Erik Ervin

Department of Plant and Soil Sciences

Erik H. Ervin

Chair and Professor, Turfgrass and Horticultural Systems

Office location:

152 Townsend Hall
Newark, DE 19716

Resources and links


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

Current courses


  • 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, Turfgrass Science Division (C5), Crop Science Society of America
  • Member, International Turfgrass Society
  • LEAD21, Class XI