Before arriving at Paul Smith's, Patrick had done postdoctoral research at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry. He earned a doctorate in wildlife ecology from the University of Maine in 2007. Patrick's research interests include conservation and population biology and community-based approaches to conservation.
Much of Patrick's work has focused on how changes in the landscape affect plant and animal populations and developing sustainable approaches to land use.
"In some ways, the Adirondacks epitomizes many of the issues that are facing conservation in general," Patrick said. "The Adirondacks were set up with the goal in mind that people would be a huge part of the protection of this area. Coming up with ways to increase the overall sustainability, both social and ecological, is the long-term goal of these conservation efforts, and that's a goal I hope the center can contribute to."