Robert K. D. Peterson

 

 

Dr. Robert K. D. Peterson

Professor of Entomology

 

 

 

Comparative Biological Risk Assessment

Insect Ecology

334 Leon Johnson Hall
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-3120

Office 406-994-7927
bpeterson@montana.edu

photo by Leslie McDaniel, 2011

Featured Web Sites:
Nature Macrophotography
Insects, Disease, and History
West Nile Virus, Mosquito Management, and Risk
AgBiosafety
 

Courses:
Environmental Risk Assessment (ENSC 407 / LRES 507) - Odd Years (Fall Semester)
Insect Ecology (BIOE 422 / ENTO 510) - Odd Years (Spring Semester)
Graduate Seminar (ENTO 594) - Odd Years (Spring Semester)
 

Current Research Areas:

My research program at MSU primarily is focused on agricultural and biological risk assessment. More specifically, the program is centered on comparative risk assessment. Additional areas of research emphasis include plant-stress ecophysiology and integrated pest management. All three areas form a diverse, yet interrelated research program.

Risk Assessment Research. My research program can best be described as encompassing various aspects of comparative risk assessment. The purpose of comparative risk assessment is to qualitatively and quantitatively compare different environmental risks for the purpose of improved decision-making. Within this umbrella, we are developing innovative approaches to risk assessment.

The specific research projects can be grouped under biotechnology risk, invasive species risk, and pesticide risk. Biotechnology risk research focuses mainly on agricultural plants and includes glyphosate-tolerant crops, Bt crops, and plant-based biopharmaceuticals. Within these biotechnology areas, we are developing and evaluating approaches to optimize human health and ecological risk assessments. Invasive species research includes human health risks associated with vector-borne diseases (e.g., West Nile Virus) and human and ecological risks associated with introduced weed species. The pesticide risk research is mainly tied to comparative assessments of biotechnology or invasive species issues. For example, human health risks from West Nile Virus are compared to risks from the use of insecticides to control mosquito vectors of the virus.

An additional risk topic includes research on the relationships between pest damage and food toxicology and nutrition. Specifically, we are using insect herbivores to injure plants or stored grain, measure subsequently induced phytotoxins, antinutrients and mycotoxins, and then relate those products to human dietary risk.

Plant-Stress Ecophysiology Research.  The primary project in this category involves wheat physiological responses to the wheat stem sawfly. Other activities include developing models of plant physiological response to different arthropod injury guilds and characterizing invasive weed physiological responses to injury by biological control insects. The latter project has important consequences for determining the impact of biological control on weeds and therefore for assessing the risks and benefits of biocontrol programs.

Integrated Pest Management Research.  This research primarily focuses on IPM theory, specifically economic decision levels.

Current Project Members

Jennifer L. Bodin (MS Student)

Christopher R. Brown (PhD Student)

Collin J. Preftakes (PhD Student)

 

        Former Students

Shavonn Whiten (MS, 2014)
Jerome J. Schleier III (MS, 2008; PhD, 2012)
Bahram Farokhkish (MS, 2012)
Marjolein Schat (PhD, 2008)
Ryan Davis (MS, 2007)
Courtney Pariera Dinkins (MS, 2006)
Leslie Shama (MS, 2006)


BRIEF CV - ROBERT K. D. PETERSON

EDUCATION

Doctor of Philosophy. 1995. University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Entomology. Minor in Agronomy.

Master of Science. 1991. University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Entomology.

Bachelor of Science. 1987. Iowa State University. Entomology and Pest Management.


PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE

Professor (2011 – present). Agricultural and Biological Risk Assessment. Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences.  Montana State University.

Associate Professor (2002 – 2011). Agricultural and Biological Risk Assessment. Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences.  Montana State University. 

Research Biologist (1995 – 2001). Dow AgroSciences, Omaha, NE and Indianapolis, IN. Field Development Scientist (1995-1997), Risk Assessment Leader (1997-1999), Regulatory Manager (1999-2001).

Adjunct Associate Professor (1996 – 2007). Department of Entomology. University of Nebraska. Assistant Professor, 1996; Associate Professor, 2000.

Graduate Research Assistant (1992 – 1995). Department of Entomology. Insect Ecology and Plant Ecophysiology Research Project. University of Nebraska. Project Leader:  Dr. Leon G. Higley.

