Reed Perkins, Ph.D.

Reed Perkins

Professor, Environmental Science & Chemistry Department

Sam & Carolyn McMahon Professor; Chair


Dr. Reed Perkins has taught at Queens since 1998.

His courses include Geographic Information Systems, Physical Geography, Tropical Island Systems, and Introduction to Environmental Science. He also teaches in the CORE Program for the Liberal Arts and the John Belk International Program. As part of the latter, he developed the Micronesian Islands Environmental Study Program, in which Queens students and faculty work with scientists and government personnel of Yap and Kosrae (member states of the Federated States of Micronesia) to field monitor the islands’ ecosystems. He also worked to develop a local GIS capacity on both islands.

His other major teaching interest is the rapidly changing urban system of Charlotte. He and his students work with local elementary school students to study urban streams and impacts of watershed land use patterns.

He is a wanderer and traveler by nature. He also enjoys ice cream, scuba diving, and bad jokes, just not at the same time.


Ph.D., Oregon State University
A.B., M.S., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


  • 2007 North Carolina Professor of the Year; The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
  • 2006 Carolyn G. and Sam H. MacMahon Professorship; Queens University of Charlotte
  • 2002 William S. Lee Distinguished Professor Award; Queens University of Charlotte

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