Scott M. Pearson, Professor of Biology & Dean of Natural Sciences

Research Emphasis:

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.

Contact Information:

Primary Organization:  Mars Hill University

Mailing Address:

Scott M Pearson
Dept of Natural Sciences
Campus Box 6671
Mars Hill, NC 28754

Office Phone:  828.689.1402

FAX Number:  828.689.1596

E-Mail:  spearson@mhu.edu

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)

Journal Articles

Graves, R. A., S. M. Pearson, and M. G. Turner. (2017). Landscape dynamics of floral resources affect the supply of a biodiversity-dependent cultural ecosystem service. Landscape Ecology 32:415-428.

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)

Lumpkin, H.A. and Pearson, S.M. 2013. Effects of Exurban Development and Temperature on Bird Species in the Southern Appalachians. Conservation Biology. (DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12085)

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. Joint effects of habitat configuration and temporal stochasticity on population dynamics. Landscape Ecology 24(7): 863-877.

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, and S.M. Pearson. 2006. Interactions between past land use, life-history traits and understory spatial heterogeneity. In Landscape Ecology. 21: 777-790.

Fraterrigo, J.M., M.G. Turner, and S.M. Pearson. 2006. Previous land use alters plant allocation and growth in forest herbs. Journal of Ecology. 94: 548-557.

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.

Mitchell, C.E., M.G. Turner, S.M. Pearson. 2002. Effects of historical land use and forest patch size on myremecochores and ant communities. Ecological Applications. 12(5): 1364-1377.

Simons, T.R., S.M. Pearson, and F.R. Moore. 2000. Application Of Spatial Models To The Stopover Ecology Of Trans-Gulf Migrants. Studies in Avian Biology. 20: 4-14.

Pearson, S.M., M.G. Turner, and J.B. Drake. 1999. Landscape change and habitat availability in the southern Appalachian Highlands and Olympic Peninsula. Ecological Applications. 9(4): 1288-1304

Ives, A.R., M.G. Turner, and S.M. Pearson. 1998. Local explanations of landscape patterns: can analytical approaches approximate simulation models of spatial processes? Ecosystems. 1: 35-51.

Pearson, S.M., A.B. Smith, and M.G. Turner. 1998. Forest patch size, land use, and mesic forest herbs in the French Broad River Basin, North Carolina. Castanea. 63(3): 382-395.

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. 2002. Landscape Context, pp. 199-207. 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