Greg Perrier, Emeritus Professor of Biology and Environmental Science
Here is a little information about myself.
I obtained my B.S. degree in Zoology from the Univ. of California at Davis. I then spent four years in Cameroon as a Peace Corps Volunteer. From this experience, I developed an interesting in international development and in studying other cultures. I became close to a pastoralist Fulani family and upon my return to the United States, I pursed a M.S. degree again at U.C. Davis in Range Science, studying how to manage and conserve grazing lands.
After getting my M.S., I returned to Africa working as a Research Fellow at Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria. Here I conducted several studies on how the Fulani manage livestock and grazing. After two years at ABU, I moved to Niger and started working as a livestock advisor for Tufts University on a U.S. government-funded Niger Livestock Project. This was during a major drought in West Africa and I focused on mitigating the drought impact on pastoralists and on how to conserve grazing resources.
Upon my return to the United States, I started a Ph.D. program in Range Science at Utah State University. My research focused on how to better design and manage livestock improvement programs in Africa. Upon completion of that degree, I went on the faculty at USU as the Director of International Programs for the College of Natural Resources. I helped develop and manage projects in Iceland, Mexico, and Morocco, funded primarily by the U.S. Agency for International Development.
I later moved to Virginia and started working for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington D.C., a part of the State Department. Besides doing proposal reviews, I travelled extensively advising university and non-profit projects in the areas of conservation and agriculture.
Missing academia, I moved to the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). Here I taught classes in Biology and Environmental Science, took students to Cameroon on study abroad classes, and helped the College develop a Global Studies Program. In 2012, I took over the management of NOVA’s region in Second Life and helped develop this as a teaching resources focused on STEM. Since 2012 I developed 22 STEM activities on the region and increased the number of students using the region each year to about 600. At the end of December 2018, I retired from NOVA and am looking forward to starting a new phase of my life.