Dr. Patton’s primary responsibility is to develop and deliver educational programs to the turfgrass industry of Indiana and the Midwest. Therefore, he is also actively involved in applied research and helps to maintain a high quality undergraduate program. The core Turfgrass Science Program includes 5 faculty, 4 professional staff, 5-10 graduate students and 1 clerical staff. In addition, up to 4 more faculty and several upper level AP staff work closely with the program. As part of the Purdue Turf Team, Dr. Patton fills a role as a leader of the applied research and Extension/outreach efforts.
Turf Extension Publications
Turf Tips electronic newsletter (blog)
Turf Educational Events (Seminars, Workshops, Field Days, and Conferences)
Follow Dr. Patton on Twitter @PurdueTurfDoc
Dr. Patton is also Executive Director of the Midwest Regional Turf Foundation (MRTF), which was created in 1945 with the mission of supporting turfgrass research, Extension programming, and education at Purdue University. Dr. Cale Bigelow serves as the Associate Director for the MRTF. Together, Drs. Patton and Bigelow are responsible for all operations of the MRTF, including day-to-day management, educational programming, membership recruitment, budgeting, and fundraising.
Dr. Patton has an established research program focusing on turfgrass systems with the goal to develop management practices that reduce inputs to the environment without compromising turf quality. His applied research program is designed to address current and potential future challenges facing the turfgrass industry. His program actively researches 1) weed ecology, resistance and control, 2) management influences on soil and plant health, and 3) novel zoysiagrass germplasm adapted for use in the Midwest.
Dr. Patton has a minor teaching appointment but he is enthusiastic about the opportunity to interact with undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Patton integrates his applied research program and his experience working with clientele in his Extension program to prepare undergraduate students for real-life challenges in the Turfgrass Systems capstone course he teaches each fall.
Complete list of publications (extension, research, teaching)