Carri LeRoy

I firmly believe the best way to learn science is to DO science!

carrie leroy sitting on mt st helens

Carri LeRoy is a freshwater ecologist and is currently the Director of the Master of Environmental Studies graduate degree program at Evergreen. Professor LeRoy's research has shown that species diversity, genetic diversity, and plant sex can influence litter inputs to streams and affect leaf litter decomposition rates, aquatic fungi, and aquatic macroinvertebrates. 

"My favorite teaching methods are hands-on, in the field, and in the lab. I love helping students to make observations and then formulate research questions, hypotheses, and predictions". 

Professor LeRoy is involved in both global and local collaborations in her field and works closely with students at Evergreen on collaborative research. One way Carri does this is by participating in Evergreen's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF). Carri has published 16 scientific articles with nearly 40 undergraduate co-authors since 2018 in journals like Freshwater Biology, Ecosphere, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Fundamental and Applied Limnology, Hydrobiologia, Ecology & Evolution, Forests, and Aquatic Sciences! 

"I love teaching students how to design experiments to test their hypotheses, collect and manage data, analyze data using statistical methods, interpret patterns, and communicate their work to the scientific community and broader public".

In 2021 Carri LeRoy was honored by President Biden and the National Science Foundation with a Presidential Award for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring for her work with undergraduate students. 


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