Peter received his MS in Biology/Marine Science from the University of Guam in 1999 and his PhD in Marine Biology in 2006 from the Florida Institute of Technology. He is currently a tenured professor at the University of Guam. Mr Houk has also worked as the chief scientist at the Pacific Marine Resources Institute.
Peter was a PEW Fellowship Nominee in 2016 and serves as a member of the Micronesian Challenge Scientific Advisory Council. He has also been active serving on boards and/or committees with The Nature Conservancy, The Western Pacific Coral Reef Initiative, The Palau International Coral Reef Center and the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration