Ron Townsend

Ron Townsend Portrait

M.S. Candidate

Department of Plant Pathology
285 Russell Labs
1630 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706


I am a M.S candidate in the department of Plant Pathology, and joined the Koch lab in the fall of 2015. My research focuses on the impact foliar applications of nitrogen has on the pathogen Sclerotinia homoeocarpa which causes the disease dollar spot on turfgrass. I am interested in looking at the association different nitrogen sources have an impact on the pathogen and what role changing the pH may have on the pathogen. I share my time between Madison and Chicago where I am the manager of turfgrass research for the Chicago District Golf Association. In my spare time you can normally find me on a golf course enjoying a game I love.

Previous Experience

2008: Intern/Summer help, Ohio State turfgrass pathology team, Columbus, Oh

2009: Intern, Pinnacle Golf Club, Grove City, Oh

2010-2012: Intern, Oakhurst Country Club, Grove City, Oh

2011: Intern, Kirtland Country Club, Willoughby, Oh

2012-2014: 2nd Assistant Superintendent, Exmoor Country Club, Highland Park, IL

2014-Present: Manager of Turfgrass Research, Chicago District Golf Association, Lemont, IL


B.S (Turfgrass Science); Ohio State University, 2012

University of Wisconsin-Madison