Tim R. Murphy, a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, completed his B.S. degree in Agriculture at Berea College and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at Clemson University. He joined the University of Georgia in 1985 and is currently a Professor in the Crop and Soil Sciences Department in Griffin, Georgia. He currently is responsible for extension weed science efforts in turfgrasses, noncropland, and forage crops. Tim also conducts turfgrass and noncropland weed science research and teaches the weed science portion of a Turfgrass Pest Management course at the Athens campus.
Tim has authored or co-authored two books, five book chapters, 30 journal articles, 55 Extension bulletins and circulars and 64 popular articles in national or regional magazines and newsletters. The majority of these publications deal with weed control in turfgrasses. He is also responsible for developing the Cooperative Extension Service weed control recommendations for these commodities in Georgia. Tim, in cooperation with Bert McCarty and Danny Colvin at the University of Florida, David Hall at David Hall, Inc. and Ray Dickens and John Everest at Auburn University published a book on turfgrass weed identification. The book, Weeds of Southern Turfgrasses, contains 437 color photographs of 193 weed species that are found in cool- and warm-season turfgrasses in the southern United States. Over 30,000 copies of this book have been printed with sales of approximately 40,000 copies from four cooperating Extension Services in the southern United States.
Tim, his wife Marguerite, and daughter, Molly reside in Griffin.