Erik H. Ervin


  • Colorado State University, Horticulture, Ph.D.
  • Colorado State University, Horticulture, M.S.
  • University of Colorado, Philosophy, M.S.
  • Iowa State University, Horticulture, B.S.

Current Courses

  • Landscape Management (LARC403), led by Sue Barton


  • Physiology and ecology of turfgrass responses to abiotic stresses and the use of synthetic and natural plant growth regulators (Class A-F; Ervin and Zhang, 2007) for improved stress response.
  • Adaptation (variety and germplasm evaluation) and cultural management (irrigation, fertility, mowing, cultivation) requirements of cool- and warm-season turfgrasses used on golf courses, lawns, parks, athletic fields, and roadsides.
  • Ecology and adaptation of native grasses and forbs for pollinator meadows in the mid-Atlantic


  • Frequent speaker on best management practices at regional, national, and international turfgrass continuing education conferences.

Professional Activities

  • Fellow, American Society of Agronomy
  • Past Chair, Division C5 (Turfgras Science) of Crop Science Society of America
  • International Turfgrass Society
  • LEAD21, Class XI

Contact Information
Erik H. Ervin

Chair and Professor, Turfgrass & Horticulture

Plant and Soil Sciences
153 Townsend Hall

Newark, DE 19716-2170
Phone: (302) 831-3902