Ph.D. Entomology, Minor in Agronomy, 1995, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; M.S. Entomology 1991, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; B.S. 1987, Iowa State University. Human and ecological risk assessments for agricultural technologies, physiological responses of plants to biotic stressors, plant-insect interactions, economic decision level theory and development, and integrated pest management theory.

Recent Publications

  • Peterson, R.K.D., and J.J. Schleier III. 2014. A probabilistic analysis reveals fundamental limitations with the environmental impact quotient and similar systems for rating pesticide risks. (PeerJ 2:e364; DOI 10.7717/peerj.364).
  • Peterson, R.K.D. 2013. Mosquito Moan, by Blind Lemon Jefferson. American Entomologist 59:110-112. (reprint).
  • Lehnhoff, E.A., B.K. Keith, W.E. Dyer, R.K.D. Peterson, and F.D. Menalled. 2013. Minimal fitness cost of multiple herbicide resistance in wild oat (Avena fatua). Agronomy Journal 105:854-862. (reprint).
  • Schleier III, J.J., and R.K.D. Peterson. 2013. A refined aquatic ecological risk assessment for a pyrethroid insecticide used for adult mosquito management. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 32:948-953. (reprint).
  • Schleier III, J.J., R.K.D. Peterson, K.M. Irvine, L.M. Marshall, D.K. Weaver, and C.J. Preftakes. 2012. Environmental fate model for ultra-low-volume insecticide applications used for adult mosquito management. Science of the Total Environment 438:72-79. (reprint).
  • Schleier III, J.J., and R.K.D. Peterson. 2012. The joint toxicity of type I, II, and non-ester pyrethroid insecticides. Journal of Economic Entomology 105:85-91. (reprint).
  • Peterson, R.K.D., M. Buteler, D.K. Weaver, T.B. Macedo, Z. Sun, O. Gerardo Perez, and G.R. Pallipparambil. 2011. Parasitism and the demography of wheat stem sawfly larvae, Cephus cinctus. Biocontrol 56:831-839. (reprint).
  • Sing, S.E., and R.K.D. Peterson. 2011. Assessing environmental risks for established invasive weeds: Dalmatian (Linaria dalmatica) and yellow (L. vulgaris) toadflax in North America. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 8:2142-2152. (reprint).
  • Preftakes, C.J., J.J. Schleier III, and R.K.D. Peterson. 2011. Bystander exposure to ultra-low-volume insecticide applications used for adult mosquito management. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 8:2142-2152. (reprint).
  • Schat, M., S.E Sing, R.K.D. Peterson, F.D. Menalled, and D.K. Weaver. 2011. Growth inhibition of Dalmatian toadflax, Linaria dalmatica (L.) Miller, in response to injury by the stem-mining weevil, Mecinus janthinus Germar. Journal of Entomological Science 46:232-246. (reprint).
  • Davis, P.B., F.D. Menalled, R.K.D. Peterson, and B.D. Maxwell. 2011. Refinement of weed risk assessments for biofuels using Camelina sativa as a model species.  Journal of Applied Ecology 48:989-997. (reprint).
  • Peterson, R.K.D., L.M. Barber, and J.J. Schleier III. 2011. Net risk: A risk assessment of long-lasting insecticide bed nets for malaria management. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 84:951-956. (reprint).
  • Davis, R.S., R.K.D. Peterson, and L.G. Higley. 2011. M-DEC: A spreadsheet program for producing multiple decrement life tables and estimating mortality dynamics for insects. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 75:363-367. (reprint).
  • Schleier III, J.J. and R.K.D. Peterson. 2011. Pyrethrins and pyrethroid insecticides. In O. Lopez and J.G. Fernandes-Bolanos (eds.). Green Trends in Insect Control.  Royal Society of Chemistry No. 11, London. (reprint).

Current Instructional Responsibilities

  • ENSC 407 / LRES 507 - Environmental Risk Assessment (Fall, odd years)
  • BIOE 422 / ENTO 510 - Insect Ecology (Spring, odd years)
  • ENTO 594 - Seminar/Special Topics (Spring, odd years)