James Poro completed his M.S. from UMass under the direction of Dr. J. Scott Ebdon. His graduate research focused on water conservation practices in high maintenance turf, specifically in the development of applicable evapotranspiration rates. Prior to his work in turf research at UMass he was employed at several different golf courses throughout New England, most recently as an assistant superintendent at The Quechee Club in Vermont. His experience on multiple golf courses, coupled with scientific research, has aided James in developing an appreciation of all facets of turf management. James utilizes both hands-on and theoretical knowledge to help manage the Joseph Troll Turf Research Center for any research needs. He is an avid golfer and greatly enjoys sharing his experience and knowledge with students, particular in the classes he teaches as an instructor (currently Turf Machinery and Irrigation and Drainage).