I grew up in southern Idaho on a farm where my family raised potatoes, sugar beets, and several rotational crops. After graduating from high school I attended the University of Idaho where I earned my bachelors degree in crop science. Next, I made my way to Florida where I earned my masters degree from the University of Florida in soil and water science studying soil fertility in turfgrass systems. Having had enough of the heat and humidity in Florida I decided to move to Iowa to study remote sensing of nutrient and moisture stress in turfgrass as I worked toward my Ph.D. Following graduation I took a position in Wisconsin Extension system(one of the coldest places I have lived!) working with the commercial horticulture industry in the Fox River Valley. Currently, I am working in a teaching/research position at the University of Florida where I am part of a large research team that is investigating ways to improve our understanding of turfgrass and its role in the urban environment.