Over the past 30 years, Scott M. Pearson has studied how plants & animals respond to changes in the amount and quality of their habitat. These studies have involved birds, wildflowers, salamanders, and a host of other species, and have resulted in >50 published articles and book chapters. He has conducted research in the Southeastern U.S. and Yellowstone National Park.
He teaches courses in ecology, evolution, and geographic information systems. He enjoys ecology and field biology, in part, because its challenges. A good ecologist must be able to work with plants and animals in the field, then analyze the resulting data using skills in mathematics, statistics, and computer science. We live in an era of history in which humans are impacting nature as never before. Therefore, scientists who understand natural systems are needed to solve practical problems.
Dr. Pearson is a native of western North Carolina. He holds a B.S. from Mars Hill College (now University) and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. After postdoctoral work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, he joined the faculty at Mars Hill University in 1994. Away from campus, he enjoys hiking, paddling, fishing, and working on his small farm.