Prospective Students

Current Opening:  Contact Paul Koch for current status.

We typically accept one graduate student into our lab each year that is interested in researching sustainable urban landscapes, pesticide fate and toxicology, and/or turfgrass pathology. We currently have ongoing research investigating the impact of turfgrass pesticides on the urban phytobiome, the impact of various temperature and soil effects on pesticide fate in urban systems, and development of rapid molecular assays for the detection of common root pathogens of turfgrass plants.


Prospective students should be highly motivated, work well in teams, and be interested in both applied and molecular approaches to solving complex problems. In addition, our lab has a significant extension component (70%) and students will be expected to contribute to outreach programs related to their research. If you are interested in learning more about our lab, please contact me by email at

For those more interested in our urban phytobiome work or other areas of plant pathology, I encourage you to apply to the Department of Plant Pathology for graduate school (

For those more interested in our pesticide fate and toxicology work, I encourage you to apply to the Molecular and Environmental Toxicology Center (

If you are unsure which might be a better fit for you, please contact me and I will be happy to discuss further.

Thanks for your interest in our lab,

Paul Koch



University of Wisconsin-Madison