Peck, Steven


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4145  LSB
Provo, UT 84602
(801) 422-4145

Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Grew up in Moab, Utah.
 Teaching Interests
History and Philosophy of Biology (Bio 470)
Bioethics (Bio 370)
Simulation and Ecology (Bio 555)
Interested in Mentoring Students interested in these topics
 Research Interests
Biomathematics, Simulation Modeling, Philosophy of Simulation, Evolution and Philosophy, Evolution and Theology, Bioethics.
  • Philosophy of Science Association, 2003-Present
  • Entomological Society of America, 1993-Present
 Honors and Awards
  • Association of Mormon Literature : Best Novel Published in 2011
  • Collage of Life Sciences : Collage Teaching Award
 Courses Taught

Fall 2018
  • BIO 470: History&Philosophy of Biology Section 001
Winter 2018
  • BIO 494R: Mentored Research Section 014
  • BIO 560: Population Genetics Section 001
Fall 2017
  • BIO 370: Bioethics Section 001, 002, 003, 004, 005, 006, 007, 008, 009
  • BIO 470: History&Philosophy of Biology Section 001
  • BIO 494R: Mentored Research Section 14
Winter 2017
  • BIO 494R: Mentored Research Section 031, 14

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Peck SL. 2019. Trajectories in the Evolution of Mormon Studies on Faith and Science. Mormon Studies Review. 8:29 pages. <website>

Bradshaw W, Bybee SM, Gill RA, Peck SL. 2018. A longitudinal study of attitudes toward evolution among undergraduates who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. PloS one. 13(11). <website> doi:

Abbott MN, Peck SL. 2016. Emerging Ethical Issues Related to the Use of Brain-ComputerInterfaces for Patients with Total Locked-in Syndrome. Neuroethics. 8. <website> doi:10.1007/s12152-016-9296-1

Schuster H, Peck SL. 2016. Mars Ain’t the Kind of Place to Raise Your Kid♯: Ethical Implications of Pregnancy on Missions to Colonize other Planets. Life Sciences, Society and Policy. 12(10):8. <website> doi:10.1186/s40504-016-0043-5

Peck SL. 2014. Perspectives on why digital ecologies matter: Combining population genetics and ecologically informed agent-based models with GIS for managing dipteran livestock pests. Acta Tropica. 138:S22–S25. <website> doi:10.1016/j.actatropica.2014.03.006

Vargas RI, Stark JD, Banks J, Manoukis NC, Leblanc L, Peck SL. 2013. Spatial Dynamics of Two Oriental Fruit Fly (Diptera: Tephritidae) Parasitoids, Fopius arisanus (Sonan) and Diachasmimorpha longicaudata (Ashmead) (Hymenoptera: Braconidae), in a Guava Orchard in Hawaii, manuscript. Environmental Entomology. 42(5):888-901. <website> doi:

Peck SL, Bouyer J. 2012. Mathematical modeling, spatial complexity, and critical decisions in tsetse control. Journal of Economic Entomology. 105(5):1477-1486. <website>

Peck SL. 2012. Networks of habitat patches in tsetse fly control: implications of metapopulation structure on assessing local extinction probability. Ecological Modelling. 246:99-102. <website>

Peck SL. 2012. Agent-based models as fictive instantiations of ecological processes. Philosophy & Theory in Biology. vol. 4(e303):12. <website>

Froerer KM, Peck SL, McQuate GT. 2011. Evaluation Of Readmission Ink As A Marker For Dispersal Studies With Bactrocera Dorsalis (Diptera: Tephritidae). Journal of Insect Science. 11(125):6 pages. <website>

Peck SL. 2011. Why Nature Matters: A Special Issue of Dialogue on Mormonism and the Environment. Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. 44(2):1-5. <website>

Froerer KM, Peck SL, McQuate GT, Vargas RI, McInnis DO. 2010. Long-distance Movement of 'Bactrocera dorsalis (Diptera: Tephritidae) in Puna, Hawaii: How far 'can' they go?. American Entomologist. 56(2):88-94. <website>


Peck SL. 2017. Science the Key to Theology: Preliminaries. Michael Austin, editor. Salt Lake City, UT: BCC Press. 262 p. <website>


Peck SL. Eugene England Memorial Lecture: Mormonism, Evolution & Science: A Cosmos of Unfolding Beauty and Novelty. UVU Mormon Studies Conference / Heaven & Earth 2018 Mormon Studies Conference Mormonism and the Challenges of Science, Revelation and Faith. Orem, UT. 2018 .

Abbott MN, Peck SL. Emerging Ethical Issues Related to the Use of Brain-Computer Interfaces for Patients with Total Locked-In Syndrome. DMU Research Symposium. Des Moines, IA. 2016 .

Peck SL. Complex Experiments: Using Agent-based Models To Provide Causal Insight Into Ecological Community Structure. The Twenty-Fifth Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association. Atlanta, Georgia. 2016 .

Peck SL. Evolving Faith. Summerhays Lecture. Provo, UT. 2016 .

Peck SL, Bouyer J. An ecologically complex agent-based model of tsetse fly suppression programs in Senegal. Mathematical Models in Evolution and Ecology. Paris, France. 2015 .

Peck SL. Evolution, Niche Theory, and LDS Scriptures: Reframing LDS Creation Narratives. Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization. Claremont, CA. 2015 .

Peck SL. Using agent-based models to explore the effect of ecological complexity on tsetse suppression programs. Pacific Branch Meeting of the ESA. Tucson, AZ. 2014 .

Peck SL. Evolution and LDS Thought are Fully Compatible: Overcoming our Suspicions of Science. 2013 Interpreter Symposium on Science & Mormonism: Cosmos, Earth & Man. Provo, UT. 2013 .

Peck SL. The effect of ecological complexity on tsetse suppression programs. Applying GIS and Population Genetics for Managing Livestock Insect Pest. London, UK. 2013 .

Peck SL. New Wine in Old Bottles? Novel Philosophical Problems in Representing Ecological Systems with Agent-Based Models. Models and Simulations 4. Toronto, Canada. 2010 .

Peck SL. Understanding Tsetse Fly Complexity using Simulation Models. Applying GIS and Population Genetics for Managing Livestock Insect Pests. Bali, Indonesia. 2010 .

Peck SL. Use of the metapopulation theory and individual-based models to improve pest control. Quels outils pour un changement d'échelle dans la gestion des insectes d’intérêt économique ? (New tools for a change of scale in pest management). Montpellier, France. 2001 .

Technical Report

Caprio M, Hellmich R, Onstad D, Peck SL. 2011. Framework for Evaluation of IRM Models.

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