Carri LeRoy is a freshwater ecologist with research experience in both streams and rivers. Her research focuses on how riparian forests interact with streams and provide energy through leaf litterfall. Her research has shown that both the species diversity and genetic diversity of these litter inputs can affect in-stream leaf litter decomposition rates, aquatic fungi and aquatic macroinvertebrates. Her current research focuses on how leaf litter and salmon carcass inputs interact, what drives global patterns of leaf litter decomposition, and how major disturbances like volcanic eruptions and dam removals influence freshwater communities and ecosystem processes. Other topics she is interested in include: invertebrate community ecology, riparian restoration, issues of women in science, and art-science collaborations.
Carri is also the Co-Director of the Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP), a program that brings science and nature into prisons and hopes to reduce the environmental, economic and human costs of prisons. SPP is a partnership between The Evergreen State College and the WA Dept. of Corrections, but has expanded to programs in OR, CA, UT, OH, MD, NY, AL, and county jail programs in many of those states. Visit the website for more information.