DJ Perkins, GK-12 | Biology, UNCG

DJ Perkins, Geography Ph.D. Candidate


DJ Perkins

David R. Perkins IV (D.J.) is a doctoral student in Geography at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is originally from Orlando, Florida but has called North Carolina home for over a decade. D.J. graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he achieved a BSBA degree in Business Administration from Kenan-Flagler Business School and a second major in Public Policy with a minor in Geography from the School of Arts and Sciences. After graduation he worked for Deloitte & Touche in Washington, DC as a financial consultant contracted with the Department of the Army. He began the first steps to achieve his doctorate degree by returning to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he obtained his Masters of Arts in Geography.

In his free time, D.J. enjoys traveling and fitness activities. He has traveled extensively throughout the globe. He has visited all 50 states in the United States, all 100 counties in North Carolina, and experienced global cultures traveling through Europe, Africa, Central America, South America, Caribbean, New Zealand, and the South Pacific. D.J. is an experienced and competitive runner. He crosstrains with downhill and cross country skiing in the winter months.

Research Interests

D.J.'s dissertation research focuses at the intersection of human and environmental geographies. Housed in the literatures of biometeorology, geography, and tourism climatology, he seeks to analyze the temporal aspect of day-to-day weather impacts on visitor behavior at select metropolitan zoos within the United States. The intellectual theme addresses the response of human behavior to weather in a tourism, recreation, and leisure context.