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Updated January 13, 2023


Evan C. Mascitti

116 ASI Building

University Park, PA 16802

(608) 513-8800

evanmascitti@gmail.com

https://www.evan-soil.io/

Summary

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.

Education

Ph.D (ABD), Soil Science - Penn State University

M.S., Agronomy - Penn State University (2014)

B.S., Geology - Beloit College, Beloit, WI (2012)

Employment

Pennsylvania State University (January 2019-present)

University Park, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Club (August 2016-December 2018)

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Gwinnett Braves Baseball Club (January 2016-August 2016)

Lawrenceville, Georgia

H&K Sports Fields (January 2015-January 2016)

Madison, Wisconsin

New York Mets Baseball Club (May 2014-October 2014)

Flushing, New York

Penn State University (August 2012-December 2014)

University Park, PA


Publications

Peer-reviewed journal articles

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

Submitted for peer-review

Mascitti, E.C., McNitt, A.S. 2022, and Drohan, P.J. Atterberg limits of baseball infield soils containing over-size sand, Part I: Effect of particle size. Submitted December 2022 to Geotechnical Testing Journal.

Mascitti, E.C., McNitt, A.S. 2022, and Drohan, P.J. Atterberg limits of baseball infield soils containing over-size sand, Part II: Effects of angularity and uniformity. Submitted December 2022 to Geotechnical Testing Journal.

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.

Manuscripts in preparation

Mascitti, E.C. and McNitt, A.S. 2022. Effect of particle size distribution and clay mineralogy on behavior of drying baseball infield soils. Planned submission to Sports Engineering.

Mascitti, E.C. and McNitt, A.S. 2022. Toughness of sand-clay mixtures under unconfined compression as a function of water content. Planned submission to Applied Clay Science.

Trade magazine articles

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/

Blog posts

Available at evan-soil.io/blog.


Teaching experience

Instructor of record

SOILS 921a, Turfgrass edaphology - Spring 2023

Lab instructor/Teaching assistant

SOILS 102, Introduction to Soils - Spring 2014 (Student rating 6.60/7) - Spring 2020 (Student rating 6.88/7 )

Teaching assistant

TURF 434, Turfgrass edaphology - Fall 2021

TURF 235, The Turfgrass - Fall 2012


Grant funding

2020


Presentations

Technical presentations:

2022

2021

  • A new laboratory method for measuring surface disruption of baseball infield soils. ASA, CSSA and SSSA Annual Meetings (Salt Lake City, UT). November 9. [Recording link]

2020

  • Effect of oversize particles on Atterberg limits of engineered soil mixtures for baseball and softball infields. ASA, CSSA and SSSA Annual Meetings (Virtual). November 9. [Recording link]

2017

  • Divot Resistance of Thick Cut Sod as Influenced by Preharvest Nitrogen and Sand Topdressing. 13th International Turfgrass Society meeting: New Brunswick, NJ. July 18.

2014

  • 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.

2012

  • 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.

Extension/outreach presentations:

2022

  • 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.

2021

  • Infield skin maintenance. Keystone Athletic Field Managers Organization Field Day: Reading, PA. September 16.

2020

  • Maximizing the performance of sports turf with plant growth regulators. PA Turf and Ornamentals School: Grantville, PA January 27.

2016

  • Developing performance standards for athletic turf. Georgia Sports Turf Managers Association Field Day: Precision Turf Farms, Braselton, GA. July 20.

Guest lectures and invited presentations:

2022

  • Infield materials, construction, and maintenance. TURF 436W guest lecture (Prof. Pete Landschoot). April 26.

2021

  • Infield skin construction and maintenance. TURF 434 guest lecture (Prof. Andy McNitt). Nov. 3.

  • Dissecting infield playability. FieldTurf sponsored webinar. April 7.

2020

  • 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.

2019

  • Soil physical properties for athletic fields. Penn State STMA Student Challenge training: University Park, PA. November 4.

2017

  • 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.

Podcast interviews

2022

2021


Skills and Expertise


Honors and Scholarships


Industry service

Professional Memberships


Personal interests


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