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Grant Parkins

Watershed Education Coordinator, Center for Public Engagement with Science


Grant Parkins is the watershed education coordinator in the UNC Institute for the Environment’s Center for Public Engagement with Science (CPES). In this role, he engages community-based organizations, environmental science professionals, and middle and high school students and teachers in water-related educational activities. He also coordinates with local partners and citizen scientists on the NASA-funded Lake Observations by Citizen Scientists and Satellites project (LOCSS), which is designed to help us understand how the quantity of water in lakes is changing over time. Prior to joining the Institute for the Environment, Parkins served as the manager of school programs for the North Carolina Botanical Garden and as a science educator for UNC’s DESTINY Travelling Science Learning program.


M.S., Marine Science, North Carolina State University, 2005

B.S., Biology, Bowling Green State University, 2001