About the Author

Bio Pic on Ogeechee- BigDr. Simona L. Perry is a social and environmental scientist and community advocate.

Her applied work over the past 12 years on rivers and people involves collaborative, participant-driven documentation, analysis, and development of alternative mechanisms to address emerging social-environmental conflicts along waterways. Her broad theoretical and practical focus is on understanding the everyday lives of individuals and communities in a rapidly changing world, sense of place phenomena in the face of globalized markets and identities, and conducting locally-informed and relevant policy analyses and tools for a broad public audience. She is writing an ethnographic memoir based on her on-going fieldwork with rural landowners along the Susquehanna River in Bradford County, Pennsylvania.

In 2012 Dr. Perry founded c.a.s.e. Consulting Services LLC, a roots-based consultancy providing local, regional, and national consulting services and resources to rural and urban communities directly impacted by rapid social and environmental changes and conflicts. She most recently served as the Civic Professionalism Program Director for Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network (LiKEN) a network for scholarly / community collaboration to build economic futures based on local assets, values, and vision.  She joined the Board of Directors of the Pipeline Safety Coalition in 2012. In 2016, Dr. Perry was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to serve a three-year term as a safety advocate representative on the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Working Group on Voluntary Information-Sharing.

Dr. Perry was a Research Scientist at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York in 2012, and from 2009-2011 was a Mellon Post-Doctoral Scholar at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  From 2004 to 2006 she directed a non-profit international environmental education organization based in Washington, D.C., and from 1995 to 2003 she worked as a field biologist, environmental regulator, and policy analyst with the National Marine Fisheries Service in Massachusetts, Seattle, California, and Maryland. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife biology and management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, her Master’s degree in marine affairs from the University of Washington, Seattle and her Doctoral degree in social science (human dimensions of natural resources conservation) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


One thought on “About the Author”

  1. Hello Simona, I met you briefly at the Pittsburgh Health Effects Conference. I found your presentation very moving, and would be interested in having you speak here in Elk County. Am going to pass your contact info on to Pam Cousins (member ElkCounty Gas Task Force) and she may be contacting you in the future. Is this contact info current, I can’t find the business card you gave me?
    Simona L. Perry, PhD
    9810 Dairyton Court
    Montgomery Village, MD 20886

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Documenting the social, environmental, and psychological costs of unconventional energy developments across North America

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