Updated March 27, 2023
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I am in the final year of earning my PhD in soil science at Penn State. I worked as a sports turf manager for several years before returning to graduate school. My current research focus is engineered soil mixtures for use on baseball fields. While earning my PhD I have demonstrated the ability to perform all the skills required of a modern scientist: conduct novel experiments, write in academic and popular formats, speak to a variety of audiences, teach and mentor undergraduate students, build software, and attract external grant funding. After graduation I plan to continue my career as an academic soil scientist with both teaching and research activities.
University Park, Pennsylvania
Flushing, New York
University Park, PA
Mascitti, E.C., McNitt, A.S., and Serensits, T.J, 2017. Divot resistance of thick cut sod as influenced by preharvest nitrogen and sand topdressing. International Turfgrass Society Research Journal. 13: p. 1-8. https://doi.org/10.2134/itsrj2017.01.0010
Mascitti, E.C., McNitt, A.S. 2022, and Drohan, P.J. Atterberg limits of baseball infield soils containing over-size particles, Part I: Effect of particle size. Submitted February 2023 to Soil Research.
Mascitti, E.C., McNitt, A.S. 2022, and Drohan, P.J. Atterberg limits of baseball infield soils containing over-size particles, Part II: Effects of sand angularity and uniformity. Submitted February 2023 to Soil Research.
Mascitti, E.C. and McNitt, A.S. 2022. A laboratory method to measure surface disturbance of baseball infield soils by cleated footwear. Submitted November 2022 to Geotechnical Testing Journal.
Mascitti, E.C. and McNitt, A.S. 2023. Effect of particle size distribution and clay mineralogy on behavior of drying baseball infield soils. In preparation; planned submission to Sports Engineering.
Mascitti, E.C. and McNitt, A.S. 2023. Using the unconfined compression test to measure toughness of fine-grained soils. In preparation; planned submission to Applied Clay Science.
Mascitti, E.C. and McNitt, A.S. 2023. Clay mineralogy and sand content affect toughness of sand-clay mixtures at the plastic limit. In preparation; planned submission to Applied Clay Science.
Mascitti, E.C. What is clay? SportsField Management Magazine. October issue. https://sportsfieldmanagementonline.com/2021/10/12/what-is-clay/13123/
Mascitti, E.C. and McNitt, A.S., 2021. Dissecting infield playability. SportsField Management Magazine. March issue. https://sportsfieldmanagementonline.com/2021/03/15/dissecting-infield-playability/12504/
Mascitti, E.C., McNitt, A.S., and Serensits, T.J., 2016. Lean and mean: Sod production for in-season field replacements. SportsTurf Magazine. https://sportsfieldmanagementonline.com/2016/05/31/lean-and-mean-sod-production-for-in-season-field-replacements/8035/
Available at evan-soil.io/blog.
SOILS 921a, Turfgrass edaphology - Spring 2023
SOILS 102, Introduction to Soils - Spring 2014 (Student rating 6.60/7) - Spring 2020 (Student rating 6.88/7 )
TURF 434, Turfgrass edaphology - Fall 2021
TURF 235, The Turfgrass - Fall 2012
Rational mix design for baseball infield soils. ASA, CSSA and SSSA Annual Meetings (Baltimore, MD). November 8. [Recording link]
Design and performance of soil mixtures used on baseball infields. Penn State Department of Ecosystem Science and Management Seminar (University Park, PA). April 25.
The effects of pre-harvest cultural practices on the divot resistance of thick-cut Kentucky bluegrass sod. Master of Science thesis defense. Presented in partial fulfillment for a Master of Science degree in Agronomy: Penn State University, University Park, PA. December 13. 2017
Divot resistance of thick-cut sod as influenced by pre-harvest cultural practices. ASA, CSSA and SSSA Annual Meetings: Long Beach, CA. November 4.
