· Forest Entomology
· Host plant selection of forest insects
· Invasion ecology
· Host plant resistance mechanisms
· Surveying and detection of pest insects
Ph.D. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES December 2019
Wright State University, Dayton, OH
Advisor: Don Cipollini
M.S., ENTOMOLOGY December 2014
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Advisor: Cliff Sadof
B.S., FOREST Ecosystem Restoration and Management May 2012
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI
Advisor: James Cook
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey December 2019-Present
Postdoctoral Associate. Running, generating, and interpreting qPCR results for environmental DNA (eDNA). Using eDNA to detect the presence of invasive insects within agricultural and forested ecosystems as a novel method of insect pest biosurveillance. Conducting delimiting surveys around initial sites of infestation/establishment of spotted lanternfly and other forest insect pests. Verifying and comparing eDNA to conventional methods such as visual and trap surveys.
Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio August 2015-December 2019
Ph. D. Graduate Research Assistant. Studied the ecological fitting of the Buprestid pest emerald ash borer (EAB) to two novel hosts: white fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus) and cultivated olive (Olea europaea). Investigated the impact of EAB on wild populations of white fringetree and ability of EAB develop and feed on two novel host plants. Compared the relative resistance and shared volatile chemistry of hosts of EAB to understand host selection cues among susceptible and resistance hosts. Evaluated the use of new chemical lures in prism traps to improve current traps of EAB.
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana June 2012- December 2014
Master’s Graduate Research Assistant. Evaluated establishment of parasitoids released for biological control agents of emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis). Investigated host plant resistance of two North American ash trees (Fraxinus spp.) to A. planipennis and a parasitoid’s ability to use A. planipennis as a host on two different ash tree hosts.
Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio September 2018-Present
Graduate teaching assistant. Prepared laboratory each week for Plant Physiology and general biology courses including making solutions, gathering and buying supplies, and teaching/supervision of the students. Responsible for grading laboratory reports and leading class discussion after laboratory.
Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio April 2018, 2019
Guest lecturer. Lectured on interactions between organisms during a community ecology unit in a freshman level biology course.
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship 2021-2023
-ESA North Central Branch Student Travel Award 2019
-Environmental Sciences Ph.D. program Travel Fund 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
-Department of Biological Sciences Travel Grant 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
-College of Science and Mathematics Special Projects Fund (Travel) 2016, 2017
Peterson, D. L., and D. Cipollini. 2021. Attack dynamics, impact, and predictors of emerald ash borer on white fringetree and ash populations. Biol Invasions 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10530-021-02640-2
Allen, M. C., A. L. Nielsen, D. L. Peterson, and Julie L. Lockwood. 2021. Active aggregation sampling for eDNA outperforms visual surveys for early detection of a terrestrial insect. Environmental DNA: 00: 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1002/edn3.231
Peterson, D. L., K. Boroczky, J. Tumlinson, and D. Cipollini. 2020. Ecological fitting: chemical profiles of plant hosts provide insights on selection cues and preferences for a major Buprestid pest. Phytochemistry 176: 112397 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.phytochem.2020.112397
Peterson, D. L., B. Slager, A. Anulewicz, and D. Cipollini. 2020. Feeding, Survival, and Fecundity of Adult Emerald Ash Borer (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) on Foliage of Two Novel Hosts and Implications for Host Range Expansion. Environmental Entomology: 1-7 https://doi.org/10.1093/ee/nvaa046
Ellison, E. A., D. L. Peterson, and D. Cipollini. 2020. The fate of ornamental white fringetree through the invasion wave of emerald ash borer and implications on novel use by this beetle. Environmental Entomology 49: 489-495. https://doi.org/10.1093/ee/nvaa018
Peterson, D. L., and D. Cipollini. 2019. Larval performance of a major forest pest on novel hosts and the effect of stressors. Environmental Entomology 49: 482-488. https://doi.org/10.1093/ee/nvz160
Rigsby, C. M., C. Villari, D. L. Peterson, D. A. Herms, P. Bonello, and D. Cipollini. 2018. Girdling increases survival and growth of emerald ash borer larvae on Manchurian ash. Agricultural and Forest Entomology 21: https://doi.org/10.1111/afe.12292
Cipollini, D., and D. L. Peterson. 2018. The potential for host switching via ecological fitting in the emerald ash borer-host plant system. Oecologia:1-13. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00442-018-4089-3
Peterson, D. L., and Don Cipollini. 2017. Distribution, predictors, and impacts of emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) infestation of white fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus). Environmental Entomology 46: 50-57 https://doi.org/10.1093/ee/nvw148
Cipollini, D., C. M. Rigsby, and D. L. Peterson. 2017. Feeding and development of emerald ash borer (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) on cultivated olive, Olea europaea. Journal of Economic Entomology 110: 1935-1937 https://doi.org/10.1093/jee/tox139
Sadof, C. S., G. P Hughes, A. R. Witte, D. L. Peterson, and M. D. Ginzel. 2017. Tools for staging and managing emerald ash borer in the urban forest. Arboriculture and Urban Forestry 43: 15-26
Peterson, D. L., J. J. Duan, J. S. Yaninek, M. D. Ginzel, and C. S. Sadof. 2015. Growth of larval Agrilus planipennis (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) and fitness of Tetrastichus planipennisi (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) in blue ash (Fraxinus quadrangulata) and green ash (F. pennsylvanica). Environmental Entomology 44: 1512-1521 https://doi.org/10.1093/ee/nvv122