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Kelly Kopp

Kelly Kopp

Associate Professor/Extension Water Conservation and Turfgrass Specialist
Area of Study: Plant Science
Emphasis: Ornamental Horticulture, Turf
Employee Type: Extension, Faculty
Location:  AGRS 334
Office Phone:  435-757-6650
Fax:  435-797-3376
4820 Old Main Hill
Logan Utah 84322-4820

Specialties: Turfgrass science

KELLY L. KOPP                                                                                       CURRICULUM VITAE

Assistant Professor/Extension Specialist, Dept. of Plants, Soils, and Biometeorology
Utah State University, 4820 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322-4820
(435) 797-1523 (office), (435) 797-3376 (fax), (435) 757-6650 (mobile), kelly.kopp@usu.edu


APPOINTMENT

70% extension, 25% research, 5% service

EDUCATION

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY, 2000
University of Connecticut - Storrs, Connecticut
Department of Plant Science: Agronomy (Turfgrass Science)  
Courses concentrated in turfgrass science, soil analysis, soil genesis and morphology, ecological methods, analytical chemistry, statistics, and teaching methods.  
Dissertation:  “Clipping Management Effects on N Availability and Leaching in Turfgrass.”

MASTER OF SCIENCE, 1996
University of Connecticut - Storrs, Connecticut
Department of Natural Resource Management and Engineering: Hydrology  
Courses concentrated in soil fertility, soil physics and chemistry, soil morphology and genesis, non-point source pollution modeling, ground water hydrology, and watershed management. Thesis:  "Hydraulic Head Effects on Solute Transport Through Large Intact and Packed Soil Columns."

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE, 1991
Texas A&M University - College Station, Texas
Interdisciplinary Degree:  Natural Resource Conservation, Soil Science emphasis
Courses concentrated in soil morphology, soil fertility, soil microbiology, and soil genesis as well as general ecology, botany, forest ecology and policy, range science, and watershed management.  

EXPERIENCE

Assistant Professor/Extension Water Conservation and Turfgrass Specialist
Dept. of Plants, Soils, and Biometeorology.  Utah State University.  1/01-present.


•    State-wide responsibility for extension, research, and training programs in turfgrass management and landscape water conservation.

•    Water and nutrient management of turfgrass.
•    Water-wise landscaping principles.
•    Landscape irrigation practices and auditing of irrigation systems.
•    Collaboration and cooperation with federal, state, and local government agencies to promote water conservation in Utah.

•    Research program in support of extension efforts.

•    Turfgrass water use efficiency and carbon isotope discrimination.
•    Clipping management and nitrogen fertilization effects on soil moisture, nitrogen dynamics, and turfgrass quality.
•    Crop coefficient development for precision turfgrass irrigation using advanced micrometeorological techniques (eddy covariance).
•    Comparison of water and nutrient use and leaching between traditional, intermediate, and water-wise landscapes.
•    Assessment of native and adapted grass species for turfgrass applications in the Intermountain Western US.
•    Mini-rhizotron study of tree/turfgrass root competition.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

United States Secretary of the Interior Cooperative Conservation Award.  Awarded in recognition of accomplishments to research, educate, and facilitate water conservation techniques in the urban landscapes of the western United States.  Received by Fred Liljegren, Mike Stuver, Larry Rupp, Roger Kjelgren, and Kelly Kopp.  2006.

Women and Gender Research Institute Travel Award.  $1000.  Awarded to support travel for the presentation of research findings at the 10th International Turfgrass Research Conference, Llandudno, Wales, United Kingdom.  2005.

Utah State University College of Agriculture Travel Award.  $500.  Awarded to support travel for the presentation of research findings at the 10th International Turfgrass Research Conference, Llandudno, Wales, United Kingdom.  2005.

Women and Gender Research Institute Travel Award.  $1000.  Awarded to support travel for the presentation of research findings at the 4th International Crop Science Congress, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.  2004.

Utah State University College of Agriculture Travel Award.  $500.  Awarded to support travel for the presentation of research findings at the 4th International Crop Science Congress, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.  2004.

