Turfgrass Breeders

Dr. David Huff


Dr. David Huff earned his BS in Crop and Soil Science at Michigan State University (1980) and his MS and Ph.D. in Genetics from UC Davis (1983; 1988). After a stint in private industry as a commercial breeder and post-doctoral positions at Texas A&M and Rutgers, he joined the faculty at Penn State in 1994. He currently lives in the mountains of the Pennsylvania Wilds on a limestone trout stream. For the SCRI Polyploid Tools project, Huff and his colleagues will be working on two of the most economically important turfgrasses in the golf course industry, namely creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera L.) and Poa annua L. (annual bluegrass).  Both species are C3 allotetraploid (2n=4x=28 chromosomes) grasses that are widely used on putting greens and fairways due to their fine leaf texture and tolerance to mowing heights as low as 2 mm.
Dr. Cole Thompson


Dr. Cole Thompson oversees the United States Golf Association’s Turfgrass and Environmental Research Program, which supports and conducts research to improve sustainability and advance turfgrass science principles that enhance management practices for golf courses. The USGA supports several university turfgrass breeding programs that work with polyploid turfgrass species important to golf and is interested to help breeders increase the efficiency of their programs by supporting the development of new strategies and tools.