contact information:

Jason J. Henderson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor - Turfgrass and Soil Sciences

University of Connecticut
Dept. of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture
1376 Storrs Road, U-4067
Storrs, CT 06269

Office Location: 112 W.B. Young Building
Telephone: (860) 486-0189
Fax: (860) 486-0682
e-mail: jason.henderson@uconn.edu

Complete CV

Ph.D. in Crop and Soil Sciences: Michigan State University, 2003
M.S. in Crop and Soil Sciences: Michigan State University, 2000
B.S. in Agricultural Systems Management: Pennsylvania State University, 1997

Courses Taught

SAPL 300, Introduction to Soil Science
SOIL 3520, Urban and Sports Turf Soils
TURF 2200, Athletic Field Management


My research program focuses on four main areas. 1) improving turfgrass establishment techniques for athletic fields to minimize establishment periods and maximize traffic tolerance, 2)  investigating soil modification techniques utilizing cost effective materials to optimize the root zones ability to support turfgrass growth and provide a traffic tolerant surface, 3) developing new laboratory methods to accurately assess suitability of root zone constituents prior to constructing or modifying high quality turfgrass areas, and 4) examining alternative construction and management methods for high quality turfgrass areas to minimize cost and optimize performance, sustainability, and safety.

Select Publications:

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., Miller, N., Guillard, K., Harel, O., and Raman, B. 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., Karcher, D. E., Nikolai, T. A., Henderson, J. J., and Sorochan, J. C. 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.

Henderson, J.J., J.N. Rogers, III, J.R. Crum. 2009. The effects of natural and artificial root zone inclusions on the playing surface characteristics of trafficked Kentucky bluegrass. Turfgrass Soc. Res. J. 11(Part 2):p. 1107-1129.

Vanini, J.T., J.J. Henderson, J.C. Sorochan, J.N. Rogers, III. 2007. Evaluating turfgrass wear by the Brinkman traffic simulator and Cady traffic simulator on a Kentucky bluegrass stand. Crop Science 47(2):780-784.

Henderson, J.J., J.R. Crum, T. F. Wolff, J.N. Rogers, III. 2005. Effects of particle size distribution and water content at compaction on saturated hydraulic conductivity and strength of high sand content root zone materials. Soil Science. 170(5): p.315-324.

Henderson, J.J., J.L. Lanovaz, J.N. Rogers, III, J.C. Sorochan, J.T. Vanini. 2005. A new apparatus to simulate athletic field traffic: The Cady Traffic Simulator. Agron. J 97: 1153-1157.

Henderson, J.J. 2007. Right Root Zone Recipe Maximizes Performance. SportsTurf. 23(1): P. 14, 16-18. pdf