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About John D. Ophus

My research focuses on methods to better prepare teachers of STEM in pedagogy and content as well as exploring low-cost methods for attracting students to fields in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

I currently run the Iowa Near-Space Program Integrating Research and Education (INSPIRE) program. The project trains pre-service teachers in STEM and social studies fields to have students design, build, launch, and recover homemade satellites capable of reaching altitudes of 110,000 above sea-level.

My Master's degree focused on factors of the acquisition and innoculation of potato leafroll virus (PLRV) by the Green Peach Aphid (Myzus persicae) on Russet-Burbank potatoes.


Present Associate Professor, Biology, University of Northern Iowa Department of Biology


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  • Entomology
  • Science Education

Contact Information

University of Northern Iowa
McCollum Science Hall 14
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0421

Office: MSH 14
Phone: (319) 273-3960