Rebecca Larson

Position title: Associate Professor and Extension Specialist


Phone: (608) 890-3171

232E Agricultural Engineering Building
460 Henry Mall
Madison, WI 53706

Becky Larson Headshot

Program Affiliations

  • Biological Systems Engineering

Education and Certificates

  • B.S. 2005 – Biosystems Engineering, Michigan State University
  • M.S. 2007 – Biosystems Engineering, Michigan State University
  • Ph.D. 2010 – Biosystems Engineering, Michigan State University

Fields of Interest

  • Biological waste
  • Manure management
  • Handling and treatment of agricultural and food processing waste
  • Agricultural sustainability
  • Land application of various waste streams, including runoff and leaching
  • Waste- to-energy technologies, including biogas production from anaerobic digestion
  • Composting


  • Safferman, S.I., Fernandez-Torres, I, Pfiffner, S.M., Larson, R.A., Mokma, D.L. 2010. “Predicting the Onset of Metal Leaching from Land Application of Wastewater Using Soil Sensors and Microbial Community Analysis.” Journal of Environmental Engineering.
  • Larson, R.A., S.I. Safferman. 2009. “Aerobic Treatment Unit Performance on Milking Parlor Wash Water.” Transactions of the ASABE. 52(3): 825-834.
  • Larson, R.A., S.I. Safferman. 2008. “Storm Water Best Management Practices that Maximize Aquifer Recharge.” Journal of Green Building. 3(1).
  • Larson, R., Safferman, S.I. 2009. “Stormwater Runoff Characterization from Animal Feeding Operations.” 2009 ASABE Annual International Meeting, Reno, Nevada.
  • Larson, R., Chang, B. 2009. “Reuse of Treated Wastewater for Golf Course Irrigation: Engineering Design for Michigan State University.” 2009 A&WMA Annual Conference and Exhibition, Detroit, Michigan.
  • Larson, B., Safferman, S. 2008. “Potential of Two Aerobic Units to Treat Milking Facility Wash Water.” Michigan Dairy Review, 13(3), 6-9.