Turf with an Attitude: Sod Production for American Football Fields. Plant Science departmental seminar: Penn State University, University Park, PA. April 18.
Temporal controls of tufa deposition, southwestern Wisconsin. Undergraduate thesis defense. Presented in partial fulfillment for a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology: Beloit College, Beloit, WI April 26.
Using water to study rocks: temporal controls of tufa deposition, southwestern Wisconsin. 36th Annual undergraduate research symposium: Beloit College, Beloit WI. April 12.
New lab tests for infield soils. Mid-Atlantic Sports Field Managers Association Spring Education event: Laurel Park Racetrack, Laurel Run, MD. March 2.
Infield skin construction and renovation. Mid-Atlantic Sports Field Managers Association Spring Education event: Laurel Park Racetrack, Laurel Run, MD. March 2.
High-performance infield soils. Major League Baseball Grounds Managers Symposium: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO. November 29.
Soil science on the infield. Penn State Landscape & Ornamentals Field Day: Medlar Field, University Park, PA. July 29.
Infield maintenance and materials. Keystone Athletic Field Managers Organization Field Day: White Township, Indiana, PA. June 22.
The Performance of Infield Soils - From Materials Selection to Proper Maintenance. Keystone Athletic Field Managers Organization: East Earl, PA. February 18.
Novel lab tests for baseball and softball infield mixes. Sports Field Management Association: Savannah, GA. January 18.
Infield skin construction and maintenance. TURF 434 guest lecture (Prof. Andy McNitt). Nov. 3.
Dissecting infield playability. FieldTurf sponsored webinar. April 7.
Penn State turfgrass science alumni panel. Live stream via Penn State College of Agricultural Science. Oct. 22.
Engineered soils Q & A. Live YouTube broadcast by Beacon Athletics and DuraEdge Products. May 5. Recording available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nW4q4CZ1v-c
Snacks, soil, and surface area. SOILS 071 (Environmental Sustainability) guest lecture: Penn State University. January 21.
History of the STMA and baseball field dimensions. Penn State STMA Student Challenge training: University Park, PA. January 13.
What’s grad school all about? Beloit Collge Advising Day: Beloit, WI. March 24.
Student-athlete alumni panel. Beloit Collge Advising Day: Beloit, WI. March 24.
Safe baseball infields. Cornell Turfgrass Show 2021: Episode 10. [Recording link]
What makes a quality infield mix? Fresh Cut Grass: Season 1, episode 9. [Recording link]
Applied turfgrass and soils research; design of experiments; method development
Expertise in soil physical properties
Proficiency with a variety of computer software including languages for data science (R, Python, Bash, SAS, SQL), markup and
typesetting (Markdown, LaTeX, Pandoc), pipeline automation (GNU
Make), version control (Git), basic web design (HTML5, CSS3), and
Effective communication through oral, written, and graphical means. Basic Spanish language competency
Personnel management, including hiring, training, scheduling, and payroll
Management of cool- and warm-season turfgrass
Laser grading/construction/renovation/maintenance of infield skin, pitcher’s mound, and home plate areas
Andrew McNitt Graduate Fellowship (Penn State University, 2019-present)
Dr. James Watson Graduate Scholarship (Sports Field Management Association, 2022)
C. Reese Berdanier Endowed Award (Penn State University, 2019)
Penn State Graduate Student Assistantship- full tuition remission plus stipend (2012-2014)
Waddington-Harper Scholarship - awarded to outstanding students who plan careers in sports turf management (Keystone Athletic Field Managers Organization, February 2014)
Joe Kobylka Award – given to a student-athlete who has best exemplified the qualities of sportsmanship and team spirit throughout their career (Beloit College, May 2012)
Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society (Beloit College, May 2012)
Eagle Scout Rank (Boy Scouts of America, 2006)
Sports Field Management Association (2012-present)
American Society of Agronomy/Crop Science Society of America/Soil Science Society of America (2014-present)
History and philosophy of science
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