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PEREC is staffed by dedicated faculty, researchers, graduate students, field interpreters and volunteers. To keep up with our research, educational activities, and outreach, be sure to follow us on Facebook!

Our award-winning K-12 Watershed Education Programs are enthusiastically staffed by field interpreters – including undergraduates and graduate students from George Mason University, as well as local environmental experts.

R Chris Jones

R.Christian “Chris” Jones, PhD

Director, PEREC

Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy

Specialization: Freshwater Ecology, Water Quality, Plankton Ecology, Stream Bioassessment

Gregory D. Foster, PhD

Senior Fellow, PEREC

Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Specialization: Aquatic Chemistry and Geochemistry; Environmental Analytical Chemistry

T. Reid Nelson

Faculty Fellow, PEREC


Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy


Specialization: Fisheries ecology, applied aspects of fisheries, and aquatic resource management

Dann Sklarew, PhD

Faculty Fellow, Department of Environmental Science and Policy

Specialization: Watershed Stewardship, Sustainability Science and Education, Symbiosis (Mutualism)

Randolph “Randy” A. McBride, PhD

Associate Professor of Geology

Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences

Amy Fowler Perec

Amy Fowler

Faculty Fellow  

Assistant Professor, Environmental Science and Policy

Ph.D. Auckland University

Cynthia “Cindy” Smith, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy

K12 Education & Outreach Director, PEREC

Specialization: Science Education and Outreach, Watershed Ecology and Stewardship

Jennifer Salerno, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy

Specialization: Environmental Microbiology, Marine Ecology, Microbial Symbioses, Marine Policy

T. Reid Nelson

Assistant Professor, Fisheries Ecology

Specialization: Aquatic Ecology, Biology, Fisheries Ecology, Estuarine and Coastal Ecology

Thomas B. Huff, PhD

Administrative Assistant Professor

Director, the Shared Research Instrumentation Facility

Specialization: Organic Pollutants in the Rivers, Mass Spectrometry, Chemical Ecology

Benoit Van Aken

Associate Professor

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Specialization: Plant molecular biology, molecular markers for pathogen detection Ecology

Scott Glaberman

Associate Professor

Department of Environmental Science and Policy

Specialization: Ecotoxicology, Ecological Risk Assessment, Stress Physiology, Conservation Genomics, Evolutionary Biology, Cancer & Aging

Laura M Birsa

MS in Marine Sciences

Lab and Field Technician, Department of Environmental Science and Policy (PEREC)

Chelsea Gray

MS in Environmental Science and Policy

PhD, Environmental Science and Policy

Web Master and Outreach Assistant.


Field Interpreters

See the work some of our previous field interpreters have done, and learn how you can join to be a Field Interpreter by reading our Field Interpreter FAQ’s.