Jim Kerns

Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist of Turfgrass Pathology

Department of Plant Pathology
2578 Thomas Hall/Campus Box 7616
Raleigh, NC 27695
Phone: 919.513.4820
Email: jpkerns@ncsu.edu

Education

BS: NC State University
MS: Texas A&M University
PhD: NC State University

Experience

Present: Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, NC State University, Department of Plant Pathology

2008-2012: Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jim focuses on etiology, epidemiology and management of diseases of both warm- and cool-season grasses. His research program focuses on understanding the biology of ultradwarf bermudagrass diseases, large patch of zoysiagrass, plant parasitic nematodes in turf and diseases of creeping bentgrass. The mission of the program is to provide efficacious and cost effective management strategies to turfgrass managers in NC and beyond. His program also houses the Turfgrass Diagnostic Lab, which is managed by Lee Butler.