Gardner Junior Faculty Travel Fellowship Award.  $2000.  Awarded to support travel for the presentation of research findings at the 4th International Crop Science Congress, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.  2004.

Utah State University Extension Vice President’s Award for Excellence presented to the USU Extension Water Issues Team (Teresa Cerny, Bob Hill, Rich Koenig, Kelly Kopp, and Nancy Mesner).  2003.

Outstanding New Extension Specialist Award, Utah State University Extension Specialist’s Association.  2003.

Northeast Branch American Society of Agronomy Meetings.  Student research paper award. "Hydraulic Head Effects on Solute Transport Through Large Intact and Packed Soil Columns." 1995.

EXTENSION PUBLICATIONS AND ACTIVITIES


Extension Bulletins/Fact Sheets

Kopp, Kelly, and Paul Johnson.  2006.  Turfgrass Cultivation (Aerification).  USU Extension Publication No. HG/Turf/2006-02.  
http://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/Turf21.pdf

Kopp, Kelly, Paul Johnson, and Loralie Cox.  2006.  Water-Wise Landscaping:  Practical Turfgrass Areas.  USU Extension Publication No. HG/Turf/2006-01.  
http://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/Turf11.pdf

Kopp, Kelly and Mark Nelson.  2005.  Over Hill, Over Dale:  Earthworms in the Lawn.  USU Extension Publication No. HG/Grass/2005/01. Available for download at:  http://extension.usu.edu/files/factsheets/lawn0501.html

Kopp, Kelly and Jennie Hoover.  2004.  Irrigation System Maintenance.  USU Extension Publication No. HG/Irrigation/2004/01. Available for download at:  http://extension.usu.edu/files/factsheets/irrigation.html

Kopp, Kelly and Paul Johnson.  2004.  Turfgrass Cultivars for Utah.  USU Extension Publication No. HG/Grass/2004/01. Available for download at:  http://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/Turfgrass.html

Cerny, Teresa, Kelly Kopp, Maggie Wolf, and Debbie Amundsen.  2002.  Designing a Low Water Use Landscape.  USU Extension Publication No. HG 525. Available for download at:  http://extension.usu.edu/files/gardpubs/hg525.html

Cerny, Teresa, Mike Kuhns, Kelly Kopp and Michael Johnson.  2002.  Efficient Irrigation of Trees and Shrubs.  USU Extension Publication No. HG 523. Available for download at:  http://extension.usu.edu/files/gardpubs/hg523.html

Hill, Robert W. and Kelly L. Kopp.  2002.  Turfgrass Water Use in Utah.  USU Extension Publication No. ENGR/BIE/WM 36. Available for download at:  http://extension.usu.edu/files/engrpubs/biewm36.pdf

Koenig, Rich, Kelly Kopp and Chad Reid.  2002.  Water-wise Landscaping:  Monitoring Irrigation with Probes. USU Extension Publication No. HG520. Available for download at:   http://extension.usu.edu/files/gardpubs/hg520.html

Kopp, Kelly L. and Paul Johnson. 2002.  Basic Turfgrass Care.  USU Extension Publication No. HG517. Available for download at:  http://extension.usu.edu/files/gardpubs/hg517.html

Kopp, Kelly L., Teresa Cerny, and Rick Heflebower.  2002.  Water-Efficient Landscaping.  USU Extension Publication No. HG518. Available for download at:  http://extension.usu.edu/files/gardpubs/hg518.html

Extension In-Service Training Materials

Kopp, Kelly.  2006.  "Integrated turfgrass management."  In USU Extension Horticulture In-Service Training CD-ROM.  Kaysville, UT.

Kopp, Kelly, Teresa Cerny, and Rich Koenig.  2004.  "Landscape irrigation".  In Landscape Irrigation In-Service Training Manual.  Beaver, Kaysville, and Castle Dale, UT.

