Thaïs Perkins is the Executive Director of TreeFolks, Central Texas’ urban forestry nonprofit. Her professional background includes published ecological research in the douglas-fir forests of Oregon and the cypress-tupelo swamps of southern Louisiana, instruction at the university level in biology and environmental science, coordination of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Research Program at Southeastern Louisiana University and the Environmental Science Institute at the University of Texas, and working in environmental regulation for the City of Austin’s Watershed Protection Department. She is also a songwriter, visual artist and mom to two great kids. She holds an M.S. in Forest Ecology from Oregon State University.