Graduate Research Assistant (1989 – 1991). Department of Entomology. Forage Insects Research Project. University of Nebraska. Project Leader: Dr. Stephen D. Danielson.

Extension and Research Assistant (1988 – 1989). Department of Botany and Plant Pathology. Oregon State University Extension Service. Project Leader: Dr. Jay W. Pscheidt.

Laboratory and Field Research Technician (1985 – 1988). Department of Entomology. Integrated Pest Management Project. Iowa State University. Project Leader: Dr. Larry P. Pedigo.


PUBLICATIONS AND SOFTWARE

Publications:            97 refereed publications 

Books:                      1 book and 13 book chapters

JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

Peterson, R.K.D., and J.J. Schleier III. 2014. A probabilistic analysis reveals fundamental limitations with the environmental impact quotient and similar systems for rating pesticide risks. (PeerJ 2:e364; DOI 10.7717/peerj.364).

Peterson, R.K.D. 2013. Mosquito Moan, by Blind Lemon Jefferson. American Entomologist 59:110-112. (reprint).

Lehnhoff, E.A., B.K. Keith, W.E. Dyer, R.K.D. Peterson, and F.D. Menalled. 2013. Minimal fitness cost of multiple herbicide resistance in wild oat (Avena fatua). Agronomy Journal 105:854-862. (reprint).

Schleier III, J.J., and R.K.D. Peterson. 2013. A refined aquatic ecological risk assessment for a pyrethroid insecticide used for adult mosquito management. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 32:948-953. (reprint).

Schleier III, J.J., R.K.D. Peterson, K.M. Irvine, L.M. Marshall, D.K. Weaver, and C.J. Preftakes. 2012. Environmental fate model for ultra-low-volume insecticide applications used for adult mosquito management. Science of the Total Environment 438:72-79. (reprint).

Schleier III, J.J., and R.K.D. Peterson. 2012. The joint toxicity of type I, II, and non-ester pyrethroid insecticides. Journal of Economic Entomology 105:85-91. (reprint).

Peterson, R.K.D., M. Buteler, D.K. Weaver, T.B. Macedo, Z. Sun, O. Gerardo Perez, and G.R. Pallipparambil. 2011. Parasitism and the demography of wheat stem sawfly larvae, Cephus cinctus. Biocontrol 56:831-839. (reprint).

Sing, S.E., and R.K.D. Peterson. 2011. Assessing environmental risks for established invasive weeds: Dalmatian (Linaria dalmatica) and yellow (L. vulgaris) toadflax in North America. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 8:2142-2152. (reprint).

Preftakes, C.J., J.J. Schleier III, and R.K.D. Peterson. 2011. Bystander exposure to ultra-low-volume insecticide applications used for adult mosquito management. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 8:2142-2152. (reprint).

Schat, M., S.E Sing, R.K.D. Peterson, F.D. Menalled, and D.K. Weaver. 2011. Growth inhibition of Dalmatian toadflax, Linaria dalmatica (L.) Miller, in response to injury by the stem-mining weevil, Mecinus janthinus Germar. Journal of Entomological Science 46:232-246. (reprint).

Davis, P.B., F.D. Menalled, R.K.D. Peterson, and B.D. Maxwell. 2011. Refinement of weed risk assessments for biofuels using Camelina sativa as a model species.  Journal of Applied Ecology 48:989-997. (reprint).

Peterson, R.K.D., L.M. Barber, and J.J. Schleier III. 2011. Net risk: A risk assessment of long-lasting insecticide bed nets for malaria management. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 84:951-956. (reprint).

Davis, R.S., R.K.D. Peterson, and L.G. Higley. 2011. M-DEC: A spreadsheet program for producing multiple decrement life tables and estimating mortality dynamics for insects. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 75:363-367. (reprint).

Wolt, J.D., and R.K.D. Peterson. 2010. Prospective formulation of environmental risk assessments: probabilistic screening for Cry1A(b) maize risk to aquatic insects. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 73:1182-1188. (reprint).

Schleier III, J.J., and R.K.D. Peterson.  2010. Limitations of the Entomological Operational Risk Assessment using deterministic and probabilistic analyses. Military Medicine 175:594-598. (reprint). 

