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Freshwater Ecology Lab at The Evergreen State College

Carri J. LeRoy, Ph.D.

The Evergreen State College

2700 Evergreen Parkway NW

Lab II, room 3261

Olympia, WA 98505

Ph: (360) 867-5483    |    LeRoyC@evergreen.edu    |    Website: http://academic.evergreen.edu/l/leroyc



2005 - 2006       Northern Arizona University                    Postdoctoral Research Associate

2005                 Northern Arizona University                    Ph.D. in Biology (Freshwater Ecology)  

2001                 Northern Arizona University                    M.L.S. Master of Liberal Studies (focus in

Environmental Education)

1998                 Oregon State University                         B.S./B.A. in Env. Sci. & International Studies



2011 –              Co-Director: Sustainability in Prisons Project, a collaboration between The Evergreen State College and the Washington State Department of Corrections for science education and conservation biology projects in prisons http://www.sustainabilityinprisons.org.

2006 –              Member of the Faculty: The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA.

2005 – 2006      Postdoctoral Research Associate: Northern Arizona University (NAU), Dept. of Bio. Sci., Advisor: Dr. Thomas Whitham. Effects of riparian restoration, species diversity, and genetic diversity of riparian trees on aquatic ecosystem processes, microbes, and aquatic macroinvertebrates. See Whitham et al. 2005, 2006.  

2004 – 2005      Laboratory Teaching Assistant, BIO181 (Introduction to Biology I): NAU.

2003 – 2005      Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Coordinator: NAU & Sinagua High School. Mentored high school teachers and students in stream ecology. See Flaccus et al. 2004 and Muehlbauer et al. 2009.

2003 – 2004      Instructor, Graduate level BIO571 (Aquatic Ecology): NAU, Dept. of Bio. Sci.

2001 – 2005      Ph.D. Research: Graduate Research Assistant: NAU, Dept. of Bio. Sci., Advisor: Dr. Jane Marks. See LeRoy et al. 2006, LeRoy and Marks 2006, LeRoy et al. 2007.

2001 – 2002      Coordinator, Biology Advisement Center: NAU.

1999 – 2001      Masters Research: Connecting FOSS to northern Arizona: NAU, Dept. of Bio. Sci. and College of Education, Advisors: Drs. Paul Rowland & Catherine Ueckert. Creation of place-based curriculum to modify nationally used elementary science education kits (FOSS) in collaboration with local elementary teachers in Flagstaff, AZ. 

1999 – 2001      Graduate Teaching Assistant, ENV101 (Intro to Environmental Science): NAU.

1998 – 1999      Instructor, Stream Ecology: Blue Ridge Environmental Education Center, Toccoa, GA.

1998 – 1999      Instructor, Forest Ecology: Blue Ridge Environmental Education Center, Toccoa, GA.

1998 – 1999      Instructor, Orienteering: Blue Ridge Environmental Education Center, Toccoa, GA.

1998 – 1999      Instructor, Wildlife Biology: Blue Ridge Environmental Education Center, Toccoa, GA.


Media Pieces: (a selection, in order of impact – see www.sustainabilityinprisons.org/press/press-archive for a complete list)

The New York Times. September 27, 2012. Raising Frogs for Freedom, Prison Project Opens Doors

Associated Press (over 75 papers nationwide; International news). September 22, 2012. Prison Inmates Save Endangered Species At Cedar Creek Corrections Center

PBS NewsHour. May 17, 2016. Do call it a comeback — how the checkerspot butterfly found salvation in a women’s prison. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/do-call-it-a-comeback-how-the-checkerspot-butterfly-found-salvation-in-a-womens-prison/

National Geographic. 2012. “Guardians of Nature” on French Broadcasting stations. Highlights both SPP and riparian ecology research.

Nature News. August 09, 2012. Prisoners pitch in to save endangered butterfly

Discover Magazine. August 09, 2012. Prisoners Do Science, Help to Save Endangered Butterfly

National Geographic Channel-France. 2011. “Sentinelles de la Nature” (Nature’s Guardians) highlighted both my riparian and freshwater research and SPP’s Oregon spotted frog program. 

