Dr. Perkins became a Senior Fellow with the National Council for Science and the Environment in January 2010. His major work with NCSE centers on efforts to improve education on energy and the environment, particularly at the undergraduate and master's degree levels.
Dr. Perkins will work closely with the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD) and the Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders (CEREL). He is helping affiliated institutions articulate their individual goals and identify their common objectives in this field. He will coordinate efforts to find outside funding that can support a major project in improving energy education.
Before coming to NCSE, Dr. Perkins served on the faculties of Miami University (Ohio) and The Evergreen State College (Washington). At Evergreen he was also a Senior Academic Dean (1980 - 1986) and Director of the Graduate Program on the Environment (1999 - 2005). He retired from full-time teaching in 2007 and is now Member of the Faculty Emeritus at Evergreen.
Dr. Perkins published Insects, Experts, and the Insecticide Crisis (Plenum, 1982) and Geopolitics and the Green Revolution (Oxford University Press, 1997), plus many other articles, book chapters, and reports. His three most recent publications are book chapters: "History, Ethics, and Intensification in Agriculture," (2008), "Integrated Pest Management, Biomass Fuels, and a New Green Revolution," (2009), and "History and the Transition to Organic Agriculture" (2010). Dr. Perkins served as the founding editor-in-chief of Environmental Practice (Cambridge University Press) from 1999 - 2008.
Dr. Perkins has a BA in biology from Amherst College and a PhD in biology from Harvard University. He did a post-doctoral fellowship in History of Science at Harvard.