Professor Karasov’s undergraduate education in Biology was at University of Minnesota (1971-1975), and he was in graduate school in Biology at University of California, Los Angeles (U.C.L.A. 1975-1981), where he received his Ph.D. From 1980-1984 he was a postdoctoral associate in the Physiology Department at U.C.L.A.

In 1985 he came to UW-Madison, where he is currently a Professor. His primary campus home is in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, but he is also a member of other graduate programs: Molecular and Environmental Toxicology Center (METC), Department of Zoology, Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences (IGPNS).