Mark Kann is a Master’s student from Citra, FL. He is majoring in Environmental Horticulture and working on minors in Agricultural Education and Communication, as well as Agronomy. He previously earned a Bachelor of Science Degree specializing in Turfgrass Science from the University of Florida in 1999. Mark is currently employed by the University of Florida as a Coordinator of Research Programs at the Plant Science Research and Education Unit in Citra, FL. In his position, he oversees the development and maintenance of research projects involving turfgrass, ornamentals, and greenhouse production. Prior to his employment at the University of Florida, Mark worked as a golf course superintendent in Hudson, FL.
Mark has over 20 years of experience in the turfgrass and golf industries and has been an active member of many allied associations. He has served as president of both the Seven Rivers Golf Course Superintendents’ Association and the Florida Golf Course Superintendents’ Association. He served as both FGCSA Education and Golf BMP Committee Chairs for close to a decade before resigning in August 2016 in order to concentrate on his graduate studies. Mark’s research will focus on the evaluation of educational programs and the implementation of best management practices programs for Florida golf courses. Mark was vital in the development of the Florida GCSA Golf BMP Certification Program and looks forward to continuing the effort of promoting environmental stewardship of golf courses.