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Steven Peck

Associate Professor

4145 LSB
Provo, UT

(801) 422-4145


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 & Awards

  • Association of Mormon Literature : Best Novel Published in 2011
  • Collage of Life Sciences : Collage Teaching Award

Courses Taught

Winter 2019

  • BIO 100: Principles of Biology Section 001
  • BIO 555: Evolutionary & Ecol Modeling Section 001

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


Journal Articles

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

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).

Abbott MN, Peck SL. 2016. Emerging Ethical Issues Related to the Use of Brain-ComputerInterfaces for Patients with Total Locked-in Syndrome. Neuroethics. 8.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.


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


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.