Beth Guertal

Professor (Soil Science/Turf)

Crop, Soil & Environmental Sciences

(334) 844-3999 


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263 Funchess Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849



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


  • 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.



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



  • 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.


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.