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 plant phenological sensitivity to climate. She is also interested in the assumptions and biases associated with using biocollections data and developing methods to overcome 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, writing about her discoveries (and a weekly weed!) on her nature blog, curating the Robert K. Godfrey herbarium, and sharing her love of all things botanical with members of the Plant Club at FSU, of 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.

Status: 
M.S. Student, herbarium curator
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
U.S.A.

Office is King Life Science Building, room 4079
kpearson@bio.fsu.edu

Research: 

Fall 2015-Spring 2016 Research assistant, iDigBio

Publications: 

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. 32(7):531-546.

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.

Talks: 

Pearson KD, Mast AR. On the front lines of discovering change: Biodiversity specimen collectors as the Anthropocene’s unrecognized outlier detectors. Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections. Denver, CO. June 22, 2017.

Pearson KD. Hole-y plant databases! Understanding and preventing biases in botanical big data. Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference. Ann Arbor, MI. June 6, 2017. 

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.

Service: 

Coordinator - Seek and Destroy Invasive Plant Removal Events – 2017-present

Mentor - Botanical Society of America Planting Science – 2016-2018

Founder and president - Botanical Society of America Student Chapter (Plant Club at FSU) – December 2016–present

Science Fair Judge – Trinity Catholic School – December 7, 2016

Presenter - Outreach table for FSU's Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge Monarch Butterfly Festival – October 22, 2016.

Organizer - Citizen Science in the Classroom: Discovering Biodiversity by Transcribing Specimen Labels – Tallahassee Community College – October 18, 2016

Leader - Cornerstone Learning Community BioBlitz – September 23, 2016

Co-organizer - Worldwide Engagement for the Digitization of Biocollections Event – October 2016

Mentor - Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) – August 2016-May 2017

Lesson lead, curriculum volunteer, and assistant - Student-led Afterschool Science Program – Shanks Middle School. September 2015–September 2016

Co-leader - Florida State University School STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) Day – February 19, 2016.

Co-leader - Augmented Reality for Biological Collections Demonstration – November 14, 2015

Co-leader - Worldwide Engagement for the Digitization of Biocollections Event – October 22-24, 2015

Volunteer - Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center and Trails – Hoyt Arboretum, Portland, OR. May 2014–May 2015