Kenton W. Peterson


Kansas State University
Ph.D. in Horticulture, 2013
Dissertation Title: Environmental effects on turfgrass growth and water use.
Advisers: Dr. Jack Fry and Dr. Dale Bremer

University of Nebraska - Lincoln
M.S. in Horticulture, 2009
Thesis Title: Factors influencing buffalograss (Buchloe dactyloides (Nutt.) Engelm.) vegetative establishment from sprigs.
Adviser: Dr. Robert Shearman

University of Nebraska - Lincoln
B.S. in Horticulture, 2007


TwoPturf, LLC
Co-owner, 2014 - current
- Lawn care company serving southcentral and souwthwest Nebraska. Primary services offered include fertilization, weed control, insect control, aerification, and seeding.
Kansas State University
Graduate Research Assistant, 2009 - 2013
- Conducted experiments to evaluate evapotranspiration measurement techniques used in turfgrass, including the performance of atmometers in home lawn microclimates.
- Evaluated long-term shade tolerance of seven Zoysia genotypes.
- Assembled, operated, and maintained an eddy covariance system and multiple weather stations; responsible for collection and analysis of related data.
- Fabricated photosynthesis chambers and a lighted camera box.
- Advisers: Dr. Dale Bremer and Dr. Jack Fry
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Graduate Research Assistant, 2007 - 2009
- Investigated factors influencing buffalograss growth, development, and vegetative establishment from sprigs.
- Adviser: Dr. Robert Shearman

Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2005 - 2007
- Managed and collected data on forage research plots and cattle grazing pastures.
- Supervisor: Dr. Bruce Anderson

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Peterson, K.W., D.J. Bremer, K.B. Shonkwiler, and J.M. Ham. 2017. Measurement of evapotranspiration in turfgrass: a comparison of techniques. Agron. J. 109:2190-2198.

Peterson, K.W., D.J. Bremer, and J.M. Blonquist Jr. 2017. Estimating transpiration from turfgrass using stomatal conductance values derived from infrared thermometry. Int. Turfgrass Soc. Res. J. 13:113-118.

Peterson, K.W., D.J. Bremer, and J.D. Fry. 2015. Evaluation of atmometers within urban home lawn microclimates. CropSci. 55(5):2359-2367.

Peterson, K.W., J.D. Fry, and D.J. Bremer. 2014. Growth responses of Zoysia spp. under tree shade in the Midwestern United States. HortSci. 49(11):1444-1448.

Peterson, K.W., C.J. Wegner, K.L. Amundsen, R.E. Gaussoin, W.H. Schacht, G.L. Horst, and R.C. Shearman. 2013. Mowing height and genotype influence on carbohydrate content of buffalograss. Crop Sci. 53(3):1153-1160.

Peterson, K.W. and S.J. Keeley. 2012. A comparison of web-based and traditional instruction for teaching turfgrass identification. NACTA J. 56(1):17-22.

Peterson, K.W., R.C. Shearman, R.E. Gaussoin, G.L. Horst, and W.H. Schacht. 2010. Growing degree-day influence on sprigged establishment of two buffalograss cultivars. HortScience. 45(2):293-298.