Beth Guertal, Ph.D., Auburn University, Auburn, AL
Beth Guertal is a Professor in the Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences Department at Auburn University, AL. Dr. Guertal received her BS and MS degrees from The Ohio State University, and her PhD from Oklahoma State University. Her research program focuses on soil fertility issues in turfgrass management. She teaches classes in Introductory Turfgrass management and in Soil Fertility, and conducts research in the general area of soil fertility and turfgrass management. Guertal served as a Technical Editor for Crop Science, and as an Associate Editor for the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) Journal, Crop Science (CSSA) and Agronomy Journal (ASA). She is a past-Chair of Division C-5 (Turfgrass Management, CSSA), a Fulbright Fellow and a Fellow of CSSA, SSSA and ASA.
Dr. Guertal has been a member of STMA since 2000. She has been an active committee member previously serving on the Conference Education Committee and chairing the Technical Standards Committee. She currently serves on the Environmental Stewardship Committee. Dr. Guertal received the 2012 Dr. William H. Daniel Award from STMA, which is given in honor of one of its founders to an educator who has made significant contributions to the sports turf industry through his or her research, teaching or extension outreach.
Vision for STMA: My vision is that STMA becomes the first voice of sports field management. Sports field managers would consider membership in STMA to be almost a requirement of their profession, and they would look to STMA for their personal professional growth and as a source of educational information.