Scott M. Pearson, Professor of Biology & Dean of Natural Sciences
My research interests include the areas of landscape ecology, population ecology, and conservation biology. In addition, I conduct research on bird conservation in the southern mountains. Projects include studies of the biogeography and habitat use by the Appalachian Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, inventories of breeding and wintering birds of Blue Ridge Parkway, effects of residential development and climate change on breeding bird communities, and responses of herbaceous plant populations to climate change in mountainous topography.
Primary Organization: Mars Hill University
Scott M Pearson
Dept of Natural Sciences
Campus Box 6671
Mars Hill, NC 28754
Office Phone: 828.689.1402
FAX Number: 828.689.1596
Web Page: https://www.mhu.edu/staff/pearson-scott/
CWT Data Sets:
4038 (Weather and Terrestrial Microclimate Measurements from sites located at Mars Hill University, 2004-2018)
CWT Publications and Presentations: (custom bibliography)
Graves, R.A., S.M. Pearson, and M.G. Turner. 2017. Species richness alone does not predict cultural ecosystem service value. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. (DOI:10.1073/pnas.1701370114)
Graves, R. A., S. M. Pearson, and M. G. Turner. 2016. Landscape patterns of bioenergy in a changing climate: implications for crop allocation and land-use competition. Ecological Applications 26:515-529. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/15-0545.1)
Graves, R.A., Pearson, S.M. & Turner, M.G. (2017), Landscape dynamics of floral resources affect the supply of a biodiversity-dependent cultural ecosystem service, Landscape Ecol 32: 415. doi:10.1007/s10980-016-0452-0
Craig, Metthew E.,Scott M. Pearson, Jennifer M. Fraterrigo, 2015. Grass invasion effects on forest soil carbon depend on landscape-level land use patterns. Ecology 96:2265-2279. doi: 10.1890/14-1770.1
Warren, R. J., II, S. M. Pearson, S. Henry, K. Rossouw, J. P. Love, M. J. Olejniczak, K. J. Elliott, and M. A. Bradford. 2015. Cryptic indirect effects of exurban edges on a woodland community. Ecosphere 6(11):218. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/ES15-00318.1
Cohen, Emily B, Scott M. Pearson and Frank R. Moore. 2014. Effects of landscape composition and configuration on migrating songbirds: inference from an individual-based model. Ecological Applications 24(1):169-180.
Jackson, M.M., Turner, M.G. and Pearson, S.M. 2014. Logging legacies affect insect pollinator communities in southern Appalachian forests. Southeastern Naturalist. 13(2):317-336. (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1656/058.013.0213)
Anderson, D.P., Turner, M.G., Pearson, S.M., Albright, T.P., Peet, R.K. and Wieben, A. 2013. Predicting Microstegium vimineum invasion in natural plant communities of the southern Blue Ridge Mountains, USA. Biological Invasions. 15(6):1217-1230. (DOI: 10.1007/s10530-012-0361-3)
Jackson, M.M., Pearson, S.M. and Turner, M.G. 2013. Performance and population dynamics of a native understory herb differ between young and old forest stands in the Southern Appalachians. Forest Ecology and Management. 304:444-454. (DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2013.05.049)
Kuhman, T.R., Pearson, S.M. and Turner, M.G. 2013. Why does land-use history facilitate non-native plant invasion? A field experiment with Celastrus orbiculatus in the southern Appalachians. Biological Invasions. 15(3):613-626. (DOI: 10.1007/s10530-012-0313-y)
Jackson, M.M., Turner, M.G., Pearson, S.M. and Ives, A.R. 2012. Seeing the forest and the trees: multilevel models reveal both species and community patterns. Ecosphere. 3(9). (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/ES12-00116.1)
Lumpkin, H., Pearson, S.M. and Turner, M.G. 2012. Climate and exurban development affect nest predation and nest predator presence in the Southern Appalachians. Conservation Biology. 26:679-688. (DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2012.01851.x)
Kuhman, T.R., Pearson, S.M. and Turner, M.G. 2011. Agricultural land-use history increases non-nativeplant invasion in a southern Appalachian forest acentury after abandonment. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 41(5):920-929.
