Faculty of Science and Technology
Francis B. Lopez


Francis B. Lopez
Title: Dr.
Department: BCS
Discipline: Biology
Additional Titles: Research Fellow in Sports Agronomy Head of Department
Qualifications: B.Sc., Ph.D. (UWI) 
Contact: 246-417-4345
Teaching Areas:

Crop Ecology
Plant Physiology

BSc in Agriculture (First Class Honours, UWI, St. Augustine)

Ph.D. (UWI) in the area of crop physiology with graduate research conducted as a Visiting Fellow at Cornell University (USA)

Postdoctoral research training at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT, India), and at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA, USA)

Experience as a research agronomist in the sugarcane industry in Trinidad

Over 15 years’ experience as a member of the academic staff at the Cave Hill and St. Augustine campuses of the University of the West Indies

Research: Development of clear, defined and objective methods for assessment of sports fields.
Improved turfgrass growth and quality in water limited and/or saline environments
Identifying best practices in turf agronomy and sports surface science
Compiling information on the grasses of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean
Promotion of resource use efficiency and sustainability in turf/crop systems

Current projects:

Turf management to enhance quality and performance under water limited environments.
Turfgrass wear tolerance as affected by clipping frequency and fertilizer application.
Turf quality and water use in response to common agronomic manipulations (e.g. clipping frequency, herbicide formulation and organic fertilizer inputs).Weed effects and associations with regard to appearance, performance and diagnostic characteristics of sports fields.
Surface hardness properties of cricket pitches as related to soil moisture content
Taxonomy, identification and turf-related characteristics of local grasses


Fergus, D. N., Lopez, F. B. and Chinnery, L. E. 2012. Turf surface quality characteristics as affected by weeds on a cricket field. Paper presented at the 3rd International Turfgrass Conference of the European Turfgrass Society, Norway, 24-26 Jun 2012. BioforskFokus 7 (8) 111-112 (Reviewed Extended Abstract.

Lopez, F. B. and Chinnery, L. 2011. Work of the Sports Agronomy Team (SAT) for Cricket World Cup 2007. In Sports Event Management – The Caribbean Experience (L. Jordan, B. Tyson, C. Hayle, and D. Truly, editors).Ashgate Publishing Group, UK.

Chinnery, L. and Lopez, F. B. 2010. Surface hardness in relation to slope on cricket pitches in the Caribbean. In Proceedings of the2nd International Sport Surfaces Research Conference (STARSS 2), 21-22 Apr 2010, Loughborough University, UK, 16 p

Lopez, F. B. and Chinnery, L. 2010. Quantitative assessment of cricket outfields in the Caribbean region. In Proceedings of the2nd International Sport Surfaces Research Conference (STARSS 2), 21-22 Apr 2010, Loughborough University, UK, 19 p
King, R., Lopez, F., Chandler, J. and Chinnery L. 2009. Shade netting as a soil surface cover for the establishment of Bermuda grass (variety Princess-77). In Proceedings of the 45th Annual Meeting of the Caribbean Food Crops Society, 45 (2), 145-152

Lopez, F. B. and Chinnery, L. E. 2009. Development of a Stimpmeter for cricket fields. International Turfgrass Society Research Journal 11, 389-398

Lopez, F. B. and Chinnery, L. E. 2009. Surface hardness characteristics of cricket pitches as determined with the Clegg hammer. International Turfgrass Society Research Journal 11 (Annexe – Technical Papers), 38-40

Lopez, F. B. and Chinnery, L. 2008. A survey of grounds-keeping practices and needs for cricket fields in Barbados. In Proceedings of the International Congress on Tropical Agriculture, 30 Nov. - 3 Dec. 2008, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, pp 135-143

Additional Information: Research Fellow in Sports Agronomy
Winston F. Tinto  Winston F. Tinto , Professor of Organic Chemistry

Leah Garner-O'Neale Leah Garner-O'Neale, Dr.

Jeanese Badenock  Jeanese Badenock , Dr.

Sean McDowell , Professor of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry

Emma Smith    Emma Smith , Dr.

Avril R Williams, Dr.

Srinivasa Popuri, Dr.

Sergei M. Kulikov , Dr.

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