Professor and Chair
Educational & Professional Experience
1994 Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University.
1987 B.S. in Zoology, University of Washington.
2016- Chair, Biology Dept, Western Washington University
2007- Professor, Biology Dept, Western Washington University
2004- Adjunct Associate Professor, Entomology Dept, Washington State Univ.
2001-2007 Associate Professor, Biology Dept, Western Washington University
1997- Curator, Biology Dept Insect Collection, Western Washington University
1997-2001 Assistant Professor, Biology Dept, Western Washington University
1994-1997 Postdoc. Res. Assoc., Dept of Entomology, Univ. of MD, College Park
1990-1993 Graduate Teaching Asst., Ecology & Systematics, Cornell Univ.
Selected Awards & Honors
2009 Paul J. Olscamp Research Award, WWU
2009 Special Merit Increase, WWU
2006 Undergraduate-coauthored paper listed by Faculty of 1000 Biology
2003 Research Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany
1993 Outstanding Teaching Assistant, College of Agric. & Life Sci., Cornell Univ.
1987 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship
Insect Biodiversity Informatics
Development of web-based resources for identification of moths, butterflies, sawflies, and other insects
Production of a field guide to Pacific Northwest Insects (forthcoming, to be published by Seattle Audubon)
Insect Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Evolution of reproductive barriers in hybridizing insects
Community consequences of mutualistic interactions between herbivorous insects and ants
Insect dispersal and gene flow
Butterfly conservation biology
Land use effects on pollinators in agricultural settings
Forest harvesting impacts on moth communities
**Shelby, T., and M.A. Peterson. 2015. Despite extensive pollinator sharing, invasive blackberry has negligible impacts on reproductive success of a rare native wildflower. Northwest Science in press.
Crabo, L, Peterson, M., Zack, R, Hammond, P, Shepard, J, and **M. Davis. 2012. Moths of the Pacific Northwest: Drepanidae, Uraniidae, Lasiocampidae, Saturniidae, Sphingidae, Notodontidae, Erebidae, Euteliidae, Nolidae, and Noctuidae. Printed by Washington State University College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences & M.T. James Entomological Collection, Pullman, WA. 100pp.
Peterson, M.A., *Larson, E.L., *Brassil, M., *Buckingham, K.J., *Juárez, D., *Deas, J., *Mangloña, D., *White, M.A., *Maslan, J., *Schweitzer, A., and K.J. Monsen. 2011. Cryptic gametic interactions confer both conspecific and heterospecific advantages in the Chrysochus (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) hybrid zone. Genetica 139: 663-676.
Peterson, M.A. 2010. Monitoring plan for the Island Marble butterfly (Euchloe ausonides insulanus) at American Camp, San Juan Island National Historical Park. 21pp.
Peterson, M.A. 2009. Population ecology of the Island Marble butterfly (Euchloe ausonides insulanus): quantifying abundance and dispersal. Final Report to San Juan Island National Historical Park, for Study # SAJH-00039.
*undergraduate coauthors; **graduate student coauthors