Robert K. D. Peterson, P-IE Section Representative

Robert K. D. Peterson received a B.S. in entomology from Iowa State University (1987) and an M.S. (1991) and Ph.D. (1995) in entomology from the University of Nebraska. He also has a Ph.D. minor in plant physiology.

From 1995-2001, he was a field scientist, risk-assessment leader, and regulatory manager with Dow AgroSciences. Since 2002, he has been a professor of entomology at Montana State University.

Peterson leads the research, teaching, and outreach program in agricultural and biological risk assessment. More specifically, the program is centered on comparative risk assessment, including biotechnology risk, invasive species risk, infectious disease risk, and pesticide risk. Additional areas of research emphasis include plant-stress ecophysiology and integrated pest management. He has authored or co-authored 92 peer-reviewed publications, 25 non-refereed publications, 13 book chapters, and one book. Peterson was selected as the 2009 Winner of the Excellence in IPM Award from the Entomological Foundation. He teaches insect ecology, environmental risk assessment, and special topics graduate courses.

Peterson has been a member of ESA since 1985. He has participated in and organized several symposia at ESA national and Branch meetings and has judged student paper competitions. He has served on numerous ESA committees, including the national Program Committee for the Annual Meetings from 2006-2008. He was Program Chair of the ESA’s Annual Meeting in 2007 (San Diego). He has been a member of the ESA Governing Board since 2010 and currently serves on the Executive Committee. He is a contributing co-editor of American Entomologist and serves as editorial board member or associate editor of several journals.