Schleier III, J.J., C. Preftakes, and R.K.D. Peterson. 2010. The effect of fluorescent tracers on droplet spectrum, viscosity, and density of pesticide formulations. Journal of Environmental Science and Health 45:621-625 (reprint). 

Schleier III, J.J., and R.K.D. Peterson. 2010. Toxicity and risk assessment of permethrin and naled to non-target terrestrial insects after adult mosquito management.  Ecotoxicology 19:1140-1146 (reprint).

Delaney, K.J., D.K. Weaver, and R.K.D. Peterson. 2010. Photosynthesis and yield reductions from wheat stem sawfly (Hymenoptera: Cephidae) infestation: Interactions with wheat solidness, water stress, and phosphorus deficiency. Journal of Economic Entomology 103:516-524. (reprint).

Barber, L.M., J.J. Schleier III, and R.K.D. Peterson.  2010. Economic cost analysis of West Nile virus outbreak, Sacramento County, California, USA, 2005. Emerging Infectious Diseases 16:480-486. (reprint).

Macedo, P.A., J.J. Schleier III, M. Reed, K. Kelley, G.W. Goodman, D.A. Brown, R.K.D. Peterson. 2010. Evaluation of efficacy and human health risk of aerial ultra-low volume applications of pyrethrins and piperonyl butoxide for adult mosquito management in response to West Nile virus activity in Sacramento County, California. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association 26:57-66. (reprint).

Schleier III, J.J., and R.K.D. Peterson. 2010. Deposition and air concentrations of permethrin and naled used for adult mosquito management.  Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 58:105-111. (reprint).

Buteler, M., D.K. Weaver, and R.K.D. Peterson. 2009. Oviposition behavior of the wheat stem sawfly when encountering plants infested with cryptic conspecifics. Environmental Entomology 38:1707-1715. (reprint).

Delaney, K.J., F.J. Haile, R.K.D. Peterson, and L.G. Higley. 2009. Seasonal patterns of leaf photosynthesis after insect herbivory on common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca : Reflection of a physiological cost of reproduction, not defense? American Midland Naturalist 162:224-238. (reprint).

Barber, L.M., R.K.D. Peterson, C. Montagne, W.P. Inskeep, and J.J. Schleier III. 2009. A dietary risk assessment of an indigenous salt mineral source of the Darhad Valley, Northern Mongolia. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment 15:907-922. (reprint).

Peterson, R.K.D. 2009. The real enemy: scrub typhus and the invasion of Sansapor. American Entomologist 55:91-94. (reprint).

Schleier III, J.J., P.A. Macedo, R.S. Davis, L.M. Shama, and R.K.D. Peterson. 2009. A two-dimensional probabilistic acute human-health risk assessment of insecticide exposure after adult mosquito management. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment 23:555-563. (reprint).

Schleier III, J.J., R.S. Davis, L.M. Barber, P.A. Macedo, and RK.D. Peterson. 2009. A probabilistic risk assessment for deployed military personnel after the implementation of the “Leishmaniasis Control Program” at Tallil Air Base, Iraq. Journal of Medical Entomology 46:693-702. (reprint).

Golick, D.A., R.K.D. Peterson, and L.G. Higley. 2009. Using the World Wide Web to educate and inform the public about risk and agricultural biotechnology. Journal of Agricultural and Food Information 10:102-112. (reprint).

Peterson, R.K.D., R.S. Davis, L.G. Higley, and O.A. Fernandes. 2009. Mortality risk in insects. Environmental Entomology 38:2-10. (reprint).

Macedo, T.B., R.K.D. Peterson , D.K. Weaver, and X. Ni. 2009. Impact of Diuraphis noxia (Mordvilko) and Rhopalosiphum padi (L.) (Hemiptera: Aphididae) on primary physiology of four near-isogenic wheat lines. Journal of Economic Entomology 102:412-421. (reprint).

Antwi, F.B., and R.K.D. Peterson. 2009. Toxicity of d-phenothrin and resmethrin to non-target insects. Pest Management Science 65:300-305. (reprint).

Peterson, R.K.D. 2008. Insect photography. American Entomologist 50:202-204. (reprint).

Delaney, K.J., F.J. Haile, R.K.D. Peterson, and L.G. Higley.2008. Impairment of leaf photosynthesis after insect herbivory or mechanical injury on common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca. Environmental Entomology 37:1332-1343. (reprint).

