Erik H. Ervin

Professor Emeritus of Crop and Soil Environmental Sci


Ph.D., Horticulture, Colorado State University, 1998

M.S., Horticulture, Colorado State University, 1995

B.S., Horticulture, Iowa State University, 1989


2016 - Present, CSES Department Head, Interim

2013 - Present - Assistant Dean of Academic Programs, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

2010 - Present Professor, CSES

2001 - Present - Coordinator, Turfgrass Research Center, Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech

2005 - 2011 - Associate Professor, Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech

2001 - 2005 - Assistant Professor, Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech

1998 - 2000 - Assistant Professor and State Extension Turfgrass Specialist, Department of Horticulture, University of Missouri-Columbia

Link to curriculum vita

Courses Taught

  • CSES 2564 - Turfgrass Management
  • CSES 3564 - Golf and Sports Turf Management
  • CSES 4964 - Field Study: Turf
  • CSES 5064 - Turfgrass Science Seminar

Other Teaching and Advising

  • CSES undergraduate Coordinating Counselor
  • Chair, Scholarship Committee
  • Chair, Curriculum Committee
  • Academic Advisor for VT Turf Club

Program Focus

Adaptation and cultural management requirements for warm- and cool-season turfgrass species used on roadsides, lawns, parks, athletic fields, and golf courses. The physiology and ecology of turfgrass responses to environmental stress and the use of synthetic and natural plant growth regulators for improved stress response.

Role of Graduate Students

Graduate students in my program primarily serve in research assistantships with primary responsibilities for a thesis project with specific objectives from an outside funding agency. Secondarily, each student is expected to help maintain field, greenhouse, and growth chamber facilities and participate in data collection in 5 to 10 research projects separate from their thesis project. Each student will also serve as a teaching assistant in one of my turfgrass classes for a minimum of one semester.

Future Research

Upcoming research opportunities will include: water quality monitoring on Virginia golf courses; development of an integrated (nutritional and chemical) approach to Poa annua control in creeping bentgrass putting greens; testing of novel plant growth regulators for improved cool-season turfgrass heat and drought tolerance; and projects regarding climatic adaptation of Zoysia and Cynodon species.

Erik Ervin
  • (540) 231-9775
  • 185 Ag Quad Lane
    330 Smyth Hall
    Blacksburg, VA