Integrity and Oversight
TWCA's Research Review Board provides third party peer review of data collected by cooperators across North America. Through this process they ensure the quality and integrity of the trialing process and make qualifications based solely on the trial results.
The Research Review Committee plays an important role in identifying new cooperators, determining trial locations, and creating and updating the TWCA Cooperators Manual.
Turfgrass Water Conservation Alliance (TWCA) created the Data Evaluation and Statistical Analyst (DESA) position. Filling this position for the inaugural role is Tyler Carr, graduate student at University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
“This position is the confluence of TWCA’s efforts to provide, sound scientific trialing to the turf community while elevating the next generation of scientists,” says Jack Karlin, Program Administrator of TWCA.
Despite this being the inaugural position, Carr, is no stranger to TWCA. His prior experience with TWCA came at University of Arkansas with Dr. Doug Karcher, Chair of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) Department of Horticulture and Crop Science (formerly of University of Arkansas) conducting lysimeter testing on turfgrasses determining the impact of soil texture on volumetric water demand. This work served as a keystone in developing TWCA’s innovative Water Calculator (turfgrasswaterconservationalliance.org).
Tyler’s nomination to this position came from Dr. Karcher. “I knew I wanted to pass this responsibility to someone who was qualified, experienced, and capable,” says Karcher. “Tyler is exactly the right guy for this.”