Professor, Horticultural Science
Eric Watkins’s research focuses on the development of low-input, winter-hardy turfgrass cultivars for use in cold climates. Research activities involve germplasm improvement of several cool-season turfgrass species including perennial ryegrass, Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue, hard fescue, sheep fescue, and the native grass Koeleria macrantha. He also evaluates grasses for used on roadsides in the northern United States.
Watkins received his Ph.D. in plant biology from Rutgers University in 2004 and received a B.Sc. in agriculture from the University of Minnesota in 1998. Watkins has been on the faculty of the Department of Horticultural Science since 2004, where he teaches a number of undergraduate courses.