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Easton R. White



Department of Biology
University of Vermont
Twitter @eastonrwhite
Github: erwhite1

Teaching Postdoctoral Associate, University of Vermont

  • Developing and teaching PhD program’s core course, Foundations of Quantitative Reasoning
  • Researching effectiveness of team-based learning
  • Studying sea star wasting disease and the effectiveness of marine protected areas


University of California Davis
PhD in Population Biology
Arizona State University
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Minor Mathematics
Scottsdale Community College
Associate in Science


Mathematical ecology and evolution, biology education, active learning, marine ecology, population biology, fisheries, marine protected areas, decision theory


    • 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

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

In the pipeline…

White, Easton R., Kalle Parvinen, and Ulf Dieckmann. 2018. Environmental variability and phenology evolution: impacts of climate change and spring onset on reproductive timing in a small mammal. PeerJ Preprints 6:e27435v1

White, Easton R. and Alan Hastings. 2018. Seasonality in ecology: Progress and prospects in theory. PeerJ Preprints 6:e27235v1. In review at Theoretical 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.


[8] White, Easton R. 2018. Minimum time required to detect population trends: the need for long-term monitoring programs. Accepted as Editors’ Choice article at Bioscience. PDF here

[7] White, Easton R. and Andrew T. Smith. 2018. The role of spatial structure in the collapse of regional metapopulations. Ecology. PDF here

[6] 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.

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

[4] 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

[3] 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

[2] 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

[1] 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



University of Vermont

  • Instructor, Foundations of Quantitative Reasoning (BIO381, PhD-level). Spring 2019.

University of California, Davis

  • Instructor, BIS2B Ecology and Evolution Bridge Program (Bootcamp), Biology Undergraduate Scholars Program, September 2017, September 2018
  • Instructor, Science Education and Outreach Program. Spring 2018.
  • Instructor, Living in a post-truth world: building your personal baloney detection kit, First Year Seminar program, Winter 2018.
  • Guest Lecturer, Graduate Level: Mathematical methods in population biology (PBG231), Fall 2017
  • Teaching Assistant, Population Ecology (ESP121), Winter 2016
  • Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Biology (BIS2B), Fall 2015

Software Carpentry

  • Instructor for six two-day workshops in Canada and the USA focused on R, shell, and version control.

University of Victoria

  • Teaching Assistant, Advanced Ecology (BIO470). Spring 2014. Professor: Julia K. Baum
  • Instructor, R Workshop (Ocean Networks Canada series). Winter 2013.

Scottsdale Community College

  • Teaching Assistant, Mathematics Summer Program. Summer 2013. Professor: John D. Nagy
  • Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Biological Research 2011–2012: Professor: John D. Nagy


University of California, Davis: Beetle Lab: 2017–2018: Supervisor: Alan Hastings

  • Designed and ran experiments to study the spread of an invasive pest species
  • Led a team of seven undergraduates on group and individual projects

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

  • Exploring evolutionary dynamics of phenology given predictions of future climate change

University of Victoria: Fulbright Student: Fall 2013–Spring 2014: Supervisor: Julia K. Baum

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

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

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

SCC/ASU Evolutionary Dynamics Laboratory: Research Associate: May 2009–May 2013:  Supervisor: John Nagy

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

Bimini Biological Field Station: Intern: 2011–2012: Supervisor: Samuel Gruber

  • Tagging surveys of juvenile lemon sharks (Negaprion brevirostris) in Bimini nurseries (12 hour night time gillnetting with 15 minute checks)
  • Capture, tag, work-up and release of lemon, tiger, nurse sharks using various techniques, including long-line, gillnet, seine and rod and reel.


  • Ecological and evolutionary dynamics in an increasingly variable world. Center for Population Biology series. Fall 2018. Davis, CA.
  • Designing marine protected areas for catastrophic events. Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution. Summer 2018. University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario.
  • Minimum time required to detect populations trends. Ecological Society of America. Summe 2018. New Orleans, LA.
  • Evolution of reproductive timing in the collared Pika. Population Biology Graduate Group Symposium. Fall 2016. Davis, CA
  • Metapopulation dynamics and extinction in the American pika. Mathematics of Planet Earth group, Society for Industrial and Applied Math, Philadelphia, PA, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Professors for the Future program. University of California, Davis, Fall 2017–Spring 2018

University Ethics and Professionalism. University of California, Davis, Winter 2018.

Seminar of College Teaching. University of California, Davis, Fall 2017

CEE Summer Pedagogy Workshop Series. University of California, Davis, Summer 2017

Graduate Teaching Community Workshops. University of California, Davis. 2015–2018

Software Carpentry Instructor Course. Online, Summer 2014

Software Carpentry Bootcamp. University of Victoria, April 2014

Math Teaching Workshop. University of Victoria, Spring 2014


QuEST Leadership Team: Fall 2018–Present.

Population Biology Diversity Committee: November 2016–October 2018

Skype a Scientist Program: Spring 2017, Fall 2017

STEM Café: Volunteer tutor: April 2015–Dec 2015

Pi: Mathematics without Boundaries: Cofounder and Educator: March 2012–May 2014


University of California, Davis

  • Charlotte Rappel, Independent Research Project, Summer 2018 – Present
  • Ivan Beas, Honors Thesis, Spring 2018 – Summer 2018
  • Kyle Cox, Contributed to research project, Spring 2017 – Summer 2018
  • Jeni Boyer, Independent Research Project, Winter 2016 – Summer 2016
  • Annie Maliguine, Independent Research Project, Winter 2016 – Summer 2016

University of Victoria

  • Mitra Nikoo, Fall 2013 – Winter 2014
    Jessica Holden, Winter 2014
    Michael Sullivan, Winter 2014

Arizona State University and Scottsdale Community College

  • Andrew Nemecek, Spring 2012 –Spring 2013
  • Sabrina Jones, Spring 2012 –Spring 2013


Major awards

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellow, 2013-2015 ($90 000 over three years)
  • Fulbright Scholar, 2013-2014 ($15 000)

Minor awards

  • UC Davis Graduate Studies Travel Grant, 2018 ($1000)
  • Population Biology Travel Grant, 2018 ($800)
  • Software Carpentry travel grants
  • SIAM travel grant, 2016 ($650)
  • Population Biology Research Grant, 2016 ($1 666)
  • National Academy of Sciences, Summer 2016 ($4 400)
  • MBI travel grant, October 2015
  • NSF Travel Award, August 2014 ($1 700)
  • Fulbright student mobility award ($800)
  • NSF Travel Award, July 2013 ($1 300)
  • 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)


  • Computer competency:
    • Microsoft Office, R-programming software, MATLAB, LaTeX
    • Unix Shell, Git and GitHub
  • Human languages: English, Spanish (intermediate), American Sign Language (beginner)
  • Wilderness First Responder (March 2018)
  • American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) Scientific Diver certification (March 2013)
  • PADI Rescue Scuba Diver certification (June 2009)
  • DAN Emergency Oxygen Provider, CPR, First Aid Certified
  • 200+ logged open water dives in various environments (wreck, cave, marine, solo, night, low visibility, blue water)


Theoretical Ecology, PLoSONE, PeerJ, Ecological Modelling, NOAA


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