Peter JT White

Assistant Professor,
Lyman Briggs College &

The Department of Entomology,
Michigan State University


pwhite [at] msu [dot] edu

By Mail:
Michigan State University
Lyman Briggs College
919 E. Shaw Ln, Room E35
East Lansing, MI 48825-3804

In Person:
East Holmes Hall Rm 193-A (Office)
Natural Sciences Building Rm 444/448 (Lab)




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:

Although I am an ecologist by training, I currently teach Introductory Cell and Molecular Biology along with a graduate course in insect genetics.

Recent and Current Projects

NSF Funded DRK12 Project: Connected Biology - Developing and implementing evolution curriculum in K-12 science classrooms.

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)

Information for Students

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.

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