Victoria Lason

Victoria is a M.S entomology student co-advised by Dr. Jeri Barak  and Dr. Russell Groves.

Her current research concerns the characterization and influencing factors responsible for the survival and spread of S. enterica in fresh produce crops, primarily through an entomological perspective. Analyzing the relationships between Salmonella persistence in fresh produce and a variety of phytophagous insects holds potential to aid in the development of food protection strategies in the future.

Areas of interest

Agricultural entomology, insect influence upon plant diseases, plant-insect-microbe interactions, evolutionary biology

Education

M.S. Candidate in Entomology, University of Wisconsin – Madison

BA Biology, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, 2017

BA Environmental Studies, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, 2017