I joined the Entomology and Plant Pathology Department in April 1985. I received my Ph.D. at North Carolina State University under the supervision of Dr. Leon Lucas in the Department of Plant Pathology, where I studied the biology of Rhizoctonia zeae. Since joining UT Extension with a 100% Extension appointment, I have provided leadership for educational programs in plant diseases affecting turf, ornamental plants, forages, Christmas trees and forests. This includes assisting Extension agents with their educational programs, as well as implementing a state-wide educational program in plant pathology.
2021, UTIA Webster Pendergrass Outstanding Service Award.
2020, UTIA Dutch and Marilee Cavender Publication Award.
2016, The Charles Pless Faculty Award, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology.
2016, Top 25 Twitter Account for the U.S. Green Industry, Greenhouse Management Magazine.
2015, Friends of IPM, Bright Idea Award, Southern Region IPM Center.
2015, ASHS, Outstanding Education Materials Award, American Society of Horticultural Science.
2015, Pulling Together Team Award, Southern Region IPM Center.
2014, Bright Idea Award So Nursery IPM Group, Southern Region IPM Center.
2014, Southern Region -ASHS Blue Ribbon Communications Award, American Society of Horticultural Science