Sam Soper


Associate Research Specialist
Department of Plant Pathology and Entomology
285 Russell Labs
1630 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706


I work with the Koch lab in the Department of Plant Pathology and the Williamson lab in the Department of Entomology.  I assist both labs throughout the year in carrying out research activities related to turfgrass and soil systems.  During the growing season I primarily work to setup, maintain, and collect data from our turf disease research trials at the Turfgrass Diagnostic Lab ( in Verona, WI.  I also apply fungicide research trials for the UW Turfgrass Fungicide Testing Program at our research facility and on golf courses, sod farms, and turf related locations throughout the Midwest.  In the winter months I assist faculty, staff, and graduate students with their ongoing projects.

Previous Experience

2008-2014: Involved with the Plant Pathology, Soil Science, and Entomology departments as an undergraduate hourly and research intern.


B.S. (Geography);  University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, 2011

University of Wisconsin-Madison