Kaitlin Perkins

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Kaitlin Perkins

M.S. student, Systems Ecology

Personal Summary

Kaitlin Perkins grew up in the dense forests near Mt. St. Helens in Washington State. Kate recently graduated from Wasington State University Vancouver with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with Honors, and minors in Environmental Science and Mathematics and a certificate in Quantitative Biology. She is a former University Scholar at Washington State University Vancouver, where she was an undergraduate researcher in Aquatic Ecology working with Gretchen and Steve Bollens. Kate is a member of the Graduate Women in Science, and a certified Watershed Steward in Washington State. During her undergraduate, she worked as a Natural Resource Specialist Assistant for Clark County, Washington, focused on water quality monitoring and local source control. Kate has a long history of STEM outreach, most recently co-leading a science camp for young women scientists in rural areas hosted by nPower Girls. She is a tall ship sailor, and has conducted plastic research in the South Pacific Ocean with SEA Semester. This past summer she worked as the Naturalist aboard the Schooner Zodiac in the Puget Sound. Kate joined Dr. Ben Colman in the Systems Ecology program at the University of Montana to investigate the relationship between nutrient and metal contaminant cycling and land use, such as agriculture, in the Clark Fork River. She is a UM Bridges Fellow, and was previously a Research Experience for Undergraduates Fellow at Washington State University Vancouver. Her future goals include impacting how we manage agricultural operations under the Clean Water Act to improve water quality locally and globally through watershed science and policy.


Washington State University Vancouver, Class of 2017

Bachelor of Science in Biology with Honors

Minors: Environmental Science and Mathematics

Certificate: Quantitative Biology


Clark Community College, Vancouver, WA

Associate in Science

Field of Study

Aquatic Ecosystem Ecology, Natural Resource Management, Watershed Policy, Watershed Education and Outreach

Honors / Awards

2017: UM Bridges Graduate Traineeship Fellow

2015 - 2017: University Scholars Honors Program Fellow at Washington State University Vancouver

2017: Air & Waste Management Oregon Student Environmental Challenge Winner

2016: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Honorable Mention

2016: Clark County Public Works Innovation Award for Local Source Control

2016: Washington State University Research Showcase Best Undergraduate Research Poster

2015: NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates Fellow

2015: John Robert Brown Scholar