Schleier III, J.J., S.E. Sing, and R.K.D. Peterson. 2008. Regional ecological risk assessment for the introduction of Gambusia affinis (western mosquitofish) into Montana watersheds. Biological Invasions 10:1277-1287. (reprint).

Pariera Dinkins, C.L., R.K.D. Peterson, J.E. Gibson, Q. Hu, and D.K. Weaver. 2008. Glycoalkaloid responses of potato to Colorado potato beetle defoliation. Food and Chemical Toxicology 46:2832-2836. (reprint).

Pariera Dinkins, C.L., and R.K.D. Peterson. 2008. A human dietary risk assessment associated with glycoalkaloid responses of potato to Colorado potato beetle defoliation. Food and Chemical Toxicology 46:2837-2840. (reprint).

Davis, R.S., and R.K.D. Peterson. 2008. Effects of single and multiple applications of mosquito insecticides on non-target arthropods. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association 24:270-280. (reprint).

Antwi, F., L.M. Shama, and R.K.D. Peterson. 2008. Risk assessments for the insect repellents DEET and picaridin. Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology 51:31-36.(reprint).

Schleier III, J.J., R.K.D. Peterson, P.A. Macedo, and D.A. Brown. 2008. Environmental concentrations, fate, and risk assessment of pyrethrins and piperonyl butoxide after aerial ultra-low-volume applications for adult mosquito management. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 27:1063-1068. (reprint).

Schleier III, J.J., Shama, L.M., Davis, R.S., P.A. Macedo, and R.K.D. Peterson. 2008. Equine risk assessment for insecticides used in adult mosquito management. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment 14:392-407. (reprint).

Shama, L.M., and R.K.D. Peterson. 2008. Assessing risks of plant-based pharmaceuticals: I. Human dietary exposure. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment 14:179-193. (reprint).

Shama, L.M., and R.K.D. Peterson. 2008. Assessing risks of plant-based pharmaceuticals: II. Non-target organism exposure. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment 14:194-204. (reprint).

Peterson. R.K.D. 2007. Charley Patton and his Mississippi Boweavil Blues. American Entomologist 53:142-144. (reprint).

Macedo, P.A., R.K.D. Peterson, and R.S. Davis. 2007. Risk assessments for exposure of deployed military personnel to insecticides and personal protective measures used for disease-vector management. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health 70:1758-1771. (reprint).

Davis, R.S., R.K.D. Peterson, and P.A. Macedo. 2007. An ecological risk assessment for insecticides used in adult mosquito management. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 3:373-382. (reprint).

Macedo, T.B., D.K. Weaver, and R.K.D. Peterson. 2007. Wheat stem sawfly, Cephus cinctus Norton, injury and water limitation impact on photosynthetic responses of wheat, Triticum aestivum L., at the grain-filling stage. Journal of Entomological Science 42:228-238. (reprint).

Macedo, T.B., R.K.D. Peterson , C.L. Dausz, and D.K. Weaver. 2007. Photosynthetic responses of wheat, Triticum aestivum L., to defoliation patterns on individual leaves. Environmental Entomology 36:602-608. (reprint).

Schat, M., Sing, S.E., and R.K.D. Peterson . 2007. External rostral characters for differentiation of sexes in the biological control agent Mecinus janthinus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Canadian Entomologist 139:354-357. (reprint).

Pariera Dinkins, C.L., S.K. Brumfield, R.K.D. Peterson, W.E. Grey, and S.E. Sing. 2007. Dalmatian toadflax (Linaria dalmatica): new host for cucumber mosaic virus. Weed Technology 21:41-44. (reprint).

Macedo, T.B., R.K.D. Peterson, and D.K. Weaver. 2006. Photosynthetic responses of wheat, Triticum aestivum L., plants to simulated insect defoliation during vegetative growth and grain fill. Environmental Entomology 35:1702-1709. (reprint).

Macedo, T.B., D.K. Weaver, and R.K.D. Peterson. 2006. Characterization of the impact of wheat stem sawfly, Cephus cinctus Norton, on pigment composition and photosystem II photochemistry of wheat heads. Environmental Entomology 35:1115-1120. (reprint).

