May 23, 2017
Beth Guertal, a professor in Auburn University's Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences, has been voted president-elect of the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA). She will become president at the organization's 2018 meetings in Baltimore, Maryland.
Guertal, a 25-year member of the professional society, conducts research in and teaches turfgrass soil fertility, specializing in proper fertilization and management of grasses for sports fields, golf courses and home lawns. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in soils and turfgrass management and in 2010 was awarded Auburn's prestigious Gerald and Emily Leischuck Endowed Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching.
The Alabama Peanut Producers Association’s (APPA) Caleb Bristow congratulated Guertal on her election.
“After working with Dr. Guertal for two years while pursing my master’s degree, I can honestly say there is no one more deserving,” said Bristow, APPA’s director. “Not only is she well respected amongst colleagues in her department, but also by colleagues across the country. This is a prime example of the asset she is to Auburn’s Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science.”
Widely recognized as an expert in turfgrass soil fertility and environmental science, Guertal regularly speaks to golf course superintendents and sports field managers around the world.
She has taught invited turfgrass short courses or given invited presentations in 23 states, as well as in Canada, Cuba, China, Argentina, Vietnam, Philippines, Mexico, Germany, England and Norway.
Guertal serves as editor-in-chief of all American Society of Agronomy publications and is the first woman to hold the position in the society's 150-year history. She has been awarded fellow status in that society and in the CSSA and the Soil Science Society of Agronomy. Guertal has received two Fulbright fellowships, one to sub-Saharan Africa and the other to Uruguay.
The Wisconsin-based Crop Science Society of America, founded in 1955, is an international scientific society with 5,000-plus members who advance the discipline of crop science by acquiring and disseminating information about crop breeding and genetics; crop physiology; crop ecology, management, and quality; seed physiology, production and technology; turfgrass science; forage and grazing lands; genomics, molecular genetics and biotechnology; and biomedical and enhanced plants.