Dr. Cooper has a 50% teaching / 50% research appointment. He teaches CS 210 – Lawns and Sports Turf, a distance education course, and CS 400 – Turf Cultural Systems. He also works with students to identify summer internship opportunities and advises students in both the 2-year Agricultural Institute and B. Sc. Agronomy turfgrass management programs.
Rich has been active in research concerning many aspects of practical turfgrass management, including: non-nutritional growth enhancers and their effects on the growth and physiology of turfgrasses, soil microbial dynamics as they relate to turfgrass soils, and distance learning and internet applications for delivering turfgrass management courses.
- Effects of salinity on six bermudagrass turf cultivars (2004)
- Cynodon spp. management programs for the upper transition zone in the Southeastern United States (2004)
- Bermudagrass [Cynodon dactylon (L.) Pers.] and zoysiagrass (Zoysia japonica) establishment after preemergence herbicide applications (2002)
- Humic acid application does not improve salt tolerance of hydroponically grown creeping bentgrass (2002)
- Performance of creeping bentgrass cultivars maintained at two mowing heights and under two fungicide regimes in North Carolina (2001)
- Hazard evaluation and management of volatile and dislodgeable foliar pesticide residues following application to turfgrass (2000)
- Plant growth regulators and mowing height affect ball roll and quality of creeping bentgrass putting greens (2000)
- Influence of humic substances on rooting and nutrient content of creeping bentgrass (1998)
- Humic acid application affects photosynthesis, root development, and nutrient content of creeping bentgrass (1998)