Jason Lanier received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Plant and Soil Sciences from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and has worked with UMass Extension since 2000. The mission of UMass Extension's Turf Program is to develop, research, gather, and share knowledge on safe, efficient, economically viable and environmentally sound turf management, with emphasis on natural resource protection. As an educator, Jason provides all manner of knowledgeable contribution in support of this mission including project development and management, facilitation of educational programs and materials, and frequent interaction with the industry and the greater public. He has served as an editor and contributing author for numerous publications and provides academic instruction for select workshops and certificate programs, including UMass Extension’s Green School and Winter School for Turf Managers. A personally satisfying aspect of his work with Extension involves the use of available technologies to educate large numbers of clients quickly and efficiently, to assist them in making informed, responsible, and effective turf management decisions.
Jason’s past research has focused on relationships between goal-oriented irrigation scheduling and low temperature injury in perennial ryegrass, and the assessment of isotopic carbon ratio measurement as a potential indicator of turfgrass low temperature tolerance.