Thomas W. Fermanian is an Emeritus Associate Professor of Turfgrass Science in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Fermanian received a Ph. D. degree in Turfgrass Science at Oklahoma State University in 1980. He began his career at the University of Illinois as a Turfgrass Extension Specialist for 22 years and switched his duties to the areas of teaching and research in 1992. He retired from full-time service in 2007, but continues teaching and conducting research part-time.
Dr. Fermanian’s research has recently focused on the efficacy of many natural and organic materials as turfgrass fertilizers. He continues to work with several large agricultural companies to find nitrogen sources that will provide alternatives to traditional synthetic fertilizers.
He has worked in the past on low input, site-specific management of turfgrass weeds and the use of plant growth regulating compounds on fine turfs. He has co-authored a leading text on turfgrass pest management, Controlling Turfgrass Pests. This background has allowed him the opportunity to examine the impact of natural fertilizers in Integrated Past Management systems.