Gund Affiliate, Research Associate, Department of Biology

Easton R. White is a quantitative ecologist who uses mathematical and statistical tools, coupled with experiments and field observations, to solve problems in ecology, conservation, sustainability, and ecosystem management.

Easton is currently a Research Associate in the Department of Biology at the University of Vermont. He is the instructor for Foundations of Quantitative Reasoning, a PhD course at the University of Vermont. The class is a mix of ecology, evolution, quantitative skills, and programming in R. In his role at UVM, Easton is also on the leadership team for a NSF-funded PhD traineeship focused on quantitative skills, interdisiplinary work, as well as diversity and inclusion.

Easton currently conducts research on assessing the effectiveness of protected area networks, improving species monitoring programs, and modeling socio-ecological systems in the context of fisheries. His work centers on how environmental variability (e.g. El Niño) affects ecosystems and those that depend on them.

Easton's current work is funded through a NSF grant focused on interdisiplinary approaches to study coupled natural-human systems with Madagascar fisheries as a case study.

Learn more about Easton's work on species monitoring in a recent interview with the journal BioScience. 


  • White, Easton R., Kyle Cox, Brett Melbourne, and Alan Hastings. In press. Ecological management depends strongly on stochasticity: an experimental test. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Fournier, Auriel, Easton R. White, and Stephen Heard. 2019. Site-selection bias can drive apparent population declines in long-term studies. Conservation Biology.
  • White, Easton R. 2019. Minimum time required to detect population trends: the need for long-term monitoring programs. BioScience. Editors’ Choice article
  • White, Easton R. and Andrew T. Smith. 2018. The role of spatial structure in the collapse of regional metapopulations. Ecology 99(2): 2815-2822.
  • White, Easton R. Mark C. Myers, Joanna Mills Flemming, and Julia K. Baum. 2015. Shifting elasmobranch community assemblage at Cocos Island - an isolated marine protected area. Conservation Biology 29(4): 1186-1197.
Gund Affiliate Easton White

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Quantitative ecology, socio-ecological systems, sustainability, optimization, conservation, science education


  • PhD, Population Biology, University of California - Davis
  • BS, Biological Sciences, Arizona State University
  • AS, Scottsdale Community College


Office Location:

Jeffords 347