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Turfgrass Research and Extension

UCR's Turfgrass Team


Jim Jim Baird, Ph.D.
Turfgrass Specialist

Research Interests: Saving Turfgrass in California 
Birthplace: Pueblo, Colorado 
Favorite Color: Green (duh!)
Favorite Cuisine: Korean
Favorite Beverage: Pliny the Elder; Pinot Noir
Favorite Turfgrass Species: Kikuyugrass 
Favorite Movie: Love Actually
Favorite Musician(s): Pink Floyd; Steely Dan
Favorite Sports Team: New Jersey Devils
Favorite Book: Oh, The Places You'll Go! - Dr.  Seuss
Alternative Career: Veterinarian 
Hobbies: mountain biking; mowing my lawn; being a youth hockey dad
Marco Marco Schiavon, Ph.D.
Assistant Researcher

Research Interests: Water Conservation to Irrigate Turfgrass in California 
Birthplace: Treviso, Italy
Favorite Color: Black
Favorite Cuisine: Pizza
Favorite Beverage: Barolo, Amarone
Favorite Turfgrass Species: Bermudagrass
Favorite Movie: 2001: A Space Odyssey
Favorite Musician(s): Pink Floyd, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, too many to tell
Favorite Sports Team: Juventus FC
Favorite Book: The Karamazov Brothers
Alternative Career: I wish I'd know....fortune teller?
Hobbies: cinema; volleyball; spend my weekends at the beach

Fayek Fayek Negm, Ph.D.
Assistant Specialist

Research Interests: Plant biochemistry: Enzymology; herbicide metabolism in turfgrass; carbohydrate metabolism; stress physiology.

Toan Khuong, M.S.
Associate Specialist

Research Interests: Statistical analysis and experimental design; saving turfgrass; conserving water; reducing alternate bearing in avocado, citrus, pistachio, and olives trees.

Pawel Pawel Petelewicz, Ph.D.
PostDoctoral Scholar

Research Interests: Turfgrass management and pest management as well as ornamental trees and shrubs propagation, use of biostimulants in nursery production and oxidative stress aspects in plant propagation
Birthplace: Skierniewice, Poland
Favorite Color(s): Black, Grey, Red
Favorite Cuisine: Polish (my mother's mostly)
Favorite Beverage: White Russian
Favorite Turfgrass Species: Poa annua
Favorite Movie: Chłopaki nie płaczą
Favorite Musician(s): Pantera
Favorite Book: Tell No One by Harlan Coben
Alternative Career: Musician
Hobbies: music, guitars, running, drive-in theatre movies
Marta Marta Pudzianowska, Ph.D.
PostDoctoral Scholar

Research Interests: Turfgrass breeding, plant secondary metabolites
Birthplace: Radom, Poland
Favorite Color: blue
Favorite Cuisine: Spanish
Favorite Beverage: Riesling, Rowing Jack, coffee
Favorite Turfgrass Species: Kikuyugrass
Favorite Movies: 12 Angry Men, Nebesnye zheny lugovykh Mari (Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari)
Favorite Musicians: Susanne Sundfør, Twenty One Pilots, Bulat Okhudzava
Favorite Book: Hen. Na pólnocy Norwegii (Hen. In the North of Norway) - Ilona Wisniewska
Alternative Career: Graphic designer, Architect
Hobbies: modern architecture, graphic design, floristics
Antonio Antonio Verzotto
Laboratory Assistant

Research Interests: Warm Season Grasses, Water Saving
Birthplace: Camposampiero, Italy
Favorite Color: Turquoise
Favorite Cuisine: Italian
Favorite Beverage: Chianti, Morellino di Scansano
Favorite Turfgrass Species: Bermudagrass
Favorite Movie: Lord Of The Rings
Favorite Musician(s): Joe Cocker
Favorite Sports Team: A.C. Milan
Favorite Book: Interview With The Vampire
Alternative Career: Lawyer
Hobbies: Road Bikes, Cars, Cinema, Gardening
Magdalena Magdalena Poleska
Laboratory Assistant

Research Interests: Turf management
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Favorite Color: Black, white
Favorite Cuisine: Polish, Indian
Favorit Beverage: Diet Coke
Favourite Turfgrass Species: Poa annua
Favorite Movie: Rosemary's Baby, Bram Stoker's Dracula
Favorite Music Bands: Nirvana, Hole, Pearl Jam, Metallica
Favorite Sport: Boxing
Favorite Book: The Master and Margarita, Polish Murderess and everything about polish mob
Alternative Career: journalist
Hobbies: Reading books, watching horror movies, visiting haunted mansions, looking for a serial killers and sleeping
PawelO Pawel Orliński
Laboratory Assistant

Research Interests: Allelopathy, medicinal plants, statistical and chemometric analysis, data mining
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Favorite Color: Gray
Favorite Cuisine: Spicy, Spanish, Sichuan
Favorite Beverage: Rowing Jack, Riesling, Tonic water
Favorite Turfgrass Species: Zoysiagrass, Kikuyugrass
Favorite Movies: Into the Wild, Fight club
Favorite Book: Białe. Zimna wyspa Spitsbergen (White. Cold island of Spitsbergen) - Ilona Wiśniewska
Alternative Career: Programmer, Data Analyst
Hobbies: Arduino, DIY