Dean Volenberg received his Master’s and PhD degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Dean furthered his academic experience focusing on molecular biology as a post-doctoral associate at the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign. Prior to joining the Division of Plant Sciences Extension at the University of Missouri, Dean was at the University of Wisconsin Extension focusing on building cold-climate viticulture. Dean’s current research program is focused on applied and hypothesis driven discovery of pests that have economic implications for Eastern United States grape growers. His Extension program is multifaceted with attention focused on insect, fungal and viral pests and their management.