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Daniel Freund

Research Asst

Varsity Research Building Module 3 Room1122

Area(s) of Expertise

Field and laboratory technician for Dr. Jim Kerns and the turfgrass pathology lab. Conduct multiple local and travel fungicide trials on research plots and golf courses. Train with Lee Butler in the turfgrass diagnostic lab, receiving turf samples daily and determining disease activity. Collect turf fungal pathogens and grow them in culture. Work with graduate students on project design and implementation in their research. My previous research technician role with Dr. Travis Gannon focused on how management practices influence the environmental fate, movement, and efficacy of pesticides in field and laboratory settings.

Daniel is a Raleigh local with previous experience working on golf courses. Daniel received his BS in Turfgrass Management from NC State University, before joining the Wolfpack to pursue an MS, co-majoring in Plant Pathology and Crop Science. During his graduate studies, Daniel evaluated the movement of fungicides on putting greens as affected by irrigation, while also assessing fungicide removal in turfgrass clippings. Daniel worked with Dr. Travis Gannon and the Pesticide Fate and Behavior Research group while pursuing his MS, assisting in research trials with various pesticides and crops. Daniel has now joined the NCSU Turf Pathology team where he helps in the Turf Diagnostic Lab and assists with fungicide research trials.


Master of Science, Co-Major Plant Pathology & Crop Science, NC State Unviversity (2021)
Bachelor of Science, Turfgrass Science, NC State University (2017)