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,




Past lab members


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, minor: Mathematics, Class of ’14, UW-Madison).
Former undergraduate thesis student.

Pursuing an M.S. in Entomology from the University of Maryland, van Englesdorp lab




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