Wolt, J.D., K. Wang, and R.K.D. Peterson. 2006. Assessing risk of unintended antigen occurrence in food: a case instance for maize-expressed LT-B. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment 12:856-870. (reprint).

Peterson, R.K.D., S.J. Meyer, A.T. Wolf, J.D. Wolt, and P.M. Davis. 2006. Genetically engineered plants, endangered species, and risk: a temporal and spatial exposure assessment for Karner blue butterfly larvae and Bt maize pollen. Risk Analysis 26:845-858. (reprint).

Peterson, R.K.D., P.A. Macedo, and R.S. Davis. 2006. A human-health risk assessment for West Nile virus and insecticides used in mosquito management. Environmental Health Perspectives. (reprint).

Peterson, R.K.D. 2006. Comparing ecological risks of pesticides: the utility of a risk quotient ranking approach across refinements of exposure. Pest Management Science 62:46-56. (reprint).

Sing, S.E., R.K.D. Peterson, D.K. Weaver, R.W. Hansen, and G.P. Markin. 2005. A retrospective analysis of known and potential risks associated with exotic toadflax-feeding insects. Biological Control 35:276-287. (reprint).

Peterson, R.K.D. and L.M. Shama. 2005. A comparative risk assessment of genetically engineered, mutagenic, and conventional wheat production systems. Transgenic Research 14:859-875. (reprint).

Nansen, C., T.B. Macedo, D.K. Weaver, and R.K.D. Peterson. 2005. Spatio-temporal distributions of wheat stem sawfly, Cephus cinctus Norton, eggs and larvae in dryland wheat fields. Canadian Entomologist 137:428-440.

Peterson, R.K.D., S.E. Sing, and D.K. Weaver. 2005. Differential physiological responses of Dalmatian toadflax, Linaria dalmatica (L.) Miller, to injury from two insect biological control agents: implications for decision-making in biological control. Environmental Entomology 34:899-904. (reprint).

Macedo, T.B., P.A. Macedo, R.K.D. Peterson, D.K. Weaver, and W.L. Morrill. 2005. Rearing the wheat stem sawfly, Cephus cinctus Norton, using an artificial diet. Canadian Entomologist 137:497-500. (reprint).

Kirk, D.D., K. McIntosh, A.M. Walmsley, and R.K.D. Peterson. 2005. Risk analysis for plant-made vaccines. Transgenic Research 14:449-462. (reprint).

Macedo, T.B., R.K.D. Peterson, D.K. Weaver, and W.L. Morrill. 2005. Wheat stem sawfly, Cephus cinctus Norton, impact on wheat primary metabolism: an ecophysiological approach. Environmental Entomology 34:719-726. (reprint).

Peterson, R.K.D., and A.G. Hulting. 2004. A comparative ecological risk assessment for herbicides used on spring wheat: the effect of glyphosate when used within a glyphosate-tolerant wheat system. Weed Science 52:834-844. (reprint).

Peterson, R.K.D., C.L. Shannon, and A.W. Lenssen. 2004. Photosynthetic responses of legumes to leaf-mass consumption injury. Environmental Entomology 33:450-456. (reprint).

Peterson, R.K.D., and C.J. Arntzen. 2004. On risk and plant-based biopharmaceuticals. Trends in Biotechnology 22:64-66. (reprint).

Peterson, R.K.D., and T.E. Hunt.  2003. The probabilistic economic injury level:  incorporating uncertainty into pest management decision-making. Journal of Economic Entomology 98:536-542. (reprint).

Wolt, J.D., R.K.D. Peterson, P. Bystrak, and T. Meade. 2003. A screening level approach for non-target insect risk assessment:  transgenic Bt corn pollen and the monarch butterfly (Lepidoptera: Danaidae). Environmental Entomology 32:237-246. (reprint).

Kleschick, W.A., S. Lubetkin, G.R. Oliver, S.H. Hutchins, and R.K.D. Peterson. 2001. Publish or perish:  a business and professional argument for private-sector scientists to publish in refereed journals.  American Entomologist 47:69-72.

Wolt, J.D. and R.K.D. Peterson. 2000. Agricultural biotechnology and societal decision-making: the role of risk analysis. AgBioForum 3:291-298. (reprint).

Peterson, R.K.D. 2000. Public perceptions of agricultural biotechnology and pesticides: recent understandings and implications for risk communication. American Entomologist 46:8-16. (reprint).