Alston, Diane, Alan Roe, Scott Ockey, Howard Deer, Shawn Steffan, Kelly Kopp, and Matt Palmer.  2003.  "Arthropod pests of turf".  In Plant Pest Workshop In-Service Training Manual.  Kaysville, UT.

Kopp, Kelly, Teresa Cerny, Roger Kjelgren, Paul Johnson, and Larry Rupp.  2002. "Large water user workshop series".  In Landscape Water Use Workbook.  Various UT locations.
Kopp, Kelly.  2001.  "Landscape irrigation management."  In Irrigation In-Service Training Manual.  Bob Hill and Rich Koenig, Coords.  Provo, UT.

Multi-Media Materials

Waters, Molly and Kelly Kopp.  2006.  Water-Wise Landscaping in Utah.  A water-wise landscaping CD-ROM directed toward Utah homeowners. Produced in collaboration with Utah's Division of Water Resources Water Conservation Program.  Participated in the generation and editing of content.  Available through the Utah Division of Water Resources.

Whittaker, Joe, Molly Waters, and Kelly Kopp.  2003.  Otto Bonn and the Water Detectives. A water conservation video directed toward children.  Administered, produced, and written for the US Bureau of Reclamation with their funding support.  Participated in the planning, writing, filming, and editing process. Available for download at:  http://www.utahwaterforum.org/downloads.htm

Kopp, Kelly, Joe Whittaker, and Molly Waters.  2002.  It’s Easy to Save Water. A sprinkler system evaluation / water conservation video.  Administered, produced, and written for the Utah Water Conservation Forum with funding support from the US Bureau of Reclamation.  Secured the voluntary participation of Mark and Kevin Eubank, network television weathercasters for the state of Utah, as well as participating myself.  Available for download at:  http://www.utahwaterforum.org/downloads.htm

Other

Kopp, Kelly, and Jennie Hoover.  Irrigation system maintenance.  Utah Farm Bureau News.  October 2004.  Vol. 50.  No. 9.

Cerny, Teresa A., and Kelly L. Kopp.  Efficient water management in your landscape.  Utah Farm Bureau News.  August 2002.  Vol. 48, No. 8.

Kopp, Kelly.  2001.  Water Conservation in Urban and Suburban Areas.  Utah Farm Bureau News.  July 2001.  Vol. 47, No. 7.

Extension Presentations (21,923 individuals contacted from 2001-2006*)

Master Gardener Classes (Turfgrass Management, Water Conservation, Irrigation) - 67
In-Service Training (Extension Agent Training in Turfgrass Water Management, Turfgrass Insect Management) - 7
Invited Seminars (Green Industry Conferences, Turfgrass Conferences, Cities and Towns) -38
Workshops (Water Use, Pesticide Applicator, Professional Tree and Turf Care) - 77
Field Days/Garden Fairs – 19

*As of September, 2006

 
RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS

Refereed

Zollinger, Nickolee, Roger Kjelgren, Teresa Cerny-Koenig, Kelly Kopp, and Rich Koenig.  2006.  Drought responses of six ornamental herbaceous perennials.  Scientia Horticulturae.  109:267-274.

Kopp, Kelly, and Karl Guillard.  2005.  Clipping contributions to nitrate leaching from creeping bentgrass under varying irrigation and N rates.  In Thorogood et al. (eds.) International Turfgrass Society Research Journal.  10:80-85.

Ebdon, J.S., and K. L. Kopp.  2004.  Relationships between water use efficiency, carbon isotope discrimination, and turf performance in genotypes of Kentucky bluegrass during drought.  Crop Science.  44:1754-1762.

Guillard, Karl, and Kelly L. Kopp.  2004.  Nitrate leaching from lawn turf receiving different nitrogen fertilizers.  Journal of Environmental Quality.  33:1822-1827.

Koenig, Richard, Teresa Cerny, Rick Heflebower, Nancy Mesner, Kelly Kopp, and Bob Hill.  2004.  A team approach enhances statewide water issues programming.  Journal of Extension.  42 (3).  http://www.joe.org/joe/2004june/tt5.shtml.

