc. Res. J. 12:23-29.

Domenghini, J.C., D.J. Bremer, J.D. Fry, and G.L. Davis. 2013. Evapotranspiration and performance among turfgrass and ornamental landscape species in response to irrigation deficit. Int. Turf. Soc. Res. J. 12:405-414.

Lewis, J.D. and D.J. Bremer. 2013. Different nitrogen management regimes affect nitrous oxide emissions among one cool-season and two warm-season turfgrasses. Int. Turf. Soc. Res. J. 12:31-38.

Students & Staff

Braun RossBraun, Ross
Ph.D. Graduate Student
2601 Throckmorton

Specialization: Turfgrass Science


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