Katelin D. Pearson

Katelin joined the lab in Fall 2015 from Portland, Oregon.

Katelin "Katie" D. Pearson (nee Stanley) is a graduate student in the Mast lab and the curator of the R. K. Godfrey Herbarium. Her research is focused on using biocollections data to answer evolutionary and ecological questions, especially those pertaining to the evolution of phenology due to climate change. She is particularly interested in the assumptions and biases associated with using biocollections data and developing methods of overcoming these limitations. An avid botanist, Katelin is also interested in the natural history of local flora. She spends much of her time outdoors photographing and identifying plants, indoors curating the Robert K. Godfrey herbarium, and sharing her love of all things botanical with members of the Plant Club at FSU, for which she is founder and co-president.

From Fall 2015-Spring 2016, Katelin was a research assistant with iDigBio involved in Education and Outreach projects, including the Libraries of Life augmented reality collection cards, the Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections (WeDigBio) event, and lesson plan development. She is also co-lead of the ODD Collectors Working Group, which aims to empower specimen collectors to detect and document anomalies at the collection event. She is currently engaged in other iDigBio efforts such as connecting ecologists to the collections community as part of a recently formed working group.

M.S. Student
Education and Employment History: 

Katelin concurrently received a B.S. in biology and B.A. in German studies from the University of Portland in 2015.

Contact info: 

Department of Biological Science
319 Stadium Drive
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4295

Office is King Life Science Building, room 4079


Fall 2015-Spring 2016 Research assistant, iDigBio


Willis CW, Ellwood ER, Primack RB, Davis CC, Pearson KD, Gallinat AS, Yost J, Nelson G, Mazer S, Rossington N, Sparks TH, Soltis P. Old plants, new tricks: phenological research using herbarium specimens. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. (Accepted)

Stanley KD, Taylor DW. 2015. Effect of manual ivy removal on seedling recruitment in Forest Park, Portland, OR. American Journal of Undergraduate Research. 12(4):31-41.


Pearson KD. Ellis S, Ellwood ER, Nelson G, Riccardi G, Mast, AR. On the front lines of discovering change: Biodiversity specimen collectors as the Anthropocene’s outlier detectors. Botany 2016. Savannah, GA. August 2, 2016.


Pearson KD. Ellis S, Ellwood ER, Nelson G, Paul D, Riccardi G, Mast AR. On the front lines of discovering change: Biodiversity specimen collectors as the Anthropocene’s outlier detectors. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting 2016. Ft. Lauderdale, FL. August 10, 2016.


FSU Botany Club - Founder and co-president

Invasive plant removal educational event coordinator