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Kelly Kopp

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Plants, Soils, and Climate

Extension Water Conservation and Turfgrass Specialist

Professor

Educational Background

PhD, Agronomy, (Turfgrass Science), University of Connecticut, 2000
Nitrogen Dynamics in Turfgrass Systems
MS, Natural Resources Management and Engineering, (Hydrology), University of Connecticut, 1996
Hydraulic Head Effects on Solute Transport through Large Intact and Packed Soil Columns
BS, Natural Resource Conservation, (Soil Science), Texas A&M University, 1991


Biography

Kelly Kopp is a Professor and Extension Specialist in the Plants, Soils & Climate department at Utah State University, where her research efforts are focused on landscape water conservation and sustainable turfgrass management. She serves on the Board of Directors of USU's Center for Water Efficient Landscaping and is board member and past president of the Utah Water Conservation Forum. She works directly with many of the federal, state, and municipal agencies that are working toward achieving water use efficiency in the state of Utah, the Intermountain West, and beyond.

Teaching Interests

landscape irrigation design

Research Interests

landscape irrigation efficiency, turfgrass water and nutrient dynamics, smart irrigation technologies, water efficiency programming


Contact Information

Go toOffice Location: AGRS 334
DialPhone: 435-757-6650
SendEmail: kelly.kopp@usu.edu

Awards

USU Extension Innovator Award, 2015

USU Cooperative Extension

Western Extension Directors Association Award of Excellence, 2014

Western Extension Directors Association

Innovative Program Award, 2014

USU Extension Specialist's Association

Nation's Top Trendsetter Award, 2007

Public Works Magazine

Cooperative Conservation Award, 2006

United States Department of the Interior

Outstanding New Extension Specialist Award, 2003

USU Cooperative Extension

Vice President's Award for Excellence - Water Issues, 2003

USU Cooperative Extension

  • Kopp, K., Lander, P., Mayer, P., Getting Smart About the Colorado River Basin: Research Trends.
  • Sun, H., Kopp, K., Jones, S.B, (2010). Simulation of Water and Nutrient Transport in Three Turf Species. ASA, CSSA, and SSSA
  • Sun, H., Kopp, K., Dietz, M.E, Jones, S.B, Fan, J., (2010). A Comprehensive Research Method to Investigate the Environmental Issues of Urban Landscapes: Water Use and Nitrogen Leaching of Urban Landscapes on Community Water Quantity and Quality. American Society for Horticultural Science

Publications - Books & Book Chapters

    Book Chapters

  • Kopp, K., (2016). Saving Water by Being Smart: Agronomy: Grow with it!. American Society of Agronomy
  • Kopp, K., Jiang, Y., (2013). Turfgrass water use and physiology: Turfgrass: Biology, use, and management. American Society of Agronomy
  • Spranger, A., Cardon, G., Patterson, R., Heflebower, R.F, Croft, A., Kratsch, H., Kopp, K., Gunnell, J., Shao, M., G., Rupp, L.A, (2011). Water-Efficient Landscaping in the Intermountain West: A Professional Do-It-Yourself Guide: Water-Efficient Landscaping in the Intermountain West: A Professional Do-It-Yourself Guide. CHAPTER ONE: PLANNING AND DESIGN. USU Press
  • Kopp, K., Gunnell, J., (2011). Principle 4: Practical Turfgrass Areas: Water-Efficient Landscaping in the Intermountain West: A Professional and Do-it-Yourself Guide. USU Academic Press
  • Kopp, K., Y.J, Turfgrass Water Use: Turfgrass Monograph (Crop Science Society of America). Crop Science Society of America

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Publications - Fact Sheets

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Publications - Curriculum

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Publications - Journal Articles

    Academic Journal

  • Kopp, K., Kjelgren, R.K, Urzagaste, P., Dai, X., Physiological and quality responses of turfgrass and ornamental plants to weather-based irrigation control. International Turfgrass Research Journal
  • Sun, H., Kopp, K., (2013). Identifying high-risk areas of N leaching in the Salt Lake Valley. International Turfgrass Society Research Journal, 12, 39-46.
  • Sun, H., Kopp, K., Kjelgren, R.K, (2012). Water efficient urban landscapes-Integrating different water use categorizations and plant types. HortScience, 47, 254-263.
  • Johnson, P.G, Van Dyke, A., Hodgson, E., Murray, M., Kopp, K., Interest, Incentives, and Education Towards Organic Golf Course Management: A Study of Utah Golf Course Superintendents.. Applied Turfgrass Science, doi: 10.1094/ATS-2012-0320-01-TT
  • Rosenberg, D.E, Kopp, K., Kratsch, H., Rupp, L.A, Johnson, P.G, Kjelgren, R.K, (2011). Value Landscape Engineering: Identifying Costs, Water Use, Labor, and Impacts to Support Landscape Choice. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 47:3, 635–649. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-1688.2011.00530.x
  • McCammon, T., Marquardt-Pyatt, S., Kopp, K., (2009). Water-conserving landscapes: an evaluation of homeowner preference. Journal of Extension, 47:2
  • Kopp, K., Guillard, K., (2009). Quantifying turfgrass-available N from returned clippings using anion exchange membranes. International Turfgrass Research Journal, 11, 41-54.
  • Bunderson, L.D, Johnson, P.G, Kopp, K., Van Dyke, A., (2009). Tools for evaluating native grasses as low maintenance turf. HortTechnology, 19, 626-632.
  • Kopp, K., Cerny-Koenig, T., Lopez, R., (2007). Educating large landscape water users. Journal of Extension, 45:1
  • Zollinger, N., Kjelgren, R., Cerny-Koenig, T., Kopp, K., Koenig, R., (2006). Drought responses of six ornamental herbaceous perennials. Scientia Horticulturae, 109, 267-274.
  • Kopp, K., Guillard, K., (2005). Clipping contributions to nitrate leaching from creeping bentgrass under varying irrigation and N rates. International Turfgrass Research Journal
  • Koenig, R., Cerny, T., Heflebower, R.F, Mesner, N., Kopp, K., Hill, R.W, (2004). A team approach enhances statewide water issues programming. Journal of Extension, 42:3
  • Guillard, K., Kopp, K., (2004). Nitrogen fertilizer form and associated nitrate leaching from cool-season lawn turf. Journal of Environmental Quality, 33, 1822-1827.
  • Ebdon, J.S, Kopp, K., (2004). Relationships between water use efficiency, carbon isotope discrimination, and turf performance in genotypes of Kentucky bluegrass during drought. Crop Science, 44, 1754-1762.
  • Johnson, P.G, Koenig, R.T, Kopp, K., (2003). Nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium responses and requirements in calcareous sand greens. Agronomy Journal, 95, 697-702.
  • Kopp, K., Guillard, K., (2002). Clipping management and nitrogen fertilization of turfgrass: growth, nitrogen utilization, and quality. Crop Science, 42, 1225-1231.
  • Kopp, K., Guillard, K., (2002). Relationship of turfgrass growth and quality to soil nitrate desorbed from anion exchange membranes. Crop Science, 42, 1232-1240.
  • Guillard, K., Warner, G.S, Kopp, K., Stake, J.D, (1999). Leaching of broadcast and banded Atrazine from maize plots. Journal of Environmental Quality, 28, 130-137.
  • Guillard, K., Morris, T.F, Kopp, K., (1999). The pre-sidedress soil nitrogen test and nitrate leaching from corn. Journal of Environmental Quality, 28, 1845-1852.
  • Public or Trade Journal

