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Philip Brown

Philip Brown
416 Smyth Hall
School of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Blacksburg, VA 24061


My appointment in the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences is 100% extension. My extension program will focus on the appropriate use, upkeep, and installation of septic systems. 


  • Soil Science
  • Septic Systems


  • Ph.D. Plant and Environmental Science, Clemson University, 2018 
  • M.S. Plant and Environmental Science, Clemson University, 2004
  • BSc.(hons) Environmental Science, The University of Bradford (UK), 2001

As an extension specialist in soil science and septic systems my research will be designed to provide the best possible information to both practitioners and homeowners. My goal is to provide information grounded in research to a wide variety of interested parties including regulatory staff, system installers, and homeowners. This information will be provided using a variety of different methods including courses and workshops regarding the soil science of septic systems, field days, electronic publications, and various other electronic media outlets. I hope to provide information that allows best management practices for septic systems to be implemented at all levels form the installer to the homeowner.

I am keen to make the most of my knowledge and experience for the benefit of the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and serve them in the best way I can.

Assistant Professor | 2019 – present
School of Plant and Environmental Science
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Postdoctoral Researcher | 2018-2019
Plant and Environmental Sciences
Clemson University, Clemson Sc.

  • North American Colleges & Teachers of Agriculture and the Clemson University College of Agriculture, Forestry & Life Sciences, Entomology & Plant Sciences Graduate Student Teaching Award of Merit.  2008. Clemson University
  1. Brown, P.J., L.B. McCarty, M.B. Addy, and V.L. Quisenberry. 2019. Influence of Increasing Fines on Soil Physical Properties of USGA Sand. HortScience 54(11):2063-2066.
  2. Brown, P.J., R.B. Cross, L.B. McCarty, and R.A. Kerr. 2019. Control of torpedograss (panicum Repens) and southern watergrass (luziola fluitans) in bermudagrass turf. WeedTech.
  3. Kerr, R.A., L.B. McCarty, P.J. Brown, J. Harris, and J.S. McElroy. 2019. Immediate irrigation improves turfgrass safety to postemergence herbicides. HortScience. 54(2): 353-356.
  4. McCarty, L.B., A.W. Gore, P.J. Brown, S.B. Martin, and C.E. Wells. 2017. Potential health benefits of pigment-containing products on creeping bentgrass and hybrid bermudagrass. International Journal of Plant & Soil Science. 15(3): 1-13.
  5. Brown, P., J.L. Atkinson, L.B. McCarty, and V.L. Quisenberry. 2016. Soil physical responses of a compacted sports field following various core aerification techniques. International Journal of Plant & Soil Science. 9(3): 1-9.
  6. Quisenberry, V.L., P.J. Brown and B.R. Smith. 2006. In-situ liquid storage capacity measurements of subsurface wastewater absorption system products. Journal of Environmental Health 69(4):9-15
  7. Baldwin, C.M., H.Liu, and P.J. Brown. 2006. Effects of core cultivation tine entry angle on golf putting greens. HortTechnology 16(2):265-269.
  8. Liu, H., L.B. McCarty, C.E. Wells, C.M. Baldwin, and P.J. Brown. 2005. A greenhouse establishment study comparing peanut shell bio-solid with peat moss as an organic source for root zone mix. International Turfgrass Society Research Journal. July. 10 (Part 2): p.1108-1114.
  9. Burnett, S, V.L. Quisenberry, L.B. McCarty, R. Hubbard, and P.J. Brown. 2005. Distribution of water in USGA recommended sands as affected by bridging factor. International Turfgrass Society Research Journal 10 (part II):1144-1149.