Jonathan Montgomery Ph.D.

Lecturer - Botany

Jonathan Montgomery
(707) 826-3673
SciD 169

Jonathan Montgomery grew up in Roslyn, Washington, completed his bachelor's at Humboldt State University in 2013 and acquired his PhD at the University of California, Riverside in 2018.

Specialty Area

Plant-water relations, biochar, turfgrass science and plant ecophysiology


PhD (2018) University of California, Riverside
BS (2013) Humboldt State University

Courses Taught

Principles of Biology
Introduction to Ecology
Tissue Culture
Plant Ecology


My work focuses on plant water use, specifically regarding turfgrass. Primarily I investigate the promise of biochar and other soil amendments in reducing turfgrass water use along with impacts on soil structure and function.


  • Montgomery, Jonathan F. "The Importance of Irrigation Scheduling for Water Savings with Turfgrass Grown in Soils Amended with Biochar." 2019 ASHS Annual Conference
  • Azeem, Muhammad, et al. "Biochar and compost effects on soil microbial communities and nitrogen induced respiration in turfgrass soils." Plos one 15.11 (2020): e0242209.
  • da Silva Filho, J. B., Fontes, P. C. R., Cecon, P. R., Ferreira, J. F., McGiffen, M. E., & Montgomery, J. F. (2020). “Yield of Potato Minitubers under Aeroponics, Optimized for Nozzle Type and Spray Direction.” HortScience, 55(1), 14-22.
  • Hale, L., Curtis, D., Azeem, M., Montgomery, J., Crowley, D. E., & McGiffen Jr, M. E. (2021). “Influence of compost and biochar on soil biological properties under turfgrass supplied deficit irrigation.” Applied Soil Ecology, 168, 104134.