M.S., Entomology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. December 2013.
B.A., Biology, Spanish Language and Literature, Transylvania University, Lexington, KY. May 2011.
My MS research involved combining sustainable land management and integrated pest management techniques to develop alternative, low-input turf management strategies. I studied changes in ecosystem services and insect biodiversity, particularly those of beneficial insects (predators, parasitoids, and pollinators) associated with three alternative management strategies:
- Increasing naturalized rough coverage on golf courses
- Raising mowing heights on lawns
- Developing Operation Pollinator for turf systems
I also led the Operation Pollinator for golf courses program for North America. Through this program, I developed and evaluated different native wildflower seed mixes on Kentucky golf courses for their benefits in attracting and sustaining desirable pollinators such as honey bees, native bees, and butterflies. Based on the success of the initial project, Operation Pollinator sites will established on 40 Marriott golf courses in North America in 2014. I hope to establish additional pollinator conservation gardens with cooperating Atlanta schools this year.
Selected Peer-reviewed and Technical Publications
Dobbs EK, Potter DA (2014) Conservation biological control in lawn turf: Does mowing height matter? Environmental Management, doi: 10.1007/s00267-013-0226-2
Dobbs EK, Potter DA (2013) Operation Pollinator for golf courses. Golf Course Management, 81(4), 110 – 113
Dobbs EK, Potter DA (2013) Research you can use: Operation Pollinator for golf courses. The State of Grass: The official publication of the Kentucky Turfgrass Council and Kentucky Sports Turf Managers association, March/April, 12 – 16
Selected Professional, Extension, and Outreach Presentations
Dobbs EK, Potter DA (2012) Height of cut influences natural enemy populations and biological control. Turf and Ornamental Symposium invited talk, Entomological Society of America. Knoxville, TN.
Dobbs EK, Potter DA (2011) Quantification of insect biodiversity and ecosystem services in naturalized roughs on Kentucky golf courses. Entomological Society of America. Reno, NV.
Dobbs EK (2013) Operation Pollinator: Bringing the golf course to life. Central Kentucky Ornamental and Turfgrass Association. Lexington, KY.
Dobbs EK (2012) Turfgrass management alternatives: Predators, pollinators, and native wildflowers. Kentucky Turfgrass Council Short Course. Louisville, KY.
Life of a Pollinator (2013) Operation Pollinator blog. http://lifeofapollinator.blogspot.com/