Johnson, P.G., R.T. Koenig, and K.L. Kopp.  2003.  Nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium responses and requirements in calcareous sand greens.  Agronomy Journal.  95:697-702.

Kopp, Kelly L., and Karl Guillard.  2002. Clipping management and nitrogen fertilization of turfgrass:  growth, nitrogen utilization, and quality.  Crop Science.  42:1225-1231.

Kopp, Kelly L., and Karl Guillard. 2002. Relationship of turfgrass growth and quality to soil nitrate desorbed from anion exchange membranes.  Crop Science.  42:1232-1240.

Guillard, Karl, Thomas F. Morris, and Kelly L. Kopp.  1999.  The pre-sidedress soil nitrogen test and nitrate leaching from corn.  Journal of Environmental Quality.  28:1845-1852.

Guillard, Karl, Glenn S. Warner, Kelly L. Kopp, and Jonathan D. Stake.  1999.  Leaching of broadcast and banded Atrazine from maize plots.  Journal of Environmental Quality.  28:130-137.

Proceedings

Kopp, Kelly, and Karl Guillard.  2004.  Decomposition and nitrogen release rates of turfgrass clippings.  Proceedings of the 4th International Crop Science Congress. Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.  26 September - 1 October, 2004.

Abstracts

Bunderson, Landon, Paul Johnson, and Kelly Kopp.  2006.  Evaluation of native and adapted grass species and their management for turfgrass applications in the Intermountain West.  In Agronomy Abstracts. American Society of Agronomy.  Madison, WI.

Van Dyke, Adam, Paul Johnson, Paul Grossl, and Kelly Kopp.  2006.  Influence of humic substances on moisture retention and phosphate absorption of creeping bentgrass putting greens. In Agronomy Abstracts. American Society of Agronomy.  Madison, WI.

Dougher, Tracy, Toby Day, Paul Johnson, Kelly Kopp, and Mark Majerus.  2006.  Intermountain West native and adapted grass species and their management for turfgrass applications.  HortScience 41(4):1037.  

Kopp, Kelly L., Roger Kjelgren, Joanna Endter-Wada, Jennie M. Hoover, Diana Glenn, and Earl Jackson.  2006.  Landscape water conservation for Utah homeowners.  Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals Annual Conference.  May 14-17.  Park City, UT.

Kratsch, Heidi A., Kelly Kopp, Paul Johnson, and Roger Kjelgren.  2006.  Native and adapted plants for water-efficiency in urban Utah landscapes. HortScience 41(4):909.

Gregory, James, David Chandler, and Kelly Kopp.  2006.  A comparison of soil water potentials between traditional, non-native and native landscapes during a 3-Week dry down.  USU Water Initiative's Spring Runoff Conference.  March 27-28.  Logan, UT.

McCammon, Tony, Kelly Kopp, and Roger Kjelgren.  2006.  Water conserving landscapes:  An evaluation of landscape drought response and homeowner preference.  USU Water Initiative's Spring Runoff Conference.  March 27-28.  Logan, UT.

Kopp, Kelly L. and J. Scott Ebdon.  2005.  Evaluation of water use efficiency and carbon isotopic composition of tall fescue cultivars. In Annual Meetings Abstracts CD-ROM.  American Society of Agronomy.  Madison, WI.

Zollinger, Nickolee, Teresa Cerny-Koenig, Roger Kjelgren, Rich Koenig, and Kelly Kopp.  2005.  Salinity tolerance of eight ornamental herbaceous perennials. HortScience 40(4):1034.

Zollinger, Nickolee, Roger Kjelgren, Teresa Cerny-Koenig, Rich Koenig, and Kelly Kopp.  2005.  Drought responses of ornamental herbaceous perennials. HortScience 40(4):1035.

Mesner, Nancy, Kelly Kopp, Rick Heflebower, Robert Hill, John Harrison, and Andreé Walker.  2004.  Addressing water-related extension programming with a statewide water issues team.  USU Water Initiative's Spring Runoff Conference.  March 25-26.  Logan, UT.

