The George Mason University College of Science Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC) is one of the key components to the University’s new Potomac Science Center, located on the tidal Occoquan River in Woodbridge, VA. PEREC is an interdisciplinary collection of scientists, whose expertise include chemistry, ecology, geology, environmental science and education. The center’s leading faculty participate in a variety of research and community outreach programs.
PEREC’s mission is to utilize the tools of scientific research, restoration, education, and policy analysis to help society understand and sustain natural processes in ecosystems, watersheds, and landscapes. The center focuses on 4 critical areas: 1. Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay Restoration, 2. Sustaining Natural Ecosystems in Suburban Areas, 3. Impact of Global Climate Change on Management of Aquatic Ecosystems, and 4. Community Outreach and Education.