About Me


I am an environmental specialist working for Hatfield Consultants at their Calgary, AB office. My specialities are freshwater, riparian, and urban ecology. Put simply, I am interested in the interactions between humans and freshwater ecosystems and finding ways to mitigate the negative effects of humans while allowing humans to use natural resources.

Previously, I worked as a visiting assistant professor in the environmental studies department at McDaniel College and as a visiting assistant professor in the biology department at Willamette University. I also did a two year postdoc with John Richardson at the University of British Columbia.

I have a doctoral degree from the Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Pharmacy at the Free University of Berlin, where I worked with Klement Tockner. I did my masters degree with Bob Naiman at the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences, and my bachelors was in Biology at Reed College.

You can reach me by:
sending an email to lizperkin AT gmail DOT com

My Google Scholar Page

Follow me on Twitter @riverperkin

You can watch my Science Slam talk from 5 March 2012 here

You can also listen to a story I told at the science story-telling event, Anecdotal Evidence by clicking here