Day, Toby, Tracy Dougher, Kelly Kopp, and Paul Johnson.  2004.  Evaluation of Intermountain West native and adapted grass species and their management for turfgrass applications.  In Intermountain Native Plant Summit III Abstracts.  p. 6.

Kopp, Kelly, Teresa Cerny, and Roger Kjelgren.  2003.  Educating large, urban landscape water users.  HortScience 38(5):706.

Kjelgren, Roger, Amy Croft, Teresa Cerny, and Kelly Kopp.  2003.  Production of Intermountain West native perennial wildflowers using pot-in-pot production.  HortScience 38(5):699.

Ebdon, J. S. and K. L. Kopp.  2002.  Relationship between WUE, 13C discrimination, and turf performance in genotypes of Kentucky bluegrass during drought. In Annual Meetings Abstracts CD-ROM. American Society of Agronomy.  Madison, WI.

Kopp, K. L. and K. Guillard.  2002.  Decomposition and nitrogen release of turfgrass clippings. In Annual Meetings Abstracts CD-ROM. American Society of Agronomy.  Madison, WI.

Leinauer, B., K. L. Kopp, and G. K. Stahnke.  2002.  A survey of turfgrass extension in the west. In Annual Meetings Abstracts CD-ROM. American Society of Agronomy.  Madison, WI.

Kopp, Kelly and Roger Kjelgren.  2001.  Quantifying potential urban landscape water conservation through billing data analysis.  AWWA Intermountain Section.  Annual Conference.  Sept. 11-14.  Mesquite, NV.

Kopp, K. L. and K. Guillard.  2000.  Clipping management effects on turfgrass growth, N utilization, and quality responses.  p.  161. In Agronomy Abstracts. American Society of Agronomy.  Madison, WI.

Kopp, K. L. and K. Guillard.  1999.  Characterizing available N in a turfgrass system using anion exchange membranes.  p.  314. In Agronomy Abstracts. American Society of Agronomy.  Madison, WI.

Guillard, K. and K. L. Kopp.  1998.  Late-season fertilization effects on nitrate leaching from lawns. p. 126. In Agonomy Abstracts.  American Society of Agronomy.  Madison, WI.

Guillard, K., T. F. Morris, and K. L. Kopp.  1998.  Nitrate leaching from maize plots using PSNT recommendations.  p. 307. In Agronomy Abstracts. American Society of Agronomy.  Madison, WI.

Trade Journals

Kopp, Kelly L.  2006.  Water conservation programs and the turfgrass industry.  Turf News.  30:34-38.

Johnson, Paul G., Rich Koenig, and Kelly L. Kopp.  2004.  How to Retain Nutrients on Calcareous Sand Greens.  TurfGrass Trends Online Research Journal. http://www.turfgrasstrends.com/turfgrasstrends/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=87119

Johnson, Paul G., Rich Koenig, and Kelly L. Kopp.  2002.  Fertilizing calcareous sand greens.  Golf Course Management.  70:81-84.

Kopp, Kelly L., and Karl Guillard.  2002.  Adjusting nitrogen rates when clippings are returned.  Golf Course Management.  70:60-64.

GRANTS AND FUNDING

Grand Total, 2001-2006:  $1,897,370

External

Total, 2001-2006:  $449,094

Landscape Irrigation Workshop Program.  2006.  Kopp, Kjelgren, Johnson, and Rupp. Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District, West Jordan, UT.  Amount:  $23,480.

Landscape Water Check Program.  2006.  Kopp and Kjelgren.  Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District, West Jordan, UT.  Amount:  $103,027.

Development of web-based instructional modules for pesticide safety.  2004-2006.  Beard and Kopp.  Utah Department of Agriculture and Food.  Amount:  $68,000.

Developing a landscape water check program to generate usable data.  2004-2005.  Kjelgren and Kopp.  Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District, West Jordan, UT.  Amount:  $101,587.

2003 National fineleaf fescue test.  2003-2008.  Johnson and Kopp.  National Turfgrass Evaluation Program.  Amount:  $12,000.

