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Research interests
Research experience

Easton R. White


Population Biology
University of California Davis
2320 Storer Hall
Davis, CA 95616


University of California Davis
Doctoral Student in Population Biology
In progress
Arizona State University
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Minor Mathematics
Scottsdale Community College
Associate in Science


Mathematical ecology and evolution, marine ecology, population biology, fisheries, adaptive dynamics, decision theory, science education


  • Professor for the Future Fellow 2017–2018
  • Henry A. Jastro Graduate Research Award 2016
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow 2015–2018
  • Fulbright Scholar 2013–2014
  • 2013 Outstanding Graduating Senior, School of Life Sciences
  • 2010 All–Arizona Academic Team
  • LeaderShape Graduate
  • Emerging Leaders Graduate

PUBLICATIONS (feel free to contact me for pdf) Google Scholar profile ResearchGate Profile

In the pipeline…

White, Easton R. 2018. Minimum time required to detect population trends: the need for long-term monitoring programs. In review at Bioscience. Preprint at https://peerj.com/preprints/3168/

White, Easton R. and Andrew T. Smith. 2018. The role of spatial structure in the collapse of regional metapopulations. In revision at Ecology.

Fournier, Auriel, Easton R. White, and Stephen Heard. 2018. Site-selection bias can drive apparent population declines in long-term studies. In review at Journal of Applied Ecology.

Rodríguez-Caro, Roberto C., Easton R. White, Thorsten Wiegand, Ana Sanz-Aguilar, Andrés Giménez, Eva Graciá, and José D. Anadón 2018. A low cost approach to estimate demographic rates using inverse modelling. In review at Biological Conservation.




White, Easton R. Mark C. Myers, Joanna Mills Flemming, and Julia K. Baum. 2015. Conservation Biology. Shifting elasmobranch community assemblage at Cocos Island – an isolated marine protected area. Here is a corresponding press release.

White, Easton R. John D. Nagy, and Samuel H. Gruber. 2014. Modeling the population dynamics of lemon sharks. Biology Direct 9(1): 1-23

Kessel S. T., Chapman D. D., Franks B. R., Gedamke T., Gruber S. H., Newman J. M., White E. R. and Perkins R. G. 2014. Predictable temperature regulated residency, movement and migration in a large, highly-mobile marine predator. Marine Ecology Progress Series 514: 175-190

Robinson, James P.W., Easton R. White, Logan D. Wiwchar, Danielle C. Claar, Justin P. Suraci, Julia K. Baum. 2014. The limitations of diversity metrics in directing marine global marine conservation. Marine Policy 48:123-125

Gerber, Leah R. and Easton R. White. 2014. Two-sex matrix models in assessing population viability: when do male dynamics matter? Journal of Applied Ecology 51(1): 270-278

Senko, Jesse, Easton R. White, Sellina S. Heppell, and Leah R. Gerber. 2014. A comparison of fishery management strategies for mitigating bycatch of vulnerable marine megafauna species. Animal Conservation 17(1): 5-18


Institute for Applied Systems Analysis: Young Scientist Summer Program: Summer 2016

  • Explored evolutionary dynamics of phenology given predictions of future climate change
  • Organized workshops and seminars for program participants

University of Victoria: Fulbright Student: Sep 2013–Jun 2014: Supervisor: Julia K. Baum

  • Investigated population trends and predator-prey relationships of elasmobranchs in the Tropical Eastern Pacific

Arizona State University: Research Fellow: Aug 2011–May 2013: Supervisor: John Nagy

  • Explored population dynamics of various biological systems including a juvenile lemon shark nursery, a small mammal metapopulation, and a predator-prey relationship between wolves and moose

Gerber Lab: Marine Population Biology: Researcher: January 2012–May 2013: Supervisor: Leah Gerber

  • Used California sea lions as a case study to investigate consequences of population dynamics models using one and two sex structures
  • Evaluated bycatch of turtles in Mexico using data of turtle beach strandings

ASU Evolutionary Dynamics Laboratory: Researcher: May 2009–May 2013: Supervisor: John Nagy

  • Studied the population dynamics of the predator-prey system on Isle Royale, Lake Superior by building mathematical models of the moose-wolf relationship
  • Built a mathematical model of the American pika (Ochotona princeps) metapopulation found in the Sierra Nevada Mountains to study dispersal

Bimini Biological Field Station: Intern: Summer 2011: Supervisor: Samuel Gruber

  • Research assistant for Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tagging surveys of juvenile lemon sharks (Negaprion brevirostris) in Bimini nurseries (12 hour night time gillnetting with 15 minute checks)
  • Manual acoustic telemetry tracking of juvenile brevirostris surgically implanted with acoustic transmitters.

Jupiter Research Project: Research Assistant: Winter 2011: Supervisor: Steven Kessel

  • Capture, tag, work-up and release of adult lemon, tiger, bull, and hammerhead sharks using rod and reel and “poly-ball” fishing methods
  • Placing satellite and pop-up tags on selected individuals and tracking their movements

Bimini Biological Field Station: Volunteer: May- August 2010: Supervisor: Samuel Gruber

  • Same techniques and skills were used as seen above


University of California, Davis

Instructor, Building your personal baloney detection kit, First Year Seminar program, Winter 2017, Davis, CA

  • Designed the curriculum, created assignments and activities, and taught the material
  • Worked with teaching assistant in grading student assignments and exams
  • The course focused on teaching students critical thinking skills, quantitative reasoning, and the scientific method

Guest Lecturer, Mathematical Methods in Population Biology (Graduate Level, PBG231), Fall 2017

