Erik Ervin, former professor of crop and soil environmental sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The emeritus title may be conferred on retired professors, associate professors, and administrative officers who are specially recommended to the board by Virginia Tech President Tim Sands. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the university community since 2001, Ervin contributed to the Virginia turfgrass industry through his work on turfgrass stress physiology and resource-efficient management of lawns, parks, golf courses, and sports fields challenged by heat, drought, salt, and freezing temperatures.

Ervin was active in the American Society of Agronomy and the Crop Science Society of America. At Virginia Tech, he was the interim head of the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences in 2017 and served as the assistant dean for instruction. In the classroom, Ervin taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses.

He now serves as chair of the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Delaware.

Ervin received his bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Colorado State University.