2003 National bentgrass (putting green) test.  2003-2008.  Johnson and Kopp.  National Turfgrass Evaluation Program.  Amount:  $12,000.

Maximum length of summer dormancy in Kentucky bluegrass with or without minimal
irrigation.  2003-2005.  Johnson and Kopp.  International Turf Producers Foundation.  Amount:  $7,000.   

Eddy covariance measurements of turfgrass water use in the Intermountain West.  2003.  Kopp, Kjelgren, Johnson, and Hipps.  United States Bureau of Reclamation.  Amount:  $20,000.

Revision of the pest control study guides structural and health related pest control and
right-of-way pest control and development of category exam questions for licensed pesticide applicators of Utah.  2003.  Beard and Kopp. Utah Department of Agriculture and Food.  Amount:  $17,000.

Water use workshop series and water-wise plant marketing program.  2003.  Kopp.  Marriner S. Eccles Foundation.  Amount:  $5000.   

Large water users workshop series.  2002-2005.  Kopp.  Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District, West Jordan, UT.  Amount:  $40,000.  

Improving water loss estimates for Kentucky of bluegrass in the Mountain West using advanced micrometeorological techniques.  2002.  Kopp, Kjelgren, Hipps, and Johnson.  United States Bureau of Reclamation.  Amount:  $25,000.  

Improving water loss estimates for Kentucky bluegrass in Utah using advanced micrometeorological techniques.  2002.  Kopp, Kjelgren, Hipps, and Johnson.  Utah Division of Water Resources.  Amount:  $15,000.

Internal

Total, 2001-2006:  $118,310

Xeric or conservation landscapes:  how knowledge and familiarity influence perceptions of different types of landscapes.  Marquardt-Pyatt and Kopp.  ADVANCE-NSF (Program for the Recruitment and Retention of Female Faculty in the Sciences and Engineering).  Utah State University.  Amount:  $8410.

Rooting dynamics and competition of turfgrasses in competition with trees.  2005.  Kopp, Johnson, Kratsch, and Kjelgren. Community/University Research Initiative.  Utah State University.  Amount:  $33,000.  

Gray water irrigation:  constituent uptake, leaching, and persistence.  2005.  Kopp and Mesner.  NSF-ADVANCE (Program for the Recruitment and Retention of Female Faculty in the Sciences and Engineering).  Utah State University.  Amount:  $7900.

Evaluation of Intermountain West native and adapted grass species and their management for turfgrass applications.  2004.  Johnson and Kopp. Community/University Research Initiative.  Utah State University.  Amount:  $14,000.   

Demonstrating the water and nutrient use of turfgrass and ornamental landscapes.  2003-2005.  Kopp.  Utah State University Cooperative Extension Service.  Amount:  $10,000.   

A team approach to developing horticulture education.  2003.  Cerny and Kopp.  Utah State University Cooperative Extension Service.  Amount:  $10,000.

Extension Water Issues Team funding.  2002-2003. Cerny, Hill, Koenig, Kopp, and Messner.  Community/University Research Initiative.  Utah State University Cooperative Extension Service.  Amount:  $10,000.  

Evaluation of water use efficiency and carbon isotopic composition in turfgrass species for
use in the Intermountain West.  2002.  Kopp.  New Faculty Research Grant.  Utah State University.  Amount:  $15,000.   

Best management practices for low-water use turfgrass for the Intermountain West region.  2001.  Johnson and Kopp.  Community/University Research Initiative.  Utah State University.  Amount:  $10,000.
 
Federal Congressional Appropriation Funding (USDA/CSREES)


Total, 2001-2006:  $741,966

Drought Initiative.  Funding to support Department of Plants, Soils, and Biometeorology landscape water conservation research and outreach programs.  2006-2007.  Kjelgren, Johnson, Kopp, and Kratsch.  United States Federal Government.  Amount:  $276,966.  

Drought Initiative.  Funding to support Department of Plants, Soils, and Biometeorology landscape water conservation research and outreach programs.  2005-2006.  Kjelgren, Johnson, Kopp, and Kratsch.  United States Federal Government.  Amount:  $210,000.  
 