  • Designed and taught three lectures focused along equilibrium and stability analysis for both difference and differential equations

Instructor, BIS2B Ecology and Evolution Bootcamp, Biology Undergraduate Scholars Program, September 2017, Davis, CA

  • Designed the curriculum, created assignments and exams, led group activities, and taught lectures
  • The course emphasized teaching quantitative skills as part of the first-year biology curriculum

Teaching Assistant, Population Ecology (ESP121), Winter 2016, Davis, CA

Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Ecology and Evolution (BIS2B), Fall 2015, Davis, CA


Software Carpentry

Instructor, Software Carpentry computational skills bootcamp focused on R, version control, and bash

  • Jan 2018, University of California, Davis, CA
  • Nov 2017, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • April 2017, Federal Reserve Board, Washington DC, USA
  • Dec 2016, Victoria, BC, Canada
  • July 2015, Davis, CA
  • February 2015, Davis, CA

University of Victoria

Teaching Assistant, Advanced Ecology (BIO470). Spring 2014. Professor: Julia K. Baum

Guest Lecturer, Calculus for Students in the Social and Biological Sciences. (MATH102). March 2014. Professor: Margaret Wyeth.


Scottsdale Community College

Teaching Assistant, Mathematics Summer Program. Summer 2013. Professor: John D. Nagy

  • Assisted students with topics in mathematical biology including: differential equations, stability analysis, and population modeling

Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Biological Research (BIO 298AA). Fall 2011/ Spr 2012/ Fall 2012. Professor: John D. Nagy

  • Helped teach course for advanced undergrads interested in biological research through field work and mathematical modeling


  • Your time series is (probably) too short. Center for Population Biology series. Winter 2017. Davis, CA
  • Metapopulation dynamics and extinction in the American pika. Mathematics of Planet Earth group, SIAM, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Fall 2016.
  • Evolution of reproductive timing in variable environments. Young Scientist Summer Program. International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. Vienna, Austria. August 2016.
  • Spatial structure and stochasticity in small mammal communities. University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. April 2016.
  • The inevitable partial collapse of an American pika metapopulation. Ecological Society of America. Baltimore, Maryland. August 2015.
  • Sharks, math, and other things. Center for Marine Science symposium. Winter 2015.
  • Shifting elasmobranch community assemblage at a marine protected area. Genomes to Biomes Meeting, Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution. Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 2014.
  • Population declines of six elasmobranch species at a protected marine reserve in the eastern  tropical Pacific. Pacific Ecology and Evolution Conference. Bamfield, British Columbia, Canada, March 2014.
  • Modeling demographic stochasticity in lemon sharks. Eco-Evo Retreat. Brackendale, British Columbia, Canada. October 2013.
  • Population and evolutionary dynamics of the American pika. AARMS. St. Johns, Newfoundland,   Canada, July 2013.
  • Metapopulation dynamics of the American pika. Society for Mathematical Biology Annual   Meeting. Tempe, Arizona. June 2013.
  • Sharks, Math, and Outreach. ASU SOLUR Senior Presentation. Tempe, Arizona. April 2013.
  • A stochastic, spatially-structured model for metapopulation dynamics. ASU SOLUR Research Symposium. Tempe, Arizona. March 2013.
  • Behavioral patterns of American pikas at low-elevation in the Great Basin, USA. Wildlife Society Annual Meeting- Southwest Region. February 2013.
  • A stochastic, spatially-structured metapopulation model with applications to the American pika. Joint Mathematics Meetings. Spring 2013.
  • Annual population fluctuations in a predator-prey system using a series of discrete time stochastic models. International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Vancouver, British Columbia. July 2011.


  • Software Carpentry travel grant, University of Minnesota, 2017 (~$1, 000)
  • Software Carpentry travel grant, Federal Reserve Board, 2017 (~$1,000)
  • Software Carpentry travel grant, University of Victoria, 2016 ($250)
  • SIAM meeting travel grant, 2016 ($650)
  • Population Biology Research Grant, 2016 ($1,666)
  • National Academy of Sciences, Summer 2016 ($4,400)
  • MBI travel grant, October 2015 (~$800)
  • NSF Travel Award, August 2014 ($1,700)
  • Fulbright student mobility award ($800)
  • NSF Travel Award, July 2013 ($1 300)
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellow, 2013-2015 ($90,000 over three years)
  • Fulbright Scholar, 2013-2014 ($15,000)
  • Outstanding Graduating Senior, 2013 ($500)
  • All–Arizona Academic Team Tuition Waiver, 2010-2012 (~$20,000 over two years)
  • American Elasmobranch Society Student Travel Award, July 2012 ($500)
  • Scottsdale Community College Travel Grant, July 2011 ($1,200)
  • Three-time MCCCD Foundation Scholarship Recipient (3 x $500)



  • Computer competency
    • Microsoft Office, R-programming software, MATLAB, LaTeX
    • Unix Shell, Git and GitHub
  • Human languages: English, Spanish (Intermediate), American Sign Language (beginner), German (beginner)
  • Wilderness/Backcountry Medicine (February 2016, March 2018)
  • Community Emergency Response Team (March 2018)
  • American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) Scientific Diver certification (March 2013)
  • PADI Rescue Scuba Diver certification (June 2009)
  • 200+ logged open water dives in various environments (wreck, cave, marine, solo, night, low visibility, blue water)


Theoretical Ecology, PLOS ONE, Ecological Modelling, NOAA


  • Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution (CSEE)
  • Ecological Society of America (ESA)
  • Society for Mathematical Biology (SMB)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)