Peterson, R.K.D. and B.A. Shurdut. 1999. Human health risks from cockroaches and cockroach management: A risk analysis approach. American Entomologist 45:142-148. (reprint).

Haile, F.J., R.K.D. Peterson, and L.G. Higley. 1999. Gas-exchange responses of alfalfa and soybean treated with insecticides. Journal of Economic Entomology 92:954-959.

Bolles, H.G., H.E. Dixon-White, R.K.D. Peterson, J. R. Tomerlin, E. W. Day, and G. R. Oliver. 1999. A US market basket study to determine residues of the insecticide chlorpyrifos. Journal of Food and Agricultural Chemistry 47:1817-1822.

Gibson, J.E., W.L. Chen, and R.K.D. Peterson. 1999. How to determine if an additional 10x safety factor is necessary: a case study with chlorpyrifos. Toxicological Sciences 48:117-122.

Gibson, J.E., R.K.D. Peterson, and B.A. Shurdut. 1998. Human exposure and risk from indoor use of chlorpyrifos. Environmental Health Perspectives 106:303-306.

Meyer, S.J. and R.K.D. Peterson. 1998. Predicting movement of stalk borer (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) larvae in corn. Crop Protection 17:609-612.

Peterson, R.K.D., L.G. Higley, F.J. Haile, and J.A.F. Barrigossi. 1998. Mexican bean beetle (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) injury affects photosynthesis of Glycine max and Phaseolus vulgaris. Environmental Entomology 27:373-381.

Peterson, M.M., G.L. Horst, P.J. Shea, S.D. Comfort, and R.K.D. Peterson. 1996. TNT and 4-amino-2, 6-dinitrotoluene influence on germination and early seedling development of tall fescue. Environmental Pollution 93:57-62.

Peterson, R.K.D. and L.G. Higley. 1996. Temporal changes in soybean gas exchange following simulated insect defoliation. Agronomy Journal 88:550-554.

Peterson, R.K.D., L.G. Higley, and S.M. Spomer. 1996. Cecropia moth, Hyalophora cecropia (L.) (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae), injury and photosynthetic responses of apple and crabapple. Environmental Entomology 25:416-422.

Peterson, R.K.D. and S.J. Meyer. 1995. Relating degree-day accumulations to calendar dates: alfalfa weevil egg hatch in the north central United States. Environmental Entomology 24:1404-1408. (reprint).

Peterson, R.K.D., L.G. Higley, and S.D. Danielson. 1995. Alfalfa consumption by the adult clover leaf weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) and development of injury equivalents for stubble defoliators. Journal of Economic Entomology 88:1441-1444.

Peterson, R.K.D. 1995. Insects, disease, and military history: the Napoleonic campaigns and historical perception. American Entomologist 41:147-160.

Peterson, R.K.D. 1994. Students must write: a perspective from the trenches of graduate school. American Entomologist 40:80-81.

Peterson, R.K.D. and L.G. Higley. 1993. Arthropod injury and plant gas exchange:  current understandings and approaches for synthesis. Trends in Agricultural Sciences 1:93-100. (reprint).

Peterson, R.K.D. and L.G. Higley. 1993. Communicating pesticide risks. American Entomologist 39:206-211. (reprint).

Peterson, R.K.D., L.G. Higley, G.D. Buntin, and L.P. Pedigo. 1993. Flight activity and ovarian dynamics of the yellow woollybear, Spilosoma virginica (F.) (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae), in Iowa.  Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society  66:97-103.

Peterson, R.K.D., S.D. Danielson, and L.G. Higley. 1993. Yield responses of alfalfa to simulated alfalfa weevil injury and development of economic injury levels. Agronomy Journal 85:595-601.

Peterson, R.K.D., S.D. Danielson, and L.G. Higley. 1992. Alfalfa development after simulated alfalfa weevil injury. Agronomy Journal 84:988-993.

Peterson, R.K.D., S.D. Danielson, and L.G. Higley. 1992. Photosynthetic responses of alfalfa to simulated and actual alfalfa weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) injury. Environmental Entomology 21:501-507.

