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International Programs Supervisor, Fern Perkins, MS

Fern was born in the United States and grew up exploring the woods and streams of the Carolinas. She earned the titles of Master of Science in Biology, Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Environmental Biology with concentration in Sustainable Development, and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Appalachian State University. As an undergraduate exchange student Fern fell in love with Costa Rica. She discovered her passion for education in graduate school while teaching biology and chemistry labs at ASU. As instructor of biology and adult high school science at Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute, and instructor of ecology and Spanish with Upward Bound at ASU, she further developed as an educator. Fern relocated to Costa Rica in 2011, and through 2014 taught field and classroom courses related to ecology and sustainability with Ecology Project International, University Studies Abroad Consortium, Universidad Veritas Center for International Programs, Earth Education International, and Hawai´I Pacific University. Her research experience includes lichens as indicators of air pollution, and quail and early succession songbird habitat management. Ecology, education, traveling, food, and sustainability are her primary interests, which she is combining through establishment of a sustainable farm and education center in northern Costa Rica. Fern joined the Monteverde Institute team in June 2014. As part of her role as International Programs Supervisor, she acts as Course Coordinator for several field courses each year.