Matthew Elmore joined the Rutgers faculty in November 2016 as an assistant extension specialist in weed science in the Department of Plant Biology, focusing on turfgrass, landscapes, pastures and forages.
A native of southeastern Pennsylvania, Elmore earned his bachelor’s degree in turfgrass science from Penn State University before moving south and earning his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Tennessee, with a focus on turfgrass weed control.
Prior to joining Rutgers, Elmore was a turfgrass extension specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife in Dallas, TX, where his research efforts explored new strategies to control problematic weeds and reduce irrigation inputs in turfgrass.
At Rutgers, he is focusing on novel strategies to control weeds with fewer pesticide inputs as well as devoting significant efforts to developing alternatives to synthetic pesticides and understanding the influence of management practices on weed competitiveness.
When not working, Elmore enjoys golf and playing sports with friends. As a new faculty member of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, he is looking forward to building a world-class research and extension program through collaboration with other faculty, and mentoring students in his research group.
Editor’s Note: This faculty profile is part of an ongoing series highlighting new faculty hires and faculty promotions in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.