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Stephen Young

Stephen Young

Entomologist, National Veterinary Services Laboratory

National Veterinary Services Laboratory
Ames, IA


  • Entomologist, National Veterinary Services Laboratory


Stephen Young is an expert at Orthoptera identification, identifying Orthoptera specimens intercepted at ports of entry in the United States for the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 2014-2020. Several highlights from this time include seeing specimens of rarely collected Orthoptera species (Bucrates lanista, Miogryllus beliz, Nastonotus foreli, etc.), mentoring eight students, and creating a key to intercepted Nemobiinae. In addition to identification work, he also is attempting to discover potential invasion pathways and scenarios for major Orthoptera pests, notably locusts. He took a position with USDA APHIS Veterinary Services in 2020 and continues his work with Orthoptera as an independent scientist.