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Get to Know the Bayer Turf & Ornamentals Experts

Bayer has an integrated team of agronomic professionals who conduct research to achieve practical, real-world solutions for managing healthy turf and ornamentals.

Xulin Chen

Xulin Chen, Ph.D.

Product Development Manager

Xulin brings broad entomology expertise to the team and she is responsible for developing new products and innovative technologies in the Turf and Ornamentals market. Xulin holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Science in Entomology from University of Florida focusing on integrated pest management, and a Bachelor of Science in Plan Quarantine from Shandong Agricultural University in China.

Paul Giordano, Ph.D., Green Solutions Team Specialist

Paul Giordano, Ph.D.

Green Solutions Team Specialist

Paul provides technical expertise to golf course turf managers, helps with the transition of new products from development to market, and provides scientific thought, leadership, and education to the industry, with a focus on the Northeastern United States. Paul has a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, Master of Science in Plant Pathology and a Bachelor of Science in Crop and Soil Sciences from Michigan State University.

Rob Golembiewski, Ph.D., Green Solutions Team Specialist

Rob Golembiewski, Ph.D.

Green Solutions Team Specialist

Rob offers cool- and warm-season pest management expertise to turfgrass managers from the Midwest down to Texas. Rob holds a Ph.D. in Agronomy from The Ohio State University, as well as a Master of Science degree in Botany and Plant Pathology, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Crop and Soil Science from Michigan State University.

Laurence Mudge, Green Solutions Team Manager

Laurence Mudge

Green Solutions Team Manager

Laurence has been involved in the turf and ornamentals since 1992. He oversees the Bayer Green Solutions Team, serving customers primarily in the warm-season region and specializing in an array of turfgrass pest issues. Laurence holds two U.S. patents for his work with Stressgard® and one U.S. patent for his work with Tribute® Total herbicide. Laurence received his Masters degree in Agronomy specializing on weed science.

Aaron Palmateer, Ph.D., Senior Technical Service Representative

Aaron Palmateer, Ph.D.

Senior Technical Service Representative

Aaron brings extensive experience solving problems and providing pest and disease management recommendations for ornamental producers and landscape professionals. Aaron is a former Ornamentals Specialist at the University of Florida and received his doctorate in plant pathology from Auburn University, and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Plant and Soil Science from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

Zac Reicher, Ph.D., Green Solutions Team Specialist

Zac Reicher, Ph.D.

Green Solutions Team Specialist

Zac is dedicated to developing science-based solutions for customers managing cool-season turfgrass, specializing in weed control for customers in the western half of the U.S. Zac is a former Turfgrass Specialist at Purdue University and University of Nebraska-Lincoln and holds a Ph.D. in Agronomy/Turfgrass Science from Purdue University and a Master of Science in Horticulture/Turfgrass Science from Iowa State University.

Frank P. Wong, Ph.D., Senior Regulatory Affairs Consultant

Frank P. Wong, Ph.D.

Senior Regulatory Affairs Consultant

Frank works closely with a wide range of industry, government, and non-government organizations to help provide solutions to regulatory and legislative challenges for effective disease, insect and weed management. Frank holds a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from University of California, Davis.

Chenxi Zhang, Ph.D., Product Development Manager

Chenxi Zhang, Ph.D.

Product Development Manager

Chenxi is focused on developing innovative product solutions in North America and globally for the Turf & Ornamentals market. He holds a Ph.D. in Crop Science with an emphasis on plant physiology from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor of Science in Plant Science from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China.

Todd Lowe

Todd Lowe, M.S.

Green Solutions Team Specialist

Todd provides southern warm-season turfgrass management expertise. Todd has a Master of Science degree from Clemson University in Horticulture, a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Horticulture from the University of Florida and was an Agronomist for the United States Golf Association for 18 years before joining Bayer.

Patrick Burgess

Patrick Burgess, Ph.D.

Field Solutions Scientists

Dr. Patrick Burgess is a Field Solutions Scientist for Bayer ES currently driving product development and cooperator engagement in the Northeast US. Patrick received his bachelor’s degree and doctorate from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, specializing in plant stress physiology and plant-environment interactions. Prior to joining Bayer, Patrick managed one of the largest plant physiology labs headed by Dr. Bingru Huang and also served as an instructor of plant stress physiology and growth regulators in the Rutgers Professional Turf Management Program. In addition to contributing to or authoring several dozen manuscripts, Patrick was also the recipient of the 2018 Musser Award of Excellence, which is the premier award given to a young scholar of turf science annually.

Axel Elling

Axel Elling, Ph.D.

ES Field Solutions Lead

Axel Elling has been named to lead the turf and ornamentals product development group for ES Field Solutions North America. Axel received his PhD from Iowa State University, where he studied plant-parasitic nematodes. He completed his postdoc training at Yale and then spent several years in the Pacific Northwest as faculty in the plant pathology department at Washington State University before joining Bayer. Prior roles at the company include leading the nematode screening group in Trait Research and Product Development Manager in Agronomic Development.

Sherry Wells

Sherry Wells, Ph.D.

Field Development Representative

Sheryl Wells, Ph.D., is a Field Development Representative for Bayer in the Southeastern region. She is responsible for coordinating field and greenhouse trials with university and private cooperators in a five state territory including Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi. Prior to joining Bayer, Sheryl was an Extension Specialist at University of Georgia with an appointment in Landscape Water Management/Ornamental Horticulture Pollution Prevention. Sheryl has 14 years of experience in golf, working her way up through the ranks to golf course superintendent. Sheryl also has experience in lawncare maintenance and ornamental production. She has a Ph.D. from Auburn University, Agronomy and Soils.

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