Current Folks


Shawn Steffan, Research Entomologist, USDA-ARS Vegetable Crops Research Unit

Assistant Professor Dept. of Entomology, UW-Madison




Elissa Chasen (PhD, Entomology, UW-Madison)

Research Technician, USDA-ARS Vegetable Crops Research Unit




Prarthana Ghosh (PhD, Microbial Ecology, University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa)

Postdoc, Dept. of Entomology, UW-Madison






Shane Foye (M.S. Entomology and Plant Pathology, Oklahoma State University)

PhD Student, Dept. of Entomology, UW-Madison,




John Lake

B.S. Plant Pathology, Dec. 2018

Undergraduate Capstone




Molly Bidwell

B.S. Conservation Biology, Expected graduation 2021

Undergraduate Student




Ellen Koch, Undergraduate student

Past lab members

Stephanie Rink, Undergraduate student



Maria Chavez, M.S. Student in Entomology and Agroecology, UW-Madison, 2018

B.S. Horticulture and Conservation Ecology, New Mexico State University

Current position:  PhD student at Colorado State University in the Graduate Department Program in Ecology



Natalie Eisner, M.S. Student in Entomology, 2018

B.A. International Studies, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Current position: Plant Pest & Disease Specialist at DATCP (Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection)

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B.S. Biology, Alma College in Alma, MI.
Current position: University of Wisconsin Fruit Crop Extension Associate.




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Undergraduate Student




Hannah Gaines Day (PhD, Zoology, UW-Madison)

Postdoc, Dept. of Entomology, UW-Madison




Olivia Bernauer, B.S. Biology UW-Madison,M.S. Entomology, UMD-College Park.

Current: PhD candidate Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at Western Sydney University in Richmond, Australia



Annie Deutsch, M.S. Dept. of Entomology, UW-Madison

Currently working as agricultural extension agent in Door County, WI



merritt_thumbnailMerritt Singleton (M.S., Entomology, UW-Madison)  Former lab staff, UW-Madison

Currently taking care of two young children at home (also a long-term project).


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Scott Lee (B.S. Entomology, UW-Madison)

Former lab staff, Dept. of Entomology, UW-Madison



Unpictured students/helpers/staff

Chris Watson

Kendra Volk

Liz Bosak

Eric Wiesman

Ali Kane