Eric earned his B.S. in Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences from Virginia Tech and his M.S. in Plant Sciences from the University of Tennessee. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Plant, Soils, and Insects with an emphasis in turfgrass weed science. His dissertation research is focused on developing management programs for off-type grasses in ultradwarf bermudagrass putting greens. Other areas of research include identifying hybrid bermudagrasses using molecular markers and synthetic turf surface temperature reduction.