Dr. Ric Peigler is a Professor of Biology at UIW, where he has worked since 1998. He received his B.S. in 1973 in Horticulture from Clemson University, his M.A. in 1975 in Agricultural Education from Clemson, and he earned his Ph.D. in 1983 in Entomology from Texas A&M University. His home state is South Carolina.
Dr. Peigler teaches Diversity of Life, Entomology, Evolution & Systematics, and Human Evolution. He worked as Collections Manager and Curator of Entomology at the Denver Museum of Natural History from 1990 until 1997. He has presented invitational lectures on wild silkmoths in Australia, India, China, Madagascar, and Japan.
Dr. Peigler's research interests focus primarily on taxonomy, phylogeny, and biology of wild silkmoths (Family Saturniidae) of the world, particularly ones from eastern Asia. His studies deal with ecology, parasitoids, and host plants of wild silkmoths. He collaborated several years ago with colleagues at the University of Maryland on the molecular genetics of Saturniidae and Lasiocampidae, and recently with colleagues at University of Hawaii on molecular genetics and genomics of Saturniidae.
Dr. Peigler has published more than 50 articles dealing with moths in scholarly journals; several popular-level articles on moths, sericulture, horticulture, and classic entomological literature; three books and one book chapter.
Miranda, Robert A. & R. S. Peigler. 2007. Phylogenetic analysis of the Saturnia-group (Saturniidae) of genera based on scolus structure of mature larvae. Transactions of the Lepidopterological Society of Japan 58(4): 433-441.
Burke, Joel T. & R. S. Peigler. 2009. Phylogenetic analysis of Anisota (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) based on scolus size and structure of mature larvae. Southeastern Naturalist 8(4): 739-745.
Balboa, Alejandro A. & R. S. Peigler. 2011. Artificial hybridization between Anisota finlaysoni from Ontario and Anisota discolor from Texas (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae).The European Entomologist 3(3): 121-131.
Steele, Trevor J. & R. S. Peigler. 2015. Biology of four species of Hemileuca (Saturniidae) in Texas with special reference to their parasitoids. Lepidoptera Science 66(1): 1-7.
Louwagie, Joseph H., III & R. S. Peigler. 2016. Biology and chemical ecology of Eupackardia calleta (Saturniidae) in southern Texas. Lepidoptera Science 67(2): 58-66.
Travis, James H., Jr. & R. S. Peigler. 2016. A closer look at wild silks. textiles (The Official Magazine of the Textile Institute, Manchester) 43(2): 23-24
Seidel, Cody L. & R. S. Peigler. 2018. Entomological aspects of sericulture based on Antheraeaassamensis and Samia ricini (Saturniidae) in Assam and Meghalaya. Tropical Lepidoptera Research 28(1): 13-18. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1248200
Dupuis, J. R., R. S. Peigler, S. M. Geib & D. Rubinoff. 2019. Phylogenomics supports in congruence between ecological specialization and taxonomy in a charismatic clade of buck moths. Molecular Ecology: in press.
Rubinoff, D., M. San Jose & R. S. Peigler. 2017. Multi-gene phylogeny of the Hemileuca maiacomplex (Saturniidae) across North America suggests complex phylogeography and rapid ecological diversification. Systematic Entomology 42: 621-634. DOI: 10.1111/syen.12235
Peigler, R. S. & Rolf G. Oberprieler. 2017. Ethnographic description of cocoons and silk of the moth families Saturniidae, Lasiocampidae and Psychidae. Nachrichten des Entomologischen Vereins Apollo 38(2/3): 113-120.
Peigler, R. S. & Stefan Naumann. 2016. What exactly is Antheraea paphia (Linnaeus, 1758)? Atalanta 47(3/4): 500-520.
Peigler, R. S. 2016. Field observations of Agapema dyari Cockerell, 1914 (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) in western Texas. Nachrichten des Entomologischen Vereins Apollo 37(2/3): 69-72.
Naumann, Stefan, R. S. Peigler & Swen Löffler. 2014. A new species of Samia Hübner, 1819 (“1816”) (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) from Vietnam, with taxonomic updates for the genus. The European Entomologist 5(4): 101-115.
Peigler, R. S. & John V. Calhoun. 2013. Correct authorship of the name Phalaena ricini and the nomenclatural status of the name Saturnia canningi (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae).Tropical Lepidoptera Research 23(1): 39-43.
Naumann, Stefan & R. S. Peigler. 2012. A new species of Attacus (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) from Selayar Island, Indonesia. Nachrichten des Entomologischen Vereins Apollo 33(1): 45-48.
Peigler, R. S. 2012. Diverse evidence that Antheraea pernyi (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) is entirely of sericultural origin. Tropical Lepidoptera Research 22(2): 93-99.
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