Personal Biography of Dr. Steven L. Peck
Dr. Steven L. Peck is Associate Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at Brigham Young University. He received his Ph.D. in Biomathematics and Entomology under the direction of Dr. Stephen Ellner and Dr. Fred Gould, professors at North Carolina State University. He received his Masters Degree in Environmental Biostatistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Bachelors Degree in Statistics from Brigham Young University. The general focus of his research revolves around the rates and modes of evolution in spatially complex systems. He has developed mathematical and computer models of the spread of insect resistance in complex regions of transgenic cotton plantings. These models have been used by the EPA in developing strategies to manage insect resistance to Bt crops. Before coming to Brigham Young University he worked for the USDA-ARS in the Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center in Hilo, Hawaii where he worked on problems related to the movement and control of tephritid fruit flies. He has served on ad hoc committees for the USDA CREES grants panel (2005, 2006). In 2004, he also served on the U.S. EPA FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) for product characterization, human health risk, ecological risk, and insect resistance management for Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) cotton product. He has served as a consultant to the Korean government on developing strategies for managing insect resistance to Bt crops. He is currently working on an EPA/USDA initiated program to gain a comprehensive understanding of the complex simulation models that have been used to inform government agencies on the spread of resistance in transgenic crops. He teaches classes in Environmental Science, Ecology and the History and Philosophy of Biology.