Jonathan P Behling

Adjunct Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Sole Proprietor, Back To Our Roots (Community Supported Agriculture)
School of Hospitality Leadership
College of Management

Office: 455 Heritage Hall

Brief Biography

I have had life long interest and experience in crop production, plant physiology and horticulture with an emphasis on environmental sustainability. Recently, with the University of Wisconsin-Extension Service I have had the role of commercial educator in horticulture and have provided coursework and information regarding turfgrass science to the commercial sector of the turfgrass industry. As the owner of a small agricultural business I bring practical experiences in business operations. I expect that students who have successfully completed my courses will not only have a solid grasp of the fundamentals of turfgrass science and culture but also an appreciation of golf courses’ responsibility to the environment and the surrounding community.

Class Schedule

Fall 2015

Course Section Days Time Location
GEM-250 001 We 13:25 - 16:25 HERH436
GEM-250 900 Online


    • Ph D Plant Breeding and Genetics-Horticulture
      University of Wisconsin-Madison
      Madison, WI, 1987
    • MS Horticulture and Plant Breeding
      University of Nebraska-Lincoln
      Lincoln, NE, 1980
    • BS Agronomy and Horticulture
      University of Wisconsin-River Falls
      River Falls, WI, 1978

Courses Taught

  • GEM-250 Turfgrass Mgmt For Golf Course
  • GEM-450 Environmental Golf Course Mgmt
  • GEM-499 Independent Study

Work Experience

    Academic - Post-Secondary

      • University of Wisconsin-Stout, School of Hospitality Leadership
        Adjunct Professor
        January 2006 - Present
      • University of Wisconsin-Extension
        Horticultural Agent
        February 2003 - January 2006
      • University of Southern Maine (Lewiston-Auburn and Portland Campuses)
        Assistant Professor
        January 1997 - August 1999
      • Bowdoin College
        Research Associate
        September 1996 - June 1997
      • University of Wisconsin-Madison
        Graduate Research Assistant
        August 1983 - December 1986
      • University of Wisconsin
        Research Specialist
        August 1980 - August 1983


      • Back To Our Roots (Community Supported Agriculture)
        Sole Proprietor
        January 2000 - Present
      • Alf Christianson Seed Company
        Plant Breeder-Project Leader
        June 1987 - July 1996
      • Alf Christianson Seed Company
        Research Manager
        November 1991 - January 1994

Intellectual Contributions

    Technical Report

    • Behling, J. (1997). American Society of Horticulture Vegetable Cultivar Database. .

    Journal Article

    • Lodding, C., Cardon, Z., Behling, J., & Zarin, D. (1997). Water Relation Differences Between Cogeneric Birch Species in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Ecology Society of America, 22.
    • Behling, J. (1992). Seed Production of Beta vulgaris (Red Table Beet) in the Pacific Northwest. Washington State Horticulture Abstracts, 21(93).
    • Behling, J., Gerloff, G. C., & Gabelman, W. H. (1986). Intraspecific Variation in Internal Ca Utilization by Tomatoes Grown Under Low Ca Stress. Hortscience, 21(3), 713-714.
    • Behling, J., Riordan, T. P., Kinbacher, E. J., & Shearman, R. C. (1979). Evaluation of Kentucky Bluegrass Hybridization Methods. American Society of Agronomy, 132(55).

Awards, Fellowships, Honors, and Scholarships


    • Horticulture Graduate Council (1986)
    • Sigma Xi (Honorary Research Society) (1986)
    • Alpha Zeta Honorary Agricultural Fraternity (1977)


    • Agronomy Student of the Year (1978)

Professional Memberships

  • Upper Midwest Organic Farming Association
  • Crossroads Kitchen Advisory council
  • American Society for Horticulture Science
  • Root and Bulb Crops Germplasm Advisory Council
  • USDA Brassica and Leafy Vegetable Germplasm Advisory Council
  • ASHS Vegetable Breeding Working Group
  • American Seed trade Association
  • International Society for Horticulture Science
  • Sugar Beet Technologists of America
  • Washington State Biotechnical Consortium



    • Member, Audubon Society – Skagit Chapter (On-going)
    • Old Growth Forest Alliance (On-going)
    • The Nature Conservancy – Washington Chapter (On-going)
    • Board of Directors, Care-Link (November 2008 - May 2013)
    • Volunteer, Scarborough Marsh Atlantic Coast Nature Sanctuary (June 1997 - June 1999)
    • Volunteer, Maine Audubon (August 1996 - May 1999)
    • Tidal Marsh Steward Workshop (May 1997)
    • Committee Member, Skagit Valley Literacy Council (May 1992 - May 1994)