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Ethan P. White

Department of Biology and the Ecology Center

Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322

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Ph.D. Biology (Distinction). 2005. University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Advisor: James H. Brown

B.A. Biology (Magna Cum Laude, Distinction). 1998. Colorado College, Colorado Springs.

Academic and Service Positions

Associate Professor, Utah State University (2012-present)

Senior Scientist, Sevilleta LTER (2012-present)

Software Carpentry Advisor Board Member (2012-present)

Associate Editor, PeerJ (2012-present)

Associate Editor, PLOS ONE (2011-present)

Assistant Professor, Utah State University (2007-2012)

NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in Biological Informatics, Univ. of Arizona. & U.C. Merced (2005-2007)

Fellowships and Awards

NSF CAREER 'Young Investigators' Award 2010-2015

NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biological Informatics 2005-2007

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship 2000-2005

University of New Mexico Biocomplexity Fellowship 2002-2004

Richard G. Beidleman Award 1998 (Colorado College)

Phi Beta Kappa 1998


I have published (or had accepted) 46 journal articles and book chapters since 2001. They have been cited 1306 times and I have an h-index of 19 (data from Google Scholar). Alt-metric analyses by Impact Story ( show that 28 of these papers have been Highly Saved, 15 of them have been Highly Cited, 3 have been Highly Discussed, and 2 have been Highly Recommended.

Publications Summarized by Journal

Ecology Letters (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009a, 2009b, 2009c)

Ecology (2004, 2005a, 2005b, 2006, 2008, 2011a, 2011b, 2012, 2013)

American Naturalist (2004, 2008, 2010, 2013)

Global Ecology and Biogeography (2007a, 2007b, 2011a, 2011b)

Evolutionary Ecology Research (2003, 2007)

Ideas in Ecology and Evolution (2010)

Journal of Mammalogy (2010)

Oikos (2006)

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (2010)

PLOS ONE (2011), Science (2006)

Southwestern Naturalist (2004)

Trends in Ecology and Evolution (2007)

Wildlife Society Bulletin (2001)

8 book chapters (2005a, 2005b, 2007, 2012, 2013a, 2013b, 2013c)


National Science Foundation (DEB-0953694). CAREER: Advancing macroecology using informatics and entropy maximization. PI: E.P. White. 2010-2015.

National Ecological Observatory Network. Existing terrestrial organismal data survey and secure database interface development. PI: E.P. White. 2012.

Amazon Web Services (AWS in Education Research Grant). Synthesizing molecular and ecological neutral theories via genome based simulation. PIs: E.P. White and K.J. Locey. 2011-2013.

National Science Foundation (DEB-0827826). Understanding multimodality in animal size distributions (Research Starter Grant). PI: E.P. White. 2008-2010.

National Science Foundation (DBI-0532847). Broad-scale patterns of the distribution of body sizes of individuals in ecological communities (Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biological Informatics). PI: E.P. White. 2005-2007.

LTER Network Office workshop grant. Species richness in space and time workshop. PIs: W.K. Lauenroth, E.P. White and P.B. Adler. 2004.


EcoData Retriever: tool for easy acquisition of public ecological datasets. By B.D. Morris and E.P. White

METE: Python-based tool for fitting and modeling the Maximum Entropy Theory of Ecology. By E.P. White, K.M. Thibault, X. Xiao, D.J. McGlinn and S. Supp.

Teaching and Mentoring

I teach programming, database management, and advanced computational skills to biology students, both through formal university coursework ( and through Software Carpentry workshops ( I have trained and mentored 2 postdoctoral researchers, 3 graduate students, and 3 undergraduate researchers.