Scott McElroy named a Crop Science Society of America Fellow

Studio headshot of Scott McElroy

Professor Scott McElroy in the Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agriculture at Auburn University was recently named a 2021 Crop Science Society of America Fellow.

2021 award recipients were announced at the scientific society’s annual meeting in Salt Lake City. The annual awards are presented for outstanding contributions to crop science through education, national and international service and research.

Fellow is the highest recognition bestowed by the Crop Science Society of America. Members of the society nominate worthy colleagues based on their professional achievements and meritorious service. Up to 0.3% of the society’s active and emeritus members may be elected fellow. In 2021, that meant up to eight individuals could be elected fellows.

“Becoming a fellow of the primary scientific society in my discipline is a great honor,” McElroy said. “In my opinion, to be acknowledged by one’s colleagues, in any discipline, is a true sign of career achievement. I am very humbled and proud of this award.”

McElroy currently holds a distinguished Alumni Professorship as selected by the Auburn University Alumni Association. He received his M.S. from Auburn and his Ph.D. in crop science with a minor in plant ecology from NC State.

McElroy teaches principles of weed science and chemistry and use of herbicides at Auburn. His primary research areas are weed management in turfgrass systems, discovery of mechanism of herbicide resistance evolution and weed genomics. He is a founding board member of the International Weed Genomics Consortium, is currently serving as an elected board member for the International Turfgrass Society, and is a former board member of the European Turfgrass Society.

“Dr. McElroy is a world-renowned and respected scientist,” said John Beasley, head of the Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences at Auburn. “He is creative and innovative in his research. He has developed international collaborations that result in answers to problems and issues facing agriculture in Alabama. Most notably, Dr. McElroy is one of very few scientists in the world that uses genetics and genomics in addressing the issue of herbicide resistance. He is also well known for his ability to communicate with those in the turfgrass industry regarding weed management systems on golf courses and athletic fields, and we’re proud to have him here at Auburn.”

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