Stephan is a graduate student at Colorado State University. He received his B.Sc. from the University of Maryland and his M.Sc. from Colorado State University. His current studies are focused on Cytospora Canker, a major limiting factor of peach production on the western slope of Colorado. His investigations include uncovering control options for growers to better consolidate pest management practices. His research includes linking epidemiology patterns with management techniques to decrease the incidence and damage of this fungal canker in stone fruit production systems.