Lumpkin, H., Pearson, S.M. and Turner, M.G. 2011. Effects of climate and exurban development on nest predation and predator presence in the southern Appalachian mountains (U.S.A.). Conservation Biology. 26(4):679-688. (DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2012.01851.x)
Clark, J.S., D. Bell, C. Chu, B. Courbaud, M. Dietze, M. Hersh, J. HilleRisLambers, I. Ibanez, S. L. LaDeau, S. M. McMahon, C.J.E. Metcalf, J. Mohan, E. Moran, L. Pangle, S. Pearson, C. Salk, Z. Shen, D. Valle, and P. Wyckoff. 2010. High dimensional coexistence based on individual variation: a synthesis of evidence. Ecological Monographs, 80:569-608
Kuhman, T. R., S. M. Pearson and M. G. Turner. 2010. Effects of land-use history and the contemporary landscape on non-native plant invasion at local and regional scales in the forest-dominated southern Appalachians. Landscape Ecology. 25:1433–1445.
Albright, T. P., D. P. Anderson. N. S. Keuler. S. M. Pearson. M. G. Turner. 2009. The spatial legacy of introduction: Celastrus orbiculatus in the southern Appalachians, USA. Journal of Applied Ecology, 46:1229-1238
Fraterrigo, J.M., Pearson, S.M., Turner, M.G. 2009. The response of understory herbaceous plants to nitrogen fertilization in forests of different land-use history. Forest Ecology and Management, 257: 2182-2188.
Fraterrigo, J.M., M.G. Turner, S.M. Pearson, and P. Dixon. 2005. Effects of past land use on spatial heterogeneity of soil nutrients in southern Appalachian forests. Ecological Monographs. 75(2): 215-230.
Hicks, N.G., and S.M. Pearson. 2003. Salamander diversity and abundance in forests with alternative land use histories in the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains. Forest Ecology and Management. 177: 117-130.
Turner, M.G., S.M. Pearson, P. Bolstad, and D.N. Wear. 2003. Effects of land-cover change on spatial pattern of forest communities in the southern Appalachian mountains (USA). Landscape Ecology. 18: 449-464.
Books and Book Sections
Pearson, S.M. 2013. Landscape Ecology and Population Dynamics. Pages 488-502 in: Levin, S.A. (editor). Encyclopedia of Biodiversity. Academic Press, Waltham, MA. (DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-384719-5.00417-2)
Pearson, S. M. and J. M. Fraterrigo. 2011. Habitat quality, niche breath, temporal stochasticity, and the persistence of populations in heterogeneous landscapes. In J. Liu, V. Hull, A. Morzillo, and J. Wiens, editors. Sources, Sinks, and Sustainability across Landscapes. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.
Pearson, S.M. 2002. Interpreting landscape patterns from orgnism-based perspectives, pp.187-198. In Gergel, S.E., and M.G. Turner (eds.), Learning Landscape Ecology: A Practical Guide to Concepts and Techniques. Springer Verlag, New York, NY.
Pearson, S.M., M.G. Turner, and D.L. Urban. 1999. Effective exercises in teaching landscape ecology, pp. 335-368. In Klopatek, J.M., R.H. Gardner, Landscape ecological analysis: issues and applications. Springer Verlag, New York, NY.
Pearson, S.M., and R.H. Gardner. 1997. Neutral models: useful tools for understanding landscape patterns, pp. 215-230. In Bissonette, J.A. (ed.), Wildlife and landscape ecology: effects of pattern and scale. Springer, New York.
Conference Proceedings (Published Papers and Abstracts)
Graves, Rose A., Pearson Scott M., Turner Monica G. (2016), Landscape dynamics of floral resources: implications for cultural ecosystem service supply in the Southern Appalachians, US-IALE 2016 Annual Meeting, Asheville, NC