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Sarah Orlofske


Sarah Orlofske joined the Department of Biology at UW-Stevens Point after earning her Ph.D. at University of Colorado-Boulder and serving as a visiting researcher at the University of North Dakota. Her dissertation in ecology and evolution was, “Predation on Parasites and its Consequences for Transmission.” Her research interests are in conservation biology, parasite and disease ecology, and evolution and physiological ecology.


  • UW-Stevens Point Excellence in Teaching, Scholarship, and Service University Award (2023)
  • UW-Stevens Point University Scholar Award (2022)
  • Education Scholar, Ecological Society of America (2017)
  • Ashton Cuckler New Investigator Award, American Society of Parasitologists (2014)


  • American Society of Parasitologists Committee on Education, co-chair
  • Annual Midwestern Conference of Parasitologists, member
  • Journal of Parasitology, associate editor
  • Helminthological Society of Washington
  • Wisconsin Wetlands Association, member

The best part about teaching for me is watching students discover the answers to their own scientific questions.

-Sarah Orlofske


Orlofske, S.A., Flaxman, S.M., Joseph, M.B., Melbourne, B.A., Fenton, A., & Johnson, P.T.J. (2018). “Experimental investigation of alternative transmission functions: quantitative evidence for the importance of non-linear transmission dynamics in host-parasite systems.” Journal of Animal Ecology. 87:703-715.

Associate Professor
Curator of Animal Parasites

TNR 446


Ph.D. - Ecology and Evolution
University of Colorado-Boulder

B.S. - Biology and Wildlife Ecology
UW-Stevens Point


Animal Parasitology
Ecological Methods
Introduction to Animal Biology