Dr. Kirsten Pearsons

Assistant Small Farm Advisor
Cooperative Extension San Luis Obispo County
2156 Sierra Way
Suite C
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Also in:
Santa Barbara County
Small Farm Program


Kirsten's path towards agriculture started at UC Davis where she studied Environmental Toxicology. Kirsten initially planned to study how pesticides affect wildlife, but she shifted her focus to agroecology when she discovered a passion for entomology. She moved to Pennsylvania to study the effect of neonicotinoid insecticides on soil invertebrates in field crop systems. She is particularly interested in how pest management decisions affect other aspects of farm management, i.e., soil fertility, water quality, pollination, and weed pressure. She has worked in both conventional and organic field crop systems in the mid-Atlantic, and she is excited to support small scale operators and specialty crop producers on the central coast.


  • PhD Entomology, Penn State. 2020
  • BS Environmental Toxicology, UC Davis. 2015
       minor: insect biology


Ph.D. Entomology, Pennsylvania State University. 2020
B.S. Environmental Toxicology, University of California, Davis. 2015

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