Jason Henderson

Associate Professor of Soil Science


PhD, Crop and Soil Sciences, 2003, Michigan State University
MS, Crop and Soil Sciences, 2000, Michigan State University
BS, Agricultural Systems Management, 1997, Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests

  • Pesticide-free management methods
  • Turfgrass establishment techniques to minimize establishment periods and maximize traffic tolerance
  • Soil modification techniques to optimize the root zone’s ability to support turfgrass growth and provide a traffic tolerant surface
  • Develop new laboratory methods to accurately assess suitability of root zone constituents prior to constructing or modifying high quality turfgrass areas
  • Innovate management methods for high quality turfgrass areas to minimize cost and optimize performance, sustainability, and safety

Teaching Program

SAPL 300, Introduction to Soil Science
SPSS 1060, The Great American Lawn: History, Culture and Sustainability
SPSS 3150, Advanced Turfgrass Management

Select Publications

Campbell, J. H., J. J. Henderson, and V. H. Wallace. 2018. Comparison of presentation method effectiveness for dissemination of pesticide-free turfgrass management information. HortTechnology. 28(4):p. 536-542.

Miele, K. M., J. J. Henderson, and J. C. Inguagiato. 2017. Glyphosate efficacy asinfluenced by cultivation practices on a creeping bentgrass fairway turf. HortScience. 52(11):p. 1621-1626

Tencza, B., J. Henderson, and K. Guillard. 2015. Protecting quality and integrity ofturfgrass surfaces during non-sporting events with portable roadways. Crop, Forage and Turfgrass Management. 1(1):p. 1-11

Li, D., J. Henderson, J. T. Vanini, and J. N. III Rogers. 2013. Research tools and technologies for turfgrass establishment. In Stier, J. C., B.P. Horgan, and S.A. Bonos (eds.) Turfgrass: Biology, Use, and Management. Madison, Wisconsin: American Society of Agronomy: p. 1189-1240.

Miller, N. A., and J. J. Henderson. 2013. Organic management practices on athletic fields: Part 2: The Effects on Playing Surface Characteristics and Soil Physical Properties. Crop Sci. 53(2):p. 637-646

Miller, N. A., and J. J. Henderson. 2012. Organic management practices on athletic fields: Part 1: The effects on color, quality, cover, and weed populations. Crop Sci. 52(2):p. 890-903.

Miller, N.A. and J.J. Henderson. 2011. Correlating Particle Shape Parameters to Bulk Properties and Load Stresses at Two Water Contents. Agron. J. 103:1514-1523.

Miller, N.A. and J.J. Henderson. 2010. Quantifying Sand Particle Shape Complexity Using a Dynamic, Digital Imaging Technique. Agron. J. 102: 1407-1414.

Henderson, J., N. Miller, K. Guillard, O. Harel, and B. Raman. 2009. Late fall sod installation produces equivalent or greater rooting strength of Poa pratensis than typical spring installations during the subsequent growing season. Online. Applied Turfgrass Science doi:10.1094/ATS-2009-0724-01-RS.

Richards, J.S., D.E. Karcher, T.A. Nikolai, J.J. Henderson, and J.C. Sorochan, 2009. A comparison of two devices used to measure golf course putting green speed. Online. Applied Turfgrass Science doi:10.1094/ATS-2009-0724-02-RS.

Contact Information
Mailing AddressWilfred B. Young Building 1376 Storrs Rd., Unit 4067 Storrs, Connecticut 06269-0467
Office LocationWilfred B. Young Building (YNG) 106