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Tom Drietz Defends M.S. Thesis

Tom Drietz successfully defended his Plant Sciences M.S. thesis, Using Organic Amendments to Stabilize Sand-based Athletic Fields During the Turfgrass Establishment Period, April 10, 2019 at North Dakota State University.
Tom Drietz Defends M.S. Thesis

Tom Drietz (left) and advisor Dr. Deying Li

June 10, 2019

Tom Drietz successfully defended his Plant Sciences M.S. thesis, Using Organic Amendments to Stabilize Sand-based Athletic Fields During the Turfgrass Establishment Period, April 10, 2019 at North Dakota State University. His advisor was Deying Li, assistant professor of sports turf management in the Department of Plant Sciences.

Drietz used peat, coconut coir and wheat straw as organic materials mixed in sand as rootzones for athletic fields. He said that he found some success in surface and rootzone stabilization using wheat straw as an amendment in a sand-based rootzone.

Drietz is originally from Canby, Minnesota and received his bachelor’s degree in sports and urban turfgrass management at North Dakota State University. He is employed at NDSU as the sports turf manager and chose to complete his master’s degree at NDSU because he was familiar with the level of education he would receive and the commitment of faculty to students.

“There are many dedicated professors in the program who are willing and very able to help you succeed in your graduate studies and after graduation,” said Drietz.

His graduate committee included Li, Dr. Qi Zhang, Dr. Alan Zuk, and Dr. Aaron Daigh.

Author: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123,
Editor: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,

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