Utah Botanical Center.  Funding to support comparison of traditional, water-wise, and hybrid landscapes.  2004-2005.  Kopp.  United States Federal Government.  Amount:  $45,000.  

Drought Initiative.  Funding to support Department of Plants, Soils, and Biometeorology landscape water conservation research and outreach programs.  2004-2005.  Kjelgren, Johnson, Kopp, and Kratsch.  United States Federal Government.  Amount:  $210,000.  

State of Utah Line Item Funding, 2001-2006:  $588,000

Center for Water Efficient Landscaping.  Funding to support landscape water conservation research, education, and extension programs.  Rupp, Kjelgren, Johnson, Kopp, and Kratsch.  Utah State Legislature.  Amount:  $588,000 or $98,000/yr.  
 
OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND AFFILIATIONS

University Service

2006: Member, Faculty Search Committee Soil Chemist
2005: Member, Faculty Search Committee Extension Entomology Specialist
2005-present: Member, NSF-ADVANCE Science and Engineering Recruitment Team
2005-present: Member, Women and Gender Research Institute Board of Directors        
2005-present: Member, Utah State University Arboretum Committee
2003-2004: Member, University Water Initiative Advisory Committee
•    Member, Annual Conference Subcommittee
2003: Member, Faculty Search Committee Extension Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
2003: E.G. Petersen Extension Award Committee    
2002-present: Member, Utah State University Extension Water Issues Team
2002-present: Member, Utah State University Extension Horticulture Issues Team
•    Member, Turfgrass Subcommittee
2002-present: Member, Plants, Soils, and Biometeorology Dept. Horticulture Curriculum Committee
2002-2005: Member, Plants, Soils, and Biometeorology Dept. Advisory Committee
2002-2005: Officer, Utah State University Extension Specialists Association (Secretary/Treasurer)
2002-2004: Member, Plants, Soils, and Biometeorology Dept. Graduate Seminar Committee
2002-2003: Member, USU Environmental University Task Force
•    Member, Landscape Subcommittee
2001-2003:  State Coordinator of the Utah Master Gardener Program

Professional Service

2003-present: Journal of Extension (US Cooperative Extension System) Peer Reviewer
2003-present: Member, American Water Works Association Intermountain Section
•    Member, Public Education Subcommittee
2002-2004: Member, Utah Onsite Wastewater Association
•    Chair, Public Relations Committee
•    Board of Directors, 2004
2002-2005: Member, Western Coordinating Committee-202 Climatic Data Applications in Irrigation Scheduling and Water Conservation Regional Committee
•    Chair, 4H Subcommittee
2002-present: Member, Salt Lake County Conservation Resource Group
2002-2003: Member, Salt Lake City Landscape Ordinance Committee
2001-present: Utah Water Conservation Forum Board Member
•    Vice-President, 2002
•    President, 2003
2001-present: Crop Science Society of America, Division C-5 (Turfgrass) Extension Committee
•    Member, Symposia Subcommittee, 2002-present; Chair, 2006
•    Presiding Officer, Grad. Student Paper Competition, 2002 and 2003
2001-present: Western Education/Extension Research Activity Committee (WERA011) Turfgrass Research
2001: Member, Water Conservation Steering Committee (Envision Utah Coalition for Quality Growth)
2001: Member, Urban Forestry Steering Committee (Envision Utah Coalition for Quality Growth)
2001-2002: Member, Model Landscape Ordinance Committee (Jordan Valley Water Conservancy Dist.)
2001-2002: Member, North Logan, Utah Water Conservation Committee
2001-present: Board Member, USU's Center for Water Efficient Landscaping

Memberships          

Alpha Zeta Agricultural Fraternity
American Society of Agronomy/Crop Science Society of America/Soil Science Society of America
American Society of Horticultural Science
American Water Works Association                
American Water Resources Association
Association of Women in Soil Science
International Turfgrass Society
Gamma Sigma Delta Agricultural Honor Society
Soil and Water Conservation Society