Beth Guertal

Professor – Turfgrass & Nutrient Management

Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences


1993 Ph.D., Oklahoma State University (Soil Science)
1988 M.S., The Ohio State University (Soil Science)
1984 B.S., The Ohio State University (Agriculture)


2008-present Professor, Auburn University
2003-08 Alumni Professor, Auburn University
1999-03 Alumni Associate Professor, Auburn University
1998-99 Associate Professor, Auburn University
1993-98 Assistant Professor, Auburn University


2015 Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA). Award of Merit for my regular monthly column in Golf Course management magazine.
2014 Outstanding Reviewer, Journal of Natural Resources Education
2013 Selected as the 2013 winner of the Sports Turf Managers Association’s (STMA) William H. Daniels Award, given annually to the outstanding educator in Sports Turf.
2013 Fellow, Soil Science Society of America
2012 Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor, Auburn University College of Agriculture
2012 Selected as Master of Ceremonies, Auburn University Spring Commencement, May 6th.
2011 Fellow, Crop Science Society of America,
2010 Auburn University Leischuck Endowed Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching
2009 Outstanding Instructor, Auburn University College of Agriculture
2009-10  Fulbright Fellowship, University of Mauritius
2009 Fellow, American Society of Agronomy

Professional Affiliations

NACTA – North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture United States Golf Association
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (also AL and Gulf Coast (FL and AL) chapters)
Soil Science Society America
Crop Science Society America
American Society of Agronomy
American Society of Horticultural Science
United States Eventing Association
European Turfgrass Society
International Turfgrass Society


I conduct research in the fate and use of fertilizer nutrients in turfgrass and a variety of field and vegetable crops.

Extension Activities

I provide education through seminars, short courses and webinars on various issues in soil fertility and soil science. Outreach has been conducted widely throughout Alabama and the United States, and in 15 different countries.


All Years Every Semester AGRN 3920 Internship
2016— Spring AGRN 5180/6180 Sports Turf Management
2016— Spring AGRN 5020/6020 Nutrient Management
2015— Spring AGRN 5020/6020 Nutrient Management
2015— Fall WILD 1100 Wildlife Food Plot Management
2015— Fall AGRN 3150 Introductory Turfgrass
2014— Fall AGRN 3150 Introductory Turfgrass
2014— Fall (co-teach) WILD 1100 Wildlife Food Plot Management
2014— Spring AGRN 5020/6020 Nutrient Management

Select publications

  • Hamido, S.A., E.A. Guertal and C.W. Wood. 2016. Decomposition, and carbon and nitrogen release from turfgrass. Accepted for publication in Agronomy J. following revision.
  • Hamido, S.A., C.W. Wood and E.A. Guertal. 2016. Carbon dioxide flux from bermudagrass turf as affected by nitrogen rate. Agron. J. 108:1-7.
  • Sidhu, R.S., Dougherty, M., Zech, W.C., Guertal, B. 2015. Cost effectiveness of erosion control covers during vegetation establishment under simulated rainfall. J. of Water Resource and Protection 7:119-129 [DOI:10.4236/jwarp.2015.72010].
  • Ogles, C.Z., J.M. Kemble, A.N. Wright, E.A. Guertal. 2015. Evaluation of an organic nitrogen source in a yellow squash–collard rotation. HortScience 50:51-58.
  • Meeks, M.,A. Chandra, S. Metz, A.D. Genovesi, J.C. Read, R. White, G. Miller, E. Guertal, W. Philley and J. Sorochan. 2014. Registration of DALBG 1201 hybrid bluegrass. Journal of Plant Registrations 9:138-143.
  • James D. McCurdy, J. Scott McElroy, and Elizabeth A. Guertal. 2013. White clover (Trifolium repens) establishment within dormant bermudagrass turf: cultural considerations, establishment timing, seeding rate, and cool-season companion grass species. HortScience 48:1556-1561.
  • Jared A. Hoyle, J. Scott McElroy, and Elizabeth A. Guertal. 2013. Soil management, fertilization, and irrigation: soil texture and planting depth affect large crabgrass (Digitaria sanguinalis), Virginia buttonweed (Diodia virginiana), and Cock’s-comb Kyllinga (Kyllinga squamulata) emergence. HortScience 48:633-636.