Eric Reasor

Assistant Professor of Turfgrass

Eric was raised on a family dairy farm in the small farming community of Rural Retreat, VA and that is where he discovered his passion for agriculture.  He began to develop an interest in turfgrass science while working for Dr. Michael Goatley at Virginia Tech.  After obtaining his bachelor’s of science degree in Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences from Virginia Tech, Eric decided to pursue a master’s of science degree at the University of Tennessee.  Under the direction of Drs. John Sorochan and Jim Brosnan, Eric researched natural and synthetic turf athletic field maintenance as well as herbicide resistance in annual bluegrass.  Eric continued his education by staying at UT to pursue a Ph.D. in turfgrass science under the direction of Dr. Jim Brosnan.  His research then focused on evaluating off-type grasses in ultradwarf bermudagrass putting greens as well as developing putting green management programs with off-type infestations.  Eric will officially earn his Ph.D. in May 2017 and began at Mississippi State in July 2017.

“I am excited to become part of a program and team that has been at the forefront of turfgrass education, research, and service for many decades.  The Mississippi State turfgrass program is one of the most storied programs in the country and I hope to use that great foundation to build upon.”  Eric plans to continue turfgrass breeding efforts at MSU as well as incorporate genetics research into the breeding program.  “There have been many great grasses that MSU has released and a goal of mine is to continue that on a global scale.”  He also plans to research fertilizer use and plant growth regulator applications in an array of turfgrass systems.  Eric will also be instructing several undergraduate turfgrass courses.  “I believe it is important to prepare the next generation of turfgrass managers to the best of our abilities.  An integral part of this is enhancing the connection between turfgrass education and the industry.  This will help educators realize what is really needed in terms of preparing future practitioners and stakeholders of the turfgrass industry.”


May, 2017; University of Tennessee; Knoxville, TN

Ph.D., Plants, Soils, and Insects

Advisor: Dr. Jim Brosnan

Dissertation title: Evaluation of Off-Type Grasses in Ultradwarf Bermudagrass Putting Greens


May, 2014; University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Knoxville, TN

M.S., Plant Sciences

Advisor: Dr. John Sorochan

Thesis title: Synthetic Turf Surface Temperature Reduction and Performance Characteristics as Affected by Calcined Clay Modified Infill

May, 2012; Virginia Tech; Blacksburg, VA

B.S., Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences

Concentration: Turfgrass Management


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