Adjunct Professor Alison Perkins began teaching in 2010 with professional expertise in science communication, science education, evolutionary biology and ecology.
Prior to teaching Perkins was an independent producer with Montana PBS and a media programmer.
She received her bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Management from the University of Missouri – Columbia. Perkins holds a PhD in Forestry and Conservation from The University of Montana. She also received an MA in Radio/Television Production and an MS in Wildlife Biology from The University of Montana.
She is Principle Investigator for Science Source, a grant from the National Science Foundation to the School of Journalism to produce local environmental news for the local audience.
Perkins was the co-producer of Playing for the World: 1904 Fort Shaw Indian Girl’s Basketball Team which aired on PBS in 2009 and won the Northwest Emmy Award in writing; in 2006 she was the associate producer for Evelyn Cameron: Pictures from a Worthy Life, which aired on PBS and won the Northwest Emmy Award in documentary and Cine Golden Eagle Award and in 2003 she was the assistant producer for Really, Really Big Floods: The Student’s Story of Glacial Lake Missoula which one a Parent’s Choice Foundation Award.
Perkins continues to serve as a board member for the Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium and the Wild Rockies Field Institute. She is currently writing the study guide for Tangled Bank: An Introduction to Evolution with Carl Zimmer.