David Pearson

Research Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
4501

Biography

David Pearson's research is focused on using the interaction of ecology, conservation, ecotourism and education to develop methods that promote sustainable use of biodiversity. He has worked on a breadth of organisms from crabs to insects, and Paramecium to birds. He has also studied a range of habitat types including coral atolls and desert grasslands.

Pearson’s current research concentrates on a small group of insects—tiger beetles—in tropical lowland rain forests around the world. He also works on international environmental education exchanges for graduate students and elementary teachers and students that promote critical thinking skills and appreciation of cultural diversity.

Education

Ph.D. University of Washington-Seattle 1973

Research Interests

David Pearson's research usies the interaction of ecology, conservation, ecotourism and education to develop methods that promote sustainable use of biodiversity. He has worked on a breadth of organisms from crabs to insects, and Paramecium to birds. He has also studied a range of habitat types including coral atolls and desert grasslands.Pearsons current research concentrates on a small group of bioindicator insectstiger beetlesin tropical lowland rain forests around the world.

Research Group

ecology, conservation

Publications

 

  • Hoekman, D., K. E. LeVan, G. E. Ball, R. A. Browne, R. L. Davidson, T. L. Erwin, C. B. Knisley, J. R. LaBonte, J. Lundgren, D. R. Maddison, W. Moore, J. Niemel, K. A. Ober, D. L. Pearson, J. R. Spence, K. Will and T. Work. 2017. Design for ground beetle abundance and diversity sampling within the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). Ecosphere 8(4):e01744. 10.1002/ecs2.1744

  • Pearson, D. L. and A. P. Vogler. 2016. Tiger Beetles: The Evolution, Ecology, and Diversity of the Cicindelids.   Cornell Univ. Press, Ithaca, NY, 333 pp. (2nd edition in Japanese).

  • Pearson, D. L., C. B. Knisley, D. P. Duran and C. J. Kazilek. 2015. A Field Guide to the Tiger Beetles of the United States and Canada: Identification, Natural History, and Distribution of the Cicindelids, 2nd edition.  Oxford Univ. Press, NY, 251 pp.

  • Pearson, D. L. 2013. Chp. 4. Tiger beetles: lesson in natural history, conservation and the rise of amateur involvement. Pp. 56-75, in (H. Lemelin, ed) The Management of Insects in Recreation and Tourism. Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge, UK.
  • Pearson, D. L. and F. Cassola. 2012. Chp. 17. Insect conservation biology: What can we learn from ornithology and birding? Pp. 377-399, in (T. R. New, ed) Insect Conservation: Past, Present and Prospects. Springer, London.
  • Pearson, D. L., A. L. Hamilton, and T. L. Erwin. 2011. Recovery plan for the endangered taxonomy profession. BioScience 61: 58-63.
  • Pearson, D. L., C. D. Anderson, B. R. Mitchell, M. S. Rosenberg, R. Navarrette, and P. Coopmans.  2010. Testing hypotheses of bird extinctions at Rio Palenque, Ecuador, with informal species lists.  Journal of Conservation Biology 24; 500-510.

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  • Pearson, David L. La planificacion del futuro: El rol de los aficionados- Pro-Afis. Gaceta (journal for the South American Diplomatic corps (2014).
  • David L. Pearson. Tiger beetles: Lessons in natural history, conservation and the rise of amateur involvement. The Management of Insects in Recreation and Tourism (2013).
  • David L. Pearson and fabio Cassola. Insect conservation biology: What can we learn from ornithology and birding?. Insect Conservation: Past, present and prospects (2012).

Research Activity

Courses

Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
BIO 100 The Living World
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
BIO 100 The Living World
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
BIO 471 Ornithology
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
BIO 100 The Living World

Presentations

Pearson works on international environmental education exchanges for graduate students and elementary teachers and students. He has taught 22 week-long workshops in 11 countries on critical thinking and the sustainable use of biodiversity.  His workshops also emphasize cultural diversity and modern pedagogy such as active learning.

Editorships

Society for Insect Conservation (editorial board 2007- present)

Studies on Neotropical Fauna and Environment (editorial board 1995 - present)

Society for Conservation Biology (editorial board 1992 - 2002)

Cicindela (editorial board 2010 to present)

Service

  • Audubon Arizona, Monthly speaker and field trip leader (2013 - 2016)
  • Project-centered course development, cultural-biological course on campus and study abroad Ecuador, co-instructor with Tod swanson (2014 - 2015)
  • Develop on-line ASU Discovery course that integrates physical, geological and biological sciences., produce video lectures for online Resets classes (2013 - 2014)
  • Personal development course for freshman in Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College (2017)