From Joann Gruttadaurio:
The New York State Turfgrass Association (NYSTA) awarded its Citation of Merit to Marty Petrovic (right), professor and turfgrass scientist in the Department of Horticulture, at its Turf and Grounds Exposition November 13-15. The award recognizes Petrovic’s dedication to turfgrass research and education, involvement and support of turf and landscape industry activities, and admiration and respect by peers and colleagues.
Petrovic came to Cornell in 1979, where he has developed a research and Extension program centered on the soil and environmental issues facing turfgrass managers in New York and around the world. He has written more than 50 peer-reviewed publications focusing on the fate and transport of nitrogen, phosphorus and pesticides in turfgrass ecosystems, use and environmental impact of organic fertilizers, impact of landscape types on watershed hydrology and surface water quality, turfgrass water use, and soil test calibration. He has also been a principal or co-principal investigator on more than 50 grants.
Petrovic’s work was previously recognized with an Environmental Quality Award in 2005 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region II, the EPA’s highest civilian honor.
Petrovic has taught undergraduate turfgrass courses, and served as the major advisor for 17 graduate students and a minor committee member for five others. He helped found the Cornell Turfgrass Management Short Course for turfgrass managers, and written more than 120 technical and popular articles to help them adopt best management practices.