Jim Murphy, extension specialist in turfgrass management, was named a Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) Fellow for 2014, the highest recognition bestowed by the society. Murphy and 11 other fellows were recognized by the international science organization at its Nov. 3 annual meeting in Long Beach, CA.
CSSA fellows, who make up just 0.3 percent of the society membership, are elected based on professional achievements and meritorious service, as well as outstanding contributions to agronomy through education, national and international service and research.
Murphy is internationally recognized as an authority on best management practices that enhance the stress tolerance, persistence, and environmental benefits of cool-season turf. He provides leadership for several organizations, serving CSSA as a member and chair of Division C-5, and as an associate editor of Crop Science and Applied Turfgrass Science.
He received a B.S. from Western Illinois University and a M.S. and Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He has authored 63 peer-reviewed publications.
Murphy is active in the American Society of Agronomy, Soil Science Society of America, International Turfgrass Society and European Turfgrass Society. He is highly sought after to present his research at national and international conferences.