Auburn University Faculty Awards

Auburn University Faculty Awards

2013 Master of Ceremonies

Elizabeth Guertal, Professor, Agronomy and Soils
College of Agriculture


PhD — Oklahoma State University
MS, BS — Ohio State University


Portrait photograph of Elizabeth Guertal

Elizabeth Guertal was a 2010 recipient of the Gerald and Emily Leischuck Endowed Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. She conducts research and teaches in the area of turfgrass management with a focus on soil fertility and fertilization. She specializes in the area of fertilizer management and the environmental consequences of applied fertilizer. She served as associate editor for Crop Science, Soil Science Society of America Journal and the Agronomy Journal, as a technical editor for Crop Science. She says her biggest inspiration was her mother Barbara who received her degree in animal science in 1950 – a time when it was rare for women to have a degree in agriculture. Guertal enjoys spending time with her children, Will and Sam, at the Turf Unit where they assist her in collecting data and writing down plot numbers and quality ratings that she provides. She is a fellow in the American Society of Agronomy.