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Marie Perkins, M.S.

Marie Perkins, M.S.

Shorebird Ecologist

Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University
marieperkins@seas.harvard.edu

During her undergraduate work, Marie spent a summer as an intern at Seney National Wildlife Refuge in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This experience instilled in her a love for birds and wetlands.

She earned a master's degree in wildlife from Louisiana State University, focusing on wetland ecology and wetland birds. Marie’s thesis work at LSU included determining capture techniques for rails, using morphometric measurements to differentiate between species and sex of king and clapper rails, and using stable isotopes to look at the migration ecology of king rails.

Marie joined BRI in 2010, where she worked to increase shorebird and rail research at the organization. Her research projects at BRI included: quantifying mercury exposure in Alaskan shorebirds, determining migratory movements and mercury exposure of Eastern Willets breeding in the Gulf of Maine, and estimating oiling rates and mortality of Clapper Rails from the DeepWater Horizon oil spill.

Marie began a Ph.D. program at McGill University in Canada in the Fall of 2013, completing her degree in 2017. For her dissertation research, Marie investigated factors influencing mercury concentrations in non-piscivorous birds and worked with BRI to quantify mercury exposure in Arctic-breeding shorebirds. She currently works as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University where she will continue to study mercury exposure in birds.

Education

 
  • Ph.D., Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University, 2017
  • M.S., Wildlife, Louisiana State University, 2007
  • B.S., Biology, Central Michigan University, 2002

Research Interests

 
  • Mercury exposure in non-piscivorous birds
  • Methods for improving mercury exposure assessments in birds
  • Toxicokinetics of methylmercury in birds
  • Subcellular distribution of mercury

Publications

 
  • Basu, N., J.W.L. Eng, M. Perkins, A. Santa Rios, G. Martincevic, K. Carlson, and R. Neitzel. 2017. Development, validation, and application of a novel method to measure methylmercury in newborn dried blood spots from the Michigan BioTrust for Health. Environmental Research 159:276-282. 
  • Perkins, M., S.L. King, and J. Linscombe. 2010. Effectiveness of capture techniques for rails in emergent marsh and agricultural wetlands. Waterbirds 33(3): 376-380.
  • Perkins, M., S.L. King, S.E. Travis, and J. Linscombe. 2009. Use of morphometric measurements to differentiate between species and sex of king and clapper rails. Waterbirds 32(4): 579-584.

Reports

 
  • Folsom, S.B., L. Savoy, C. DeSorbo, D. C. Evers, C. Niven, M. Perkins, and M.A. Turnquist. In Prep. Preliminary assessment of mercury exposure in Alaskan birds. For submittal to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska. Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine.
  • Evers, D., E.M. Adams, M. Perkins, L. Savoy, C.S. Flegel, M. Duron, A. Gilbert, I. Johnson, and J. McKay. 2011. End-of-Study Draft Summary Report: Estimating Oiling and Mortality of Secretive Marsh Birds from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, NRDA Deepwater Horizon (MC 252) Oil Spill (Bird Study #3). Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, ME. BRI-NRDA-DWH Report #3.3.
  • Perkins, M., C. V. Klimas, J. Dunbar, T. Foti, and J. Pagan. 2011. Using General Land Office survey records in ecosystem restoration planning. EBA Technical Notes Collection. ERDC TN-EMRRP-EBA-9, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, MS.
  • Wilder, T.C., W.M. Ford, and M.M. Perkins. 2011. A bibliography of selected literature on indirect impacts associated with Clean Water Act Section 404 permits. ERDC/EL TR-11-16, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, MS.
  • Klimas, C.V., T. Foti, J. Dunbar, J. Pagan, and M. Perkins. 2010. Analysis and recommendations for restoration of the Grassy Lake and Lower Little River Bottoms Ecosystem. U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, MS. Report to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers District, Little Rock.
  • Perkins, M., S.L. King, and D. Krementz. 2009. Stopover habitat use by king rails: evaluation and habitat management implications. Final Report to US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Presentations and Posters

 
  • Perkins, M., D.C. Evers, R. Lanctot, D. Ruthrauff, and S. Kendall. 2011. Mercury exposure in shorebirds. Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group 4th Meeting. Vancouver, British Columbia. (Poster)
  • Perkins, M., C.V. Klimas, and J.B. Dunbar. 2009. Characterizing baseline conditions as a fundamental step in establishing ecosystem restoration targets and potential. USACE Research and Development Conference. Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Perkins, M., and S.L. King. 2007. The use of stable isotopes to determine the ratio of resident to migrant king rails in southwestern Louisiana. Southeast Partners in Flight Annual Meeting. Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Perkins, M., and S.L. King. 2006. The use of stable isotopes to determine the ratio of resident to migrant king rails in southwestern Louisiana. King Rail Conservation Action Plan Workshop. Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Perkins, M., and S.L. King. 2006. The use of stable isotopes to determine the ratio of resident to migrant king rails in southwestern Louisiana. North American Ornithological Conference 4th Annual Meeting. Veracruz, Mexico.
  • Perkins, M., and S.L. King. 2006. The use of stable isotopes to determine the ratio of resident to migrant king rails in southwestern Louisiana. Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists. Lafayette, Louisiana.
  • Perkins, M., and S.L. King. 2005. The use of stable isotopes to determine the ratio of resident to migrating king rails in southwestern Louisiana. 12th Annual Meeting of The Wildlife Society, Madison, Wisconsin. (Poster)
  • Perkins, M., and S.L. King. 2005. The use of stable isotopes to determine the ratio of resident to migrant king rails in southwestern Louisiana. Society of Wetland Scientists 26th Annual Meeting. Charleston, South Carolina. (Poster)
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