Peterson, R.K.D., R.B. Smelser, T.H. Klubertanz, and L.P. Pedigo. 1992. Ectoparasitism of the bean leaf beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) by Trombidium hyperi and Trombidium newelli (Acari: Trombidiidae). Journal of Agricultural Entomology 9:99-107.

Peterson, R.K.D., L.G. Higley, and W.C. Bailey. 1990. Occurrence and relative abundance of Papaipema species (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in Iowa. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 63:447-449.

Peterson, R.K.D., L.G. Higley, and W.C. Bailey. 1988. Occurrence and relative abundance of Plusiinae species (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in Iowa. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 61:355-356.

Peterson, R.K.D., L.G. Higley, and W.C. Bailey. 1988. Phenology of the adult celery looper, Syngrapha falcifera (Kirby) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), in Iowa: evidence for migration. Environmental Entomology 17:679-684.

Peterson, R.K.D., S.H. Hutchins, and P.M. Lasack. 1987. Evaluation of corn inbred lines for resistance to stalk borer, Papaipema nebris. Journal of Agricultural Entomology 4:66-71.


BOOK

Peterson, R.K.D. and L.G. Higley (Editors). 2001.  Biotic Stress and Yield Loss. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.


BOOK CHAPTERS

Schleier III, J.J. and R.K.D. Peterson. 2011. Pyrethrins and pyrethroid insecticides. In O. Lopez and J.G. Fernandes-Bolanos (eds.). Green Trends in Insect Control.  Royal Society of Chemistry No. 11, London. (reprint).

Higley, L.G. and R.K.D. Peterson. 2009. Economic Decision Levels for Pest Management. In E. Radcliffe, W. Hutchison, and R. Cancelado (eds.). Integrated Pest Management: Concepts, Tactics, Strategies, and Case Studies. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

Peterson, R.K.D. 2008. Pesticide Risk, pp. 1271-1273. In E.L. Melnick and B.S. Everitt (eds.). Encyclopedia of Quantitative Risk Assessment and Analysis, Vol. 3. Wiley & Sons, Chichester, UK.

Peterson, R.K.D. and L.G. Higley.  2001.  Illuminating the Black Box:  The Relationship Between Injury and Yield.  In R.K.D. Peterson and L.G. Higley (eds).  Biotic Stress and Yield Loss. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.

Peterson, R.K.D.  2001.  Photosynthesis, Yield Loss, and Injury Guilds.  In R.K.D. Peterson and L.G. Higley (eds).  Biotic Stress and Yield Loss. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.

Peterson, R.K.D. and L.G. Higley. 2002. Economic Decision Levels. In D. Pimentel (ed.). Encyclopedia of Pest Management. Marcel Dekker, New York. (in press) (peer reviewed).

Higley, L.G. and R.K.D. Peterson. 2002. Decision Making. In D. Pimentel (ed.). Encyclopedia of Pest Management. Marcel Dekker, New York. (in press) (peer reviewed).

Peterson, R.K.D. 1996. The Status of Economic Decision Level Development.  In L.G. Higley and L.P. Pedigo (eds.). Economic Thresholds for Integrated Pest Management. University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE.

Higley, L.G., and R.K.D. Peterson. 1996. The Biological Basis of the Economic Injury Level. In L.G. Higley and L.P. Pedigo (eds.). Economic Thresholds for Integrated Pest Management. University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE.

Higley, L.G., and R.K.D. Peterson. 1996. Environmental Risk and Pest Management. In T. Radcliffe and W. Hutchison (eds.). IPM Chapter Series on the World Wide Web, University of Minnesota. www.ent.agriumn.edu/academics/classes/ipm/chapters/higley.htm

Higley, L.G., and R.K.D. Peterson. 1994. Initiating Sampling Programs.  In L.P. Pedigo and G.D. Buntin (eds.). Handbook of Sampling Methods for Arthropod Pests in Agriculture. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. (reprint).

Peterson, R.K.D. 1994. Insect Pest Information:  alfalfa caterpillar, clover leaf weevil, clover root curculio, yellow woollybear.  In L.G. Higley and D. Boethel. (eds.). ESA Handbook of Soybean Insects. Entomological Society of America, Lanham, MD.

Peterson, R.K.D., and S.H. Hutchins. 1989. Insect Diagnostic Boxes.  In L.P. Pedigo. 1989. Entomology and Pest Management.  Macmillan,  New York, NY.

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