Conservation Magazine. December 2011. Captive Breeding: Behind bars, prisoners work to rehabilitate endangered species. Dawn Stover, photos by Benj Drummond.

National Public Radio. “Earth Notes” story on LeRoy et al. 2006 “Plant Genes Link Forests and Streams.”

The Seattle Times. October 2011. Inmates training to raise rare butterflies from artillery range

Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife News Bulletin. January 29, 2016. Study looks at how interaction of leaf litter, salmon carcasses impacts nutrients in salmon spawning. http://www.cbbulletin.com/435941.aspx


Professional Affiliations & Service:

Society for Freshwater Science – Public Information and Publicity Committee: 2010-2014

Association of Zoos and Aquariums: 2011-present. Member

Ecological Society of America: 2004-present. Member

Society for Freshwater Science/North American Benthological Society: 2005-present.

Evergreen Standing Committee for the Curriculum: 2015-2016. Member

NAU University Graduate Committee: 2004-2005. Member

Graduate student representative NAU Graduate Student Organization: 2003-2005.

Interim president & Biology representative NAU Biology Graduate Student Association: 2001-2004.

NAU Undergraduate Program Committee in Biology: 2001-2002. Member

Graduate student representative Northern Arizona Resource Educators Network: 1999-2001. Member


Editor (Subject Matter) for: Oikos, the journal of the Nordic Ecological Society


Reviewer for 95 grants and articles, 2005-present: National Science Foundation, Dept. of Defense - Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, Icelandic Research Fund, Maryland Sea Grant, BioDiversa, Ecology Letters, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Ecology, Ecological Applications, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Oikos, Oecologia, Global Change Biology, Functional Ecology, Journal of Applied Ecology, Ecosphere, American Midland Naturalist, Forests, Forest Ecology and Management, Plant & Soil, Plant Biology, Biological Invasions, Ecography, Foodwebs, Cities and the Environment, Freshwater Science, Freshwater Biology, Fundamental and Applied Limnology, Archiv fuer Hydrobiologie, Wetlands, Hydrobiologia, Limnology and Oceanography, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Fire Ecology, Aquatic Ecology, Aquatic Biology, Aquatic Science, Limnetica, Natural Areas Journal, Pacific Science. 

Outreach & Broader Impacts:

2012                 Offered a faculty training institute on Incarceration and a Liberal Arts Education to introduce Evergreen faculty to the Sustainability in Prisons Project and Gateways programs on campus and how to better serve incarcerated/formerly incarcerated students.

2011 – present   I co-direct the Sustainability in Prisons Project (www.sustainabilityinprisons.org) in Washington State which provides access to science and nature for incarcerated men and women. We provide inmates with educational lectures on science and sustainability. In addition, we provide inmates with experiences in conservation biology by captive rearing endangered Oregon spotted frogs, native prairie plants, Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies, and caring for western pond turtles in prison environments.

2009-2010         In collaboration with the Nisqually River Education Project, TESC undergraduates and I provided outreach and environmental education in stream ecology and macroinvertebrate taxonomy to over 75 K-12 students. We provided experiences with leaf litter decomposition, salmon carcass influences and macroinvertebrate ecology. Our outreach involved rural and Native American elementary schools, and a vocational high school.

2009, 2010        I hosted the 17th and 18th Annual GREEN (Global Rivers Environmental Education Network) Student Congresses at The Evergreen State College. Evergreen students and I facilitated educational opportunities for over 400 K-12 students each year. The opportunity also provided mentorship and education experiences for 30 TESC undergraduates.

2009, 2011        Offered a faculty training institute in statistical analysis using JMP 8.0 statistical software.

2007, 2011        Offered a faculty training institute in community analysis using PC-Ord software.

2007                 Offered a faculty training institute on political and ecological implications of Elwha River dam removals on the Olympia Peninsula. Over 20 faculty participated in 3-day workshop.