Peter JT White
pwhite [at] msu [dot] edu
I have dual research interests in ecology and science education. With regards to the former, I investigate the biotic and abiotic drivers of Lepidoptera assemblage diversity, richness and abundance over moderate temporal and spatial scales. With regards to the latter, I am working on a project to develop and test integrative cases in evolution education; the materials we have developed can be found on our evolution education website: www.evo-ed.com.
Although I am an ecologist by training, I currently teach Introductory Cell and Molecular Biology along with a graduate course in insect genetics.
NSF Funded DRK12 Project: Connected Biology - Developing and implementing evolution curriculum in K-12 science classrooms. http://lymanbriggs.msu.edu/news_and_events/2016/WhiteGrant.cfm
White et al., (2016) The technical and performance characteristics of a low-cost simply constructed, black light moth trap. Journal of Insect Science 16(1): 25; 1-9. (Click here to read the article.)
Entomology Today Feature: A cheaper, lighter moth trap may make citizen science more affordable
Learning Science by Doing Science: Bringing Moth Science to K-12 Education (Click here for details of the project)
Undergraduate Students: Every summer I employ undergraduates to work on various projects in Lepidoptera research. Email me if you are interested in applying. Preference will be given to freshmen, sophomores and juniors.
**Click to read a Lyman Briggs student talk about her experiences working in the moth lab this past summer.
Graduate Students: I do not have any funded graduate student openings at the moment.