  • Kopp, K., Johnson, P.G, Klotz, E., Miller, C., (2015). Water Use Efficiency on Golf Courses in Utah. Golf Course Management, 83, 114-117. *
  • Kopp, K., (2006). Water conservation programs and the turfgrass industry. Turf News, 30, 34-38. *
  • Kopp, K., Guillard, K., (2002). Adjusting N rates when clippings are returned. Golf Course Management, 70, 60-64. *
  • Johnson, P.G, Koenig, R., Kopp, K., (2002). Fertilizing calcareous sand greens. Golf Course Management, 70, 81-84. *

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Publications - Literary Journal

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    Publications - MultiMedia

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      Publications - Technical Reports

        Research Reports

      • Rupp, L.A, Kopp, K., Kjelgren, R.K, Johnson, P.G, Extension Water Initiative Interim Report - Center for Water Efficient Landscaping. *
      • Rosenberg, D.E, Kopp, K., Kratsch, H., Rupp, , Johnson, , Kjelgren, R.K, (2010). Value Landscape Engineering Lifecycle Analysis Final Report & User's Guide to the Spreadsheet Program. Central Utah Water Conservancy District *

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      Publications - Translations & Transcripts

        Publications - Other

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        Scheduled Teaching

        PSC 4420, 6420 - Landscape Irrigation Design, Spring 2017

        PSC 4420, 6420 - Landscape Irrigation Design, Spring 2016

        PSC 3420 - Landscape Irrigation Design, Spring 2015

        PSC 3420 - Landscape Irrigation Design, Spring 2015

        PSC 3420 - Landscape Irrigation Design, Spring 2014

        PSC 3420 - Landscape Irrigation Design, Spring 2014

        PSC 3420 - Landscape Irrigation Design, Spring 2013

        PSC 3420 - Landscape Irrigation Design, Spring 2013

        PSC 3420 - Landscape Irrigation Design, Spring 2012

        PSC 3420 - Landscape Irrigation Design, Spring 2012

        PSC 3420 - LABORATORY, Spring 2011

        PSC 3420 - LABORATORY, Spring 2011

        PSC 3420 - LANDSCAPE IRRIGATION DESIG(QI), Spring 2011

        PSC 3420 - LANDSCAPE IRRIGATION DESIG(QI), Spring 2011

        PSC 3420 - LANDSCAPE IRRIGATION DESIG(QI), Spring 2011

        PSC 3420 - LANDSCAPE IRRIGATION DESIG(QI), Spring 2011

        PSC 3420 - LANDSCAPE IRRIGATION DESIG(QI), Spring 2011

        PSC 3420 - LANDSCAPE IRRIGATION DESIG(QI), Spring 2011

        PSC 3420 - LANDSCAPE IRRIGATION DESIG(QI), Spring 2011

        PSC 3420 - Landscape Irrigation Design, Spring 2011

        PSC 6970 - RESEARCH & THESIS, Spring 2011

        PSC 7970 - RESEARCH & THESIS, Spring 2011

        PSC 6990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Fall 2010

        PSC 6970 - Research and Thesis, Fall 2010

        PSC 7970 - Research and Thesis, Fall 2010

        PSC 3420 - Landscape Irrigation Design, Spring 2010

        PSC 3420 - Landscape Irrigation Design, Spring 2010

        PSC 3420 - Landscape Irrigation Design, Spring 2009


        Extension

        Propagation of Native Plants for Landscape Use, 2007 - Ongoing
        Civil Rights-General Plan, 2007 - 2013
        Applied Water Conservation and Turfgrass Research, 2001 - 2013
        Extension Turfgrass Education, 2001 - 2013
        Extension Water Conservation Education, 2001 - 2013

        Graduate Students Mentored

        Paul Urzagaste, Plants, Soils, and Climate
        Christopher Hendrickson, Plants, Soils, and Climate 2008
        Landon Bunderson, Plants, Soils, and Climate 2007
        Tony McCammon, Plants, Soils, and Climate 2006