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Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Researcher in John Richardson‘s lab at the University of British Columbia, where I studied the effects of artificial light on cutthroat trout behavior, as well as seasonal variation in cutthroat foraging and competitive interactions.

I finished my Dr. rer. nat. (PhD) at the Freie Universitaet Berlin in Germany in 2013. My advisor was Klement Tockner and I was affiliated with the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries. In my dissertation, I studied the effects of artificial light at night on stream ecosystems.

I finished my Masters at the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington in 2009. My research there focused on riparian ecology, specifically on the relationship of soil water holding capacity and nitrogen availability to riparian tree growth on the Queets River. My advisor was Prof. Robert J Naiman.

Before attending UW, I received a bachelors degree in biology from Reed College.


Perkin, E. K., and Wilson, M. J. 2021. Anthropogenic alteration of flow, temperature, and light as life-history cues in stream ecosystems. Integrative and Comparative Biology.

Tabor, R. A., Perkin, E. K., Beauchamp, D. A., Britt, L. L., Haehn, R., Green, J., Robinson, T., Stolnack, S., Lantz, D. W., and Moore, Z. J. 2021. Artificial lights with different spectra do not alter detrimental attraction of young Chinook salmon and sockeye salmon along lake shorelines. Lakes and Reservoir Management DOI: 10.1080/10402381.2021.1906364.

Dominoni, D., Halfwerk, W., Baird, E., Buxton, R., Fernàndez-Juricic, E., Fristrup, K., McKenna, M., Mennitt, D., Perkin, E. K., Seymoure, B., Stoner, D., Tennessen, J., Toth, C., Tyrell, L., Wilson, A., Francis, C., Carter, N., and Barber, J. Why conservation biology can benefit from sensory ecology. Nature Ecology and Evolution 4: 502-511.

Owens, A., Cochard, P., Durrant, J., Perkin, E. K.,  and Seymoure, B. 2020. Light pollution is a driver of insect declines. Biological Conservation 241: 208259.

Wilson, M. J., Ramey, T. L., Donaldson, M. R., Germain, R. R., and Perkin, E. K. 2016. Communicating science: sending the right message to the right audience. FACETS 1: 127-137. (Served in P.I. role)

Degen, T., Mitesser, O., Perkin, E. K., Weiß, N.-S., Oehlert, M., Mattig, E., and Hölker, F. 2016. Street-lighting: sex-independent impacts on moth movement. Journal of Animal Ecology doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12540.

Perkin, E. K., Hölker, F., Tockner, K, and Richardson, J. S. 2014. Artificial light as a disturbance to light-naïve streams. Freshwater Biology 59: 2235-2244.

Perkin, E. K., Hölker, F., Heller, S., and Berghahn, R. 2014. Artificial light and nocturnal activity in gammarids. PeerJ 2:e279; DOI 10.7717/peerj.279.

Perkin, E. K., Hölker, F., and Tockner, K. 2014. The effects of artificial night lighting on adult aquatic and terrestrial insects. Freshwater Biology 59: 368-377.

Perkin, E. K., Hölker, F., Richardson, J. S., Sadler, J. P., Wolter, C., and Tockner, K. 2011. The influence of artificial light on freshwater and riparian ecosystems: questions, challenges, and perspectives. Ecosphere 2: 122.

Hölker, F., Wolter, C., Perkin, E. K., and Tockner, K. 2010. Light pollution as a biodiversity threat. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 25: 681-682.


Apetowun Creek Reconstruction 2020 Annual Aquatics Summary Report. Hatfield Consultants, Calgary, AB.

Wolverine Mine Environmental Effects Monitoring Program Annual Report. 2019. Hatfield Consultants, Vancouver, BC.

Hölker, F., Perkin, E. K., Wolter, C., Kloas, W., Staaks, G., and Tockner, K. 2009. Der Verlust der Nacht. Leibinz-Institut für Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischerei Jahresforschungsbericht 2008: 12-13.

Hölker, F., Voigt, C., Wolter, C., Perkin, E. K., and Tockner, K. 2009. Der Verlust der Nacht ist auch ein ökologisches Problem. Leibniz Gemeinschaft Zwischenruf 2: 18-21.


Society for Freshwater Science (formerly North American Benthological Society) 2009-present

Ecological Society of America 2009-present

American Fisheries Society 2014-present

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