About PEREC


The Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC) is one of the key components of George Mason University’s new Potomac Science Center.

PEREC focuses on Potomac River restoration and local sustainability practices, so that the local ecosystem will be healthy for years to come. We translate our research into award winning and engaging field programs for K-12 students and the larger community.

News

Down by the Bay


PEREC was featured in Mason Spirit this month!

“George Mason University freshwater ecologist Chris Jones will tell you there isn’t another place like it on Earth, and he means it. “The area is environmentally unique. It is a freshwater tidal basin. The salinity of the water is basically 0, and it has unique flora and fauna.”

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Research

PEREC has led long-term research on Gunston Cove, which is now recognized as an international case study for  ecosystem recovery.

PEREC has been involved in studying and preparing plans to lower Green House Gas Emissions.

 

From the Blog

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PEREC Faculty highlighted in Mason Spirit

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Cindy Smith’s Human Dimensions and Biomes class (EVPP 302) was highlighted recently in Mason Spirit. She found... Read More →

RSS Fish Lab

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    What are Local Fish Eating? By: Sammie Alexander As a member of the ecology team for the Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center’s (PEREC) summer OSCAR team project, my research goal is to investigate the predator-prey dynamics between fish and macroinvertebrates in two freshwater tidal Potomac River tributaries, Gunston Cove and Hunting Creek. This means, […]
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  • Modeling a Coastal Environment with Human Elements
    Kim de Mutsert was one of the Keynote Speakers at the CSDMS (Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System) annual meeting “Modeling Coupled Earth and Human Systems – The Dynamic Duo.” That took place in Boulder, Colorado from May 23-25, 2017. See the presentation below entitled: “Modeling a Coastal Environment with Human Elements.” Keynote Abstract: If one […]
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  • PEREC Represents GMU at Occoquan River Fest
    Damselfly Larvae captured from a NOVA stream PEREC Faculty and George Mason Students spent a wonderful Saturday at the Occoquan River Fest. The festival was a great place for NOVA residents to learn about the history and environment of the Occoquan River. PEREC’s booth was dedicated to the health and ecosystem of local Virginia streams. […]
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